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I wonder if Kawasaki was concerned with carb icing on that model? All pilots are very aware of carb icing but almost any carb can ice. I had a 2.3 liter Ford that if the manifold to air cleaner tube was removed would develop severe carb ice. Carb ice is generally not a problem in very low temps. It is the middle temps. and humidity where the air is moist and due to the temp. drop in the venturi ice develops. Carb ice can develop when the ambient temperature is well above freezing. Given the weather conditions of the UK it might be an issue. Just a thought.
 

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Like you said it seems to affect certain bikes and others are unaffected. I had a friend who expoxied some big resistors to the side of his carb to prevent carb icing. It worked.
 
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