2011 Ninja 250R sat since September 2011. Couple questions.
Hello everyone. I'm posting this because I have a few questions regarding my Ninja 250R that has sat since about August or September 2011.
I purchased this bike having never ridden before and after buying it and ridding around my neighborhood for a few weeks or so I realized riding wasn't for me. Stupid mistake but I have made bigger mistakes unfortunately. At this time I owe about $2600 on it and I am hoping to sell it off because my girlfriend and I need a second vehicle and I will be completely honest, I have no interest in learning to ride.
Anyways, my buddy was over the other day who is a mechanic and I asked him about getting it running again. To my surprise he acted like it shouldn't be too big of a deal to get it back to normal again. He looked it over and told me everything looks pretty normal. He checked in the gas tank with a flashlight and said it all looks fine / no rust. He then said we need to charge the battery because it is dead, replace the fluids and clean the carburetor, and it should be running like it's brand new. I was under the impression that I did a lot of permanent damage to the bike by letting it set without draining everything, but he told me it shouldn't be damaged at all, just a little dirty essentially. Is this true?
What I am honestly most concerned with though, is if we do all of these things, will it need to be ridden afterwords? I have been looking up stuff about carburetors and I keep seeing stuff like "put a tank of gas through it" or "ride it for 15 miles or so then" etc. Like I said, I have very little experience riding and I would like to get everything fixed without having the ride it at all. I don't know anyone who rides motorcycles that could do it for me either unfortunately. I'm hoping anything we do where we need to run the engine I can do from idling the bike.
Is there anything else I should be checking for that may have been damaged because the bike has been sitting so long? It has been in a completely enclosed and completely dark shed for two years covered with a large blanket. It's a little dusty but otherwise, like I said it's essentially brand new. I think in total the bike has about 50 miles on it (yep, go ahead and laugh at me, haha). The engine hasn't even been broken in yet as I have basically only test driven the thing.
Thanks in advance guys, I wish I was posting here as a rider but I'm the moron with an anxiety disorder that thought he could "get comfortable" on a motorcycle.
Last edited by Ralden; 10-13-2013 at 01:22 AM.