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Old 05-29-2012, 04:40 AM   #1141
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It's the carbs. It's always the carbs. Quite problematic on the 250 if it is not ridden very regularly.
Thats a funny way to put it. Ok, Seems like it could be the carbs...
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Old 05-29-2012, 01:00 PM   #1142
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my first bike. i loved it, though i outgrew it quickly. if you want something to just get from point a to point b in an economical fashion, you cant beat it.
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Old 05-29-2012, 04:25 PM   #1143
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i outgrew it quickly.
Aww, you were just riding it wrong then. ;)
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Old 05-29-2012, 06:24 PM   #1144
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No sir I rode it like a stole it! It was a blast to wind out in the curves! Now I ride a hayabusa. But it's a great great bike the 250R.


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Old 05-29-2012, 08:31 PM   #1145
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Finally got the bike back

A little update on the new-to-me ninja 250:
When I had the valves adjusted, the fellow commented in passing "you have a leak in your gas tank" so I did the requisite Google search and found that this bike had an outstanding recall on the fuel tank - seems the factory had tapped a plastic mount-nut too deep and the screw could (and did) punch a hole in the tank. I called a local dealer who did not sell Kawsaki, but did have a sister store in another city who did sell Kawsaki - they said they would do the recall work locally, so a bright red tank was sent for, and after a two week lull, I have a shiny new fuel tank that does not leak- for free! can hardly wait to ride to work tomorrow - I've already missed quite a few sun-shiny days-
The bike has 1460-ish miles, fresh valve adjust, new oil and filter and now, a new fuel tank - finally it's ready to ride a good bit!

Another question: does anyone have a tank bag they use and like? Seems to be a perfect type piece of luggage for this bike-
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Old 05-29-2012, 08:37 PM   #1146
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which year(s?) had the recall?
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A little update on the new-to-me ninja 250:
When I had the valves adjusted, the fellow commented in passing "you have a leak in your gas tank" so I did the requisite Google search and found that this bike had an outstanding recall on the fuel tank - seems the factory had tapped a plastic mount-nut too deep and the screw could (and did) punch a hole in the tank. I called a local dealer who did not sell Kawsaki, but did have a sister store in another city who did sell Kawsaki - they said they would do the recall work locally, so a bright red tank was sent for, and after a two week lull, I have a shiny new fuel tank that does not leak- for free! can hardly wait to ride to work tomorrow - I've already missed quite a few sun-shiny days-
The bike has 1460-ish miles, fresh valve adjust, new oil and filter and now, a new fuel tank - finally it's ready to ride a good bit!

Another question: does anyone have a tank bag they use and like? Seems to be a perfect type piece of luggage for this bike-
Thanks,
Tim
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Old 05-30-2012, 04:47 AM   #1147
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Recall

I don't know the years exactly, I went to the Kawasaki website and on the "owner info" pages there is a place to enter the vin of the bike to see if it is eligable for the recall. I would give you more specific detail but the iPad won't let me go to the main website and the mobile version of the kawasaki website doesn't offer the owner info pages. The main kawasaki website is pretty user friendly though-

If you smell gas after a fill, odds are there is a hole behind one of the screws that mount the plastic to the tank-
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Old 05-30-2012, 08:02 AM   #1148
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I just signed up on the website and received the letter under recalls:

Dear Kawasaki Motorcycle Owner:
This notice has been sent to you in accordance with requirements of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act.
The reason for this notice:
Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. has decided that a defect which relates to motor vehicle safety exists in certain 2004 ~ 2007 NINJA® 250R motorcycle models. On eligible units, the fuel tank could have been punctured during the assembly process allowing fuel to leak from the tank. Fuel leakage in the presence of spark or flame could cause a fire or explosion possibly resulting in injury or death. Our records indicate that you have bought one of these units.
What Kawasaki and your dealer will do:
Your Kawasaki dealer will correct this problem for you at no charge. The correction will consist of inspecting the fuel tank and replacing the tank if necessary. The actual repair will take up to one hour but may take longer due to scheduling at the dealership and the time needed to obtain required parts.
What you must do to ensure your safety:
Please call your authorized Kawasaki motorcycle dealer to schedule an appointment and take this letter with you at the time of your appointment.
DO NOT OPERATE YOUR MOTORCYCLE UNTIL THE INSPECTION HAS BEEN COMPLETED.
If you need help:
If you have questions or concerns that your dealer is not able to resolve, or you experienced the failure described above prior to receiving this letter and paid to have it corrected, please Contact Kawasaki’s Consumer Services Department:
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Old 05-30-2012, 09:07 AM   #1149
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Thanks for the info! He has the '08.

