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Question : I OWN a 1982 Kawasaki GPZ550, an old bike but a pleasure to ride.

However, I have a problem idling when the engine is at operating temperature.

Also, it is difficult to start the bike until the engine cools.

Several mechanics have failed to solve the problem and my repair bills have already hit four thousand dollars. The mechanics have done a top overhaul and change the engine block with a used unit ordered from Australia.

Answer : We are not too familiar with this model but essentially, all engines operate the same way and you need to find a mechanic who is more familiar with such models.

It looks like you have a carburetion problem and as this model uses constant depression carburetors, if there is a leak in the carbs (which may be happening when the engine is hot), then there would be insufficient fuel to start.

The best advice I can give you is to locate a good mechanic with a lot of experience with big bikes to have a look at it.

 
 

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