Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Pasadena, Texas
Not clear on troubleshooting the problem, as I am not a mechanic. I am just a driver.(lol) Nope, not a typo, I have over 172,000 mi on her now and growing. Kawasaki took notice of my mileage and sent some corporate guys down to check out my bike at the 157,000 mi mark. My starter problem began when I started my bike, after several prior starts during a start and stop day. Bike was warm already. When I started her, I heard a loud pop, kinda like a fire cracker, as the starter kicked in when I pushed the start button. The bike started, but I noticed the odd pop. Turned her off, and she started back up no problem. But now, periodically when I go to start her and I push the button I only hear the selonoid click when engaging but nothing else happens. So, I try to push start her. After the first push, I can push the starter button and she fires right up. I start and stop by engine about 10 times a day during my use. I can go several days with no trouble. Sometimes she won't turn over first thing in the morning. After a few pushes on the button on those instances without moving the bike, she will start up. So far this is very intermittant. Since I drive my bike daily, it's not practical for me to have the starter removed and rebuilt as I can't have the bike down as long as it would take to rebuild. It would be easier to just buy a starter and replace it and only be down a few hours.