Evap system ? - Kawasaki Vulcan Forum : Vulcan Forums
» Insurance
» Sponsors
Go Back   Kawasaki Vulcan Forum : Vulcan Forums > Motorcycle Models > Vulcan 500

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-16-2012, 09:44 PM   #1
fbnewell
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Rio Hondo, (deep south) Texas
Posts: 36
Default Evap system ?

Hello. Just picked up a '07 EN500 yesterday w/ 1,235 miles. Gonna order a service manual in the next few days, but got a couple questions in the meantime. I have no owner's manual, either, so please bear with me.

Do all these bikes have an evap canister down low in front of the rear wheel, or am I one of the 'lucky ones' who got a California Emissions model? Saw on an online parts catalog that all those parts have (CA) listed on them. Cali emissions?

I assume there is no 'off' position on the fuel petcock? Looks like long part of lever down is 'on', lever up is 'reserve', and lever rearward or horizontal is 'prime' (I assume for use if you run out of gas). When pulling tank, or parking the bike, what position should I have the petcock?

Is it normal for these bikes to 'surge' a little when accellerating? Drove a '06 a week ago, and now that I have this one running reasonably well (been sitting awhile) it seems to hesitate, also. Kinda reminds me of turbo lag on my Buick Grand National. Seems that after every gear change, is about a 3/4 second delay before it pulls really well. Normal?

Thanks in advance for any and all replies. Look forward to interacting with y'all in the near future.
__________________
"If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice!"
'07 Kawasaki Vulcan 500 (hers)
JT 17-tooth front sprocket
Harley Dyna mufflers [64941-07]
Biker's Friend medium round bag
sissy bar / luggage rack [brand unknown]
'97 Honda Shadow 1100 Spirit (his)
Biker's Friend large round bag
shop-made luggage rack w/ 1.7-gal aux. fuel tank
Kuryakyn grips
VistaCruise
Memphis Shades ruby Hellcat windshield
fbnewell is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 12-16-2012, 10:12 PM   #2
Phil in Maine
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Portland, ME
Posts: 304
Garage
Default

Having the canister def means california emmisions bike. As far as the petcock, it should be left in the ON position unless you are running out of gas and then to RES. PRIme is only to fill the carb bowls if they are empty. You dont want to leave it in the PRI position though because it means that the gas is flowing into the carbs with the bike running or not with only the needle valve stopping the flow from within the carb. The petcock is vacuum operated so when it is in the on position fuel will flow while the bike is running, and if funtioning properly well, will not flow with the bike off.

Hesitation isnt normal, and can be caused by a lot of things. Most likely though is that the carbs are dirty. A good thorough cleaning and vacuum sync is a great starting point and will often fix a lot of issues. Obviously also check plugs, air filter, etc.

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using Motorcycle.com Free App
__________________
2000 VN800B
Phil in Maine is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-2012, 10:13 PM   #3
MnV500
Senior Member
 
MnV500's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 234
Default

fbnewell,

You can view the owners manual on line at this web address:

http://www.kawasaki-techinfo.net/sho...8&lang_code=EN

Not sure on the canister as I have a non California model.

The gas petcock is vaccuum operated, so either on or reserve is ok, but NOT prime! I usually try to keep gas to a minimum if I going to remove the tank just to keep the weight down.

I have no surge issues with my 500. So as far as I can say, not normal.
__________________
-Steve
MnV500 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2012, 03:54 PM   #4
Red Rider
Lifetime Premium
 
Red Rider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 2,387
Default

This link may be of help also. http://www.vulcanforums.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=19144
__________________
09 Vulcan 500 LTD
Red Rider is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2012, 09:34 PM   #5
Gary W.
Top Contributor
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Louisville, KY
Posts: 604
Garage
Default

A lot of folks swear by Seafoam gas treatment for cleaning the fuel system and carbs. Have never had a problem with mine so I can't give a testimonial. They do have me convinced to use it, at least occasionally, as a preventative measure. As low as the miles are, wouldn't be surprised if there's sludge or varnish in the carbs.

The hesitation you describe sounds like how mine runs while the engine is warming up, so maybe there is a fuel ratio problem. It's easy enough to clean and oil the foam air filter, so you may want to check that, too.
__________________
2006 Vulcan 500 LTD
2013 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS Adventure
Gary W. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2012, 10:54 PM   #6
fbnewell
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Rio Hondo, (deep south) Texas
Posts: 36
Default

Have used SeaFoam on the Shadow Spirit, and put some in the Vulcan as soon as I got the tank off and drained. So far, only shot carb cleaner through inlet side of carbs while still on the bike. Runs better, but not right. Probably a combo of the seafoam doing its thing for 30 miles so far, and the cleaning slightly of the carbs. Ordered a Haynes manual today, will be here tomorrow, and will pull carbs off and clean 'em right w/ a bath in Berryman's ChemDip (used it on my 2 CRF100F's and XR80R). Also, gonna see if I can't tackle replacing the front fork seals myself w/ help from the book.

BTW - those interested in purchasing a Haynes manual - Haynes sells them on their website for $45.45 - ordered on from AutoZone, paid $24.95, and be here the next day.

