Tip & How-To about 1989 kawasaki ZX 10

Storage of motor cycles

In regards to storing a bike that might be sitting idle for a long period of time . You should remove the spark plugs and put a small amount of engine oil in each cylinder about a tea spoon of oil in each would do the trick as this will prevent the piston rings binding to the cylinder walls due to any rust build up and then replace the spark plugs, flushing out any extra fuel in the carbs and fuel line should also be done and perhaps some DW40 sprayed into the line and carbs as a protector for rubber parts etc , the fuel from your tank should be removed and some sort of rust protection sprayed into it (WD40 ) .If the bike is stored outside condensation can build up under plastic covers so spraying exposed parts like the front forks around the rear suspension and many nuts and bolts with WD40 will help , also a good waxing over the whole bike is helpful , remove the battery and try to keep the tiers off the ground or at least slip something under them so water will not perish the rubber , block the exhaust pipe so water can not enter but condensation can escape ( a tin can that fits over the muffler opening ) and i suggest that you move the bike by pushing it a few feet back and forth every 2 months to prevent any parts from locking up . one more final thought lock the bike up very secure making it difficult to be stolen as a parked bike sitting for a long time can attract criminals !

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what is the OMS on the coil?? it was running put it up, would not start after that.I know that I am not getting spark at the plugs...

The OHMs or resistance of the coil should be 3-4 ohms across the small terminals. Keep in mind that the Twin Cam engines have a compression sensor. This means that if you take the plugs out of the engine to check for spark, you won't see a spark since you don't have compression. You must leave a set of plugs screwed into the engine and put another set in the wires to check the spark using spark plugs.

You didn't say whether your bike was carburated or fuel injected. If you've let your bike sit up for a long period of time, your problem is probably fuel related. Good Luck!

kawasaki zx10 1989 has been standing for 10 years. have had carbs cleaned twice and reset set all carb settings. but still wont run right could you help

There could be other things involved.
  • Have you checked the tank and the fuel valve for crud. It should have a screen on the valve and it may have crud or rust stopping it up.
  • The tank valve will have to be removed from the tank to check the screen.
  • Have you checked the valve settings - clearance..
  • Spark plugs.
  • Spark plug wires and spark.
  • Compression, does she have good compression?
  • Timing?

Bike dies when increasing rpm's. Idle's fine.

The spark plug has shortted....
Change the same and all will be well.


1992 kawasaki Vulcan 750 stops running

Check the intake manifold/s, even a small leak will make it run poor. Being stored for five years then putting it into use, you may have a blocked main jet. Sea-foam is a great product and I would have used that product to store the bike but not to get it running. It is slow acting so it doesnt work like carb cleaner.

Hard starting when cold, runs rough at idle and any steady speed.

Your carburetors need to be cleaned. The pilot jets are at least partially plugged.

If you are comfortable doing this yourself, you need to remove the seats, fuel tank, and air induction system before you will be able to get the carbs out. Be carefull when removing the fuel tank, there is a wire harness that will need to be un plugged from it to remove it. The wire harness plug runs under the plastic tray under the seat. There are 3 plastic rivits that will need to be removed to get to the plug. The carbs come out as a pair, and can be tough to get back in the boots.

You need to remove the float bowls, remove the jets, and blow carb cleaner and compressed air through them all. The pilot jets are most likely the only culprit, but you might as well clean everything if your going to all the trouble. You should also blow carb cleaner and compressed air through all of the other passages while your at it. Make sure that you can see through the jets and there is no debris left in them. Make sure to clean the floats, needle valves, and float bowls as well.

Then re-assemble

This happens when the bike sits for long periods. The fuel we get now days has a very short shelf life before it goes bad. Fuel oxydizes over time, and it happens even faster in a small amount that is vented which is exactly as it is when its in the carburetors of a motorcycle. When fuel oxydizes and evaporates, it leaves a gummy mess behind. The pilot jets are the smallest passages that sit in the fuel, so they naturally plug first.

You can prevent this by keeping fuel stabilizer in your fuel when ever the bike will be sitting for long periods of time. Myself personally, when I store one for the winter, I like to leave the carbs empty.
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