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Hi, Mike and the usual suspects are:
1. Severely discharged or a damaged battery should have 12.5 volts or more and be able to pass a proper "LOAD" test if necessary, you may have a preliminary reading of 12.5 volts or more but little or zero amperage the battery is faulty and must be replaced, AGM batteries fail in this scenario more so than lead-acid batteries.
2. Failed alternator/generator and or voltage regulator.
3. Loose or corroded battery terminals and or cables especially the "NEGATIVE" cable, look for loose, corroded, or broken connectors inside the cable harness at "BOTH" ends.
4. Failed main circuit breaker or ignition switch, check for loose connections and continuity.
5. Failed system and or ignition relay, check for continuity.
6. Failed ignition coil, stator, magneto, ignition/electronic module.
7. Failed CKP, CPS, CMP, MAP, TPS, or BAS sensor, corroded, loose or broken wire connector pins/sockets.
8. Throttle cables and or idle speed improperly adjusted hot idle speed should be 950 RPM to 1000 RPM.
9. Faulty neutral, side stand or clutch lever safety switch.
10. Faulty or corroded kill switch.
11. Accelerator pump damaged or not working.
12. Water or dirt in the fuel system, carburetor or filter.
13. Restricted, blocked or kinked fuel line.
14. Fuel tank empty.
15. The gas cap is not venting properly or fuel tank venting system blocked, loosen gas cap and go for a test ride.
16. A failed fuel pump, pressure regulator and or fuel injectors.
17. Vacuum line from intake manifold to petcock broken, cracked, or not attached, carburetor vent line plugged.
18. Needle and seat stuck closed in the float bowl.
19. Petcock clogged or damaged.
20. Lean angle switch is faulty or needs adjustment.
21. Catastrophic engine failure, perform a compression test.
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1988 kawasaki ZL... | Answered on Sep 18, 2018

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1988 kawasaki ZL... | Answered on Jul 15, 2018

what type of bike,how old and service histry

1988 kawasaki ZL... | Answered on Oct 02, 2011

A 30 amp fuse is a major short circuit. The problem should be easy to find. Trace the + battery lead to the solenoid and check for any bare wire touching anything metal. If all good then disconnect from the solenoid, keep it away from metal and try to start, if the fuse blows then the problem is the wiring between the fuse and the solenoid. If the fuse remains intact then the problem is in the solenoid or starter itself. Reconnect the wire to the solenoid and disconnect the one to the starter and isolate each in turn. This should at least tell you were the fault is. Hope this helped you

1988 kawasaki ZL... | Answered on Mar 16, 2011

You might try to check the horn first by shortcircuiting it ( two leads from the battery.) If the horn itself works , find your way up: check with your contact switched on, the wires that lead to the horn by using a small light bulb or an Voltmeter: if you push the horn button, the licht should go on or the voltmeter should read 12 v.. If not , check the horn switch itself, there could be some corrosion. Good luck , allways a puzzle , the electricity..

1988 kawasaki ZL... | Answered on Oct 03, 2010

Hi and welcome to the site,

Initially, check, clean, bypass the sidestand switch.

Good luck and thank you for asking.

1988 kawasaki ZL... | Answered on Jun 21, 2010

it really should not matter as long as fuel pressure is the same on both

1988 kawasaki ZL... | Answered on Apr 01, 2010

I would check with Dennis kirk at www.denniskirk.com they should be able to help you .

kawasaki ZL 250... | Answered on May 11, 2015

the quick answer is easily no but you can make anything fit into any frame but there is a lot of work cheers

kawasaki ZL 250... | Answered on Nov 26, 2014

Check compression. It may be tired.

kawasaki ZL 250... | Answered on Feb 03, 2011

Sounds like it is running too rich therefore causing sooting (Black) this will inhibit the spark from igniting the fuel as you need a 14.7/1 air/fuel mix. Suggest you screw in the air screw and count turns, it should be 1 1/2 to 2 turns. Unscrew it back by that amount of turns if you don't have a manual to check?

Also check the air intake is not blocked

kawasaki ZL 250... | Answered on Nov 28, 2010

It sounds like you have either two live wirers touching or badly burnt wirers somewhere along the constant live from battery to the ignition, or if the engine runs on for a short time it might need to be decoked, if you have added anything to the bike just before this started check the wires from the item.

kawasaki ZL 250... | Answered on Sep 10, 2010

The float should be free on the hinge pin. Clean the pin and be sure it is not bent. Is the float mounted upside down? Check to be sure the float still floats > If a pin hole , crack or corroded solder seal lets fuel into the float then the bowl will overfill and leak. The float needle is in place isn't it? Please rate my answer. Thanks.

kawasaki ZL 250... | Answered on Sep 02, 2010

Hi, Henry I would call Kawasaki 866-802-9381 because the VIN number indicates the bike was not made for the U.S. market for more information about your issue and valuable "FREE" downloads that you will need for viewing or printing please click on the blue links below. Good luck and have a wonderful day.
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kawasaki... | Answered on Jun 10, 2019

This could be many things, wrong gaskets, wrong torque, warped heads, or improper installation.

kawasaki... | Answered on Jun 06, 2019

1. How do you know that there is water in a cylinder?
2. Check for spark. Harbor freight has a cheap spark checking tool.
3. Check for gas. Should be able to pull the fuel line off the injector pump and turn the key on. fuel should come out.

caution******dont do both at the same time
Most likely if it cranks (engine turns over) but doesn't start, one of the two above is not happening, although, it could also be an injector pump.

kawasaki... | Answered on Jun 04, 2019

That vintage of motorcycle I would be checking the plug wires and plug caps for breakdown. Find the darkest place at night, rev your engine and look for arcing from your wires to the engine. It's also time to check for any deterioration of rubber hoses and components. Beautiful bike you have there!!

kawasaki... | Answered on Jun 03, 2019

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