Post Posted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 8:26 pm
 Subject: 88 Streetfighter Project

When I bought this I never intended it to go back on the road.....

A few weeks ago I found an 88 Ninja ex250 on craigslist for $100. I knew I could part it out and make a buck or 2. The bike didn't run but did turn over, so $100 for a titled frame was good with me. Dana (the guy that sold me the bike and I loaded it up and I was off.. When I arrived home my wife met me outside to help unload it. She always loves looking at bikes I bring home. (Last year I got a 86 Suzuki GS550, fixed it up and tout her to ride).. First thing she did when we got the 250 in garage was jump on it.. I could tell from the big smile on her face I was in trouble..

She said "I want to ride this one."

I told her "I'll have to sell your bike for the money to fix it then??" Figured that would be the end of it as I knew how much she liked the Suzuki..


The 250 had been dumped.. The bars were bent, no fairings, guages, or headlight. the airbox was missing the intake boots and the engine looked like no one ever took care of it..

First thing was to see if the Engine was even any good. Popped the top, Adjusted the valves (sort of) and tried some starting fluid. Fired up but made a horrible banging noise.. Off to internet.. While figuring out if it was the clutch basket or rod I discovered the valve seats on PRE 94 engines..

Ebay here I come!!! Well craigslist list too..

I figured out the costs of parts and weighed it against just finding another bike.. It could be streetfightered for around $800 or another bike for $1500.. Well Streetfighter it is!!

First off get rid of the old motor.

Found one on ebay for $375 with about 15000 miles plus it was close enough for me to go get it and save on the shipping.

Ordered a headlight ($20 shipped) Stock guages ($35 shipped) and intake boots from dealer ($18)

Next was the handlebar prob as they were both bent.. After some looking around I decide that Risers and real bars were in order. (risers and Sport bars $40)
I like the look. Its not the first time I did this to a sportbike... Painted upper tree..

Headlight bracket $20

New headlight, engine, and guages all in same weekend..

In its current state.. There is lots of work to do...

have had it running but the petcock in in the always on mode...
The rear signals will be integrated with the tail light.. Still need fuel petcock (in route), carbs cleaned, side covers, front blinkers, paint and fabricate a bracket for guages. Oh yeah Rear tire and maybe new chain and sprockets..
Post Posted: Fri Feb 05, 2010 9:16 am
 Subject: Re: 88 Streetfighter Project

friggin sweet, that is awesome! This is mine as it currently sits, ive mounted the license plate, tailight and rear turn signals since this pic though, more pics maybe monday
torn apart.jpg
Post Posted: Fri Feb 05, 2010 2:30 pm
 Subject: Re: 88 Streetfighter Project

thats pretty bad ass so far. flat black paint? it seems a little for flat black. round light in front? would you like to add some rear zzr250 fairings to that? lol when i went down on the bike due to sand, i got a new right side and a buch of banged up but fixable rear fairings with it.

keep my posted, cradle. i like when people get creative with the 250 Wink
Post Posted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 4:06 am
 Subject: ** update **

I removed the rear cowl to work on the integrated turn signals and found this..

Obviously someone started this mod already and failed.. When you turned in the left signal BOTH sides turned on... I spent lots of time cleaning up the mess and got it to work just fine And I don't think the bike will burst into flames from the crappy wiring job any more..

Added a little paint. I love gloss black....

More to come..
Post Posted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 10:34 pm
 Subject: Who makes those risers, and where did you get them?

Post Posted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 12:52 am
 Subject: I'm drooling for more.

Post Posted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 12:27 pm
 Subject: Re:Who makes those risers, and where did you get them?

Not sure who makes them. I got them at Bent Bike in Lynnwood, WA $20 brand new.
Post Posted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 1:18 pm
 Subject: Re: 88 Streetfighter Project

nryche wrote:
I could tell from the big smile on her face I was in trouble..

She said "I want to ride this one."

Your wife sounds really cool. A keeper. Wink
Post Posted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 8:06 pm
 Subject: Re: 88 Streetfighter Project

still working out some of the details as I go but I'm going to put dual smaller round headlights on the front. I havent decided if I'm keeping the satin black on the tank or moving to bedliner spray yet, time will tell I suppose lol.
Post Posted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 8:09 pm
 Subject: one word.........s.i.c.k. :thumbup:

Post Posted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 1:21 pm
 Subject: Re: 88 Streetfighter Project

I kinda like the 7" headlight. I'm actually thinking of doing the same thing. I think the Dominator headlight set up is too wide for the Ninja. Maybe with some modification it would work. Anyway I wanted to ask you how you mounted the gauges? Also do you think there would be room for a smaller headlight fairing, or would the gauges get in the way? Thanks. - I also prefer the black paint over the bedliner... looks really good
Post Posted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 2:14 pm
 Subject: Re: ** update **

yet another really good looking 250 streetfighter... Thinking I want to play as well.
Post Posted: Sat Jul 02, 2011 6:57 pm
 Subject: handlebar clamps

When you remounted the handlebars you drilled thru the fork plate to put bar clamps in place?
If so how has that effected steering and is that plate strong enough to mount to?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Post Posted: Tue May 01, 2012 2:03 pm
 Subject: street fighter headlight

where did you get that headlight? also someone asked bu no response on how did you mount the gauges? also is there a mod guide for the taillight turn signal?

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