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OK, so I bought my 1st bike ever. Always wanted a zx6r -- bought my '01 used with 1850 miles. I have a couple issues and since it's my first bike, I dunno if they're normal or not. Can someone help me?
First thing -- once in a while if I pop the clutch and have to restart (which has happened a FEW times), I hear this high-pitch whistle for appx. a minute -- once I'm up into 2nd gear, no prob. Is that normal?
Also, how many miles is everyone getting avg. on a tank? I thought it was a 4.8g tank, but I seem to need the reserve after 100 miles or so (mostly city driving, though). When I go to fill up, it'll only take about 3g of gas.
Lastly, sometimes (1 out of 5) the bike won't start without alot of throttle (even when hot or with choke open ALL THE WAY). When it does start, it'll shoot to 4k, then back down to 750, then either die or bounce until it steadies.
Like I said, I bought the bike used -- I wonder if these problems could be caused by poor break-in, am I doing something wrong, or I am too worried about my baby and I should just get used to it.
 

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I get about 180 miles before it hits reserve. That's about 4 gallons of normal driving. (Normal for other people, not me.) I've never driven reserve any farther than a couple of miles, cause I'm not much into pushing.

Mine doesn't like to start sometimes. Cold is terrible, but if it stalls when hot, it takes a little to get started. The thing to remember, is these carbs aren't made for easy starting and perfect idle, they're designed for maximum flow at full throttle. They just threw the usability thing in there as a bonus.


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Good point Gary. He's right...these suckers are made for going balls to the wall (though we advise you not to do so). =)

I'm the same way t15, I think I always hear my bike making funny noises than what "it used to not do" and my bike has only 750 miles on it. What the hell could be wrong? More than likely nothing. But for piece of mind, take it in and have it looked at. It will only cost you a hundred dollars. =)

If I lose, then you cheated.

Edited by - Marine on 10/07/2002 13:56:05
 

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Your hard starting and erratic idle sounds like a carb issue to me.

First thing to try would be to add 2 or 3 shot glasses full of Chevron Techron Fuel System Cleaner to your next full tank of gas. If there's gunk built up in the carbs, that might clear it out.

Another set of possible carb issues would be that they are out of synch, or one of the float heights is incorrect. If the fuel system cleaner doesn't do the trick, take it to a good bike mechanic, and have him take a look at them.

Also, you shouldn't use full choke on a new engine unless its damn near freezing outside. During the summer time, you shouldn't need it at all. Just use the throttle to crank up the bike. Too much raw fuel while first warming up the bike can foul the engine oil, and eventually lead to chewed up bearings if the oil isn't changed frequently enough.

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Thanks for the replies. Like Marine said, this thing is truly at home sailing thru 3 digits at 10k (balls to the wall maybe?), but it's the little quirks that scare me. I have a shop down the street with a pretty good rep -- I think I'll follow Bladecutter's advice with the Cleaner and then have it checked out there. I'm from NH, USA -- almost the end of season here anyway (but I want my baby in top condition come March!) Thanks again!
 
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