Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Hermosa Beach, CA
Engine failure on a 2011
Unfortunately, something came loose inside the top end of my engine on the way to work the other day. I felt a weird sensation in the engine, then it lost power completely. At first I thought maybe a line came loose, but it also felt like the engine just wasn't there anymore. It did allow me to pull in the clutch and pull over gracefully without locking up and throwing me at 75 mph on the freeway.
I had it towed to a mechanic to open it up and give me an idea of what they think happened, but I already know there was metal loose where it shouldn't be inside the engine so it can't be good.
Some thoughts that went through my mind are KACR or some other internal part breaking. But what? I replaced the doo about 1,000 miles ago, and besides, this was the top end of the motor I'm fairly certain. Chain in the engine?
I think I'm SOL in terms of warranty. From what I've heard I doubt Kawasaki will do anything for me, but I'm pretty disappointed. Just 12,000 miles on the bike and hadn't even seen its first dirt road yet! It's been my commuter bike for the past couple of years.
If the engine's toast I figure I'll just bring it back home and use it to teach myself how to put it back together (probably with a bigger bore). Any other suggestions? Any other thoughts as to what this could be while I wait for the mechanic's estimate?
Thanks in advance for any help!