a friend of mine used my assistance a few months ago, to go check out an 09 ninja 250. i helped him fix a few things and he was able to ride it about 45 minutes home. the bike still needed some real work, but i was able to do a few things over a couple of hours in a lowes parking lot to get it good enough to get home.
he rode the bike for the next few months after that, and it was pretty good. when it began to get cold for winter, he just let it die with the onset of the chill. now the battery is dead, he thinks the carbs might have crudded up, and there are some misc issues making the bike crummy. he says he doesnt want to mess with it any more and wants to just give it to me.
i'm going to give him a little $ for it still, but really, basically free ninja
i wish it was a first gen, so that i could have a nice looking naked ninja. the 2nd gens look a little silly IMHO.
breathing life back into the bike will, i'm guessing require:
charge the battery if possible, or get a new one
drain the gas
clean the carbs and replace any gaskets
the right handlebar is bent, and i'll be replacing that, too, once the bike runs again.
aside from my plans up there, anyone else have any good advice?
this is, i think, my 9th bike and i know my way around a rebuild. i plan on getting it running well again, riding it for a little, and then putting it on craigslist. he never got the title in his name, because it wasnt in the name of the guy who sold it to him. i will have the title, but i dont want to go through the pain in the butt of getting it registered. i'll give any potential buyer as much notice and supply the tx dot forms at the time of sale.
or, it could be a track toy.
i might be able to fit it, my gear, and a couple of tires in the back of my mazda 5.