Riding with a sick bike
September 20, 2009 at 7:39 pm #3445SafetyFirstParticipant
I got tired of my bike continuing to stall rolling up to a stop. Seems like it’s getting worse by the day.
So, I set it aside because of it. A week or two without riding, I decided to take it for a ride around the block. I couldn’t get it started. I jumped the bike battery with my car running, and managed to get it running with a lot of trying.
The Ninja 250 guys seem to think it’s my valves.September 20, 2009 at 9:18 pm #22441MunchParticipant
Why were you having trouble getting it started after letting it sit? Battery….. not cranking to hard start… or would it constantly try and just not actually fire up.
If you really think it’s the valve take it to the dealership. I can’t remember if you bought it new but if you did definitely take it there as it’s still under warranty. If not still take it there to save you some time and grief, just make sure to ask millions of questions as to what their conclusion was and how they arrived at it.September 22, 2009 at 9:07 am #22467SafetyFirstParticipant
The ignition was working fine, battery level looked OK. The engine was wasn’t rolling over. I jumpered it up to the cage because I was afraid of draining the battery trying to start it so much and to throw out the low battery problem if that’s what it was. After a lot of trying and waiting and trying over and over, I finally got it to fire up, but man I never had such a bitch of a time getting it started ever.
I bought it used, 3000 miles or so, two previous owners. Last one didn’t put too many miles on it, it was the wife’s bike and she didn’t ride much. Assuming the first owner didn’t get the 500 mile valve adjustment, the Ninja site says that it can really get bad after a while. I’m also rough on my valves because I ride in the peak of the powerband all the time. Put about 3000 miles on it since I bought it, coming up on 6000 miles, and it should have a valve adjustment at 6000 anyway.
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