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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-27-2013, 03:49 AM Thread Starter
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A Friendly "Hello" from South Florida

Hey guys (and gals), my name is James. I'm new to riding and am very excited to get going. I found this forum through KawiForums. I like the community there but there isn't as much 250 talk as I would like. A friend of mine is about to sell me his '08 Ninja prolly by next weekend. Tomorrow I'm going to help him clean out the tank and carbs. It hasn't been ridden in a year and I figure it wouldn't hurt to take down the carbs with someone else before doing it by myself. I've got the FSM already and plan to do my own maintanance on it. I will eventually be using it to commute but until I get really comfortable on it I'll just be tooling around on side streets for now. I also need to get signed up for the MSF course and get the DMV certification. Well that's probably enough out of me. I'm excited to join y'all's community here!
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-27-2013, 10:58 PM
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Welcome to the forum and to riding in general. To be honest, this site isn't very active, but we are working to change that a bit. Feel free to post a pic of your bike when you get it.

If the bike runs but "needs some work" (or even just cranks but won't start) you may want to consider the following before pulling the carb...
  1. Drain all but 1/4 to 1/2 gallon of gas from the gas tank.
  2. Add about 1/2 cup of Sea Foam Engine Treatment to the fuel in the tank. The directions say add about 1 oz per gallon of fuel, but that is for regular use. This is a much more aggressive approach aimed at cleaning out lots of gunk.
  3. Rock the bike back a forth a bit to mix the fuel and Sea Foam.
  4. If the bike will start, start it and let it run for about 5 minutes. If the bike will only crank then crank it for several minutes (no more than 5 or 6 seconds at a time, giving about 30 seconds between cranks). The idea is to get the fuel with the Sea Foam into and through the carburator. When larger amounts of Sea Foam burn in the engine you will see a bit of white smoke. If you see that you can stop running/cranking the engine.
  5. Let the bike sit for several hours. If you are impatient you can start/crank it every half hour or so just to get a new batch of Sea Foam into the jets, but I have only found that necessary for really dirty carbs with lots of very old, varnished up gas in them.
  6. If the carbs were just gummed up, this should have helped clean them out. If the bike is running better then fill the tank with fresh fuel and try to ride that tank empty. Occasionally add a few oz of Sea Foam to full tanks of gas just to keep things cleaned out.

This procedure has kept me from pulling carbs (actually, I hate working on carbs so I generally pay people to do that if necessary) many times when I forget to add stabilizer before I put the bikes away for the winter. Other fuel stabilizers will probably work, but I use Sea Foam, so that's what I am suggesting.

I'm glad to see that you are planning on taking the MSF Basic Rider Course. The course has a lot of good information.

Last week I was riding around Panama City Beach with my wife on a rented Goldwing. Lots of good scenery up there without all of the traffic mess from your part of the state.

Rented Goldwing on Florida Coast by G26 MotoBlog, on Flickr

Again welcome, good luck, and enjoy your new bike.


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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-02-2013, 06:21 PM
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welcome from another newbie to the forum.Although I've been riding for over 30 years I love getting different bikes and meeting like minded folks.Get your MSF done and get some quality seat time in and always wear your gear.
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