Warn me, please...
...I can take it.
I'm going to look at a '10 tomorrow in..uh...dubious condition. Price is very low to reflect its condition.
Having brought several dilapidated old bikes back to street-worthy condition, I may give this hulk a try, since there's a clean title. And I've always wanted a Ninja 250...
Carbs I can rebuild, and do bodywork, and paint, and seat covers, and fork seals, and valves, and wheel/steering head/swingarm bearings, and chains and cables. I would assume the bike needs all this, as it has been sitting up and seller admits that there's water in the tank.
But seller also admits that the bike will need a new ignition switch and tank lock, meaning somebody either lost the key and jimmied it, or the bike had been stolen and recovered.
All the plastic bodywork is there, mismatched colors but I do my own paint. Seems to have classic "sitting up" issues.
IF I get it to turn over and start on starting fluid, is there anything I can listen for to determine engine damage?
Do these motors eat cam chains? Will the valves manifest themselves if they're damaged?
Around here, we're finally having the little bit of cold weather we're likely to have, so now is the time to snatch up a super cheap bike and bring it back to life.
If ya'll could inform me of Ninja 250-killing issues that I can look for, I can make a better calculated guess as to whether I can fix this bike. Anything short of engine issues and a bent frame I can handle, if the starting price is right. It's bottom-end and top-end issues I don't know about with this bike.
Words of advice and wisdom much appreciated...heck I'll even take words of conjecture and derisiveness, if they illustrate a pitfall I don't know.