2002 wont start even after replacing every item in starter circuit
Hi and help from Graeme in France,
Over a year ago or longer, the bike, a 2002 model, has struggled more and more to start, finally refusing to start from cold but will start easily when warmed up. It always sounds as if the battery isn't strong enough, but it has been replaced , twice .
I've replaced all items in starter circuit, from battery to one-way starter clutch.
But, it still makes a whinnying that grinds to a halt, like something is half-seizing, somewhere... somewhere else in the motor, but not I'm starting to believe, not in the starter system.
There are several bearings around the bottom end / cam and counter-vibration parts. But that's a hell of a lot of stripping down.
It feels like a needle in a haystack search.
Anyone had a similar problem ? I'm pretty desperate and isolated here in S. France. No motorcycle mechanic, even the main Kawasaki dealer in Montpellier has got any (accurate) idea, and are quoting more than the value of the bike to poke around looking for a solution.
Love this bike and all it can do, but might have to break it up for parts if I can't work out what's wrong..
Graeme in France