Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: TN, USA
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I appreciate all your suggestions. Ninja 400 sounds awesome. If it gets released I'll be glad to take a look.
Ok, there has been some development in the past three weeks. I got the 250r to start. Hurrah!!!
Got a shop manual for 2011 cbr250r (new and was cheap) and removed the tank. Fuel pump was blown out with all the rust and gunk inside the tank. Filled the tank with cleaning vinegar (Most people suggested apple cider vinegar, but vinegar is vinegar and the cleaning vinegar is a little stronger with 6% acid compared to 5% acid in apple cider). Let it sit for a whole week. Paint in edges of the fill nozzle started ripping, but no to a big deal. It got rid of most of the rust but not all. But I was satisfied by the result. Saved me $300. Gave it a bath treatment with Baking Soda + Distilled Water to neutralize the acid. Dried the tank completely (hair drier came in handy). A few suggested to use 2T oil to coat the inside of the tank from preventing it from getting rusting again while it sat before the fuel pump arrived, so did that. Installed the new fuel pump and the tank and filled it with gas and it fired up right away after running the fuel pump a couple of times by turning the ignition on and off.
I ordered the parts online and was way cheaper than what my local dealer was asking for. Also no tax. But I missed ordering the fuel pump gasket which the manual says to replace with a new one every time the fuel pump is removed. So have to get that part alone from the dealer.
Probably took a lot more time since I was being patient to learn the manual and take my own time to figure out how to get them all unassembled and assemble it back again. But the next time it should not take much time if there is a need. CBR250r survives for now.
I don't have youtube channels, fancy blogs and a fan base. I have not done a MSF course either. I'm just an ardent motorcyclist.