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  1. #1
    Hooligan
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    Jul 2012
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    eastern Ct.

    Proper way to start the ZRX??

    I know this subject has been beaten to death and I searched and couldn`t find the answer.
    When you start up I know the bike should be in neutral but should the clutch lever be in or out in order for the starter chain to not hit the clutch basket??

  2. #2
    BadAss Hooligan
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Location
    causing trouble near Milton, Ontario, Canada

    Re: Proper way to start the ZRX??

    Do not touch the clutch lever
    Start in neutral or if you are on a hill place in neutral and hold with the brake
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  3. #3
    BadAss Hooligan
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Location
    Christmas, FL

    Re: Proper way to start the ZRX??

    , I personally always pull clutch in(or push clutch pedal in a car) just in case it's in gear and the electronic gremlins are active in the starter interlock system

    I've seen bikes with cold/draggy clutches jump fwd literally out of operators hands and crash, because they started in gear

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  4. #4
    BadAss Hooligan
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    oakland county michigan

    Re: Proper way to start the ZRX??

    Why not pull the clutch in?

  5. #5
    c10's best friend
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    Tomball, Tx.

    Re: Proper way to start the ZRX??

    Quote Originally Posted by compressor59 View Post
    Why not pull the clutch in?
    Puts the pressure plate more in line with the tensioner, easier to make contact.
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  6. #6
    2009 Hooligan of the year
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    Location
    Austin, TX

    Re: Proper way to start the ZRX??

    Quote Originally Posted by grey View Post
    I know this subject has been beaten to death and I searched and couldn`t find the answer.
    When you start up I know the bike should be in neutral but should the clutch lever be in or out in order for the starter chain to not hit the clutch basket??
    If you have KWICK's tensioner stop installed (or similar made by others) you don't have to worry about that issue. Period.

    If you haven't installed "the fix" you risk cratering your clutch no matter how you choose to start the bike.

  7. #7
    BadAss Hooligan
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Location
    causing trouble near Milton, Ontario, Canada

    Re: Proper way to start the ZRX??

    open up the hole where you put the oil in and have someone pull in the clutch.
    You will see the clutch move in line the tensioner for potential damage over time
    A ZRX will not start in gear with the clutch disengaged
    At least mine won't
    all that said its your bike Do what ever works for you
    Johnnie Phatt
    Head honcho of project
    Rise of the Phoenix

    bring Dave if you must....Perko

  8. #8
    2009 Hooligan of the year
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    Location
    Austin, TX

    Re: Proper way to start the ZRX??

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnnie Phatt View Post
    A ZRX will not start in gear with the clutch disengaged
    At least mine won't.
    You have a bad switch if that's the case.

  9. #9
    2009 Hooligan of the year
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    Location
    Austin, TX

    Proper way to start the ZRX??

    I rarely ever start in gear (i.e. lever pulled in).





    Get your starter tensioner fixed, otherwise you'll be fixing a whole lot more.




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  10. #10
    BadAss Hooligan
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Location
    Christmas, FL

    Re: Proper way to start the ZRX??

    Quote Originally Posted by ZRX Mitch View Post
    Puts the pressure plate more in line with the tensioner, easier to make contact.
    Good point on the pressure plate !!.

    When I worked as a Kawasaki dealer lead mechanic in the 80's, we started recommending to buyers to start in neutral and pull clutch on this type of engines, greatly reduced the starter chain/tensioner repairs, some where warranty repairs that KHI did not cover

    Of course we also recommended going slow when leaving shop in the then new Ninja 600 as they where prone to shimmy when accelerated hard on bumpy roads, a lot did not listen and promptly wrecked their 3 miles old bike,

    Orig. owner, 99 ZRX, 61k+
    ZX11cams,pistons
    Stick coils, DIM Harness
    Cam degree 105 int.,107 exh.
    Fact. 1.0 w/Ti.,108 MJ
    Airbox w/ K+N
    Full Akro
    OEM ign. +5 Adv
    Dyno 131.7 HP/80.4 TQ.
    Ohlins RS, Race tech fork
    Fork brace+Steering damper




    "TO BOLDLY GO WHERE NO MAN HAS GONE BEFORE" IS EASY, RETURNING IS THE REAL CHALLENGE.

