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Im going to go check out a bike tommorow
i was wondering what kinds of things i should look out for
i know absolutely nothing about bikes and this will be my first one
its a 1990 250cc ninja. Hes asking 1200 for it. It has 40 clicks and its been dropped a few times.
what should i look out for?
TIA
 

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Listen for any strange noises coming from the engine other than normal running sounds. Be sure to test ride it at least up and down the alley and hit all the gears. Yeah I know you'll be lugging it big time in sixth but at least try it to be sure it'll go into the gears without any noise or trouble.

Other than that look for notchy or loose steering head bearings and loose swingarm bearings. Check the brake pads. They should be about 1/8 thick or they need replacing. The chain and sprockets need to be looked at. The teeth should look impecably symetrical to your eye. Any visible hooking AT ALL means they are shot and the chain and sprockets will need replacing. Bring along some disposable rubber gloves and check the chain for tight links (there shouldn't be any of course). Tight links due to rust will make short work of the chain and sprockets. Tires that are worn to a slightly flat profile in the center need replacing. Tires older than 5 years should be replaced regardless or at least replace them very soon before you start learning to lean very far. Old tires get hard and slippery as the rubber ages. Check the cables for smooth easy operation. A stiff cable may just need some oil flushing but it might also be kinked or have a broken strand.

Check for crash damage. Bar or lever ends may have scuff marks. Same on the footpegs. Also check that the steering stops on the bottom triple clamp are intact and not bent or broken. Same with the touch pads on the frame. Missing or bent stops means the bike has been in an accident and things were bouncing around more than in just a simple lowside. And look for scuffs on all the other areas as you look at it.

Things you'll have to do anyway with any bike that old. You will want to have the brakes completely rebuilt. On that age bike you'd be shocked at what you can find inside the master cylinder and the calipers. Complete engine tune up and valve clearance check.

None of these things is a deal killer but add enough of them up and the cost will be a LOT more than you bargain for. If most of the above is found on the older used bike you'll probably find that it wil pay you to find a much newer and better condition bike. All those items will easily add up to more than the difference in most cases. Yes parts and servic cost that much. Especially if you need the service part. If you do your own work then the equation shifts slightly but just remember that the parts are not cheap.

Well, there you have the short version. Good luck. I hope we have a new bike owner soon.


PS: Well aren't I an idiot. OK, 40 clicks and dropped a few times. Scared himself did he? Hopefully the guy has gotten the carbs cleaned so the bike can run. If not then at least make sure the pistons aren't seized in the bores. Even if the battery is dead at least shift it up into about 4th and roll the bike with a push. You should feel the "lump, lump" of the pistons moving. And forget about most of the above stuff. All the bearings and chain stuff will be just fine as long as that 40 km claim is real. Check that steering head damage stuff though. Broken stops could easily point to bent fork tubes or a tweaked frame.

What about the plastic? That stuff is pricey. Are we about to see the first ever 250 streetfighter? :D
 
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haha
thanks alot
yep 40,000kms on it..a bit more actually but i rounded it.
its only good be a practice bike till next year when i hopefully will be getting a 600cc
 

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My only advice is to lowball him. You can bet he's keen to unload a 250 with 40,000km on the clock. Try anything, the worst he can say is "no"
 

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OH, 40 THOUSAND. Yeah that's pretty high. That work I outlined to make it so you can trust the bike not to fail on you will run a few hundred dollars. And tires are about $250. Chain and sprockets probably around $150. See how it adds up? If it's really ratty looking and feels very sloppy when you test ride it I'd think seriously about something newer that will need less work. Even if you only keep it for a year you'll never get your money back out of a ratty looker. Better to pay more up front to ensure you get it back later on the trade in for the newer bike.
 

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rookie said:
Im going to go check out a bike tommorow
i was wondering what kinds of things i should look out for
i know absolutely nothing about bikes and this will be my first one
its a 1990 250cc ninja. Hes asking 1200 for it. It has 40 clicks and its been dropped a few times.
what should i look out for?
TIA
hey rookie, welcome to the board... :flip
i'm a newbie n lookin for a 250 ninja starter too!! :D
guess we're in the same boat.... :laughing
btw, where did u find that ninja for $1200? i've been lookin at the newer 250's myself....reasons: one cuz they look better, n second, they're probably in much better condition, but the setback is that '00 n '01 250s cost almost as much as a used, older year, good conditioned 600cc. so i'm kinna caught in a dillema thinkin which is more worth it.
any opinions here from the more seasoned riders is greatly appreciated!!

2001 250 Ninja below for your viewing pleasure :D :
 

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mospeed21 said:


hey rookie, welcome to the board... :flip
i'm a newbie n lookin for a 250 ninja starter too!! :D
guess we're in the same boat.... :laughing
btw, where did u find that ninja for $1200? i've been lookin at the newer 250's myself....reasons: one cuz they look better, n second, they're probably in much better condition, but the setback is that '00 n '01 250s cost almost as much as a used, older year, good conditioned 600cc. so i'm kinna caught in a dillema thinkin which is more worth it.
any opinions here from the more seasoned riders is greatly appreciated!!

2001 250 Ninja below for your viewing pleasure :D :


get a used older 600 !!!
 
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2001 250 Ninja below for your viewing pleasure :D :
Hey, that's my bike!!! What kind of prices are you finding for one year old 250 ninjas?
 

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Hey, that's my bike!!! What kind of prices are you finding for one year old 250 ninjas?
yea, i just noticed that too blue!
actually, i havent been looking really hard for one... but i've seen the odd few. i find that newer ninjas for sale on the buynsell are pretty darn rare cuz i guess most owners either keep em or started on a 600 instead.
btw, have u ever thought of selling your ninja 250 bluestone??? :rolleyes
 

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yea, i just noticed that too blue!
actually, i havent been looking really hard for one... but i've seen the odd few. i find that newer ninjas for sale on the buynsell are pretty darn rare cuz i guess most owners either keep em or started on a 600 instead.
btw, have u ever thought of selling your ninja 250 bluestone??? :rolleyes

AH !!
WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!?!?!?
hheeheheh
600s are your friend
 

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AH !!
WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!?!?!?
hheeheheh
600s are your friend

quiet bl1tz...
i'm trying to entice him into selling a beautiful ninja 250....
btw bluestone, did i ever mention how nice of a yellow ninja u own!!! :D
 
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I;m already selling it actually, but right now i have a friend who is interested. If it doesn't work out I'll let you know.
And yes, I know my bike is sweet and sexy.
 

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Bluestone said:
I;m already selling it actually, but right now i have a friend who is interested. If it doesn't work out I'll let you know.
And yes, I know my bike is sweet and sexy.
yes, please let me know if u'r still selling it...
n what kind of offers u'r receiving if your buddy doesnt buy it. thanx
:)
 

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bl1tz said:
fine fine... get a 250, but those 2strokes ones :)
hahahahahahaa
i'm also pondering on rusty360's '93 EX-500 for sale...
there u happy now? not a 250!
:p

but bluestone, if u'r reading... still interested in your 250 as well. if u can gimme a price quote, that'd be great.
 
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