John Soliday johnsoliday at
Tue Mar 31 10:04:16 PDT 2009

IMHO the electrical's of Kawasaki products are second only to Norton's for
poor quality.  I've owned Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, HD (V Rod), Norton, and
Suzuki, all from new so my small sample size is at least relevant to me.  My
'88 Kawasaki ZX10 had terrible electrical woes from the day I bought it.
And yes, to your question about the ignition switch, mine didn't go
completely bad (before I sold it) but I needed to wiggle it almost everytime
to get the ignition lights to come on and for it to start.  Curiously it
never shut down while riding though.  That bike also had two coils fail, the
ECM, and the alternator.  I sold it last year but spent nearly ~$800 on
replacement electrical bits over the life of the bike.  I figure my GPZ will
have the same woes but knock on wood, still good thus far.

Your mileage may vary,



-----Original Message-----
From: gpzlist-bounces at [mailto:gpzlist-bounces at] On
Behalf Of mrgilmore at
Sent: Tuesday, March 31, 2009 10:45 AM
To: scapco at; geomac at
Cc: gpzlist at; brucebryant at
Subject: Re: Fandango

Hello guys,

I will try to make it out there as well.

However, right now, I'm in need of some advice. 
My "ol' red" was running fine and one day when I went to re-mount and go, I
got no dashboard lights at all, and of course, no starter action.? It's been
that way for a while now, and I've checked all fuses, and?of course the main
one.? I charged the battery and even went and bought a new one.??No go.? I
have removed the ignition switch and fiddled with it, and got a red lamp to
light, so I'm thinking I should replace the ignition switch.? I am really
doubting the wiring?harness or?connection at the starter, etc. since there's
been?no "trauma" to the bike that'd logically cause intact wiring to all of
a sudden fail...(?) I've pulled and wiggled the connection on the starter,
and it is strong/tight.? I'm about to order the switch from Ron Ayers, but
pause since I'll bet it's a non-returnable item, and its $93.00...
Any ideas on how to fix my trouble guys?? I sure miss riding.
Thanks in advance to any/all who respond.

Ron Jordan?

-----Original Message-----
From: Charles Scappaticci <scapco at>
To: George McCaul <geomac at>
Cc: gpzlist at; Bruce BMW Bryant <brucebryant at>
Sent: Mon, 30 Mar 2009 7:40 pm
Subject: Re: Fandango

It's ride down Thursday the 25th of June to Silverton, ride the loop on
Friday, Saturday do your own thing. I'm going to try to ride Gateway again,
but hopefully see the museum this time. Sunday ride back, Monday maybe do
Rocky Mtn. National Park.?
There was very few responses to my earlier e-mail, economy and the fact
we've done it before I guess, but I'd do it by myself if no one else came so
I definitely will be there. I'm staying at the Bent Elbow again. I'll post
the more informative e-mail soon for anyone interested.?
Charles S.?
95 GPZ1100?
gpzer at wrote:?
> Anyone know what dates were decided upon for the Fandango??
> > Thanks,?
> PT?
> x96?
> > > .?

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