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Offline Tinlegs

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Throttle snatch
on: May 29, 2020, 08:43:03 PM
As a newbie to Kawasaki bikes, I took delivery of Z900RS, 2018 yesterday. Fantastic weather dictates lots of riding but I find the throttle snatch very severe. I appreciate this is probably an old chestnut, but it spoiled my first decent ride, like light switch, impossible to ease away from a standing start, takes off like a rocket. The bike is brilliant  otherwise and I love it.  Any hints / recommendations ?

Thanks

Offline mfairplay

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Re: Throttle snatch
Reply #1 on: May 29, 2020, 10:17:19 PM
Search the forum for the many discussions on this topic. :157:

Offline Tinlegs

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Re: Throttle snatch
Reply #2 on: May 29, 2020, 10:27:08 PM
Thanks pal,  Very helpful..!

Offline Zince

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Re: Throttle snatch
Reply #3 on: May 29, 2020, 11:29:27 PM
Hi

Congrats on your new purchase , itís a fabulous bike, just a few tweaks to make it even better .

As suggested try searching for this topic which has already been discussed in many posts . Also look at the sprocket change which helps Lengthen first gear as this will improve the experience too .

PM me if you need any further assistance , itís a great bike !

Cheers




Offline m_mcdonnell

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Re: Throttle snatch
Reply #4 on: May 30, 2020, 12:50:42 AM
Yes there are a ton of conversations about the throttle abruptness.

Basic solutions (or improvements) in a nutshell:

  • Adjust (reduce/eliminate) throttle cable free play.
  • Increase idle RPM a touch.
  • Throttle tamer grip.
  • Re-flash the ECU (2 Wheel Dyno Works, or Ivanís are the main ones).
  • 16 tooth sprocket for a bit taller ratio that softens the ďhitĒ of the engine

The re-flash is going to be the most effective, but also most expensive.

Offline Gunhog63

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Re: Throttle snatch
Reply #5 on: May 30, 2020, 08:11:06 AM
I bought my bike recently with the sprocket and remap already done. I wasnít aware of this at the time of purchase.   I had heard lots about the throttle in reviews etc but found it smooth and very manageable. As an experienced rider I have ridden many bikes with snatchy throttles but I would have to say my bike could now be classed as definitely NOT snatchy and is great even when crawling in town traffic and pulling away slowly.
Hope this helps

Offline Tinlegs

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Re: Throttle snatch
Reply #6 on: May 30, 2020, 08:58:16 AM
Thank you for the advice,

Iíve been riding for many years and always managed to ride around any throttle snatch  but this something else, to pull away slowly is a journey into the unknown (or hedge bottom !), it almost like a light switch, either nothing or everything
Be safe everyone 😀

Offline mfairplay

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Re: Throttle snatch
Reply #7 on: May 30, 2020, 11:09:31 AM
*Originally Posted by Tinlegs [+]
Thanks pal,  Very helpful..!

It would have been if you were will to take responsibility for your own learning rather than waiting for people to spoon-feed you answers to a question that has been asked and answered many times.

Offline Gunhog63

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Re: Throttle snatch
Reply #8 on: May 30, 2020, 12:13:31 PM
*Originally Posted by mfairplay [+]
It would have been if you were will to take responsibility for your own learning rather than waiting for people to spoon-feed you answers to a question that has been asked and answered many times.

Blimey some one got out of bed the wrong side. Personally I donít have an issue with someone re asking questions especially if they are new to a forum. To me forums are about helping not needlessly criticising. Just saying.

Offline TallyRex

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Re: Throttle snatch
Reply #9 on: May 30, 2020, 12:37:02 PM
When you first start out, try releasing the clutch slowly without giving it any gas and short shift into 2nd at 15mph.  1st gear is very low