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I got my first bike! - March 15, 2007, 11:05 PM

Hey everyone, I just got a 2001 kawi 250. It has 4768 miles on it, I got it for 1200. ..the problem is it doesnt start. It cranks but i cant get it to start, the guy said it was running just 3 months ago before it got really cold. does anyone have any tips on what to try? Thanks so much for everyones help!
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March 15, 2007, 11:17 PM

I think those are carb'd, right? Does it have a prime? Did you try the choke and all that?



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March 15, 2007, 11:43 PM

excellent choice for a first bike bro. people will tell you it's cheap shit or you'll get bored with it, but really they're just full of shit.

for your specific 250 needs you should hop over to www.ninja250.com . they will be able to hook you up. check out the FAQ before you post.

anyway, if the bike ran three months ago but now it only cranks (assuming you're trying to start it correctly), it's likely that it was improperly winterized (prepared for extended storage). some of the problems you may have are low battery charge and bad gas in tank and float bowls. the carbs may even need to be pulled and cleaned as a result of unstaiblized gas siiting for that extended period. if you are in touch with the previous owner, ask him what if anything he did to prep the bike for storage. if none of this makes any sense, go to the site i linked and read the faq and dig up a few threads.

good luck and enjoy the bike. hopefully the seller has been honest and this is just a fuel issue.
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Great bike, I want to get my daughter one but not until she takes the MSF course.


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March 16, 2007, 07:06 AM

Yeah, I'd check for fouled plugs, choke must be on and change the gas. Excellent choice!

Oh another thing. Since it's your first bike and carbed at that, it could be just simple starting procedure. Not trying to be condecending (sp) at all here, but do you know how to start a bike with a choke? Choke at 100%, starter button and gently roll the throttle just a weee bit. Some people trying to start carbed bikes think they will just start with the button right away. It's car knowledge misapplied to bikes. Just a thought.

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March 16, 2007, 08:05 AM

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Yeah, I'd check for fouled plugs, choke must be on and change the gas. Excellent choice!

Oh another thing. Since it's your first bike and carbed at that, it could be just simple starting procedure. Not trying to be condecending (sp) at all here, but do you know how to start a bike with a choke? Choke at 100%, starter button and gently roll the throttle just a weee bit. Some people trying to start carbed bikes think they will just start with the button right away. It's car knowledge misapplied to bikes. Just a thought.
Some of you motorcycle gurus can correct me if I am wrong, but I was under the impression that most modern carbs don't have true chokes, they have enrichener systems and rolling on the throttle, even a wee bit, will reduce the effectiveness of an enrichener system.

Congrats on the new bike Rohit! I rode a few 250s over the past few years and found them quite fun! Enjoy!
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March 16, 2007, 08:09 AM

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Yeah, I'd check for fouled plugs, choke must be on and change the gas. Excellent choice!

Oh another thing. Since it's your first bike and carbed at that, it could be just simple starting procedure. Not trying to be condecending (sp) at all here, but do you know how to start a bike with a choke? Choke at 100%, starter button and gently roll the throttle just a weee bit. Some people trying to start carbed bikes think they will just start with the button right away. It's car knowledge misapplied to bikes. Just a thought.

This is what I was getting at. First bike...carb'd...its common. I was there at once. If its really only been 3 months and it did really run fine then...then its probably something fairly simple. Gas is not the same as it used to be I doubt its going bad and ruining your carbs in just a few months.



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March 16, 2007, 08:26 AM

Congrats! If you run into a wall PM boomboom929 and he may be able to help you or even get you set up with the proper maintenance.

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March 16, 2007, 08:43 AM

choke...NO throttle when starting. Roll = flood


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congrats on the first bike!!! Have fun and be safe!!


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March 16, 2007, 09:09 AM

Interesting on the NO throttle part with the choke. My carbed R1 will not start unless I slightly slightly roll the throttle. Same way with my Suzuki I had a long time ago. Although the Suzuki was owned in a very high altitude. Anyway, the problem will have a very simple solution....I'm sure of that part.
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Interesting on the NO throttle part with the choke. My carbed R1 will not start unless I slightly slightly roll the throttle. Same way with my Suzuki I had a long time ago. Although the Suzuki was owned in a very high altitude. Anyway, the problem will have a very simple solution....I'm sure of that part.

My Triumph is like that also. I helped a co-worker get a '05 250R last year and I *think* it was the same. She has to travel a lot so the bike will sit for a while at times. It can be difficult to start but it does eventually start even after sitting outside for months.



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March 16, 2007, 12:14 PM

some bikes do need a little throttle to start. The ninja 250 does not. Atleast the ones I have ridden and/or owned start on choke only.


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