20 Most Recent 1996 Suzuki VS 1400 Intruder - Page 5 Questions & Answers

Old dirty fluid may still be caught in the seals of the piston or may have damaged them.
This will stop the piston from returning all the way and engaging the do not start if not in neutral or stand not up, If clutch is pulled in it will bypass these safety stops until released.

1996 Suzuki VS... | Answered on Jan 30, 2011

Engine might be flooded. Have ur carbs looked at by a professional if you don't want to yourself.

1996 Suzuki VS... | Answered on Jan 30, 2011

The obvious problem would be your altenator that is not charging. Attach a volt meter to your batter and run the engine. The volt meter should go up to around 14 volts when you rev the engine above about 2000 RPM. If it does not rise, the alternator in not functioning.

1996 Suzuki VS... | Answered on Jan 28, 2011

Please adjust / fix your brake switch.

1996 Suzuki VS... | Answered on Jan 10, 2011

It happened to my Yamaha, I started the bike in gear and drove it several miles, constantly squeezing and then releasing the clutch lever. I could feel it finally catching like it should because you will notice the engine rev up when you squeeze the lever or disengaging the clutch.

1996 Suzuki VS... | Answered on Jan 04, 2011

get your side stand up! , it will kill the ignition if it is down when you put the bike in gear.

1996 Suzuki VS... | Answered on Jan 02, 2011

Check the ignition system and set up the carb/s.
It sounds like the fuel mixture is too weak which could be a blocked tickover jet and/or the ignition system has a problem. If it is using a set of points, change the capacitor and check the points gap. If it is electronic ignition, check the ECU.
Hope that helps.

1996 Suzuki VS... | Answered on Dec 09, 2010

If the gears change hard you are probably not using the right kind of oil in your engine. Use only a JASO MA certified motorcycle oil. Full synthetic oils will help the motorcycle run cooler and shift easier. Suzuki sells a 15w-50 full synthetic oil that is reasonably priced. Also , do not tap the shifter with your foot when shifting. Place your toe , pressing gently against the pedal , and then shift.

1996 Suzuki VS... | Answered on Nov 02, 2010

chec battery for holding charge-must be 12.6 volts-are connections tite

1996 Suzuki VS... | Answered on Oct 26, 2010

check your oil level and if you can just change it. you have a wet clutch and should be wet . you
can try letting it idol for a while . it has to have chance to get wet again. you can try leaning the
bike over to the left for a while . do not force the clutch, if it free's ok. if not . take it to the shop.

1996 Suzuki VS... | Answered on Oct 21, 2010

There is usually a sticker on the bike frame by the side cover that recommends the front and rear tire pressure. Regardless, I have found that running 35 pounds front and rear promotes even as well as longer tire wear. The ride may be harder but you also get less cupping on the tires.

1996 Suzuki VS... | Answered on Oct 04, 2010

I had the same issue. I used dot 4 break fluid, tilted the bike on end so the clutch reservoir near the handle was level. Poured in the fluid till it was full. leaving the cap off. Opened the bleed valve located behind the cover plate just to the left of the drive shaft on the left side of the bike. take the rubber cap off and use a 10mm nut to barely open the bleeder. Pump the clutch handle until it starts to pull in the new fuild and spit it out. Next top off the reservoir near the clutch handle. Seal the lid tight. Put the bike back on it's kick stand. Next do this about 10 times. 1. open bleers. pump clutch. close bleeder, release cluch. open bleeder, pump clutch in, close bleeder, release clutch, open bleeder, pump clutch in, close bleeder, release clutch.

The clutch will get very tight and feel awesome next time you ride.

1996 Suzuki VS... | Answered on Sep 22, 2010

could be a problem in you sparkplug boot, carbourator, or a stretched throttle cable.

1996 Suzuki VS... | Answered on Aug 27, 2010

I had a similar problem, it turned out that the starter button had dirty contacts and simply trying to start it several times by pressing the button firmly cleared the contacts and it was fixed. It has done this twice after riding in the rain.

