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Old 11-23-2012, 11:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 650 Idle speed? am I doing something wrong here?

the manual says to let it idle between 1,250 - 1,350 RPM which in my mind means 1,300 RPM should be fine... We'll when I set my idle lower than 1,500 RPM's the idle needle bumps up and down not much at all like 100 RPM but say if I set it to 1,300 RPM it will bump back and forth between 1,300 RPM and 1,400 RPM. Is that normal for the idle needle to bounce like that? I never noticed it on my other bikes but maybe I'm just being paranoid... can anyone help me out please! Thanks in advance, I'm trying to explain it the best I can. Honestly the only time I can get it to stay at one constant RPM is when it's at around 1,500 RPMs
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Old 11-24-2012, 09:48 AM   #2 (permalink)
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the manual says to let it idle between 1,250 - 1,350 RPM which in my mind means 1,300 RPM should be fine... We'll when I set my idle lower than 1,500 RPM's the idle needle bumps up and down not much at all like 100 RPM but say if I set it to 1,300 RPM it will bump back and forth between 1,300 RPM and 1,400 RPM. Is that normal for the idle needle to bounce like that? I never noticed it on my other bikes but maybe I'm just being paranoid... can anyone help me out please! Thanks in advance, I'm trying to explain it the best I can. Honestly the only time I can get it to stay at one constant RPM is when it's at around 1,500 RPMs

Are you doing the adjustment with the engine fully warmed up?
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Old 11-24-2012, 12:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Are you doing the adjustment with the engine fully warmed up?
Yeah, I mean I've played with it a few times and it'll stay at a steady idle but after riding for a while it will go up or down a little bit, is that normal for the 650? I can just leave it at 1,500 RPM idle speed if that won't hurt the bike at all but im not sure if it will?
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1500 rpm won't hurt it, but it should be steady at 1300 as long as the motor is fully up to temperature - after about 5 or 6 miles. (The oil takes another 5 or 6 miles to filly heat up)

If the bike is new it might still be a bit tight. If it hasn't had its first service yet, get the dealer to check it with the service.

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i have mine set to 1000... seems more 'normal'... 1300 seemed WAY too high...
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1000 is too low.


and, mine, while not a 650 also bounces a bit. i dont care.
how often does it sit idling anyway.
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1000 is too low.


and, mine, while not a 650 also bounces a bit. i dont care.
how often does it sit idling anyway.
Yeah good point, It only bounces every now and then but didn't know if this is a normal thing with twin cylinders or not? What kinda bike do you have and how much would you say it bounces?
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1000 is too low.
and, mine, while not a 650 also bounces a bit. i dont care.
how often does it sit idling anyway.
what do u mean by 'bounces'? and what do u have? not the same bike/engine, not same results... mine idles perfect at 1000, no problems at all, never stalls... it even idles perfect at 750, but thats too low...
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