Riding along the M25 on Sunday, I felt a drop in power, and initially thought that a spark plug failed. A minute or so later, there was a further massive drop in power, and awful dull noise from the engine and a lot of smoke behind me. As I was close to my exit at J25, and there not being a hard shoulder there, I got the bike of the motorway, pulled up and called recovery. This was on my birthday.
The following day, I looked and found a big hole on the front of the engine block and can see into engine.
I now left considering my options. Do I get the engine rebuilt? Do I buy a second hand engine? Do I sell the bike as it is 2016 Gen 5 ZX-10R Ninja with 23k miles and full service history?
I just about to go to a Bacon’s aka East London Kawasaki, where I’ve had the bike fully serviced since I bought it. I’ll ask then if there are known issues with this model, and if so, if Kawasaki are prepared to supply parts for its rebuild.
What are your thoughts guys?
I’m looking at this from the “glass half full” point of view. The amount of oil on the back tyre was shocking. I didn’t have any scary moments. This was a breakdown and not an accident.