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1992 Kawasaki Ninja 600R Electrical Problems

Bike 18.5K miles.

I have done full tune and service, new tires, chain, sproket, Carb clean and spark wire fix and battery.

Problem - I would warm the bike up and ride it. The bike would die in the middle of the road (die meaning just shut off - lights still on - but just die. I would start it again, it would run for about 1 more minute, then completely die.

So I got the carbs cleaned out. (Mechanic suggested). $350.

Bike at the shop wouldn't start - so they jumped it and told me it was the battery. I bought a new batter ($40).

The problem after this is it wouldn't start, i would hit the starter and then nothing (no click - like it was completely dead). I assume its a lose electrical wire system or ignition???
Then i would try again and the starter would turn, but nothing would fire to get the engine going. This problem has been going on for the past month.

Now when i press the starter, it would just turn and turn and turn but will not start the engine.

I put fuel injector cleaner in this before and it ran perfect for about 1 day.

I am not sure if its lose wiring, or if its getting the proper air/fuel mixture, but it seems more apparant that it is electrical. The full tune they were suppose to replace the spark plug, I am not sure why it would die in the middle of riding, without even holding the clutch down lets say in 4th gear for no Reason.

The problem seems electrical/ fuel lines?... I am just looking for direction on what to look at.

Fuel filter has fuel in it, so fuel is going through.

Please let me know if you need more description on what is going on.

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  • jmishima Sep 15, 2009


    We took off the gas tank checked the spark, tried all your troubleshooting except the draining of the carbs. Here was the issue we found, turns out that the gas tank was a little rusted. We drained it, took off the fuel sensor and petcock. Apparently, the previous owner tried to seal the rust, but the coating was falling off. I had 3 inch by 2 inch pieces floating in the gas tank. The gas cap also has a huge leak where moisture was getting in. I have replaced the gas cap ($90), and had a shop remove the rust and seal the gas tank ($68 parts and labor). Thank you for your help.



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Hi and welcome to FixYa,

A couple of initial checks (after battery has been fully charged):

  • presence or absence of spark when starting - unplug 1 of the sparkplug wires. Attach a spare known good sparkplug and lay it against any metal part. Crank/start the engine. Chaeck for sparks;
  • try starting with the clutch lever pulled in and/or the sidestand folded up;
  • exercise the 'Kill Switch' and the ignition switch;
  • loosen the drain screws of the carbs.  Note the quality and quantity of fuel that would flow out from the drain hose. Compare between all carbs.
Please postback results of above initial tests.

Good luck and thank you for asking FixYa.

Posted on Sep 10, 2009

  • Louie  Role
    Louie Role Sep 16, 2009

    Hi again,

    Glad that you got it working. In my country, it is always the quality of fuel - water contamination; either from the gas station, the inside of the tank or the wet & dry seasons.

    Ride Safe.

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    lee credeur Mar 28, 2014

    thank for the help i will let u know what it was



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