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March 23, 2009 at 4:48 pm in reply to: My new Ninja 250R and oil change (somewhat urgent) #17273
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.
Bikes with carburetors are notoriously bad about starting up in colder weather, but it doesn’t take 10 minutes to get mine started. I don’t mind driving in the cold so much as long as the temp is still above freezing, but when it’s below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, I always have to put the choke on full to get it to start, then wait a good 10 to 15 minutes while it warms up. Mine usually starts up after 4 to 6 tries, though, but 10 minutes? That’s dozens and dozens of tries… hope your battery is okay. I’m no mechanic, but maybe you should have it tested? Unless you mean the warm-up period after it’s started is 10 minutes? That’s perfectly normal in my experience, though. In really cold weather, if I try to roll the throttle before it’s had a chance to warm up about that long, the engine will stop.
Thanks for all the encouragement, guys. It’s much appreciated. I guess I’ve got a lot to think about, but I’m pretty determined to keep at it.