My new Ninja 250R and oil change (somewhat urgent)
March 22, 2009 at 6:34 pm #2627
Hi: bought my new 2009 Ninja 250R yesterday. Greatly enjoyed the 20 mile ride from the dealer’s back home. Kept RPM under 6-7K (and mostly around the 5K as I simply could not keep the 4K level). The trouble is that when I wanted to ride the bike this morning and went threw the pre-ride inspection, I discovered that I hardly have any engine oil left. Tried to run the engine on idle for 2-3 minutes but no change in the oil sight.
I am more than a bit alarmed because this is a day old bike and oil was close to the maximum level when I drove it out of the dealership. I am also worried that the engine may have been harmed by driving it yesterday if the I was losing oil so fast.
Suggestions?March 22, 2009 at 9:18 pm #17221wbsprudelsParticipant
Call the dealer–I can’t believe there was hardly any oil when you drove off the lot.March 22, 2009 at 9:27 pm #17222
Problem is that the oil glass indicated almost maximum level as I left the dealership and hardly any left this morning (again, 20 miles later)…March 22, 2009 at 9:45 pm #17224MunchParticipant
Have to ask…when you check the sight glass …is it up right or on the kick stand?March 22, 2009 at 9:51 pm #17226
Upright I also opened the cap. There seems to be nothing there…March 22, 2009 at 9:54 pm #17227
There’s no oil under your bike? Oil doesn’t just evaportate. or you dumped your oil all over the road going home… boo! Call the dealer and have them pick it up and look it over. A new bike that soon, have the dealer look at it. Could be when they did whatever they do setting up the bike after uncrating, they might not have tightened the oil lug enough and it wiggled loose.March 22, 2009 at 10:04 pm #17229
That is certainly part of my fear. I am also afraid that if that was the case the engine may have been damaged on the ride home (as the oil “disappeared”). Any thoughts?March 22, 2009 at 10:18 pm #17230
Thoughts? Have the dealer pick it up and have them check everything out. They should take care of all this. You can’t tell if there’s any engine damage until you look at it.March 23, 2009 at 12:00 am #17231PattrisParticipant
I have been riding for 9 years and currently own ’96 535CC Yamaha Virago which I love. Looking to trade up to something with more gusto and considering either ’09 Vulcan 500 LTD or have a lead on a 2007 Suzuki Boulevard S50 that only has 250 KMS (yes I’m from Canada).
I am vertically challenged (5’2). Been reading up on reviews of the Suzuki and for the most part I am now questioning this bike.
Also wondering if it is worthwhile to go with the Vulcan 500 from a 535. The dealer salesperson tells there there will be more power in the Vulcan even though the cc’s are only 500.
Any thoughts/comments would be appreciated.
Many thanks.March 23, 2009 at 1:23 am #17233briderdtParticipant
…would be that the oil was added without soaking the filter, and that your level dropped as a result of the oil that gets trapped in the filter as a result of normal operation. But still, with a bike that only has 20 miles on the odo, and set up by the dealer, it’s something they should be addressing.March 23, 2009 at 1:40 am #17235
My thoughts on this is to not thread jack. Ask your unrelated question in your own thread. At the forum you want to post your question in, click the “Post new forum topic” link.March 23, 2009 at 2:54 am #17237MunchParticipant
would be more with this thought pattern also. Although oil getting past un seated rings is not impossible you would have noticed the crop duster look behind you in the mirrors as it would burn the oil.
Though my biggest concern with this theory with the oil filter is I doubt the level will drop that extrememly. Filters have a limited capacity and unless it has a “flap valve” or check valve to bar oil escaping back into the resevoir it should still be in the case. I would echo what the others have said and 1) get the dealer to check it out and 2) unless completely satisfied with their answers make them replace the entire bike. Even if it was human error the damage has potentially already occurred.March 23, 2009 at 10:26 am #17243
Thanks. Will contact them first thing today and will keep you posted as to what I hear back!March 23, 2009 at 4:48 pm #17273Jersey13Participant
I bought an ’09 Ninja 250R back in November, and be warned — you have to have a buddy hold up the bike perfectly straight, or you won’t see any oil in the sight-glass. You won’t see any oil visible on looking into the chamber, either. It says it in very fine print in the manual that normal use will incur a (typically very slight) gradual drop in oil levels, and that when the bike is held perfectly straight and level from the ground, the oil levels in the sight-glass should be between the two lines marked on the side of the sight-glass. However, that being said, the dealer I bought mine from put the absolute bare-minimum of oil in mine too, and after a couple of rides, I ended up adding not quite half a quart to put the oil level up to the top line myself.March 23, 2009 at 9:33 pm #17298
Thanks. That has been very helpful. Will put this experience to the test on my bike as well and report back!
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