Well I'm from Denmark. I've got 2 LTD 454s - use them in my driving school, never had a problem - they just keep going.
Only part changed was a belt after 36000 miles (around 58000 km). I want to see that chain there could do the same :-)
The bikes stay.
I have a 1986 454 LTD Kawasaki, which works and looks very nice.
I have had a lot of bikes; this one handles really good, probably because it's light compared to other bigger ones I have drove.
I am having a little noise coming from down by the foot shifter inside the cover; it sounds like a chain is slack, with tension on it no noise, press the clutch you have noise. I hope it's nothing too bad.
I run Dunlop tires; they handle excellent.
Hello the world!!! This Internet thing is great, I recently brought a Kawasaki 454LTD on eBay from a girl who had lost confidence in it, as it kept cutting out etc intermittently. The first time I rode it, it never missed a bit, but slowly it started cutting out for a second or two when over taking or up in the higher revs. She told me she had the carbs stripped and re-built, and it made no difference, so as I was filling with petrol, I looked down and saw the side stand kill switch, and I knew instantly that it was the problem. Sure enough a spray with wd40 and pushing the switch in and out a few times cured the problem. The bike rides like a dream and has put a smile back on my face, I hope this quick fix helps.
I too was having problems with the carbs, until I read an article on-line about Seafoam. You can get it at any auto parts store in the fuel additive section. After running one tank with the Seafoam, my 454 hasn't run this smooth in years. I would definitely recommend trying the Seafoam before going to the expense of having the carbs rebuilt. No more hesitation or rough idling. By the way, I love my 1986 454 LTD. What a great little bike.
Just got a 1990 model with only 7700 miles on it.
Nice bike! Light, quick, easy to handle, great styling, easy on fuel. Priced right. Belt drive is QUIET, tires are new.
I plan to commute with it, not much else. I'd like to have 1 or 2 more of 'em for the family.
I love my 1986 455 LTD. I got it from my dad when he got a bigger bike, a Vulcan 750. It has run perfectly, and I have never had a problem with anything, and I have been riding it for two years! And I don't baby it, I just can't resist opening it up on the highway, and taking all the way to 10 grand. I love this bike, and wouldn't trade it for anything. It now has 32,000 miles on it, it had 30,000 when I got it! I don't think I will ever have the heart to sell this bike.
To anyone who has one or is gonna buy one, don't let it get away from you. These are great bikes. Most reliable ever!
I have a 1986 Kawasaki 454. Last year I laid it down, and haven't been able to get it started. Lights work, but doesn't turn over. I have another 454 to use for parts, but I don't know where to start. If anyone can help, please email at email@example.com
Don't know how to help you without more information. Maybe check the compression first...
Also, head over to ltd454.proboards.com and post your questions there. It's a very active forum dedicated to your bike.