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I need some help.

I've got an 06 nomad 1600. It's a great bike and I love it. Recently it's begun starting hard every third or forth time I start it. Sometimes it starts fine but every couple of times it's rrrrr rrrr rrrrr rrrr rrrr pop pop rrrr rrrr rrr pop pop and then starts. Other than that it runs beautifully. The other thing is that the FI indicator and light have started to come on. They don't STAY on they just come on (usually when the bike is cold) and once I'm out on the highway they go off and for the most part stay off. However if I come OFF the highway and start tooling around town usually within a few minutes they come back on.

Normally I would just go to the dealer and pay them the $150 because although I do like to work on my bike I don't mess with stuff that's really complicated because I'm not a mechanic. Mechanically inclined does not a mechanic make and I don't want to screw up my 10k bike! Now that said this is NOT normal times. Long story short due to some financial problems I can't afford to take it to the dealer and it's currently my sole transportation.

So if someone could make some educated guesses that I could do I would appreciate it. I thought maybe some water had gotten in the gas or something so I've been using octane booster/fuel injector cleaner when I fill up. I also thought that maybe when I fill up since most gas stations now only have one hose sure I'M putting in premium but I'm also putting at least a hose full of whatever junk the last customer put in their car into my bike so maybe over time that quart per fill of low octane gas has built up?

Anyway, I'm really concerned that I may be doing damage to the bike as well...

Response's appreciated!
 

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You need to get into Dealer Mode 2 through the Bikes Fi system to pull out the Historic Fault Codes and see what's ailing your machine.

The Kawasaki Service Manual details how to carry out this procedure and tells you what area the fault is in from the combination of Short & Long flashes....
 

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Oh thanks elr I didn't know! I thought it was trying to order out pizza!

Thats why I came on here. I figured maybe someone had experienced a similar problem in the past and could help me out. Apparently not, apparently I'm the only nomad owner who's EVER had this problem...

Thanks for the advice green I'll see about getting the shop manual for the bike. I was just hoping that there might be a mechanic or something who might know what was wrong. Kind of like in the old days when people actually worked on things instead of the computer making wild guesses...
 

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Ummm you got it about face, It's the Mechanic that takes wild guesses in these instances not the DFI system, But you have a PM all the same :)
 

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Well the last time I had to get my truck worked on the computer told them to change one thing ($425) that didn't work so then it suggested something else ($145) then something else ($382)...

I worked with computers for years and I tell you what I'll take a good mechanic over the box any day! ;-)
 

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Ps my "check engine light" in my truck never did go off!

That said I would LOVE to be able to go to the dealer and just get this addressed unfortunately making 9.35 per hour working 12-24 hours per week at the hospital while going to school AND having 2 kids? Yeah I really can't swing THAT right now!!! (19 more months 19 more months 19 more months.....)

Anyway thanks for the helpful PMS I really do appreciate them!
 

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I need some help.

I've got an 06 nomad 1600. It's a great bike and I love it. Recently it's begun starting hard every third or forth time I start it. Sometimes it starts fine but every couple of times it's rrrrr rrrr rrrrr rrrr rrrr pop pop rrrr rrrr rrr pop pop and then starts. Other than that it runs beautifully. The other thing is that the FI indicator and light have started to come on. They don't STAY on they just come on (usually when the bike is cold) and once I'm out on the highway they go off and for the most part stay off. However if I come OFF the highway and start tooling around town usually within a few minutes they come back on.

Normally I would just go to the dealer and pay them the $150 because although I do like to work on my bike I don't mess with stuff that's really complicated because I'm not a mechanic. Mechanically inclined does not a mechanic make and I don't want to screw up my 10k bike! Now that said this is NOT normal times. Long story short due to some financial problems I can't afford to take it to the dealer and it's currently my sole transportation.

So if someone could make some educated guesses that I could do I would appreciate it. I thought maybe some water had gotten in the gas or something so I've been using octane booster/fuel injector cleaner when I fill up. I also thought that maybe when I fill up since most gas stations now only have one hose sure I'M putting in premium but I'm also putting at least a hose full of whatever junk the last customer put in their car into my bike so maybe over time that quart per fill of low octane gas has built up?

Anyway, I'm really concerned that I may be doing damage to the bike as well...

Response's appreciated!
I'm not positive,but i would bet it has to do with the throttle control sensor. It may need to be moved on a notch or 2.
 

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I think I may have gotten some bad gas. I cleaned the tank out and I've been really careful to only go to gas stations with three seperate hoses so that I don't get a hose full of whatever the last person pumped and the problem seems to have gone away on it's own!

Thanks for all the help though you guys are great!
 
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