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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-05-2012, 05:47 PM Thread Starter
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Hi, I just thought I'd drop in and say hello. I'm new to the forum. This is my first post. I've go to say, there are a lot knowledgeable people here and a wealth of valuable information. I was just given an 86 vn750 with 30,000km on it, by my cousin who works at a Kawasaki dealership(Triumph and BMW as well) here in Ottawa, Canada. This is my first bike, and needs a bit of TLC. The bike was stored over the winter with a full tank of gas and the petcock set to prime. I guess someone thought that was the off position. It was running prior to this winter. The bike has had some starting issues. Especially when it;s already hot apparently. There was lots of gasoline in the Oil. After changing the Oil and the battery with an MF, I was able to get it turned over and started, only firing on one cylinder and stalled after 5 minutes though. Was able to get it started a couple more times intermittently, with the same results. So I replaced the old fouled plugs with new iridium plugs hoping that was the problem. It won't start any more. So I pulled the carbs out last night and have started cleaning those. I hope cleaning the carbs will fix the starting problem. If not I guess next thing is to test continuity in the ignition system. I got myself a kawasaki manual and the Clymers manual and I think I'm off to a good start.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-05-2012, 06:06 PM
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Welcome. It sounds like you are definitely on the right track. Any questions you could have, someone on here will have an answer.
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Welcome to the group. The carbs are a good start, good luck!

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Welcome to the forum, Defo the carbs, blocked jets sticking float needle,

give all the electrics a good clean make sure you have good gound connections,
check the safety switches the kick stand switch gets stuck in and needs some easing oil of some kind wd 40 pb blaster or whatever you got.
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Welcome to the group!
You are already ahead of the curve with your diagnostics....good luck with it.

Damn!! nobody ever GAVE me a motorcycle....lol now that's a bargain!
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Welcome to the group GP, you a dentist?

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Lol! A dentist, no.

It's a nickname my friends gave me. It's a play on my full name. Phil Goldsmith.

Cheers and thanks for the warm welcome and everyone.

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