I have a 2005 Kawasaki Bayou 250. It’s
making a ticking sound coming from the
top area of the engine. Also, the electric
starter doesn’t work. When I push the
button, I just hear a clicking sound from
the solenoid. And, the third thing is my
transmission keeps getting stuck in gears.
Thank you so much if you can please help
Three problems with three different solutions. First is the ticking. This is most likely
a valve-adjustment issue. The valve’s clearance may have opened up and you hear
the rocker’s ticking. Could be either intake
or exhaust. Follow your shop manual procedure and set the valve clearances to intake
.15-.20mm, exhaust .20-. 25 mm.
Second problem: use jumper cables
and a 12-volt battery from another vehicle.
Connect the negative clamp to the frame.
Connect the positive clamp to the starter
motor’s contact stud. If your starter motor is
good, it should spin over. If it doesn’t, rebuild
or replace the starter motor. Assuming it
spins over just fine, move your positive
clamp to the Bayou’s battery (at the positive
terminal). Turn on the key and press the
starter button. If you get a click, replace the
starter solenoid. If the starter motor spins
over, replace the Bayou’s battery.
Third problem: it might be your clutch
is out of adjustment. If the clutch does not
By Winston “Boss” McKannick
USING T WO-S TROKE QUAD
I know you’re an ATV expert, but I
was hoping you could help me out with
a motorcycle I found abandoned in a
car showroom and bought. It’s a 1991
Jawa 350cc two-stroke twin with only
seven kilometers on the odometer. Even
though the bike has been sitting for 26
years, it’s basically brand new. I cranked
it up and it idles smoothly with no
smoke. However, I’m nervous about the
rubber items inside the engine already
going bad from age. If I perform a crank
compression leak test and get a pass,
should I still replace the crank-oil seals
as a precaution? What would you do
if it was a new Banshee sitting parked
for 26 years? Thanks for your legendary
Well, David, you certainly were lucky!
I would not be concerned about the
internal seals, but you should be more
concerned with the external rubber (e.g.,
tires). Replace them because dry rot
could have set in. Because your find is
a 1991, that was the first year Jawa put
sub-standard rear-hub sprocket bearings in the rear wheel. I would suggest
upgrading to a quality replacement bearing. If memory serves, they were 6205s.
Now, can you give me the address for
where to find that “new” Banshee?
DIRT BIKES TO QUADS
I recently bought a slightly used
2016 Raptor 700 SE for my 60th birthday. Up until now I’ve always been a
dirt bike person. I was hoping my ATV
would ride like a Cadillac over bumps,
but the front end seems stiff to me. In
addition to the stock springs I’ve tried
two different sets from Race Tech.
I’ve also tried different settings for the
shocks’ compression and rebound
damping, along with front-tire air pressure. Is this just the way ATVs are, or
can you give me some recommendations for modifying the front suspension? I weigh 140 pounds and ride the
trails of California’s deserts. Thanks.
San Juan Capistrano, CA
The Raptor 700 is a high-perfor-
mance sport quad, and if you are
expecting a Cadillac ride at low speeds,
you won’t get it! First off, make sure
the front end can move through all its
travel smoothly by removing the front
shocks and move the front tires through
their suspension range. With that out
of the way, let’s address your shock
settings. Have your shocks set up by
someone who knows ATV suspension,
like Race Tech. Have them re-valve the
shocks for your weight and the way you
ride. If they say the stock front shocks
can’t be tuned to what you want, then
listen to them for replacement recom-
mendations. Even the replacements will
require tuning for the type of trail riding
you do. I suspect you will see a major
change in ride comfort.
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disengage power from the transmission,
it becomes very hard to shift. Follow
the procedure in your manual and hope
that it cures your shifting problem. If it
does not, then it will mean a partial or
full disassembly that may exceed your
mechanical abilities and a trip to your
dealer would be in order, son.
RAPTOR SPEEDO CALIBRATION
In the May 2017 “Dialed In” you said
a Raptor speedometer requires recali-
bration when the front tire diameter is
changed. However, the speed sensor
is not located in the front hub. Instead,
it’s located in the transmission near the
drive sprocket for the chain. Therefore,
speedometer recalibration would be
required if you changed the rear tire
diameter or changed the sprocket
I want to thank you, though, for
providing a source for a box to adjust
the pulse rate and fake out the speedometer. This will be useful to go above
the Raptor’s speed limiter of 72 mph.
Wappingers Falls, NY
You are absolutely right! When Kurt
Vansickle was talking about his front tire
and recalibration, I focused on that and
not that he rode a Raptor. Couldn’t see
the forest for the trees! Thanks for writing and correcting this blatant error. ❏