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12-18-2012 09:07 AM
DaBlue1
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Originally Posted by RideTheLightning View Post
....I don't have any mechanical knowledge prior to this but I'm sure I can handle it on my own. I tend to be a quick learner and need to learn how to do this on my own anyways.

... The bike is running but I feel like it could run smoother. Either that or I'm just a noob at riding it. :P

... I'm only planning to ride it about only once per month or so, more if I can get to it. ...What do you recommend I should do?
Not unless you have the time and a little bit of experience and the proper tools, there are some things like valve adjustments, that you might want to get a little help from someone who has done it before. Oil changes are fairly easy. There are dozens of DIY videos on Ninja 250 oil and filter changes.

As far as the smoothness of the bike goes it could be a combination of things. (old fuel, dirty air filter, dirty carbs, improper idle speed, operator inexperience)

If you only plan to ride the bike once a month or so, just make sure you keep the bike in good running condition so when you are ready to ride there won't be any problems. Following some Winter Storage Tips can help.
12-18-2012 08:32 AM
RideTheLightning
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Before you start digging in to your bike get yourself a service manual or owners manual.
Service manual and owner's manual. Gotcha, thanks for that.

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Do you have any mechanical knowledge and are you comfortable working on a motorcycle?
I don't have any mechanical knowledge prior to this but I'm sure I can handle it on my own. I tend to be a quick learner and need to learn how to do this on my own anyways.

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Is the bike running at all and did the PO do any maintenance at all?
With only 1700 miles the bike should not need a valve adjustment until 7500 miles.
All PO did was clean the chain every month, and she didn't even lube it up, although that might not be necessary but I want to ensure maximum lifetime of chain. The bike is running but I feel like it could run smoother. Either that or I'm just a noob at riding it. :P

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Oil and filter change won't hurt either

Checking the tire pressure and charging the battery is always recommended.
How do you do the following above? Links, personal messages, or replies to this thread are fine. I apologize if I sound too much like a novice.

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Cleaning the carbs can be a beast, but if the bike has been sitting for more than a few months without running or has problems maintaining idle or stalling issues, then a cleaning is necessary. If you are able to at least start the bike, you should try using Star Tron and some fresh fuelto see if that helps clear up your problem a bit first.
This might be a bad idea but I'm only planning to ride it about only once per month or so, more if I can get to it. I live on-campus at the university I attend and I won't be able to bring the bike there. What do you recommend I should do?
12-18-2012 06:22 AM
DaBlue1 Before you start digging in to your bike get yourself a service manual or owners manual.

Do you have any mechanical knowledge and are you comfortable working on a motorcycle?

Is the bike running at all and did the PO do any maintenance at all?
With only 1700 miles the bike should not need a valve adjustment until 7500 miles. Oil and filter change won't hurt either

Carbs may not need synching either unless you do maintenance on them or separate them.

Checking the tire pressure and charging the battery is always recommended.

Cleaning the carbs can be a beast, but if the bike has been sitting for more than a few months without running or has problems maintaining idle or stalling issues, then a cleaning is necessary. If you are able to at least start the bike, you should try using Star Tron and some fresh fuelto see if that helps clear up your problem a bit first.
12-18-2012 12:20 AM
RideTheLightning
Maintenance Help With 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 205R

Hello everyone, I'm new to the forums!

I just recently obtained my very own first motorcycle, a 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R. I bought it for $2400 with a mileage of ~1770 mi. So stoked to ride it soon enough, but first I need to prep this motorcycle because I know the previous owner didn't have a clue of how to maintain it properly (she didn't even know the motorcycle had a carburetor). So I plan on doing the following before I begin riding it because I want the best performance when I first start to ride it.

Here are a list of things I plan to do:
1. Clean/lube the chain.
2. Valve adjustment (btw what are the valve specifications for a 2008 Ninja 250R?).
3. Remove the carbs, clean them, and sync them back up.

... That's what I could think of for now. Since I will be doing this for my first time, I was wondering if anyone out there had tips for a rookie like me?

In addition, is there anything that's really important to motorcycle maintenance? Anything unnceessary?

Thanks all in advance!

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