Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Naperville, Illinois
I did buy a decent 2001 VN800 classic a few months ago. I got it not running and with some issues. The petcock was leaking and the crankcase has been flooded with gas a couple of times. I finally got the petcock issue fixed by buying a cheap, compatible, petcock from Amazon. The only issue was that the gas line was meant for a 1/4" rather than the weird gas line that Kawasaki has decided to use. Anyway, to fix this issue I used a piece of clear tubing and a clamp to tighten the gas line. Now the petcock is not leaking any more.
However, when I started the bike I had a ton of smoke coming from the pipes. It seemed like oil was being burned at a fairly high rate.
Some more details that can be useful for you gurus of the VN800 bike: The crankcase was full way above the top level mark because gas has leaked onto the crankcase and got mixed with the oil. I plan on removing the oil and starting from scratch. I hope this will fix my problems. I seem to be on the edge of having everything fixed but I do not know for sure.
Can someone please chime in and tell me what issue, or issues, I might be dealing with? I will definitely report back once I have removed the old oil mixed with gas and replaced it with fresh oil.