2006 yzf450 engine rev/idle issues

My 2006 yzf450 seems to have developed a problem, when I rev it, it revs up and when I release the revs stay high then drop back down to idle after a couple of seconds. My throttle seems all ok, so I am guessing it might be the slider in the carb sticking slightly or my cables have developed a fray

?, just thought id check here before I start stripping it down if there is anything else which could be possible causing this ? thanks guys.

My 2006 yzf450 seems to have developed a problem, when I rev it, it revs up and when I release the revs stay high then drop back down to idle after a couple of seconds. My throttle seems all ok, so I am guessing it might be the slider in the carb sticking slightly or my cables have developed a fray

?, just thought id check here before I start stripping it down if there is anything else which could be possible causing this ? thanks guys.

if the cables were freyed you would feel the throttle not returning as quick and some binding on the return, so I do not think it is that.

If the slide was sticking again you would have weak throttle return after letting off. But to check remove the carb top cover off and look to see if the slider is binding or if the inside of the carb is gumming up.

Where is the idle screw set at? does it idle higher than normal when warmed up and in neutal no throttle?

Did this start all of a sudden? After washing the bike?

Often, a 'hanging idle' is due to to a too lean pilot circuit.

Fuel screw settings in the 'book' are recommended starting points. Every bike is different, as is the temp and altitude. Set the screw according to this method.

Gently turn the screw all the way in. Now back it out two turns. Start the bike and fully warm it up, go for a 10 minute ride. Set the idle to speed to 1,500~1,800 RPM as best you can (I know, without a tach this is tough, just set it to were it idles relatively smoothly). Once warmed, slow the idle to the lowest possible speed.

*** When turning the fuel screw, keep an accurate 'count' of the amount you are turning it and record it in case you have to reset it for some reason. Makes life easier when you can just set it from notes Vs. going through the procedure again.***

Turn the screw in until the idle becomes rough or the bike stalls.

if it stalled, open the screw about 1/4 more turn. Restart it and slowly screw it in till you can just perceive a change.

If the screw can be turned all the way in and the bike still idles perfectly and does not stall, then you need to go down a size in pilot jet.

Now very slowly, open the fuel screw till the idle is smooth. Blip the throttle, let the bike return to an idle, wait say ten seconds. Confirm it is the same smooth idle.

If the screw has to be opened more than 3 turns to get a smooth idle, you need to go up a size in pilot jet.

If you find it does not stall with the larger jet but has to be open more than three turns with the smaller pilot jet, put the larger one in and set the fuel screw at 1/2 turn.

If the idle speed increased, adjust the idle speed knob to return the bike to a real slow idle speed. You must then re-visit the fuel screw. Keep doing this till the fuel screw is opened just enough to provide a nice steady idle at the lowest possible RPM. Once this is done, increase the idle speed to the normal one for your bike, typically about 1,800 rpm, but go by the spec in your manual.

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now