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Motorcycle Repair/over reving kawasaki kmx 200


Can you tell me why my 1989 kawaski kmx 200 revs straight up to 7000 revs on start up and stays there. I tried replacing the throttle cable and tried a different carburettor on the bike and nothing changed it did the exact same thing, revs straight up to 7000 revs and stays there. Could it be a reed valve problem or the kips valves. The problem occurred when I took the bike out for its first ride when I bought it, 10 miles into the ride the throttle wouldn't shut down. On inspection I noticed part of the throttle cable had melted against the exhaust so I tried the changes mentioned above but no joy.

Ronnie,Pull the air cleaner and inspect the slide the carb. If its up off the bottom of the carb it needs to be adjusted down. Since you have replaced the carb and cable then check the twist throttle on the handle bar it may not be in the proper position holding the cable tight and pulling up the slide. The melted sheath on the old cable may be because it was'nt routed right. Worst case scenereo is that a crankcase seal is damaged or dried out and the engine leans out and will rev up uncontrollably. Commonly its the left one under the flywheel and stator as it get no lubrication. Ive had some in the past that the crankshaft seal dried out and went to start it and about launched the bike off the lift before I could get it shut down. Check the throttle first then move on to checking everything.

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I have built from ground up race winning motocross bikes and atvs as well as atv,s for flat track and TT racing. I am starting to take on the utv challenges now for racing. This is a new area for me so Im in a learning curve.


I have extensive experience in off road motorcycles and atv,s.I also work on street bikes and personal watercraft, Some experience was self taught and some was factory trained. I have been working in the powersports industry since the mid 70,s I hope I can help. Thanks Gary

Was a sponsor for K.O.R.R.(kansas off road riders) and now I am working with ROMEO,s (retired old motorcyclists eating out)and was in charge of the Quad Wars for the monster truck series in Central Kansas

Factory trained Kawasaki Heavy Industries. Factory trained GasGas motorcycles and atvs worked as a technician and was as a dealership owner.Kaw.Suz,Honda,Aprilia,Arctic cat,See Doo,Can Am, Bombardier,Yamaha,GasGas,Qingi,TM,Moto Guzzi,Harley,s

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