Any appreciable difference in performance / mileage between a California Emissions and 49-state set-up? Any way it can be converted back to 49-state? Not sure why CA emissions - bike was bought in Colorado by original owner.
__________________
"If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice!"
'07 Kawasaki Vulcan 500 (hers)
JT 17-tooth front sprocket
Harley Dyna mufflers [64941-07]
Biker's Friend medium round bag
sissy bar / luggage rack [brand unknown]
'97 Honda Shadow 1100 Spirit (his)
Biker's Friend large round bag
shop-made luggage rack w/ 1.7-gal aux. fuel tank
Kuryakyn grips
VistaCruise
Memphis Shades ruby Hellcat windshield
fbnewell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2012, 11:08 PM   #7
Gary W.
Top Contributor
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Louisville, KY
Posts: 604
Garage
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by fbnewell View Post
Have used SeaFoam on the Shadow Spirit, and put some in the Vulcan as soon as I got the tank off and drained. So far, only shot carb cleaner through inlet side of carbs while still on the bike. Runs better, but not right. Probably a combo of the seafoam doing its thing for 30 miles so far, and the cleaning slightly of the carbs. Ordered a Haynes manual today, will be here tomorrow, and will pull carbs off and clean 'em right w/ a bath in Berryman's ChemDip (used it on my 2 CRF100F's and XR80R). Also, gonna see if I can't tackle replacing the front fork seals myself w/ help from the book.

BTW - those interested in purchasing a Haynes manual - Haynes sells them on their website for $45.45 - ordered on from AutoZone, paid $24.95, and be here the next day.

Any appreciable difference in performance / mileage between a California Emissions and 49-state set-up? Any way it can be converted back to 49-state? Not sure why CA emissions - bike was bought in Colorado by original owner.
Sounds like you have it covered.
I'm fairly new to bikes, but why would the fork seals be bad on an 07 with only 1200 miles? It's practically brand new!
__________________
2006 Vulcan 500 LTD
2013 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS Adventure
Gary W. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2012, 11:04 AM   #8
sfair
Top Contributor
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 6,491
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by fbnewell View Post
shot carb cleaner through inlet side of carbs while still on the bike.
One has to be careful when doing that because if some of that cleaner should work its way to somewhere it does not belong; slide diaphragm for example, you will not be a happy rider.
sfair is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2012, 11:13 AM   #9
Phil in Maine
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Portland, ME
Posts: 304
Garage
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by fbnewell View Post
Have used SeaFoam on the Shadow Spirit, and put some in the Vulcan as soon as I got the tank off and drained. So far, only shot carb cleaner through inlet side of carbs while still on the bike. Runs better, but not right. Probably a combo of the seafoam doing its thing for 30 miles so far, and the cleaning slightly of the carbs. Ordered a Haynes manual today, will be here tomorrow, and will pull carbs off and clean 'em right w/ a bath in Berryman's ChemDip (used it on my 2 CRF100F's and XR80R). Also, gonna see if I can't tackle replacing the front fork seals myself w/ help from the book.

BTW - those interested in purchasing a Haynes manual - Haynes sells them on their website for $45.45 - ordered on from AutoZone, paid $24.95, and be here the next day.

Any appreciable difference in performance / mileage between a California Emissions and 49-state set-up? Any way it can be converted back to 49-state? Not sure why CA emissions - bike was bought in Colorado by original owner.
Take your time, be methodical. Oh and don't dip any plastic or rubber parts. Also, make sure you do a good bench sync before you put them back on and a vacuum sync once they are on.

Have fun!
__________________
2000 VN800B
Phil in Maine is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2012, 04:42 PM   #10
Gary W.
Top Contributor
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Louisville, KY
Posts: 604
Garage
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Phil in Maine View Post
Take your time, be methodical. Oh and don't dip any plastic or rubber parts. Also, make sure you do a good bench sync before you put them back on and a vacuum sync once they are on.

Have fun!
I know about vacuum sync, but how do you do a bench sync?
__________________
2006 Vulcan 500 LTD
2013 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS Adventure
Gary W. is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.2

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:00 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Garage Plus vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.
Motorcycle News, Videos and Reviews
Honda Grom Forum Harley Davidson Forum Honda 600RR Kawasaki Forum Yamaha R6 Forum Yamaha FZ-09 Forum
1199 Panigale Forum Roadglide Forum Honda CBR1000 Forum Vulcan Forum Yamaha R1 Forum Yamaha R3 Forum
Ducati Monster Forum Harley Forums Honda CBR250R Forum ZX10R Forum Star Raider Forum Yamaha Viking Forum
Suzuki GSXR Forum V-Rod Forums Honda Shadow Forum Kawasaki Motorcycle Forum Star Warrior Forum KTM Duke 390 Forum
SV650 Forum BMW S1000RR Forum Honda Fury Forum Kawasaki Versys Forum Drag Racing Forum Ducati 899 Panigale Forum
Suzuki V-Strom BMW K1600 Triumph Forum Victory Forums Sportbikes BMW NineT Forum
Volusia Forum BMW F800 Forum Triumph 675 Forum MV Agusta Forum HD Street Forum Suzuki GW250 Forum
Yamaha Motorcycles Victory Gunner Forum Honda Vultus Forum