just bought a '97 ninja 250r, should it sound like this? - Kawasaki Ninja 250R Forum
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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-30-2013, 01:40 PM Thread Starter
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just bought a '97 ninja 250r, should it sound like this?

i took a video of it running with my phone. I'm new to street bikes and wondering if this is how older 250's run or if its a piston racing too hard or something weird. front end high ticking sound.. gets louder when i ride sometimes.


would love the help,
brand new oil change and filter, correct viscosity.
speedometer doesn't work
kickstand sensor is acting up as well, stalls when kicking down into first and holding clutch in..

basically got this bike on a short deal and hoping a small investment can get it running right soon to get me to school and work!

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-31-2013, 11:53 AM
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it's kind of hard for me to tell. Could you do another video starting from farther away, move in, and then move back again just to give more perspective?

it does seem irregularly loud and knocking from this video though.

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So, did it sound like that before the oil change?
How did it sound when you bought it?
Have you pulled the spark plugs?

The sound in the video strikes me as a serious mechanical event and maybe not too far from catastrophic failure. You either have some valve to piston clearance issues, metallic debris in the combustion chamber, or a piston rod bearing going bad. Unfortunately, none of these scenarios will get you back and forth to school and work for very long.

It's hard to discern exactly where the sound is coming from in the video but maybe if you have any luck on your side the problem is in the clutch...

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-21-2013, 02:40 PM
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That sounds a lot like the cam chain (timing chain) slapping around. The first link is to a video that shows what I heard when I bought my '07 the other day as well as what the bike sounded like after I cleaned the cam chain tensioner:


The second link is a great "How To" video on how to fix your problem, if it is the cam chain tensioner.


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