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Hey guys I am in the middle of a ride and my bike stalled out on me and won't start up. I was going about 60mph then my bike just started to lose power. I noticed it and immediately pulled over. Turned the bike off then back on. The lights came on the dash but it wouldn't start up. Any ideas on what the cause would be?

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Hey guys I am in the middle of a ride and my bike stalled out on me and won't start up. I was going about 60mph then my bike just started to lose power. I noticed it and immediately pulled over. Turned the bike off then back on. The lights came on the dash but it wouldn't start up. I then stood the bike up to checked the oil and it was all gone! I just changed it at 5000 miles and now I just hit 6400 miles. Why wouldn't be gone that quickly? I feel real dumb for not checking more often. Any ideas on what the cause would be?
Have you checked for leaks ? Sounds dumb but my cousin did a DIY oil change on his honda and he was leaking oil from the drain plug. I'm pretty sure you're not burning it....you really smell it when your engine runs on oil.... When it "stalled", did everything locked up ? If not, ry to turn on the engine by rolling it down a hill in first gear. If it does (even it it doesnt start up), it means it isn't seized and i really hope it isn't. When a motor seizes up, it tends to get hot really fast and it does weird shit to metal...

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Fortunately nothing locked up and after inspecting the bike there are no leaks.

Good and bad news though. A buddy ran to the store and we put oil in and looked at the sight, the oil is between the lines. Started it up and the engine is running but it is lugging and making a clanking noise. Not risking riding the bike so a tow truck is on the way.

The whole weekend and today It was riding perfectly fine. It sounds really weird now.
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This is going to sound stupid and all but when you went to check the oil the first time, did make sure to wait a while for it all to drain back down to the oil pan?

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Yeah while I was waiting for my buddy we checked it a couple times and not a drop of oil showed up in the sight when standing the bike up. The engine knocking is very concerning.
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Yeah while I was waiting for my buddy we checked it a couple times and not a drop of oil showed up in the sight when standing the bike up. The engine knocking is very concerning.
Yeah to me engine knocking is pretty normal after it ran with no oil. Engines are simple though, gas+air+spark= movement. The knocking might be caused by a blown o-ring or engine detonating. To test it, you could try the higher octane fuel available and see if it makes a difference. But really, your best bet is the dealer, especially if it is still under warranty.

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Yeah to me engine knocking is pretty normal after it ran with no oil. Engines are simple though, gas+air+spark= movement. The knocking might be caused by a blown o-ring or engine detonating. To test it, you could try the higher octane fuel available and see if it makes a difference. But really, your best bet is the dealer, especially if it is still under warranty.
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How much oil did you have to add? The engine won't start if the oil pressure is too low, low oil pressure can be caused by not enough oil.

An engine knock after running low oil is probably some damage done by the incident.

If you added a quart and there are no leaks, e-mail the kawasaki technicians about the issue. They will cordinate with the dealers the proper fix. There has been a few issues with guys stating they are burning through a quart a 1000 miles. This is not normal and shouldn't be happening according the the kawasaki tech I talked to.
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Oil use depends on how hard you ride it. Cruising I use no oil. but if i'm pushing it keeping rpms above 10k it uses oil at a pretty good rate.
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Oil use depends on how hard you ride it. Cruising I use no oil. but if i'm pushing it keeping rpms above 10k it uses oil at a pretty good rate.
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Hard or soft break-in?
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my bike's been burning through a decent amount of oil too. Around 6,000 miles on it, hard break in, running Motul 300v 10w-40 oil. Shit is expensive to keep topping off. Although, i do ride 200 miles a day for work on the highway, and typically im keeping it at 8-9k rpms for extended periods of time, at least an hour or so straight. No leaks that I can see anywhere, and theres no blue or white smoke visible on startup or at idle. Im going to monitor the oil level for a little while longer and if it keeps burning oil, i'll take it in to the dealer. Could be that the valves need to be adjusted or the intake valve seal is effed causing oil consumption.
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