cameron4333
Post Posted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 7:12 am
 Subject: Just got my first bike!

Hey everyone!

To start off I would like to say that I'm beyond excited to join the 250 club. I feel it's the perfect bike for me. I picked up this 2009 Ninja 250R for $950. She runs amazingly and has zero mechanical or structural issues. The only thing that's happened to her is she was laid down on a gravel road so the left fairing, headlight cowl and front fender need to be replaced. I have a brand new OEM headlight, mounting bracket, original instrument cluster, mirrors, and turn signals in a box right now. I've already bought aftermarket fairings that will replace the fairings I have right now. If anyone is interested in my OEM fairings let me know. I still have the original right OEM fairing in great condition. Hopefully this can be the start of my riding journey, and will lead to plenty of enjoyable days ahead.

Stay safe everyone!

-Cameron

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jkv45
Post Posted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 9:26 am
 Subject: Welcome!

Have you ridden at all before?

A few safety related issues that you should get covered -

Full gear. Not just a helmet, but also gloves, boots, pants - everything. If you don't have it all, check Craigslist for quality used gear. Don't buy any super-budget stuff. Better to get good used than bad new gear.

Tires. Chances are (depending on the miles) that your bike has the original tires from 2009 on it. They are junk now, no matter how much tread is left. Search around for opinions on the best tire for you. At this point anything new will almost certainly be better than what's on there.

Look through the maintenance section here for ideas of what needs to be done to make your bike safe on the road. It sounds like you are ready to do some wrenching - which is good to hear!

Lastly, if you haven't taken a Basic Rider course you should look into it. It would take you years, and many mistakes, to learn what they can teach you in a weekend.

Have fun, but be prepared!
Cameron L
Post Posted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 9:40 am
 Subject: Thanks for the help!

jkv45 wrote:
Have you ridden at all before?

A few safety related issues that you should get covered -

Full gear. Not just a helmet, but also gloves, boots, pants - everything. If you don't have it all, check Craigslist for quality used gear. Don't buy any super-budget stuff. Better to get good used than bad new gear.

Tires. Chances are (depending on the miles) that your bike has the original tires from 2009 on it. They are junk now, no matter how much tread is left. Search around for opinions on the best tire for you. At this point anything new will almost certainly be better than what's on there.

Look through the maintenance section here for ideas of what needs to be done to make your bike safe on the road. It sounds like you are ready to do some wrenching - which is good to hear!

Lastly, if you haven't taken a Basic Rider course you should look into it. It would take you years, and many mistakes, to learn what they can teach you in a weekend.

Have fun, but be prepared!


First off thanks for the welcome, and the helpful info!

I've already made sure to have all my gear and BRC done before hand. My gear actually cost me more than the bike!

This is what I have for gear:

-Icon alliance dark helmet
-Icon overlord sb2 high vis jacket
-Icon accelerant boots
-Speed and Strength Rage against the machine jeans
- And a set of gloves which I can't remember the name of at the moment

The basic rider course was EXTREMELY helpful, and it was an invaluable experience. They are the same type of tires as the original, but the previous owner just bought them about 400 miles ago and had a receipt to bat.

Once again thanks for all the help and the warm welcome!
jkv45
Post Posted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 12:31 pm
 Subject: Good to hear!

Glad you have taken a course and have all your gear.

When it's time for tires, search around. There are often less expensive and better options than exact OEM replacements.

After 4 to 5 years a cycle tire should be replaced, no matter how many miles or how much tread is left. The production date on a tire is on the sidewall in an oval. It's 4 numbers like "2610". The first 2 numbers are the week of the year (26th week), the second are the last digits of the year (2010). Just something to check so you know.

Occasionally there will be "new" tires that aren't very new at all, so it's good to read the date and know exactly what you have.
OldMarine
Post Posted: Sun Jul 01, 2018 1:39 am
 Subject: welcome

Cameron L
Post Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:34 pm
 Subject: Update

My aftermarket fairings will be in soon, just got them shipped today! As soon as I get them on the bike along with some reflective rim tape, a new slip on exhaust, and some led lights I'll post the results! attached I have pictures of the fairings I ordered from Auctmarts. Feel free to ask questions about them or anything else.
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AJinNoHills
Post Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:01 pm
 Subject: That's a really good score!; You just about stole that bike at that price.

cameron4333
Post Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:40 pm
 Subject: I agree!

AJinNoHills wrote:
That's a really good score!; You just about stole that bike at that price.


It's amazing how much money a little bit of work can save you, or make you!
Daryl
Post Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:05 pm
 Subject: First Bike!; I like that, good choice, welcome, enjoy!

cameron4333
Post Posted: Thu Jul 26, 2018 12:53 pm
 Subject: Fairings Came In!

As of 10:30 this morning my fairings got here. I ordered them from Auctmarts and they were ridiculously well packaged. I ordered them on the 29th of June and today is the 26th of July so no complaining there. I'll keep you guys updated through the process of installing and most likely modifying the pieces to fit. Besides that, from the quick glance I took I could not find any issues with them. A lot of clear coat, also paint and decals look fantastic. Tried on the tank cover and it does fit. Total cost with everything including shipping was 415$ Wish me luck!
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cameron4333
Post Posted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 7:07 am
 Subject: Fairings Are Now On

Well after about 7 hours of pulling, sanding, and cussing last night I finally got everything on. I am still gonna redo the headlight cowl tonight as some tabs are protruding that you can see when riding. Besides that, I think it looks pretty darn good. Man am I sore this morning though after all that!
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jkv45
Post Posted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 9:43 am
 Subject: Quality rating

How would you rate the quality of the parts?

Given the challenges you had fitting everything, would you say the pieces are shaped correctly?

Is there a plastic cover that goes over the metal tank? How does that fit and how is it held in-place?

Thanks.
cameron4333
Post Posted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 10:10 am
 Subject: Quality Review

The quality of the parts I would say is a 9/10. The paint is fantastic and the clear coat is thick. The plastic feels just like OEM and all of the rubber grommets fit properly. The back side of the parts aren't painted, but I understand why they wouldn't paint that.

The pieces were all shaped correctly, The tail fairings were perfect, and the side fairings would have been too if it wasn't for the tank cover. The tank cover added a bit of thickness that the side fairings weren't adjusted for. I had to sand the lip to be able to sit flush against the tank. Not a huge deal, just irksome. The headlight cowl is giving me a bit more issues. I had and am having trouble lining up the boltholes to go through the windscreen and into the mount. It could also be because my bike was crashed, and i think that mount might be a little bit out of whack.

Yes, there is a plastic cover that goes over the tank. Its a tight fit, but when it's on its very nice. It's form fitted around the tank so once its on it pretty much holds itself on. It has two bolt holes at the bottom underneath the seat to attach with the regular tank. The one issue I have is the clearance for the gas cap. Its like 2MM but it's enough to sorta bug me when i look at it up close. From 3 feet away it looks just fine. When I'm home later today I'll take some more detailed pictures.
cameron4333
Post Posted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 10:14 am
 Subject: Cowl


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MIK
Post Posted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 5:26 pm
 Subject: nice!

Daryl
Post Posted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 3:07 pm
 Subject: Nice I like it! Welcome!


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