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Concours 1400 (C14) FAQ => C-14, aka Concours-14 GTR 1400 => Engine and Controls (Fuel, Ignition, Exhaust, Sensors and the like) => Topic started by: mtn.connie on June 09, 2011, 10:08:04 am

Title: Idle speed
Post by: mtn.connie on June 09, 2011, 10:08:04 am
2011 w/ 500 miles. It is idling at 1000rpm. Once in a while it cuts out at a stop. Should the idle be higher?
Title: Re: Idle speed
Post by: Son of Pappy on June 09, 2011, 10:09:20 am
Yes, 1200-1250.  Shifting will smooth out as well.
Title: Re: Idle speed
Post by: Truerider on June 09, 2011, 10:31:20 am
Yes, 1200-1250.  Shifting will smooth out as well.

Well that answers that question,I always thought my idle was a little too high,but that is what it runs at.
Cool thanks 8)
Title: Re: Idle speed
Post by: CrashKLRtoConnie on June 09, 2011, 11:41:19 am
I did not know the 2010 has a different idle speed than the 2008?

I saw that Kawasaki lists 2 different idle speeds for the 2008 ABS C14 (California)

2008 Kawasaki Spec Sheet (off OEM web page) for 2008 C14 ABS lists idle speed at 1000 +/- 50 RPMs

2008 C14 ABS owners manual page 185 lists idle speed at 1050 - 1150 RPM

Not sure which is correct. I have been using the owners manual ~ 1,100 RPM.

I may try the 1250 as smoother shifting would be nice.
Title: Re: Idle speed
Post by: VirginiaJim on June 09, 2011, 12:48:59 pm
Do you want to do what the manual says or do you want it to work (this is to no one in particular)?  Set it to 1250 or so and forget about it.
Title: Re: Idle speed
Post by: Bob on June 09, 2011, 12:57:44 pm
Do you want to do what the manual says or do you want it to work (this is to no one in particular)?  Set it to 1250 or so and forget about it.


Yes, Yes! 1,200-1,300 worked great on my 08!  ;D
Title: Re: Idle speed
Post by: skeet on June 09, 2011, 01:22:01 pm
my '08 likes it better at 1200-1250 as well
Title: Re: Idle speed
Post by: Pokey on June 09, 2011, 03:21:49 pm
Do as Jim commands!!!!!!
Title: Re: Idle speed
Post by: Excavator on June 09, 2011, 03:47:53 pm
When I picked mine up new it was over 1300,  I took it down to 1150 and it works great there. I'm sure some do better at higher idle but mine likes 1150......Shifts great.
Title: Re: Idle speed
Post by: Flathead on June 09, 2011, 04:32:28 pm
OP, in case you didn't know there is a little silver knob on the lower left side, in front of and below the shifter, for adjusting the idle so it's easy to fiddle 'til she runs good for you  ;D
Title: Re: Idle speed
Post by: So Cal Joe on June 10, 2011, 07:31:33 am
My 09 was at about 1200+ when it was new, at 600 mile service I asked the dealer if that was a little high because it had a loud clunk going into first from neutral, he adjusted down to about 1050 - 1100 and I still get a slight clunk when going into first gear but all the rest are good.
Title: Re: Idle speed
Post by: martin_14 on June 10, 2011, 09:12:58 am
When I picked mine up new it was over 1300,  I took it down to 1150 and it works great there. I'm sure some do better at higher idle but mine likes 1150......Shifts great.

+1!
Title: Re: Idle speed
Post by: Pokey on June 10, 2011, 03:37:07 pm
Its 1150/1200 for me.
Title: Re: Idle speed
Post by: VirginiaJim on June 10, 2011, 06:26:53 pm
Clunk is normal....
Title: Re: Idle speed
Post by: Excavator on June 10, 2011, 06:54:09 pm
Clunk is normal....

Mine does not clunk as hard after lowering the idle.
Title: Re: Idle speed
Post by: metzgerf16 on June 11, 2011, 02:53:12 am
I had to turn my idle down as well.  Still get a clunk, but I like it.  There's no mistaking that you put the bike in 1st gear.
Title: Re: Idle speed
Post by: booger on June 11, 2011, 06:46:54 am
I had to turn my idle down as well.  Still get a clunk, but I like it.  There's no mistaking that you put the bike in 1st gear.

I use my gear indicator ;D
Title: Re: Idle speed
Post by: Pokey on June 11, 2011, 11:58:47 am
Suzuki "clunk" into 1st is worse in my opinion.
Title: Re: Idle speed
Post by: Bob on June 11, 2011, 02:30:45 pm
No way. By far a Harley Davidson clunking into first gear is by far the hardest clunk you'll ever hear out of a motorcycle transmission. Good thing those Harley trannys are just about bullet proof!
Title: Re: Idle speed
Post by: Pokey on June 11, 2011, 02:39:25 pm
No way. By far a Harley Davidson clunking into first gear is by far the hardest clunk you'll ever hear out of a motorcycle transmission. Good thing those Harley trannys are just about bullet proof!

I was just comparing to the Kaw, yes Hardly Ablesons are the worst into first. :)
Title: Re: Idle speed
Post by: metzgerf16 on June 11, 2011, 03:54:42 pm
I use my gear indicator ;D

Yet another feature that I really love on this bike.  But have you ever had your indicator go blank?  I have, and that's when the clunk is a good back up lol.