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April 17, 2005, 01:29 PM

The bike in question is a 1997 ZX-9R. The battery has been declared good by
the staff at Fast Lane Cycles.

When I hit the starter, the engine will turn over once. Try it a second time, nothing. I've got a shop manual with the schematics. Before I start pulling wires, I hope somebody in here has an idea of where I should start.

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sparkplugs wires loose? not really sure what to say? when was the last time you started it?
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sparkplugs wires loose? not really sure what to say? when was the last time you started it?
Spark plug wires have nothing to do with the bike not turning over.

Clean your battery connections. Make sure your battery cables are on tight. You should borrow or buy a voltmeter. Make sure the battery is putting out 12.6V with no load. Check your connections on your starter (follow the postive battery lead) It's most likely poor contact if your battery is fine.


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Check your cut off???? Happened to me once
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check your kickstand switch. Pretty common issue
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sparkplugs wires loose? not really sure what to say? when was the last time you started it?
Spark plug wires have nothing to do with the bike not turning over.

Clean your battery connections. Make sure your battery cables are on tight. You should borrow or buy a voltmeter. Make sure the battery is putting out 12.6V with no load. Check your connections on your starter (follow the postive battery lead) It's most likely poor contact if your battery is fine.




+1. Start with the basic checks then go from there.


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April 21, 2005, 09:20 AM

Your Bike could also have a stuck Float on one of the Carbs. When this happens, Gas will continue to flow through the Intake and leak down in to the cylinder and cause a "Hydro Static lock". Basically the Piston does not have any room to move up or down and there for you engine is locked up. Two questions: 1) do you Smell a lot of gas? 2) can you turn the engine over without the Starter.

I would recommend to take all four Spark Plugs out and then try to turn the engine. Make sure the engine turns over without any issues. The fact that your engine turns over once tells me that your wireing/battery is okay. I have had this happend to me before on my zx-7 and my zx-11.
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Check your cut off???? Happened to me once
Cut-off is for fuel-injected engines only...


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check your kickstand switch. Pretty common issue
That would cut-it if it was in gear.
Wouldn't have anything to do with it not turning over.
Would keep it from firing though...


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I am still leaning toward the cabling battery issues.


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I am still leaning toward the cabling battery issues.
Stop leaning.
We don't want to lift that much if you fall over...


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check your kickstand switch. Pretty common issue
That would cut-it if it was in gear.
Wouldn't have anything to do with it not turning over.
Would keep it from firing though...
You are correct. I had a similiar problem with my ZX-12 that was very similiar to his issue and replacing the kickstand switch is what fixed it. It used to start with the kickstand down and in neutral but not with the kickstand up. Wouldn't turn over. Mimicked a dead battery issue.
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May 24, 2005, 10:54 AM

i tried with the bike standing up and resting on its kickstand..

kickstand up and down...

i get this clickign underneath the seat where the battery is..

i had to get a jump from a buddy the first time this happened..

so i guess its not the voltage regulator?

i'm not very savvy when it comes to vehicle mechanics, but i'm trying.

the second time i had to run it up and hilll and cruise it down and hold in the clutch in order for it to turn on?

i think its just a dead battery, going to take it to the shop today to get it the battery tested.

i've tested my kickstand theory, eventually it started back up both times just after some jiggling and fondling of the bike

how much would a battery cost..
i went to auto zone yesterday to price check it... they dont even carry 03 batteries
and then the 1999-2001 batteries were like 70 bucks.

thank you in advance for your comments and opinions,


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try to clutch start it if it stays on mostlikely its a starter or battery issue if it doesnet dig deeper


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May 24, 2005, 11:35 AM

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try to clutch start it if it stays on mostlikely its a starter or battery issue if it doesnet dig deeper
could you explain the clutch start method?
or did i already do it?

everytime i get the bike started up it never cuts off.


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