Re - Oh the embarrassment; I can't keep her going at the light

Steve Northrop blackgpz at
Mon Apr 28 19:18:09 PDT 2008

Let's look at this logically. Although it's in dire need of a valve 
adjustment, probably a carb sync too, if it ran 6 months ago, neither one of 
these is going to get worse with it just sitting. It's not going to spring a 
vacuum leak either. That leaves the carbs getting gummed up. Yes, you should 
pull the carbs and make sure the pilot circuit is cleaned out. This means 
taking the bowls off, removing the pilot jet and cleaning it, then removing 
the pilot screws (with the spring, washer and o-ring) and spraying some carb 
cleaner in from the jet side then from the screw side. Also clean the idle 
air orifices (little tiny holes) in the throttle bores. Reinstall the pilot 
screws to 2 1/2 turns out from seated, button up the rest of the carb, 
change your fuel filter and you should be good to go. Using fuel stabilizer 
as Bill suggested and starting the bike every few weeks while it's in 
storage goes a long way toward avoiding gummed up carbs. Good luck.

Steve in Western NY
'96 GPZ1100
'02 Daytona 955i
'08 KLR 650
"You Can't Fix Stupid", Ron White]

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tom Wheeler" <the74impala at>
To: "Jerry Clair" <darkclarity2k at>; "Kawasaki GPZ1100 discussion" 
<gpzlist at>
Sent: Monday, April 28, 2008 1:17 PM
Subject: RE: Re - Oh the embarrassment; I can't keep her going at the light

Filter????  You need a filter on an engine?  I thought it was cool sounding 
without one?  Yes, I have a filter.  If I have it set where it won't idle at 
3000, then as soon as I pull the clutch in, it goes right done to 0 pretty 
quick.  If I pop it to start the engine again, it runs while in gear, but 
then dies immediately when the clutch is pulled again.I guess it may be my 
imagination, but it doesn't seem to rev as quick in neutral as it used to 

> Date: Mon, 28 Apr 2008 08:38:12 -0700> From: darkclarity2k at> 
> Subject: RE: Re - Oh the embarrassment; I can't keep her going at the 
> light> To: gpzlist at> > Tom,> Do you have filter on the beast? 
> (You better, or we will beat you) > Do the RPMs drop slowly? Like when you 
> pull> the clutch and begin your stopping process?> > > Tom Wheeler 
> <the74impala at> wrote: So am I going to have to pull the 
> carbs????> > Tom> Louisville>> > > > > From: 
> schnowz at> To: gpzlist at> Subject: Re - Oh the 
> embarrassment; I can't keep her going at the light> Date: Sun, 27 Apr 2008 
> 20:38:19 -0400> > I doubt it's the valves.> Sounds like either a clogged 
> pilot jet..or an air leak ..> > > Pete S> > >> > So I go out to start up 
> Katya (Cot-E-ah) (my wife named her that since I > > have said if we have 
> a girl someday that would be her name and she thinks > > this will stop 
> that from happening) for the second time in about 6 months, > > and she 
> idles crazy. It was doing this before, but it was like 34 degrees > > as a 
> high and about 15 for a low (F). I didn't care if it was a high > > idle, 
> I was just trying to get somewhere. Anyhow, I messed around with > > the 
> knob by the carbs on the left side, and either it would go to 3000 rpm > > 
> and sit there, or just a little back, and it would die. Does this mean I > 
>  > need a valve adjustment. I will not disclose at this time the last time 
>  > > it was done, to avoid> ridicule. Oh, who cares, I have never done it. 
> It > > has 21K miles on it and the guy I bought it from had it done I am 
> guessing > > around 8K, right before I bought it. I did Seafoam last fall 
> and it > > didn't hurt, but I don't think it made a big difference. It 
> runs fine > > going along, but its embarrassing at lig> > hts to have to 
> restart...restart...restart.> >> > Thanks in advance.> >> > Tom> > 
> Louisville > = 

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