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Old October 27th, 2020, 03:54 PM   #1
Veloandy
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Motorcycle(s): 2006 Ninja 250, 1976 Honda Trail 90, 1977 Honda CB750 Super Sport

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Saddest little Ninja in Fort Collins

Hello Everyone!

Iíve always wanted to wrench on and ride a Ninja 250 and now I have one!

I also have a 1977 Honda CB750 Super Sport, and a 1976 Honda Trail 90. Both are great, but I wanted a fun, cheap, high MPG bike that can keep up with traffic on arterial toads better than my Trail 90 and is less of a handful than my cb750. Iíve always been blown away by the Ninja 250ís fuel economy, insane redline, great handling, chap consumables, and general mechanical toughness.

So, I found mine. Itís a 2006 with 16k miles and was stolen from the P.O. about a year ago and recently recovered and returned to him after a police chase and minor crash. The bike was originally blue. The thief painted it green and then spray bombed it black; broke every lock on the bike; added a cheesy toggle switch to turn it on; and added a cheesy USB/cigarette lighter plug on top of the instruments that only fit when half the windscreen bolts are removed. The thief was a piece of work. He attached a plastic window cup holder to the front fairing with a drywall screw (wtf???). All of his electrical mods were done with wire nuts and blue wire stripped by human incisors. The shifter foot peg was broken in the crash and the belly pan was cracked in two.

So, I dragged it home, transferred the title in my name and got to work. I put on a new (used) shifter foot peg, new ignition switch, and new speedo cable. I pulled the fairings and glued the belly pan together with ABS cement and built up some missing fairing pieces with bits of ABS sheet, artistically stuck together with yet more cement.

I got it to run with a jump start, but it sounded really bad. I drained the filthy oil and cleaned the oil screen and it looked basically OK in there (just plastic grit from either the cam chain guides or clutch bushings and some barely visible bronze flakes that didnít seem atypical for a bike whose oil is shared by the gearbox).

So I pulled the valve cover to check valve clearances and found a slack cam chain (from a jammed tensioner) and a broken rocker arm. I bought a rocker arm from a friendly member here and canít wait to see what happens when I get it all back together!

Iím excited about getting it going again. Iím thinking of trying out putting on some really obnoxious vinyl wrap on the tank and fairings. Iím so excited that there is a forum like this that I can share the process with!
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Old October 27th, 2020, 04:14 PM   #2
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Veloandy! Glad to have you aboard...
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Old October 27th, 2020, 04:18 PM   #3
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That's funny... when I got my 2005 250 it looked very nearly the same as yours. The owner had painted over the blue with black Plasti Dip. I had a fair amount of peeling and rubbing before I could start the body repairs, modifications, and painting.

Here is is after some trimming of plastic, but before the bodywork, and after.
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Old October 27th, 2020, 06:35 PM   #4
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Old October 27th, 2020, 07:05 PM   #5
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Thanks guys!
@Triple Jim I’m actually a fan of blitz black, but something has to be prepped properly for it to look good. Spray paint or plastidip over dirt (like our bikes came with) doesn’t cut it! ;-) Your bike looks awesome now! How’d you do it? Rattle cans? Spray gun? Pro job? I painted my cb750 with gloss black Krylon cans (after a ton of prep) and clear coated it with a 2K rattle can. It came out really well and has held up well for the last couple of years.
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Old October 27th, 2020, 07:21 PM   #6
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Thanks Andy. I did this one using Dupli-Color lacquer spray cans with Spraymax 2K clear over it. I'll never use lacquer again though. It is everything I don't want in a paint... finicky to apply and totally non-durable. Gasoline dissolves it! The Spraymax 2K is doing a good job of protecting it though. It's the real thing.

By contrast, the Imron I put on my '72 H2 around 1979 still looks pretty good and is about as durable as it gets.
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Old October 27th, 2020, 10:34 PM   #7
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Old October 30th, 2020, 05:11 AM   #8
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Old November 17th, 2020, 07:09 PM   #9
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