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post #1 of 23 Old 08-23-2017, 04:50 PM Thread Starter
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2016 klr 650 runs like crap

Hi everyone, so i bought a leftover from the dealer, it has 120 miles on it, and the main problem i'm having is it runs terrible, very bad idle, i have to keep it at 2000 rpms to keep it running, then every time i drive when i let off the gas, you can hear these "pops" from the exhaust, like its backfiring . i called the service dept, and they told me to drill out the caps and turn the screw 1/2 turn out. does anyone have an idea of what cap covers the idle mixture screw . and any other tips and tricks that would improve performance, i did buy a uni filter for it.
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post #2 of 23 Old 08-23-2017, 07:28 PM
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Yes it sounds like it is running lean. It could just be because the carburetor needs cleaned. A high-flow filter would make it run leaner

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post #3 of 23 Old 08-23-2017, 07:29 PM
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Somewhere on here is a sticky post about the carb look for the 22-cent mod

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..........i called the service dept, and they told me to drill out the caps and turn the screw 1/2 turn out..........
The bike should be under warranty.

Check for loose bolts where the exhaust bolts to the head.
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post #5 of 23 Old 08-24-2017, 10:30 AM
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1) carb is probably dirty from the bike sitting with fuel in it.
2) it's the fuel screw that has the cap
3) I'd get it running right before messing with the jetting, but when you do I'd suggest bypassing the 22 cent mod "bandaid" and installing a superior KLX jet kit from Eaglemike.
4) yes, check the header bolts but a functioning AIS system is designed to cause exhaust popping on decel.


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post #6 of 23 Old 08-24-2017, 10:45 AM
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Could it be possible that your choke cable isn't adjusted properly?
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post #7 of 23 Old 08-24-2017, 12:49 PM
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No, hell no. The damn thing has 120 miles on it. It's a new bike bought from a dealer.

The last thing the OP should have to do is start poking around at random stuff trying to get the damn thing running right. That was the dealer's job. The service department needs a swift kick in the nuts for their recommendation.

Take it back and get what you paid for, which is a friggin' well running bike with a warranty.

If it had 12K miles on it, was three years old, and had the same problem I'd have a different attitude (and it probably has loose exhaust nuts).

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Hi everyone, so i bought a leftover from the dealer, it has 120 miles on it, and the main problem i'm having is it runs terrible, very bad idle, i have to keep it at 2000 rpms to keep it running, then every time i drive when i let off the gas, you can hear these "pops" from the exhaust, like its backfiring . i called the service dept, and they told me to drill out the caps and turn the screw 1/2 turn out. does anyone have an idea of what cap covers the idle mixture screw . and any other tips and tricks that would improve performance, i did buy a uni filter for it.
Thanks for any help
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How many miles were on your bike before you left the 'Dealership'?
Didn't any dealer employee take it for a 3 - 5 mile ride before you took it home?
Did you not get to ride it at all before signing the final dotted line?
Did you carry it home or ride it home?
Did the sales person not go thru a pre-delivery check list with you, which you are supposed to sign and get the yellow copy of? (This should be after you completed all the other paper work, near end of transaction.) Showing you how to check engine oil, what your tire pressures should be, which way the fuel valve handle points, why the air filter needs to be oiled after cleaning, what your engine break-in procedure should entail, what your break-in maintenance should entail, etc...

Take it back to the selling dealer and politely tell them it does not run properly. If they hem and haw about it, open the owners Handbook to the last page and dial the Kawasaki Consumer Services phone number in the back of the book!

They failed to drain the fuel from the carburetor a few months back and the pilot jet is most likely restricted, too much to flush clean with fresh gasoline. It's gonna' need manual labor.
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richie8475,
How many miles were on your bike before you left the 'Dealership'?
Didn't any dealer employee take it for a 3 - 5 mile ride before you took it home?
Did you not get to ride it at all before signing the final dotted line?
Did you carry it home or ride it home?
Did the sales person not go thru a pre-delivery check list with you, which you are supposed to sign and get the yellow copy of? (This should be after you completed all the other paper work, near end of transaction.) Showing you how to check engine oil, what your tire pressures should be, which way the fuel valve handle points, why the air filter needs to be oiled after cleaning, what your engine break-in procedure should entail, what your break-in maintenance should entail, etc...

Take it back to the selling dealer and politely tell them it does not run properly. If they hem and haw about it, open the owners Handbook to the last page and dial the Kawasaki Consumer Services phone number in the back of the book!

They failed to drain the fuel from the carburetor a few months back and the pilot jet is most likely restricted, too much to flush clean with fresh gasoline. It's gonna' need manual labor.
And please tell us what dealership you are dealing with so we can avoid them please.
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i checked, there are no loose bolts where the exhaust bolts to the head, i called the dealership, and they said thats how they all run, lean from the factory, and told me to adjust idle mixture screw. the dealership was cross roads power sports in Upper darby PA . no there was no going over anything by the sales person, he simply told me to wait for the service dept to get done with getting the bike ready. the bike actually stalled out on the way home and the battery was dead, so i had to run down rt 3 with my brand new bike and hop on and pop it, wich took a couple of try's very embarrassing , i believe it had around 15 miles on it when i got it, i should not have bought a leftover 2016 bike. I was also told that the carb being gummed up would be from me having bad gas in it, and not a warranty problem. i only use 92, and never use wawa gas.
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