Kawasaki Ninja Owners Manual: Jump starting

Kawasaki Ninja Owners Manual / How to ride the motorcycle / Jump starting

If your motorcycle battery is “run down”, it should be removed and charged. If this is not practical, a 12 volt booster battery and jumper cables may be used to start the engine.

DANGER

Battery acid generates hydrogen gas which is flammable and explosive under certain conditions.

It is present within a battery at all times, even in a discharged condition. Keep all flames and sparks (cigarettes) away from the battery. Wear eye protection when working with a battery. In the event of battery acid contact with skin, eyes, or clothing, wash the affected areas immediately with water for at least 5 minutes. Seek medical attention.

Connecting Jumper Cables

Connecting Jumper Cables


A. From Booster Battery Positive (+) Terminal

B. Swingarm Pivot

C. From Booster Battery Negative (–) Terminal

DANGER

Batteries contain sulfuric acid that can cause burns and produce hydrogen gas which is highly explosive. Do not make this last connection at the fuel system or battery. Take care not to touch the positive and negative cables together, and do not lean over the battery when making this last connection. Do not connect to a frozen battery. It could explode. Do not reverse polarity by connecting positive (+) to negative (–), or a battery explosion and serious damage to the electrical system may occur.

NOTICE

Do not operate the starter continuously for more than 5 seconds or the starter will overheat and the battery power will drop temporarily. Wait 15 seconds between each operation of the starter to let it cool and the battery power recover.

Starting the Engine
Check that the engine stop switch is in the position. A. Engine Stop Switch B. Starter Button Turn the ignition key to “ON”. Make sure the transmission is in neutral. A. Neut ...

Moving Off
Check that the side stand is up. Pull in the clutch lever. Shift into 1st gear. Open the throttle a little, and start to let out the clutch lever very slowly. As the clutch starts to enga ...

Other materials:

Water Temperature Sensor Inspection
Remove the water temperature sensor (see Water Temperature Sensor Removal/Installation in the Fuel System (DFI) chapter). Suspend the sensor [A] in a container of coolant so that the temperature-sensing projection [C] is submerged. Suspend an accurate thermometer [B] with temperature ...

Brake Pedal Position Adjustment
NOTE Usually it is not necessary to adjust the pedal position, but always adjust it when push rod locknut has been loosened. Loosen the locknut [A] and turn the push rod with the hex head [B] to achieve the correct pedal position. If the length [C] shown is 69 ±1 mm (2.7 ±0.04 in.), th ...

Dimmer Switch
High or low beam can be selected with the dimmer switch. When the headlight is on high beam ( ), the high beam indicator light goes on. High beam.......( ) Low beam.......( ) NOTE When the headlight is on high beam, both headlights go on. When the headlight is on low beam, only one headl ...