    " WHEN YOU OWN A CHINESE PRODUCT, ALL CHINESE SPARE PARTS ARE OEM QUALITY "

  11. #11
    BadAss Hooligan
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Snohomish, WA

    Re: Proper way to start the ZRX??

    Quote Originally Posted by zrx24 View Post
    If you have KWICK's tensioner stop installed (or similar made by others) you don't have to worry about that issue. Period.

    If you haven't installed "the fix" you risk cratering your clutch no matter how you choose to start the bike.
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  12. #12
    BadAss Hooligan
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Location
    causing trouble near Milton, Ontario, Canada

    Re: Proper way to start the ZRX??

    I always get this backwards
    If my bike is in gear and my hand is off the clutch It will not start
    I can never remember if that's engaged or disengaged
    But it won't regardless
    Jp


    Quote Originally Posted by Johnnie Phatt View Post
    open up the hole where you put the oil in and have someone pull in the clutch.
    You will see the clutch move in line the tensioner for potential damage over time
    A ZRX will not start in gear with the clutch disengaged
    At least mine won't
    all that said its your bike Do what ever works for you
    Johnnie Phatt
    Head honcho of project
    Rise of the Phoenix

    bring Dave if you must....Perko

  13. #13
    2009 Hooligan of the year
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    Location
    Austin, TX

    Re: Proper way to start the ZRX??

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnnie Phatt View Post
    I always get this backwards
    If my bike is in gear and my hand is off the clutch It will not start
    I can never remember if that's engaged or disengaged
    But it won't regardless
    Jp
    It absolutely should not start in that case. The bike would lunge forward if it did try to start.

    Think of "engaged" the same as "in gear." The bike will not go if the clutch is not engaged.

  14. #14
    Hooligan
    Join Date
    Sep 2016
    Location
    Buffalo

    Re: Proper way to start the ZRX??

    When I first got the bike I had a leak at the slave cylinder due to corrosion. It must have been let out a drip each time I pulled the clutch lever, never a drop on my garage floor. Well you know where this is going. Started the bike in gear with the lever pulled in and I was sitting on it. The bike took off. Thank god I didnít go down before I killed it.

    Yeah, Iím an idiot. Start the bike in neutral.

  15. #15
    The Mod Father
    Join Date
    Apr 2016
    Location
    Lisburn.,Northern Ireland

    Re: Proper way to start the ZRX??

    Out of "force of habit" to the contrary over the years I try to resist pulling the clutch..


    So for the ZRX ...Start the bike in Neutral and don't touch the clutch...

    From "cold"..;

    1/Choke/enricher
    2/Neutral
    3/Don't touch clutch lever
    4/Press starter button....
    5/(15~20 seconds later choke/enricher lever off)

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  16. #16
    Bleeding Kawasaki since the 70's
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Location
    Charleston, TN -- bah-ha-wa-ha!

    Re: Proper way to start the ZRX??

    Choke and kick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by youngzrxer View Post
    Perko has a good point though....

  17. #17
    BadAss Hooligan
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    College Station, TX

    Re: Proper way to start the ZRX??

    Always pull the compression release before you kick it over.

  18. #18
    TMZ of the ZRXOA
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    Depends on who wants to know.........and why.

    Re: Proper way to start the ZRX??

    Just like I never forgot to put a side-stand up or down when applicable, I never started a bike while it was in gear. I had a habit of getting on the bike and rocking it a bit back & forth to insure that I knew if it was in gear or not.

    When parked, I made sure that it was always in 1st gear. Come Hell or high water, I never forgot.
    Speed kills..........but only the dumb and the inexperienced!

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