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in a quick answer no it is more likley the tacho is not working right disconnect the wiring then plug it back in .it sounds like the tacho has a power problem on start up or is in need of a service,your dealer might best answer this or auto electrician,cheers hope this helps

1997 kawasaki... | Answered on Oct 27, 2013

this could be your kill switch sometimes the switch gear getts water in and gets a bit of corrosion on the pionts ,this could be your starter soliniod or a dirty lead to your starter from your battery or your earth lead

1997 kawasaki... | Answered on Oct 27, 2013

change air filter,clean carbs

1997 kawasaki... | Answered on Oct 13, 2013

no, either faulty solenoid or bad wiring through switch, or sensor not working as it should( on side stand or clutch)

1997 kawasaki... | Answered on Feb 27, 2013

I would siphon the old fuel out and replace it; if you didn't add any fuel stabilizer when you last ran the bike, the fuel has probably gone stale. I use stabilizer in all of our lesser used 2 & 4 cycle fuel eaters. It really does seem to help since restarting (especially summertime gadgets, including one car) happens cleanly.

1997 kawasaki... | Answered on Sep 06, 2011

Most bikes are built with this setup....
the positive battery post has 2 cables....one goes directly to one side of the starter solenoid relay, the other goes to the main fuse for the bike. With the key on, when you press the starter button it completes the circuit for the relay coil, which closes the heavy contacts of the solenoid and puts power to the starter motor.
This design allows the starter button to be constructed with smaller wires as they only operate the coil, not carry all the heavy current to spin the starter.
It sounds like your starter solenoid contacts are stuck closed so power is getting through at all times.
Sometimes with battery unhooked you can tap the solenoid and free the contacts....and it may work, however its probably time to replace the starter solenoid relay.

1997 kawasaki... | Answered on Mar 20, 2011

Sportsbike engines do run a bit hot at times, depending on how you use them. What exactly are you talking about when you say "a lot of heat off the engine" are you talking about feeling it on your legs when you are riding the bike? Is this a new problem for the bike or has it always been like that?

If the engine really IS hotter than the gauge is showing then there might possibly be a problem with the temperature sensor. Usually this will be screwed into the radiator somewhere with a single wire connected to the plug. If the threads of this plug are dirty or corroded it might give a false reading as the plug needs a good earth for the signal to be correct. Also, if the engine has been run on water only rather than coolant the actual sensor that sits inside the radiator in contact with the water may have some corrosion on it and require cleaning.

Another possibility is that the thermostat is not working and blocking the flow of water/coolant in the system. This might cause hot water to become trapped in the engine and the cool water in the radiator is not able to circulate into the engine.

Finally, one other thing that is a common cause of bike engines running hot is a lean condition where they are not getting enough fuel for the air being taken into the engine. This is a very common thing to happen when the exhaust is replaced with a much more open pipe without doing any rejetting. However in a normal situation you would expect to see the temp gauge running slightly higher if this was the problem.

If it's any comfort I've seen stunt guys try and blow up a ZX9 deliberately and they couldn't do it. Jammed the throttle full open for about 15 minutes, smashed the radiator and let all the water out, then finally kicked it over and smashed the engine cases and half the oil ran out. Still wouldn't stop running. They made those things pretty tough.

1997 kawasaki... | Answered on Feb 22, 2011

Gummed up carburetor jets are common issue with machines that have sat for a long time. This issue is fairly universal and the usual fix is to drain out all your old fuel (save it for the mower or something) drain carb bowl. Add fresh fuel and Sea Foam fuel additive. your carb may be too gummed up for a tool free fix - if it does not run better after this, then you should clear your jets with compressed air. you access these by removing the bowl at the bottom of the carb. Once your fuel system is straight, if it still won't run right, then you may have stuck piston rings. just try to keep it running long enough, and they may free up. If not, then you'll have to replace them. Bikebandit.com for parts.

1997 kawasaki... | Answered on Nov 22, 2010

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1997 kawasaki... | Answered on May 02, 2010

I just got a 97 ZX9 and had the same issue... until I read the service manual. You need to remove the oil pipe flange bolt in order to get enough room to be able to remove the filter between the exhaust header and the motor case. Of course, unthreading the filter is an issue by itself. If you do not have the cap (tool) that fits over the end of the filter and provides access for a rachet tool to unscrew it, then you probably need to do what I ended up doing... punching a screwdriver through the old filter in order to gain the leverage needed to start unscrewing the filter.

1997 kawasaki... | Answered on Apr 12, 2010

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