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Kawasaki zzr1200 non starter

We have a ZZR1200 that will not start. We last used the bike on 6th Nov, 2008. it has been under a cover on its side stand. I had not turned the fuel off. the battery seems to have a habit of running down pretty quick, and I thought this may be due to the alarm being on. When charged I am getting 13.6 volts reading from the battery. However, on pressing the starter button, all I am getting is a buzzing sound and what seems like vibration from the starter solenoid. I have fitted another solenoid, but the same happens. I have heard of hydrostatic lock, so have put the bike on it's centre stand and removed the plugs, put it in gear and tried to turn the rear wheel. I cannot move this. Any suggestions????? Heeeeeellp!!! Des.

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Hi and welcome to FixYa,

A few ideas:

  • The buzzing/vibration would be the solenoid and it would only do so if the battery's charge is not sufficient to start the bike. If the battery is fully charged, then the sound would be a click/clack;
  • to try & free the engine internals, with the plugs removed, sparingly spray the inside of the combustion chamber with WD40 or preferably 2T oil (used for 2 stroke bikes). Let it sit for a while and then try turning the rear wheel while in first gear with the plugs still off;
  • alternately, try the starter again with the same conditions as above but rather than one long press of the starter button, try short/momentary press of the start button;
  • if the above fails, you may need to gain access to the left side of the engine by removing some of the body works. Some versions have a snap-off circular cover on the body. There would be a disc with slot, Remove said disc. Inside would be a big nut 17/19mm. You would need preferably a T wrench that fits and would be used to turn the crankshaft but not fully forcing it. You have to do it by feel. If considerable resistance, stop;
  • remove the entire body work; remove cylinder head with care on the rubber gasket. apply WD40 oil liberally on the camshaft, caps and let it drip down on the timing chain.
  • try again using the T wrench.
Would appreciate an update. Good luck and thank you for using FixYa.



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