She no go

Simon White swhite at
Thu Jan 17 12:52:45 PST 2008

Hi all,

Time for me to rise from the world of lurk for an important question.  When I went to leave work yesterday, I couldn't get the bike started.  It turned over quite happily, but no kick, no nothing.

Things I did:
As there seemed to be a strong smell of petrol (or gas for the Norte Americanos), I tried cranking with no throttle or choke, then with full throttle.  Still no luck.  I did notice it cranked faster with the throttle full open - weird, but beside the point.

I then removed the tank, and pulled # 1 & 4 plugs. They were clean and dry.  With them out, I cranked the bike over, and it actually caught briefly.  I reassembled everything, and was back to square one - turning over like crazy, but nothing else.  At this point the battery was starting to sound tired, so I put it back together and got a lift home.  But today I'm back with the car (and jumper leads) and wanting to figure this out, so any thoughts/suggestions people may have are most welcome.

I'm baffled as to what's happened, as the bike was fine coming to work, and has always been ultra reliable.  I filled the tank two days ago, so if it was bad fuel it would have shown before this.  One thing I did notice is that the petcock has a steady trickle whether it's on or reserve, so might be time for a new kit.  I don't think that's a factor here - I'm just trying to include all my observations.

If I can't get it started today, I'll be calling my mechanic, as I ride to work every day and hate bringing the car (this is the second time in 3 years I've driven to work).


'95 GPz1100 - It's big, it's blue, it's quick.
Melbourne, Australia
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