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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how do you give a tune up & oil change to motorcycle

Buy oil, oil filter and spark plugs from any auto parts store. Let your bike warm up before draining oil. On the bottom is the oil drain plug. Remove plug and let drain. While draining remove old oil filter. Let it sit for about 10 min to make sure all oil has been drained. Replace plug, apply small amount of oil to filter seal (just run your finger around the seal with oil on it) and tighten. You will need any type of oil filter wrench to tighten up filter. If it doesn't leak it's tight enough. I got a wrench this year for $2 at ace hardware. Then fill with oil. Go by your manual on how much oil your bike recommends. Should be around 3.3 quarts. Once you add the oil and put the cap on, crank your bike and let it run for 30sec-1min. Turn off. Pull out oil dipstick and wipe it off. With bike level place dipstick back and then remove. Oil should be between the 2 lines. Closer to the top line the better but NOT OVER THE LINE. If no dipstick you may have a clear window on the case to see the oil and the fill line. Spark plugs just remove wires (takes a little force) then just use a spark plug socket and remove them. Best is one at a time so you do not cross any plug wires. When installing the new ones HAND TIGHTHEN FIRST. Once you have done that use socket to tighten VERY LITTLE. 1/8 inch once seated. Do not over tighten. Then reapply plug wires. Hope this helps.

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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!

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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?

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

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


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check the compression,ignition and the carburetor.These are the three things an engine needs to run.If you have compression(put your thumb on the spark plug hole,spark plug removed,operate the starter.If the compression blows off the thumb of the spark plug hole,it is adequate for the engine to run).Try priming the engine(put small amount of gas in the cylinder)and start the engine .If the engine only runs the fuel you put inside you have a fuel delivery problem to find and fix.

regards savumihai71

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