1996 Suzuki VS... | Answered on Aug 23, 2010

the easest way is to rap the wire around the front cylinder spark plug wire, might be off a small amount, but not enough to keep from setting.

1996 Suzuki VS... | Answered on Aug 12, 2010

Cylinder #1 140, #2 125

Ride Safe

1996 Suzuki VS... | Answered on Aug 12, 2010

check ur filter 1st,then fuel pump fuse,fuel pump ground, and yes most pumps maintain certain pressures to run properly.
take off hose and see if u get flow to throotle body.

1996 Suzuki VS... | Answered on Aug 08, 2010

Chances are there is a crack in the rear carb diaphram. CV carbs, ( constant velocity carbs ), depend on a good seal to work properly. A crack, tear, or pin hole in the soft rubber will cause the problem you have described. Also, do a compression check. The valves may need to be re-seated. Read the following >

When air is still or moving slowly, it is dense and at a standard atmospheric pressure. But when air is forced to speed up faster than the surrounding air, it becomes thinner and less dense. This is known as a Low Pressure Area. And where a low pressure area exists, air at higher atmospheric pressure wants to rush in to equalize the pressure. This phenomenon of low pressure versus ambient atmospheric air pressure is basic to the functioning of CV carburetors.

How do we get air to move through a carburetor? When the piston goes down, it drastically increases the volume inside the cylinder and creates a vacuum. Open the intake valve, and new air will rush in to fill this vacuum. Throw a carburetor in that path and the descending piston now "sucks" air through the carb. And that's how we get an air flow through the carb. The vacuum, (created by the downward travel of the piston), is actually a low pressure area inside the cylinder, but we will call it a "vacuum" to differentiate it from the low pressure area we will be discussing which occurs inside the carb.

If the air path in the carburetor bore were the same size all the way through, outside air could rush through the bore quite easily to fill the vacuum being created by the downward travel of the piston. It would therefore take high piston speeds (lots of pumping) to achieve enough air speed through the carb bore to thin the air enough to create a low pressure condition inside the carb. However, if an obstruction, (such as a carburetor slide), is placed in the carb bore the air path is now much smaller. The air stream has to speed up greatly to get through this bottleneck. In this way, the air can be speeded up and a low pressure area can be created inside the carburetor bore.

In carb lingo, this bottle neck is called a "Venturi". As the incoming air speeds up to get past the Venturi, it thins out and loses density. We now achieve a "venturi effect" which is a high speed air flow creating low air pressure at the point of the restriction.

How is the venturi effect used in the carb? We know that, at the point of the low air pressure, outside air would love to rush in and equalize the pressure. For example we could drill a hole to the outside air at the point of the venturi and outside air would rush in. But the clever carb guys instead drill a hole which goes down into a bowl of fuel with outside air above it. The higher pressure outside air can't get up through the hole, (it is blocked by the fuel in the bowl), but it does try, such that it pushes down on the fuel in the bowl, thus forcing some of that fuel up a pipe and into the depressed air stream flying by the venturi. The low pressure created by the venturi assists in drawing in even more fuel. That plume of fuel coming out of the pipe mixes with the air rushing by, and that is how we get an air/ fuel mixture to feed the cylinders.

1996 Suzuki VS... | Answered on Jul 17, 2010

Check your battery connections make sure they are clean and tight.
Check your battery depending on how long you have had it, it may be time to replace it.

1996 Suzuki VS... | Answered on Jul 11, 2010

It seems you have a clutch issue Inspect Clutch plates, clutch Pressure cover, Clutch cable.
It may just be a case of clutch cable slightly too loose

You should have about 3MM play on clutch handle so un-tighten till you can move clutch about 3mm without effort then it should be set about right.

1996 Suzuki VS... | Answered on Jul 11, 2010

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