Top 20 2001 kawasaki VN 1500 Vulcan Classic - Page 8 Questions & Answers

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Almost always, your described problem would most likely indicate a faulty rectifier / regulator combo.  Other possibilities are loose or corroded terminals on the connectors from the stator to the regulator (3 yellow wires) or the output wire of the regulator to the battery + line.

The connectors / terminals could be visually inspected and thereafter cleaned. The regulator could be checked with a voltmeter. At idling, battery voltage should be arounf 12.7 + while would go up to 14.5 as the RPM is increased.

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Chk the starter relay. find it by following the positive battery cabl. The small post on the relay is the starter button wire. No juice there , no crank over there Good luck.

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This could be many things, wrong gaskets, wrong torque, warped heads, or improper installation.

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you can order one form any kawasaki dealer

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1. How do you know that there is water in a cylinder?
2. Check for spark. Harbor freight has a cheap spark checking tool.
3. Check for gas. Should be able to pull the fuel line off the injector pump and turn the key on. fuel should come out.

caution******dont do both at the same time
Most likely if it cranks (engine turns over) but doesn't start, one of the two above is not happening, although, it could also be an injector pump.

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Hi, Henry I would call Kawasaki 866-802-9381 because the VIN number indicates the bike was not made for the U.S. market for more information about your issue and valuable "FREE" downloads that you will need for viewing or printing please click on the blue links below. Good luck and have a wonderful day.
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If the fuel isn't all over the floor, I'd be checking that your riding buddies aren't playing a prank. Otherwise, debris in inlet valve or bad valve or float.

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I got this free Pdf manual from an online store for free and I don't think Ive visited a mechanic or fixya for help for more than 3-4 times out of the all t he times I fixed the chipper in these 4 years

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That vintage of motorcycle I would be checking the plug wires and plug caps for breakdown. Find the darkest place at night, rev your engine and look for arcing from your wires to the engine. It's also time to check for any deterioration of rubber hoses and components. Beautiful bike you have there!!

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online search for area parts /distributor

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Hi, Alex if your headlight is not working, intermittent, only one beam works, keeps burning out, blinking, dim or surges from bright to dim to bright the first thing you need to check is the headlight bulb for damaged filaments then check your light circuit fuse, then check your headlight bulb socket ground wire for a clean tight connection, that being said the usual suspects are:
1. Faulty ground or power supply wire to the headlight bulb socket.
2. Worn down solder contacts or loose fit of the bulb base in the socket due to vibration.
3. Worn, chafed, or broken wires in the light circuit.
4. Corroded, broken, or loose pins/sockets in wire connectors.
5. Faulty hi/low beam switch.
6. Faulty ignition switch.
7. Fuse is good but no continuity on both sides.
8. Faulty headlight relay.
9. Faulty wiring between battery positive and headlight bulb socket.
10. Weak charging alternator/generator/lighting coil
11. Faulty voltage regulator/rectifier ground or overcharging.
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Oh, nice bike. I had a 1971 model in the UK, reg was WTO 127J, it is still around according to DLA.

If it has three sets of points, as opposed to CDI, all the points must be clean and gapped. I used to carry 6 clean spark plugs in my pocket and on the bike. Leads and plug caps need to be in good condition.

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Sounds like a neutral switch relay problem....check your relays and fuses..........

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Bikes of that age only need a few things to run.

A spark at the right time

One of those three is defective?

Compression, check with a compression tester
Fuel, is it clean and fresh. Is it getting to the spark plug, it is wet with gasoline?
A spark at the right time. New spark plug and engine correctly timed. A nice fat blue spark if you put the plug against the cylinder head?

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