2017 Ninja 1000 Overhearing
Hello. New member from Texas! Second time Ninja 1000 owner (had a 2014 and now a 2017). Love the bike up, but not getting to ride at the moment....
I'm having trouble with my 2017 Ninja 1000 ABS overheating. Has 5000 miles or so and about 11 months old. Only mods are slip on exhaust (cats intact). No wrecks or damage, maintained and stored in garage.
Its been in the dealers care since July 3 of this year and looks to be there at least a couple more weeks waiting on parts. My reason for posting is to see If anyone else has had similar problems. I've read the other overheat threads, including the one in this section, but my problem seems more serious.
The bike has always ran hot, 4 bars (or one from top) but it sounds like that is common for 2017 emissions tuning and ambient temperatures in the 90s.
Problem - The bike overheats after about 30 minutes of riding, causing the red overheat warning light to come on and a coolant overflow onto the ground. It overheats even at highway speeds, but it overheats quicker in stop and go.
The fan works fine, no leaks, radiator is clean, and I topped off coolant (along with burping the system) after each overheat episode.
The bike is under warranty so I let the dealership diagnose it. The $150 diagnostic revealed a bad radiator cap. I didn't believe this was the issue and had the tech run a compression test (my though was head gasket). Compression was good and dealer replaced cap under warranty. (Warranty didnt cover the inspection or compression test)
Bike overheated on the 10 mile drive home from the dealer - 75 mph interstate the entire way. Back to dealer.
Dealer now insists it's the thermostat and has replaced that. Further testing revealed that was not the problem either. Now they are replacing the water pump which they said was corroded and that Kawasaki acknowledged corrosion was a problem on 2017s. Parts are backordered and I'm waiting on that now.
I can't find a tech bulletin on the corrosion issue and my concern is that whatever caused this problem will happen again. Anyone else have this corrosion issue or overheating on a 2017?
For the record I think the dealer is just blindly replacing parts and my bet is on some type of blockage in a coolant passage or radiator. But I do not know what would cause a blockage. Prime riding season is coming quick and I'm starting to lose patience after 8 weeks without the bike.