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Old 03-29-2016, 11:35 AM   #1
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not really new... just havent been here much since like 2 years ago at least

so, a friend of mine had a 2008 ninja 250r that i helped him pick up and ride home. it needed some basic work, which i was able to do in the parking lot of the lowes that we met the guy at. the bike was a POS, but at $1000, hey, the price is right.
he took it to a shop and had the carbs cleaned and an oil change. after that, it still had other problems, which took a lot of the fun out of riding for him. needed turn signals, new cables, a new right handle bar... general tlc. he stopped riding and it sat in some nasty weather for a few months. at some point, the bike became saturated with oil, and the battery drained. he said it.

a couple of weeks ago, he mentioned that he was about ready to give me the bike. OKFINESURELETSGO!

i havent really had much time to play with it, but i know the carbs are nasty and the air filter was soaked in oil. i'm guessing the spark plugs are no good either. it either isnt getting gas, or there is no spark.

anyways, i dont want to mess with all that , so i have done something i have rarely ever done in the past. the bike is in a small, local shop, letting the pros sort it out, lol.

i have a bunch of easier items being shipped, and the new cables are waiting to be installed at my house.

for anyone who followed my old project threads, this is what i'm doing now. lol, a of a ninja 250. i dont have any grand plans for it. i just want to ride, and this fell in my lap.

here is the only pic i have of it so far. the plastics were off for some work and cleaning. does anyone have a right mid fairing for a 2008-2012 ninja 250r that you are looking to sell? i also need a right handlebar.
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Old 03-29-2016, 11:41 AM   #2
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i'm in montgomery.
once i get the bike back from the shop, that would be awesome.

also, i have the shop wiring in some front turn signals, and i have an integrated tail light in the mail. bar end mirrors arrived yesterday. i'm looking forward to a fun commuter/weekend toy/ hopefully some track time. i'm not far from TWS (Texas World Speedway).
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Hey Loosenoose! If I remember right, you were going through a pretty nasty devorse last time you were here. Good to see you back man. Hope all is well.
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yeah, that was me.
i'm a lot happier and more well rested these days. i was really losing my mind back then. i'd only get about 3 or 4 hours of sleep every night.
it has taken some time to rebuild stability, but i'm doing a lot better. my credit is really improving, i've got a house, financial stablity... things are really going a lot better than they were like 3 years ago. i'm hoping the bike works out for me, too. i dont think it needs any major engine work. i got it to run on starting fluid and carb cleaner.

nice sig, lol. i know i was airing a lot of dirty laundry back then. like i said, totally losing my mind during that time.
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glad you're back! time's apparently been flying, doesn't seem like that long ago that I was following your Yamaha saga
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yeah. i've been focusing on other things lately. now that the household is in order, and money isnt as much of an issue, the itch has come back.
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glad you're back! time's apparently been flying, doesn't seem like that long ago that I was following your Yamaha saga
rugrats do that to you Jae. Welcome back loosenoose and best of luck with that bike. I will say, this one looks more promising than any of the previous "projects".
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I'm not even using that term for this bike, lol. Just need to get it back from this shop, running, and throw some parts on it.
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rugrats do that to you Jae. Welcome back loosenoose and best of luck with that bike. I will say, this one looks more promising than any of the previous "projects".
Lol. He got some stuff running.
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dangit! i've had several running bikes out of the like 9 jalopies i have owned.
just most of them had issues keeping them off the road, or, like my virago, it burned gas only slightly slower through the carb than it would in an open fire.

lol

if i get this new jalopy on the road, i'll look forward to meeting some of yall at meets, on the road, or hopefully on the track
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bike shop called a while ago! i'm picking it up tonight and putting a new clutch cable and the taillight, and might be riding in to work tomorrow. i'm really happy about this. it's been too long.
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missed this tread but yeah dude, congrats
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Thanks guys. I am ever hopeful. I'm not too afraid to throw money at a problem this time, lol. Let the professionals deal with that so that I have a running bike in the end.
I hope to see y'all out there, and I really hope I get to ride in this nice weather soon.
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ok, i just picked up the bike from the shop (round 2)
it seems to be running just fine. better than last time for sure.
tomorrow im installing the new throttle cables and putting in an in line fuel filter. there currently isnt one. lol. sheeyit.
after that, i'm going to have a nice long ride!

oh yeah, and i remembered that ebay bar end mirrors are a far cry from crg hindsights :P my right mirror needs glue. ugh.
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Took a ride just now. The bike seems to be in pretty good shape now, and this is the smallest Street bike I have ever ridden, but is it normal for the bike to feel completely gutless at 70? I'm not sure how fast it will go, but at 70 it seems to be working pretty hard and I don't want to press my luck.
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70 is about it, especially if you are a bigger guy. Do not spend money on power adders, if you need more sell it and get a 600/650
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I used to get mine up to 95 or so when I weighed 160 lbs. Now that Im 220 it might make it to 90 lol, but yeah past 70 the acceleration is pretty slow! I have since given my 08 250r to my wife and ride my R1,
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thanks for the input guys. i dont think i'm going to bother with getting a bigger bike any time soon. maybe if we get a decent raise here, i'll upgrade to a bigger, newer bike. there's not much reason for me to go above 70, so i'm fine for now, lol.

i am hoping the engine smooths out a little with use. there arent any odd noises, but it vibrates a bit, and the power delivery isnt so good. i'm hoping that is just because it sat for a long time, and it just needs to be run. i'm sure it could use a valve adjustment.
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