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PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2017 3:21 pm 
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Hi all,
I'm Steve and I'm coming back to riding a bike after a few years off. My last bike was a 2 year-old GPX750 so it's been a while :-). Thought I'd jump straight in at the deep end and get a zx9r. Going to look at a 2006(!) E1 tonight which I realised after some research on here and elsewhere was manufactured in 2001.


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PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2017 4:23 pm 
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PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2017 5:44 pm 
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Location: Cambridgeshire. 2001 E1.
On the basis of my E1 purchase last year, he's my quick list of things to check (not exclusive, suggest you read Yorkie's guide on what to do after you buy one ... will give an idea of what else to look for).

1) Given the difficulty in getting parts for carbs and that the float valve seats can't be changed on the E1 & E2 models, make sure that the bike doesn't spurt fuel out the exhaust when first started. Make sure the fuel tap is switched on and float bowls charged before starting. If the carb valves are shot, it will likely spit small amounts of fuel out of exhaust. Also a lumpy tickeover (more so when on side stand) would suggest an issue.

2) Check fo cracks in the frame where is curves under the Kawasaki symbol on the fuel tank - wheelie merchants have been know to split the frames here (on the top of the frame, vertical cracks).

3) checks all bearings (wheels and steering headstock bearings).

4) Check all electrics, and check to see if revs drop a lot when lights switched on (usually sign of dirty connectors).

5) In terms of cold running vs. hot, given today's temperatures, it should start on full choke, cold, then allow choke to be turned down to at least half way within 5 seconds, then progressively towards off within a minute or two. My bike ticks over best once it's gone past 70 Celsius.

6) For overheating - in today's temps it should run between 82 and 85C. Fan doesn't kick in until 100C or just over.

7) Absolute must - check the gearbox - any issues getting into 3rd or dropping out of any gear after changing up, or difficulty getting from above 3rd down to 1st & then neutral would suggest gearbox issue.

8) All standard checks - tyres, chain, coolant, oil, engine & frame number matching logbook etc.

9) Breaks - if it's got Tokico 6 pot front calipers - they could be partially seized. We all enjoy this challenge and some swap out to Nissin 4 pots (much better) .. so if the front breaks aren't great - don't worry this can be sorted.

10) Blip throttle when warm - if revs drop quickly down to tickover (but no lower), and tickover is fairly stable, carbs are pretty well setup. If revs drop below tickover, it's running rich. I'd also check the oil in this instance (smell it .. in case float valves have dumped petrol into bores over time). If revs drop slowly it's running lean - can be sorted and probably a good sign for an E (means float valves are probably good).

11) If non standard exhaust and carbs aren't exactly spot on, it may be lumpy in traffic at around 1500 - 2200 RPM. Can be sorted with correct setup, no big deal, but irritating until sorted.

12) Look for signs of crash damage ... and at spacing between the clip on mounts and the front suspension adjusters .. if slightly different between each side, may have been dropped on the side where the gap is smallest (mine had this).

13). Exhaust - if brave, check exhaust header temperatures .... if some are much cooler than others, can be sign valve clearances need doing ... this is an OK DIY job to do, but just nice to know. If any service history - an obvious check is for when valve clearances last done.

I think that's all I can remember from my limited experience... hope it turns out to be a good'un and welcome :-)

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PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2017 6:49 pm 
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PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2017 6:58 pm 
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Cheers for the advice and the welcome. I took a mate who has a bit more nouse than me and I've just bought it :-). Starts and runs lovely. 12,000 miles from new. Looking forward to getting out on it. I'll work my way through the suggested checks but it really does seem in nice nick. Bit of a punt but I didn't want to miss it.


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PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2017 10:01 pm 
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Hi welcome to the forum , good choice of bike to come back too :!:

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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 8:33 pm 
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Can't work out how to post a picture unfortunately, but how do I know for certain which model I have ? I think it's an E2 but unsure ?


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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2017 7:54 am 
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Post pictures by using the "Upload attachment" under the "big white box where you type text when replying to a post". You may need to resize the images, as even mobile phones produce rather huge pictures these days. Google "IrfanView" if you are using Windows or "simple app to resize images for X" if you are using a tablet or phone (where X is whatever it is you are using).

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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2017 4:06 pm 
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It has the Tokico 6-pot calipers. The rear shock is not standard but I have the original yellow one.


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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2017 5:01 pm 
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Location: Cambridgeshire. 2001 E1.
Looks like a tidy E2 you've got yourself :-)

Red rear shock spring suggests it's a ZX12R rear shock - which is a good upgrade. Sadly you have the 6 pot front calipers ... if you learn to hate them, swap them out for Nissin 4 pots.

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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2017 5:24 pm 
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E2. Good stuff then :D . Just had a quick look at the rear shock and it's a "Hagon". Can't see a model number anywhere though.


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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2017 5:59 pm 
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Hagon will be sound. The cap-head adjuster at the bottom is a combined rebound/compression, works well.

Nice bike that.

Polly, we can just swap stuff like we used to, without the 'out' ;)


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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2017 8:30 pm 
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PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2017 1:36 am 
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Hello and welcome. Nice example 8) 8)

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 10:29 pm 
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Late registered E2, i had one the same, there's a few about, all the same colour, they came from Germany apparently.

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