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Old 05-30-2012, 10:22 AM   #1150
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I'm going into Kings cycle in Brooklyn on Saturday for them to check the tank
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Old 05-30-2012, 04:58 PM   #1151
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Thanks for adding the details of the recall-
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Old 05-30-2012, 06:44 PM   #1152
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I'm seriously considering a Ninja 250 due to the millions of good things I've read about it and have always been partial to the smaller bikes. I understand it's pretty darn quick as far as 250's go. Can anyone tell me how it accelerates versus a KLX250S? Or just for kicks, versus the KLR650 I used to have? (the KLR was a tad big and top-heavy for me, esp with full tank of gas)
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Old 05-30-2012, 09:45 PM   #1153
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A ninja 250 was my first bike (a 2007) and I have owned two different KLR's. It's been a few years, so I might be a little off, but I think the Ninja accelerated a little quicker. Neither are going to win any drag races, and the Ninjette had to be revved up a bit before it made any "power" whereas the KLR has its torque down low, but I think doing something like 0-60 the Ninja felt faster.

I don't know, doing a google search shows some sites saying the ninja is faster, and some saying the KLR is faster. I think they were probably around the same, but the Ninja felt faster to me. Maybe because it was my first bike, I don't know.
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Old 05-30-2012, 09:47 PM   #1154
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While the gf is busy practicing her skills on the Ninja I'm having fun tinkering and riding this bike. I finally got around to installing the 15T front sprocket and the .70kg front Sonic Springs. If I have to summarize my impression in three words they would be: WOW! DO IT - best "mods" for $100

15T front sprocket: I was a bit concerned before installing this because I was wrongly assuming I'd lose enough off-the-line power for it to become a real dog. Let's not kid ourselves there's not much power to begin with and the first gear is pretty unusable as it tops out quickly. Generally speaking you're shifting like a mad man trying to get away from the traffic. Well, after the installation I didn't notice much difference power wise yet the gears feels more usable. And of course the RPMs at higer cruising speeds are not tiring, hwy speeds feel more relaxed, might even see some MPG improvements - for those that care about that sorta thing :) All in all for spending 1hr and $13 at Amazon (JT Sprockets) this is a great upgrade - I can't imagine going back to the factory one.

.70kg/mm Sonic Springs: From the day I test drove it the one thing that annoyed the heck out of me was the squishy, dippy, noodle like fork springs. Braking felt weird, handling felt less planted, generally felt like something wasn't right with it. Maybe it's because I'm used to the ST1300 that has anti-dive, anti-squat suspension. Anyway, I settled on the .70kg rates because I didn't want a jarring ride. Took me 30mins to swap them and the difference is night and day. This is how it should've come from the factory. The ride is comfortable, handling feels great and even the braking feels much more improved. Well worth the $80!

Since the purchase a couple of months ago I've done a few upgrade and recommend these in this order if you're on the fence:

1. New tires, EBC HH Sintered pads all around and new brake fluid- these should be the first upgrade for anyone
2. Sonic Springs
3. 15T front sprocket

My next and most likely the final upgrade will be a better rear shock if I can find one in good condition.

Who knew I'd enjoy a $2k bike this much, maybe it's the minimalist in me Heck, I'm leaving on a 1100 mile trip this weekend and came so close to taking the Ninja; even put the saddle bags and tank bag on it to test fit - it even looked good, ready and eager to go
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Old 05-31-2012, 01:54 AM   #1155
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I bought a post 08 Ninja 250 rear shock, Ninja 500 fork springs for my 02 Ninja 250.
Under $60 on eBay for both items, 25 minutes install, front and rear suspension upgrade done.
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