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post #1 of 49 (permalink) Old 03-29-2012, 11:30 PM Thread Starter
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'07 250r Streetfighter/Tracker/Cafe Racer

Hey everyone! This is my first post here on 250r.net and I am very excited to share my first bike build on the inter-webs!

The low-down: Last year I purchased an '07 250r with just over 2500mi for $800. Not bad? New clutches and a fluid change later I was on the move. With one season under my belt, I was already learning alot from my bike and the motorcycle culture itself. I did notice, experience a few things over that period of time that I wanted to change before entering my second season.

1. I stand at 6'2" so the riding position of the ninja was a little cramped.

2. The bike was laid down by previous over and myself ( it happens right?) so the plastics are a little beat up. I found them to be a little childish anyway.

3. Handle-bars were slightly bent.

My "Solutions"

1. Ordered adjustable clip-ons for bike in attempt to get a leaner ride on the bike hoping to give my arms a little more room.

2. Stripped bike of all plastics. Looks pretty cool as a naked bike.

3. New Parts:

Bar-end mirrors, 7" round headlight salvaged from my newly purchased cx500 (fits great) and of course universal headlight fork mounts,
Universal turn signals, and I just recently ordered a Trail-tech Vapor digital speedo/tacho with indicator lights for the front. Also, looking into making some rear set adjusters to move my feet back a bit allowing me to get more lean on the bike.

My goal: To keep a positive attitude for the duration of my build as it is my first one and there are sure to be set-backs and screw-ups. Create a bike that not only looks aesthetically pleasing to me but is also SAFE and RELIABLE. ( and fun to ride) And most importantly, ENJOY the process!!

I have already learned a ton so far and I look forward to your answers to my questions or just hearing of your opinions on my build.

Thanks for reading! Posting pics soon!
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upload some pics as soon as you progress through the project!



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Okay! Back on the blog! Sorry to say that my roommate dropped my laptop and that has been the cause of my delay on photos and build updates. So here's the skinny on what's been done so far..


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post #4 of 49 (permalink) Old 04-16-2012, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
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Gas tank stripped of paint

Custom front fender

Custom battery box

Fabbed rear fender


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One (may be minor) concern. The standard shock travel length on the ex250 is 5.1" and I do not have quite 5" of distance from tire to fender. May need to go back to drawing board? I did a very "low-tech" test by sitting on the bike and doing a little ride assimilation the best I could by jumping and slamming all my wt down (180lb) on the bike to see how much play I had. I didn't even come close. However I do know that an increase in speed will increase momentum therefore forcing the shock to work more. Any thoughts would be very helpful. Thanks for looking.



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wow, it's really starting to come together. What are the wires for that you've got in that second group of pics? Hard to tell exactly where they're located



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The wires are my flasher relay, stator, and turn signals (?) not sure I'd have to refer back to my schematic but anyway. They lead to the fuse box. Some of the photos just demonstrate that I soldered And shrink wrapped ,
My connections hoping to avoid and electrical issues. Later that day I connected the battery and tested one of my turn signals and got nothing little upsetting but I wasn't expecting perfection on my first crack at it. I will upload more pics in a short while.


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Fixed the electrical problem today! Blown fuse in my solenoid. Whew... easy fix However my front turn signals (back are not yet hooked up) are both flashing when switch is turned to left OR right. Hmm could be the relay. And my (+) battery cable is only a 10gauge wire. The stock is either a 6or8 and they only have 4gauge at autozone and 10gauge at my local hardware :/ so the 10gauge is only temp.for now. Or will it work?

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are your front turn signals LED's? You may need to replace the flasher relay with an electric one. Any 2-wire electronic flasher will work. You can get one for $4 at most auto parts stores.

They could also both be flashing because the rear are not yet installed. Show me some pics of the turn signals?



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