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post #1 of 20 Old 10-02-2019, 03:30 PM Thread Starter
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Known issues?

Hello!

I'm new to the forum and planning to go pick up a 2012 zx1000 tomorrow. I'm not very familiar with the forum yet, but I haven't been able to find a thread that summarizes known common issues. Does such a thread exist?

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post #2 of 20 Old 10-02-2019, 04:38 PM
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There are three I know of with the early Ninja's.

1) Front brake rotors get uneven brake pad deposits, which leads to low speed brake pulsing. Usually around 15k miles or earlier when this condition begins to be felt.
2) Some bikes develop a condition where the clutch plates do not receive adequate lubrication from engine oil, causing sticking.
3) All N1k's, especially the early ones, came with 190/50 rear tire, which requires constant pressure on the handlebars to maintain a smooth arc through a turn.
4) After replacing oil filter, the filter needs to release air trapped inside to get the low pressure warning light to go off when engine is running. This is called "burping" the newly installed oil filter.
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post #3 of 20 Old 10-02-2019, 07:30 PM
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Abs pump went out on mine, but it is rare or have not seen it on this board anyway.

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post #4 of 20 Old 10-02-2019, 09:06 PM
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Ive seen recent chatter on other sites also where on the 13 and earlier models with ABS you pay for 3 hours of labor and Kawi is supplying the pump. Sort of an unofficial recall i guess.
In all that's 4 ABS pump failures with one saying he changed his fluid every 6 months. The others were more like the norm and said every year or so. One resulted in a rear brake that wouldn't release though and three had it freeze in the up or off position.

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post #5 of 20 Old 10-02-2019, 11:55 PM
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That’s a good thing when you have a hard time finding issues on a peticular bike.

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Tail tidy
Urban brawlers
V/h DB killers sitting on the shelf collecting dust
Givi rack and topcase
Puig smoked wind screen
oem gel seat set
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SW Motech ninja 1000 quick connect gps mount with navi bag
2014 air filter and holey bottom plate
Go Cruise Throttle lock
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Bridgestone S21's
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post #6 of 20 Old 10-03-2019, 09:26 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks! None of these seem like deal killers.
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post #7 of 20 Old 10-03-2019, 09:36 AM Thread Starter
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So the dealership I'm looking at this bike with didn't tell me beforehand, but neither the hand nor foot brake have any resistance. Is this the ABS pump that Mark was talking about? And according to kawasaki's parts website, this is a $1200 part
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post #8 of 20 Old 10-03-2019, 10:00 AM
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Do the brakes work? Have you test rode this bike. When my pump went out my rear brake foot pedal was froze up. It was real hard to push down.

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If the brakes have no resistance then it has no brakes.

This dealership is trying to sell you a bike with no brakes????
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post #10 of 20 Old 10-03-2019, 02:39 PM Thread Starter
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I agree it's shady. They didn't mention anywhere in the ad that the brakes don't work, and correct, for all intents and purposes it has no brakes. You can fully actuate either the hand or foot brake and neither on offers any resistance, nor does it stop the bike if it was in motion.

This isn't so much a motorcycle dealership as it is a used car dealership that took this bike in on a trade
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