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Old 06-17-2008, 06:01 PM   #1
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06 Ninja 250 won't run...WHY??

my bike will not run for some reason. the choke was on and i tried starting it but it would just crank and not turn over. when it DID start, it ran only for a couple seconds before it shuts down, and this is with choke on. nothing has been done to the bike. its just been sitting in my apartment for the past couple days.

one thing odd was the oil light did not come on like it usually does before i started it. does anyone know what i can do to fix it?
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Gas turned on??? (petcock)
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Old 06-17-2008, 06:05 PM   #3
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gas turned on and was full of gas
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how many miles on the bike? when was the last tune up? you'll have to give us more info.
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has about 975 miles. never had a tune up. did my own oil change about 400 miles ago. thats pretty much it. kinda weird cuz its the first time this happened.
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Old 06-17-2008, 06:20 PM   #6
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One thing to help you. I used to start bike with full choke, the little ninjette is very cold blooded....

HOWEVER the easiest way to start it is by just turning it on, giving a little throttle as you turn up the choke and the let it idle on choke while warming it up. DON'T turn to full choke and expect instant starting... its better to turn choke OFF, then turn up as you give a little gas to keep the bike running till choke is on.

Someone more technically inclinded could explain better, but for a ninja rider this is what I found out. Even half choke tends to "CHOKE" the start. So i start with nothing and in a few seconds turn it to full/3/4 choke.

hope that helps!
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has about 975 miles. never had a tune up. did my own oil change about 400 miles ago. thats pretty much it. kinda weird cuz its the first time this happened.
DON'T FORGET TO GET BREAK IN SERVICE! you need valves checked etc. Follow the manual. Don't just do the oil change. You also need to check valvues... it can affect your warranty as well!
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I dont use the choke when I start mine w carbs. I will use the primer on the petcock then once its started adjust the choke and turn the petcock to 'on.' As it warms up and idle increases I turn down the choke. Too much gas will kill it outright.
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Old 06-17-2008, 06:32 PM   #9
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One thing to help you. I used to start bike with full choke, the little ninjette is very cold blooded....

HOWEVER the easiest way to start it is by just turning it on, giving a little throttle as you turn up the choke and the let it idle on choke while warming it up. DON'T turn to full choke and expect instant starting... its better to turn choke OFF, then turn up as you give a little gas to keep the bike running till choke is on.

Someone more technically inclinded could explain better, but for a ninja rider this is what I found out. Even half choke tends to "CHOKE" the start. So i start with nothing and in a few seconds turn it to full/3/4 choke.

hope that helps!

normally i would set the choke to maybe half way and it usually starts right up with it idling around 3-4K. it just wouldnt start and stay on. thats the only reason why i put it on full choke and it still didnt work.
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Did you pull the plugs? See if they are fouled?
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ya i figured out whats wrong with it. one of the hoses was disconnected. could this hose be the reason why the oil light wont turn on?
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Likely not... that light should come on as a light test before the bike is started. You could have a bulb out... I'd have to look at the diagram to make sure it doesn't have its own fuse etc...
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http://www.bikechatforums.com/viewtopic.php?t=117889

this is my stash... I don't see it in there...


The light should be coming on... If you have power and ground at the socket, the light is trying to light up, the bulb is open. If there isn't a ground from the oil level sensor, then the light wont turn on... If the signal is sent up the way Im expecting it to be... then again I don't have the schematic...

Trace it from the bulb to the power supply and to the sensor if the power or ground isn't good.
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Where is the Ninja Located? what part of town? I am always up for some electrical diagnostics!
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