Kawasaki 750 LTD electrical problem (help?)

Discussion in 'Motorbike Technical Discussion' started by Denny, May 22, 2005.

  1. Denny

    Denny Guest

    Hi folks!

    I have an 82 Kawasaki LTD that ran fine until a couple of days ago.
    When I turn the key the indicator lights still come on but starting it
    is a "no-go"... Dead silence. We've managed to bump start it but it is
    obviously misfiring. I'm curious as to how I can isolate the short and
    turn this into a do-it-yourselfer rather than get dinged for
    unnecessary electrical repairs at a shop.

    Thanks in advance!

    Denny, May 22, 2005
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  2. How old is your battery? Is it fully charged? Does the battery light
    the headlight brightly for at least half an hour? Does the engine crank
    if you jumper across the starter solenoid with a screwdriver? Check the
    main fuse to see if it's blown. Check the position of the kill switch.
    Check to see if any clutch or kickstand interlock switch is working.
    Check the plug that connects the ignition switch to the wiring
    krusty kritter, May 22, 2005
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  3. Denny

    rile Guest

    My 750 did something very similar last year. The battery was bone dry
    and I have no idea how it had been running. That's where I would
    Now, if I can only get my final drive replaced soon.
    rile, May 23, 2005
  4. Start by checking your battery voltage. Chances are that it's
    12 volts or lower. (Should be 12.5 or better). Check battery
    fluid levels, refill and charge or replace as needed. Now
    put it on the bike, attempt to start bike and see if it charges.
    (Voltage should go up as charging system charges the battery).

    It's also possible that you've got some kind of short or
    drain on the battery but a failed battery and/or charging
    system component is the most likely suspect.
    Rob Kleinschmidt, May 24, 2005
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