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Old 09-28-2015, 02:49 PM   #1
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new guy here needs help!

Hey guys im new to this moto world i just got my self a 2006 katana 600 for my first ride but im having some problems with it it does not stays on it runs but when i take off the choke it idles slower and slower until it turns off any ideas on what could be wron with it ? Please be patien im a quick learner but still dont have really good knowledge on this motorcycle thing... thank you!
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Old 09-28-2015, 03:12 PM   #2
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Welcome to MH! The Katana's are good starter bikes and commuters. I rode one off and on for a year when my GSXR was under construction and enjoyed every bit of it!
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Old 09-28-2015, 03:25 PM   #4
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Look that is the i have on my bike ...
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Your carbs need to be cleaned. If your mechanically minded you can attempt to do it yourself but 9 times out of 10, people that do that will be unsuccessful.
Carbs can be tricky to rebuild and adjust.
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Look that is the i have on my bike ...
That's the one... try to adjust and see if it will hold idle, if not, do it like bumblebee is saying... take it to Motorcycles Unlimited
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Okay well i adjusted it al the way to the right and to the left it did the same it shut off it only stays on when in choke and if i try to rev a little it shuts off. ..
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I mean on my car i have done almost all of my work my self replaced engine did a full tranny swap from auto to manual .... but im new on bikes sooo i will rather learn little by little you know i will hit that place up im in the nw by jones and 290 in houston
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maybe the cable is not connected? without the choke on try to keep the bike running with the throttle only and see if you can turn the all the way to the right and see if it works. Besides that, is the bike running ok? If you just get on it and go, would the bike go without any problems?
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I have a few questions:

Did you just pick this bike up? If so, have you put fresh gas in it yet?

Did you check the fuel valve? What position is it in?

When you take it off choke, how long will it idle before it dies out?

If you already filled it with fresh gas, have you pulled the spark plugs out to visually inspect them?

Also, pull the air filter and see if there is debris on/in the throttle/bowl.
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I picked up the bike like 2 months ago but i bearly had any chance to work on it or even check it... but i have replaced new gas in it and the valve gas is on primary it idles about 5 to 10 secs before it dies but dies slowly not instantly the rpm slowly decrease until it dies and the spark plugs i checked the yesterday i cleaned them well but they where not that dirty tho they are ngk .... and with out the chocke when i hold it with the throttle i shuts off sometimes ....
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It looks dark yellow tho can i get that filter at autozone? Or do i have to go to a dealership ...
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It looks dark yellow tho can i get that filter at autozone? Or do i have to go to a dealership ...
Autozone is fine!!! or cycle gear...
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Does any of yall stay in the notrh west of houston?
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Sounds like the slow speed carb circuits are plugged, the carbs need to be cleaned.
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Hey patric how much would that cost me tho? To get them cleaned?
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The choke on the older Katana's were terrible. If it continues to act up after the carb cleaning, check the choke out. , it maybe broke and is flooding the out of the carbs.
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I picked up the bike like 2 months ago but i bearly had any chance to work on it or even check it... but i have replaced new gas in it and the valve gas is on primary it idles about 5 to 10 secs before it dies but dies slowly not instantly the rpm slowly decrease until it dies and the spark plugs i checked the yesterday i cleaned them well but they where not that dirty tho they are ngk .... and with out the chocke when i hold it with the throttle i shuts off sometimes ....
This may be your problem, "the valve gas is on primary". On the left side of the bike you'll see a turnable dial; it's called a petcock (seriously). The top position will say "PRI" - everyone thinks this means "primary" when in fact it means "prime". It floods the engine with gas, and should only be used in rare instances such as if the bike has been sitting for extremely long periods (months+) or had major work (engine/tank rebuild) - and even then for just briefly.

There's two other settings which refer to which tank is picking up fuel. There's a main tank, and a "reserve" tank. Fuel flows from the top main tank down into the lower reserve tank automatically (like an hourglass). Each tank has it's own fuel pickup. Your best bet is to always leave the petcock set for the main tank (dial pointed to the right), unless you're running out of gas. Then set it for the reserve tank, which is a little under a gallon, so getting to a gas station is not a pure emergency. Be sure to turn the dial back to the main tank once you've gotten gas - you don't have to, but this feature is designed to help you not run out of gas. You can flip the dial while moving, although it's not very safe because of how far you have to reach down; but you don't have to turn the bike off or anything just to change the fuel pickup.

PS - I've also had an '06 Katana, just a different engine size. I absolutely love them. Every few years you will need to have the carburetors synchronized, and also as mentioned Motorcycles Unlimited has the absolute best reputation around town by far for this or any other work. Except for this one issue, these are pretty high ranking bikes on the reliability scale.

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