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Old 08-29-2008, 06:36 AM   #1
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New to working on my bike. Been slowing starting to understand more about the maintence, and I think intimidation on working on my bike, and my only transportation has kept me from actually trying some of the harder work.... question is...

on my ninja 250 is it really that hard to change a new chain in? *one with a master link, not endless? I don't have much tools, and could buy a couple if within budget. I'd like to learn to do some simple work like that and I don't know if its harder than a newb should try or just give it a few hours of work and be done with it. I'd also like to learn to take the rear wheel off properly so I could take my tire to the tireshop to mount the new tour and remount the whole thing myself. Would eliminate having to take a day off for Motorcycles Unlimited since its pretty far away. Sure do trust patrick and all, but some of the basic stuff I'd like to do to ensure I know how to take care of my bike when time doesn't allow me to get up there.....


how hard? I've checked ninja 250 faq, and it seems reasonable? Any recommendation for a cheap/good tool so I could get the chain off, and what about dismounting?
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If you can wait another week we can do it at my place; well, you can do it while I point to what you missed...

None of it is hard, but you do need a couple special tools for the chain, and it does need to be riveted correctly. Easy enough to remove, just cut off the rivet heads with a cutoff wheel on a dremel.
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If you can wait another week we can do it at my place; well, you can do it while I point to what you missed...

None of it is hard, but you do need a couple special tools for the chain, and it does need to be riveted correctly. Easy enough to remove, just cut off the rivet heads with a cutoff wheel on a dremel.
That sounds actually like some fun. Learn while meeting someone new! I've seen some good posts by you so I'd be interested in meeting you. Do you have the tools to cut the chain off? So I just need to purchase the chain and meet up when we can set a good time? PM your area.
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If you're going to keep on riding and this isn't a passing fancy hobby for you, an investment in a good chain tool is a MUST.

Plenty of places to buy one, and they're not that expensive when you compare doing it yourself vs paying to have it done. I have a Motion Pro that I like a lot- it "breaks" the existing chain, presses the new link on, and rivets the new master link on. Not a whole lot of chains out there with clip type master links, the riveted or "endless" chains are much more reliable.

Removing the chain and rear tire are both extremely easy to do as long as you have a center stand, and aside from the chain breaker, no special tools are needed.
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I dont know what part of town you're in, but I would be more than happy to help you learn and walk you thru the whole process. I have all the tools needed (and more). I'm in pearland, btw.
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None of it is hard, but you do need a couple special tools for the chain, and it does need to be riveted correctly. Easy enough to remove, just cut off the rivet heads with a cutoff wheel on a dremel.

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That sounds actually like some fun. Learn while meeting someone new! I've seen some good posts by you so I'd be interested in meeting you. Do you have the tools to cut the chain off? So I just need to purchase the chain and meet up when we can set a good time? PM your area.
I have all the tools, rear stand, and a garage to do it in. I am off BW8 and 290, Jersey Village area.
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I have all the tools, rear stand, and a garage to do it in. I am off BW8 and 290, Jersey Village area.
Great. 249 & Grant is my current location, Bw8 is my daily ride, so you aren't far at all! I'll get in touch after this weekend. I'm needing to learn to dismount the rear tire to replace with a new one as well as chain, so perhaps in the next few months I'll know something I never did before! I love learning this stuff, but as it's all new to me, and NOT just a passing fancy, I want to be knowledgeable. To do that, it helps to have people like you guys around! PM your contact info and i'll touch base in the next couple weeks. Thanks you guys again.


Also, if we do the chain by dismounting, that would mean I could take the tire to a tire shop to get it mounted and just through it back on right? ... saving myself from having to redo it, or do you typically just leave the tire on when do the chain w/a masterlink type?

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Also, if we do the chain by dismounting, that would mean I could take the tire to a tire shop to get it mounted and just through it back on right? ... saving myself from having to redo it, or do you typically just leave the tire on when do the chain w/a masterlink type?

If you are just doing the chain, you don't have to remove the wheel. But it isn't any big deal either way.
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If you are just doing the chain, you don't have to remove the wheel. But it isn't any big deal either way.
Sounds great. I learn from hands on experince, and the ninja250.com site has really helped for most info, however when it comes to actually doing something to my bike that is beyond my normal knowledge zone, i'd hesitate to trust myself to putting everything back together the first time without someone with experince to make sure i did it right. I ride it on the Bw and westpark everyday, so I'd prefer its put together the right way.

I just need to find a good deal on a BT45 for the ninejette now. I used pirelli sport demon, but the tire didn't last so long, i've heard the bt45 is close to the same quality of grip, good rain grip, and double the life, at least 5 digits of mileage vs around 6-7k.

Thanks again Texlurch, i'll be in touch, PM your contact info, and I'll give you a call or setup something once I've purchased the chain and rear tire. I really can't thank you enough for helping me out and making sure I'm able to resassemble the bike back. WIth my mad talent, i'd end up putting the rear tire on the front and the front tire on the back and be scratching my head at ... what did I do wrong....
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.... and who knows... perhaps once my new job picks up i'll be able to bring it up to the track... i've wanted to, so do some corner work and get a newb day!
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