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Bike wont start after a wash - May 22, 2009, 09:04 AM

Last night I washed my bike after drying it I turned it on and it was idling funny, I rode it down the street for about 3 minutes and it started idling normally so I took it in and parked. Today in the morning when I go to leave for work I turn it on and after 10 seconds the rpm's dropped and it turned off. I tried multiple times to turn it on after that and it would not start, so I hopped in the car and left for work. I need help in figuring this problem out. Does anybody know what could be causing this? Thanks in advance.

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Turn up the idle on it then listen to see if it's rough.


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Btw the bike is a 2005 Kawasaki Zx6r with 11,000 miles and I changed the oil and flushed the radiator on Sunday, the bike was riding fine yesterday because I rode to work and back home problem didn't start until after I washed it last night.
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what kinda sponge did you use?
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soaked electrical connections?

I never let my bike see a hose, I've always used waterless cleaning methods.


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I used a regular yellow sponge I got at autozone a couple of years ago and a different one for the wheels, and brakes.
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soaked electrical connections?

I never let my bike see a hose, I've always used waterless cleaning methods.
but you ride in the rain?
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I used a regular yellow sponge I got at autozone a couple of years ago and a different one for the wheels, and brakes.
what color is your bike?
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I washed the bike with the hose but ive never had problems, been washing it that way since I got it last year
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I washed the bike with the hose but ive never had problems, been washing it that way since I got it last year
Did ya put oil back in it?

I've been pressure washing bikes since bikes had ignition points. If it's water that has caused your problem you got unlucky or did your very best to spray hard into a sensitive area.

Pull the seat and let it sit in the sun for awhile.
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soaked electrical connections?

I never let my bike see a hose, I've always used waterless cleaning methods.
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Pledge and microfiber

Do you have a power commander?
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Was your gas tank open when you were washing it?

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but you ride in the rain?
I usually try not to ride when it rains...I have been rained on while riding but never caught in a down-pour.


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May 22, 2009, 09:43 AM

No I don't have a power commander only a slip on. I ride in the rain all the time so I really don't know whats wrong with it. I'll take it out into the sun when I get home from work to dry up parts that I did not get completely dry. I also washed the bike on the pitbull stand for the first time I always wash it on the sidestand but yesterday I decided to use the rear stand, maybe that allowed water to get in somewhere?
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