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Old 10-25-2012, 11:12 PM   #41 (permalink)
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before running off to waste some money at a mechanic, give that starter a little smack with a wrench, it might just be sticking and not enguaging as it sounds like it.

tap tap tap, dont go breaking the starter using a 2lb sledge.

tap all up and down the starter, but mostly towards the part of the engine it goes into.
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Old 10-26-2012, 07:10 PM   #42 (permalink)
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My 2008 ZZR600 sat for over 2 years, and when I turned the key nothing happened, even with a new battery added.

I put it in first gear and pushed the bike forwards and backwards with the clutch lever out, until the back tire was skidding on the floor. It worked- the starter began turning the engine.

Then I had to deal with old improperly stabilized fuel in the gas tank after the engine started, after several seconds of cranking.

At least you learned quickly and cheaply which mechanic to not trust.
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Old 11-05-2012, 11:33 AM   #43 (permalink)
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Hi everyone thank you all for helping me out with my bike problem. Unfortunately I have not been able to find a mechanic in my area. i just wanted to ask for an honest opinion on how much could or should I sell the bike for with it's present condition? i would like to get about $2000 for it or even 1500. Thanks again.
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Old 11-05-2012, 12:25 PM   #44 (permalink)
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Non-running with a possibly seized motor? MAYBE $1000. Value on a nice 1998 ZX-9R in good mechanical condition is $1750-$2200.

Though I have an extremely hard time believing there are no competent mechanics anywhere near you.
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I would try this but i personally would have someone push me while i was sitting on the bike. If the motor is locked up the back wheel will just skid.

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so would the bike lock up in first gear or second while trying to run with it? Meaning if i put it in second gear and hold clutch and run the bike should keep rolling right? But once i start to press button i have to let go of clutch and then the back tire would lock up? Unless it starts when i let go...

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Dont worry about pushing the starter button. just push the bike and let go of the clutch while in second gear. The tire should not stop turning.
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You don't have to press the start button. All you have to do is ensure the kill switch is in the run position and the key is on.

Run with the bike in SECOND gear with the clutch pulled in. Get going pretty good and jump on the bike as you release the clutch. If it starts running pull the clutch back in to keep it running.
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Hi everyone okay today I had someone a mechanic come by to buy my bike. Sadly he did not buy the bike because he realized and so did i that on my bike there was a starter gear tied onto underneath my display console. Does anyone know what that can mean?
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A starter idler gear? It probably means what I have been telling you all along. The starter isn't engaging anything(because there's nothing there to engage)

You should be able to bump start it. Why haven't you done this yet? Just fucking bump it off every time you want to ride or fix it.

I'll give you $100 for the bike.
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