Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: South Central Pennslyvania
1974 Kawasaki F7 Spark Problem
I purchased a very well maintained 1974 Kawasaki F7 (175cc) about Six Years ago, and it ran great. After about a year, I was teaching one of my children to ride, and I parked the bike using only the Kill Switch to shut it down, leaving the Key in the On Position, althouth the light/s were not turned on. It sat this way for about 4 (+/-) hours, and when I went to fire the bike back up, NOTHING. I usually never park a Dual Purpose Bike this way, but for some reason, this time I did.
I pulled the plug, connected the coil wire, held the plug's base to a good ground, kicked it over several times, and I had NO SPARK. I played around with it for a while, and it still didn't produce a spark. The Kill Switch still felt like it was operating smoothly, but I disconnected it "just in case". Weird!
I have had many other projects going on, and now I want to get this bike running again. I know I'm going to have to clean the entire fuel system, including tearing down and cleaning the carburetor. I thought I would have gotten to this issue before now, or I would have drained everything before I let it sit for Five Years.
I hope to get as many of your suggestions regarding this "No Spark" issue as possible.
I've been riding for quite some time, and have owned quite a few bikes. The way this "No Spark" issue came about seems strange to me. I feel as if I'm overlooking something very simple.
ANY AND ALL SUGGESTIONS WOULD BE VERY MUCH APPRECIATED!
Thank's in advance for your valued feedback.