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post #1 of 32 Old 12-31-2013, 11:08 AM Thread Starter
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My first bike.

It's finally happened. I trade my iPad for a running Suzuki gz250 from 1999. Any thoughts or people who can help me on riding in northern Virginia?

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post #2 of 32 Old 12-31-2013, 11:33 AM
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Can you get your ipad back??? OK OK Just kidding man... congratz :P

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post #4 of 32 Old 12-31-2013, 03:33 PM
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welcome to WT and congrats on the new bike


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post #7 of 32 Old 12-31-2013, 04:29 PM
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Congrats! That bike should serve you well while your learning! Lets see it!

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post #9 of 32 Old 01-01-2014, 12:12 AM Thread Starter
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Here are the pics guys. A great bike. Took it around the block today. And to think... I was going to trade my grandmas wedding ring for a 600cc bike. So glad I didn't.
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post #10 of 32 Old 01-01-2014, 04:08 AM
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A good bike to learn on. Down the road after you sharpen your skills then maybe you will want to upgrade. The whole thing about riding is not just going fast but, about the feeling of freedom and many others!!! Congrats!!!

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post #11 of 32 Old 01-01-2014, 04:57 AM
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Great bike! Enjoy the ride

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post #12 of 32 Old 01-01-2014, 06:07 AM
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congrats on your trade and welcome to the forum!

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post #13 of 32 Old 01-01-2014, 07:25 AM
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Looks pretty clean man. You should look into the MSF class in your area. Good basic skills class. Wear your gear and have fun
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Awesome first bike! I'll trade you an ipad for it...
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post #15 of 32 Old 01-01-2014, 08:19 AM
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Wow. What a damn deal.... an ipad for that bike is definitely making me jealous. Such a clean example.. Was it an older guy getting out of riding?
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post #16 of 32 Old 01-01-2014, 08:32 PM Thread Starter
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Ya the guy had his lease up, he had been trying to sell the bike for a couple weeks at $1000 in Adams Morgan (a part of northwest dc). He had to move out he next day, so he dropped the price to $700. I suggested the trade he accepted. He was also driving an Aprilla. He was moving to weschester New York too. I got a hold of my neighbor, he has three bikes and a trailer. We went out and got it that night. Such a blessing!

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So a storm is blowing through the east coast right now. I found how to take my seat off. I'm going to charge the battery tonight.

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Perfect first bike, both for riding as well as wrenching. Besides, iPads suck. Replace it with an Android tablet. Save grandma's ring for some future honey who will make you buy a new bike every couple of years (if such a woman exists at all). Get a good full face helmet, gloves, armored jacket, and boots - the cheap stuff is just as safe as the expen$ive stuff. Enjoy the site and the ride.

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So I charged the battery today, showing that the battery has a charge. I just plugged it back in but the bike isn't even starting. No turn over. Nothing. Any thoughts on what else I can do? Change the fuel? Or put fresh fuel in?

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Do the lights come on on the gauges? Check your grounds... there is a cable under the tank that sometimes comes loose.

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if it's not even turning over fuel is not the problem. It's either the starter or something else electric. What did you use to see if the battery was charged? I always check with a voltmeter as the "green light" check on most tenders and stuff is not always right. If the battery tests good (12+ volts) it could still be bad, but is most likely not the problem if it's not turning at all. After that, check to see that the starter relay is functioning, you should hear a click when you hit the starter button (i'm assuming it has a relay but I could be wrong) if the relay is clicking then the problem is either the starter, or the wires leading to the starter/from the relay. If the relay isn't clicking then it could be your starter switch or some other wiring between the battery and the starter.
Edit: Forgot about grounds... I always forget KISS!!!

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Maybe even to back it up a bit....check the kill switch and also make sure that the bike is in Neutral or the side stand is up and the clutch is pulled in.

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Maybe even to back it up a bit....check the kill switch and also make sure that the bike is in Neutral or the side stand is up and the clutch is pulled in.
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I've seen mechanics where I work that have done this for 30 years forget that sometimes and take days to figure it out... good call.

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Well I saw a wire that didn't have a clear connection on the battery. That solved the problem, but It still won't turn over. It was sitting sense June when I got it so maybe I should clean the carbs right... I'm trying to post a video. Check my Instagram for it, @lukieluke

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cleaning the carbs would only address a fueling issue. If it's not turning over it's an electrical problem. and what problem did it solve if it's still not turning over?

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Ah, didn't realize this wasn't a 919, lol. Sometimes I forget to re-read the first part of the thread.

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KISS. Start with locating a manual so you know what is supposed to be connected where. Check and charge/replace the battery. Turn key on. Do the lights turn on? If so, push the starter button, does it crank? If yes, good, add gas and make sure the petcock (if equipped) is on, does it start? If no, is the kill switch in the ON position? Is it in gear? After this you should consult the manual for your bike to follow the troubleshooting procedures if you're not familiar with motorcycles.

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congrats dude! Enjoy and be safe.

I'm sure your problem is pretty simple, listen to the advice given here. There is a lot of knowledge around this place,

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The lights are coming on, turn signals and brake lights are good. I downloaded a manual off of a website, looking through it now. I think I'm going to change the oil filter, and put some fresh oil in. Also it was 15 degrees outside today... Might that have something to do for it.

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The lights are coming on, turn signals and brake lights are good. I downloaded a manual off of a website, looking through it now. I think I'm going to change the oil filter, and put some fresh oil in. Also it was 15 degrees outside today... Might that have something to do for it.
none of these things are going to hurt (oil change, cleaned carbs, new gas, etc) but none of these are going to help with it not turning over. have you gotten that figured out yet?

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Nothing yet. It's 8 degrees outside so I'm inside reading through this 230 page manual hahahaha

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So today is a beautiful day and I think it's the spark plugs that need to be replaced

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