NGPZ - More t'shootin' ...bike dies after highway run
steven at bixbys.net
Fri Aug 17 11:37:40 PDT 2007
Well, another odd thing going on. My wife's Ninja 250 quits when she
comes off a freeway (after typical 70-80 mph run for at least several
minutes). When she exits and comes to a light or whatever, clutches
in and poof, bike quits.
It started happening just a couple days ago and usually started right
up, but today she messaged me and said it took a bit longer to
restart, only she was in a toll lane for the (San Francisco) Bay
Bridge - a horrible place to stall out.
Any suggestions for what could cause this?
I don't think it's over-cooling; it's liquid cooled and I think it
runs warm enough that the t'stat is wide open after it warms up
anyway, but I could be wrong. I'm thinking it's some other issue.
Things I know that are potential existing problems:
Battery is on it's last legs; it starts and charges OK I believe, but
the battery capacity is getting pretty low. I have a new battery
waiting at the shop now.
Head-cover leaking - there's a bit of oil in the spark-plug holes and
around the cylinder head cover - I have gaskets on the way for the
next valve-adjustment opportunity, but could oil in the wells cause
something like this? (I'm thinking "probably not".)
By the way, regarding the slow-to-idle issue - I didn't work on range
bikes this week, so i wasn't able to try the vacuum check tricks.
Next week probably.
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