If you are wondering to buy this years 250, or a used 250, that is NOT
very technical and frankly back to the having other people make decisions for you. If you're really persistant about this, ask in the newbie forum. As there are plenty of cases in which a 250 may not be right for you (If you're too big, if you are an experienced rider and want more power, etc.) Lets try to keep the 250 forum more 'technical'
14.) Did you install or do something and want to tell the world about it? SEARCH
to see if there is already a thread about it. Having 10 threads of people talking about their experience with shimming the needles, inquiring about jet kits, fender eliminators, clip-ons, etc. wreaks hell for people trying to find answers to questions. Imagine ONE
thread pertaining to a modification or topic along with peoples experiences? Wouldn't that be nice??
The guys with the bigger bikes don't hate you (well not ALL
of them). They're flaming you because they've probably been riding for a long time and are very knowledgeable, and you're probably being disrespectful or silly. For you to use a forum incorrectly, trying to relate to them because YOU now own a motorcycle, talk down to them when you don't like their opinions, etc. is at par with me talking war stories with my Grandpa. I CAN'T
relate, I WASN'T
there to experience what he experienced, etc. I wouldn't dare give him advice or talk down to him.
16.) Should you work on the bike yourself?
How the hell does anyone but YOU
know that? If you create a thread asking if changing your own oil is easy, you're asking for trouble. There's probably a DIY
about the maintenance item in question so you can gauge the difficulty of the job, and if you have further questions, POST
them in THAT
thread! If you're not mechanically inclined (there is absolutely nothing wrong with that
), and the job seems beyond your abilities, take it to a shop! Don't go above and beyond your capabilities, and then find yourself frantically creating a thread at 2am asking where "this bolt" goes, or torque values, etc.
If you are going to do work on your bike, get a service manual! They're not too expensive and will pay themselves off (if you are truly going to do the work yourself) in no time. Torque values are in there along with wiring diagrams, trouble shooting guides, etc. How do you adjust this or that? It's in there!
That and I ASSURE
you someone has done what you want to do, and created a thread about it.
I'm not kidding. PM me
or other knowledgeable members before you create a thread when it's not a crazy complicated question. Myself and many others on the forum are more then happy to answer a simple question! Hell I've created in depth wiring diagrams for people and PM'd them. People who have been around for a while likely know the answer, or where to guide you. Creating a thread to ask, "Hey, what are clip-ons, do I need them?". Is going to get you flack
, and only asks a simple question whereas a thread entails a discussion
. PM someone knowledgeable and you'll likely get you get a respectful PM back with an answer. It's no problem!
If you're going to ask a question, but are expecting ONE answer and will get upset if someone tells you otherwise... Then you're not asking a question. If you ask about the power benefits of a K&N drop-in airfilter and 2-3 people tell you there are NO horsepower benefits to be had, don't call them ass holes because you would rather them tell you something else. Be courteous and if applicable inquire about dyno proof, flow charts, etc. Have an open mind!
20.) "Is this a good deal on a used 250?".
Ask that in another forum (honestly try the newbie forum). It's subjective, and not really a technical at all. There are many
people with 650's, 500's, 6r's, 10r's, etc. that started with a 250 and don't frequent this section as well. Asking 250 sale questions in the newbie forum will probably get you an answer from someone who has sold a 250 and knows what they're worth.
If you have an odd predicament and ask a question, BE
detailed. "My bike is making a noise"
... I assure you there are 100 different noises and dozens of factors to making such a noise. If you point out that it ocured AFTER you tightened the chain, or it goes away when you pull the clutch in, or it happens on a hot day, people can be a lot more helpful.
And MOST importantly: https://www.kawiforums.com/off-topic-discussion/119829-search-tools-you.html
That's my favorite link to a thread about searching. The forum is a much happier place when everyone gets along. Creating an account to simply make a thread to ask a repeatative question is very inconsiderate and if you stick around long enough you'll see what I mean. (stick around for the spring when the new models come out and a wave of new riders come in asking the same questions over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again
Edit: I've also added this: https://www.kawiforums.com/ninja-250r...ing-250-a.html
as a general guide to questions/things I've noticed people ask about or consider before buying 250's. If you're one of those people, maybe you should take a gander?