Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Technical, Bike forums > Kawasaki

Kawasaki Kawasaki Tech Forum - For Questions specific and of interest to Kawasaki riders only. Questions comparing which bike is best etc go in the "Which Bike" forum.
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 7 Oct 2011
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 1
KLE 500 Starting Issues

I have a 2007 KLE 500 that seems to have an electrical problem when starting. About 50% of the time I try to start there is nothing and then all of a sudden it fires and starts as it should so that's why I think it is electrical. Can anybody please help me if they have heard of this issue or at least where I should start looking for the problem?
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 7 Oct 2011
Gold Member
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: N.Yorkshire
Posts: 338
My kle hasn't had this problem, but have had this on other motors.
a common culprit is the starter relay, you have a heavy copper contacts that are shoved together by a solenoid, a bit of arcing gives corrosion and a dicky contact.
I have unsoldered, stripped and cleaned contacts before successfully, if it comes apart, it's worth taking a bit of fine emery to the contacts, cleaner alone wont shift the arc damage.
__________________
Harley Davidsons,
The most effective way of turning petrol into noise without the side-effect of horsepower
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 11 Oct 2011
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Gold Coast ,Australia
Posts: 27
Plus one on the starter relay solution. May also pay to use an electrical cleaner spray on the handlebar switchblock as well. Spray a suitable cleaner lubricant into each switch and operate a dozen or so times whilst giving an extra squirt now and again. Doesn't hurt to do this every six months or so, to minimize surface corrosion. More so if it is not being used everyday, left outside in the elements etc.

Hope you have already solved the initial problem without drama.

Enjoy the ride.

Shaun
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 29 Apr 2012
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: kent
Posts: 73
Hi. a good idea is to work out if it is sparking, this is pretty easy, you can take the spark plug out, put it back in the spark plug cap and turn it over with it next to the engine so it earths, there should be a visible spark jumping across. if it is sparking it is probably a fuel problem.
i had a similar problem on my kle and it was the pilot jets on the carbs needed cleaning. i gave all the jets a good clean and got a little piece of copper wire and threaded it through the pilot jets a few times back and forward. . .
not too difficult but need the right screwdrivers and need to be careful with the carb screws as they seem to be pretty weak - i ended up replacing them with stainless steel ones after mangling one or two of them. . .
good luck!
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 13 May 2012
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 55
I have had starting issues as well. The lights etc turn on and I push the starter button and nothing.

The culprit is the side stand switch getting gunked up and sticking. WD40 and jiggling it about has got the bike going again.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 15 May 2012
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: NSW, Australia
Posts: 57
There is also the clutch switch on the bars which can have issues (my side stand switch was disconnected years ago..)
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Issues logging on realmc26 Website Feedback 57 21 Jun 2011 00:05
Issues with TS 185 CstrikerDan Suzuki Tech 2 27 Nov 2010 05:57
Issues with KLR 650 rasjay South America 18 27 Oct 2010 18:46
GS1100 Issues - Should I buy one? Pip the Scotsman BMW Tech 10 25 Aug 2010 22:13
Newbee with KLE 500 Issues avakad Kawasaki 4 6 Oct 2009 13:18

 
 
 

NEW! HU 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar is now available! Get your copy now for some terrific travel inspiration!

HUGE, 11.5 x 16.5 inches, beautifully printed in Germany on top quality stock! Photos are the winning images from over 600 entries in the 9th Annual HU Photo Contest!

Horizons Unlimited 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar.

"The calendar is magnificent!"

"I just wanted to say how much I'm loving the new, larger calendar!"

We share the profit with the winning photographers. YOU could be in the HU Calendar too - enter here!


HU DVD Autumn Special!

Take 40% off Road Heroes Part 1 until October 31 only!

Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers Peter and Kay Forwood (193 countries two-up on a Harley); Dr. Greg Frazier (5 times RTW); Tiffany Coates (RTW solo female); and Rene Cormier (University of Gravel Roads).

The first in an exciting new series, Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers."Inspiring and hilarious!"

"I loved watching this DVD!"

"Lots of amazing stories and even more amazing photographs, it's great fun and very inspirational."

"Wonderful entertainment!"

Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'HEROES' on your order when you checkout.


Renedian Adventures


Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!


What turns you on to motorcycle travel?


Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!


New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.


Books & DVDs

amazon

All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.


Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!




All times are GMT +1. The time now is 17:36.