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Choke Lever Creep

The choke lever on my Concours begins creeping closed after start up.  When it's cold I have to manually hold it open.

The most common cause is the friction block, which is a white piece of plastic in the control assembly housing, that could have been mistakenly lubed or has crumbled. Most likely you cannot buy just the friction block from Kawasaki. You would have to order the whole assembly housing. When I checked this was over $100 bucks.

To fix:
Disassemble the whole deal and remove all of the crumbling little rubber block.  You can use a lot of different stuff to replace it.  There is a small screw, a little tiny plate, and a spring.  Do not lose any of that stuff when taking apart and cleaning out.  One report was to use the tip of a rubber vacuum fitting plug (like the plug on carb number three). Just cut the rounded end off and used it in there.

Another report was the friction block was just dirty. After disassembling the control housing assembly, cleaning away any dirt and grime and re-assembling, the choke lever has worked properly ever since.

Article By: COG Forum

April 2011

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