I'm a newbie and I think I bit off more than I can chew.
Hey everybody, My name's Mike
As the title states, I'm new to the forum and need some help.
Let me start out as saying I just purchased my first real bike, it's an 03 250r. I say it's my first REAL bike because I have been riding one of those 150cc ROMA scooters that look like a small ninja (if you want a laugh, I can upload a pic of my big ass and that tiny little bike).
So for a little more background, I've been on craigslist for a few weeks trying to find a starter bike to learn the clutch on. I know the mechanics of it and drive a manual car so shifting as a concept is far from a new skill for me. I found the one I ended up buying on craigslist. It looks pretty, a few scratches, missing turn signal, etc. The guy says it has a knock in the engine. He took it on a trade and only rode it once. He says it fires up and is drive-able...Cool!
So I rent a trailer (I'm not getting on the road with a bike I know nothing about) and drive out to his house. I see the bike, I'm actually impressed by how clean it looks. So her fires it up and I hear the knocking he's talking about. I've seen enough youtube videos saying this is common so I don't worry too much about that. He lives on a gravel road, but I need to at least ride this thing before I buy it, so I hop on and ride on up the road. I can tell it's not the most powerful, i'm ok with that. It seems to shift well, isn't smoking or anything and while not the nicest, seems to be a suitable thing for me to learn on. So I head back to his house, talk him down from $900 to $600 and load 'er up in the trailer.
Here's where I'm running into issues. I get home, pull it off the trailer and start it up, takes a few tries, but it comes alive. I grab my helmet, get on and go to take it around the block. Now that I'm on pavement, I can test it out a bit more. Problem is, the bike won't rev past 5k under load. If it is at idle and I rev it, I can get it up to 12k but it's not exactly smooth. Well I get it around the block at 15 miles an hour, and it dies a few times when I come to a stop. Back at my house, I shut it down, then tried to start it up and it won't start. I was able to get it to start by twisting the throttle all the way and hitting the starter, but the second I let go of the throttle, it dies.
So I'm just curious if there's some easy things that I can check to maybe get this thing running, or how bad did I screw up?
In any event, sorry for the book!