Ok, I've had my 04 2000 for about two weeks and so far this is what I've learned. (hoping to both learn from any of your insights as well as help others along the way)
When I purchased the bike it was in excellent shape but had a few things that needed attention.
1. The belt would chirp/whine (especially during acceleration) -- it was so annoying.... the engine sounds so good but with that chirp it really took away from the enjoyment of the bike.
2. The headlight would rattle..... at first I didn't know it was the headlight, just that it was in the front of the bike somewhere, but I eventually found out it was between the headlight and it's immediate housing.
3. Rear brake was kinda hard to push down and wouldn't engage until at least 1/2 way down.
4. Bike wasn't as nimble as I'd expect it to be (really cumbersome to lean left and right while riding)
5. Bike would backfire extremely loud on deceleration. (especially when hot)
All of the above I've been able to fix with pretty good results, but as I'm new to cruisers I'd love any of your input on all these issues.
1. I asked my local motorcycle shop what that chirp/whine might be due to and they told me to condition the belt with some spray silicone. I did exactly that, I put the bike on a jack and lifted the back tire: put it in gear and let the back tire spin.... as I did so, I sprayed the belt with silicone for about a total of 20 seconds on the outside of the belt and then for about 5 seconds on the inside..... all as the belt was turning. This has completely eliminated the chirp.
2. This one was a pain.... I was finally able to figure the rattle was coming from the headlight. I kept riding the bike with parts of the headlight removed until the rattle came back -- pinpointed where the rattle was coming from. The rattle was between the headlight itself and it's immediate housing. I ripped a shop rag into three parts and stuffed it between the housing and the headlight in three spots. This has fixed the rattle, but I'm a little worried about overheating..... thoughts?
3. Rear brake was easy to adjust thanks to Kawasaki's designers. Also: gave all the moving parts some lubrication and now the back brake is my primary stopper.
4. Man -- my tires were low in pressure. Fixed this and the bike is as nimble as it's meant to be.
5. This one was a little difficult to figure out, but it ended up being an extremely low idle setting. The guy that owned the bike before me loved the way the engine sounded at idle when it idled really really low..... well, I guess when that's the case, during deceleration you can get gas that doesn't explode in the chamber and therefore seeps into the exhaust causing backfires. So, I just adjusted the idle a little higher and no more loud decel pop. I still get a little, but it's expected.
I still have a few things I want to get better: front brakes need to have new fluid and pads, new battery..... etc.
Speaking of which: what battery do you guys recommend for this bike?
Mine starts every time, but really really slowly. It turns over slow and takes about 3 or 4 seconds before it'll fire up. Is this normal? Will a new battery make it fire up quicker?