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Discussion in 'Your 250cc Projects' started by BlueDragon, Jul 15, 2019.
Pics from when we picked up the bike on the weekend.
Looks great. I can't see much restoration that needs to be done. Some original style handlebars might do it
Looks in good shape .... love the clubman bars
Yeah, she's not running at the moment. So need to work that one out. That will be the big one. Hence a carby kit and a thorough going over.
Cosmetically not bad - but black hides the blemishes in the photo. The front fender has got repaired cracks all through it, so I'll be strength testing it and might be looking for another one. few small dents in the tank. Will be doing a complete respray on it. Thankfully I have all the gear to do it. But will be a different paint scheme, something nice but old school in keeping with the design of the bike.
Will need all spark plugs, fluids and filters changed as well as brake pads/fluid and new levers.
Other than that - so far, one of the pistons in the front brake caliper is sticking, so ordered a seal kit for it today.
Fuel tap needs replacement, as do the handlebars - going back to original bars and will be selling off the bars that are on it.
new headlight, new chain as the one on it is rusted. New tyres - front is stuffed and the rear is a tad too old for my liking, though tread depth is fine.
various other bits and pieces.
I have a roll of spark plug wire if you need some. PM me.
If u do replace the leads can u put up some pics of removing the old ones from the coils ... we looked at them on the @Linkin bandit but only quickly but didnt notice any clip or screw in/out arrangement.
Also if u replace the plug caps check what the originals are ... probably 10k ohms .... which are a little harder to find than 5k ohms , which are readily available
A few of us buy tyres from here .....
Have a look for the manufacture date on the sidewall .... new valve stems are a good move also
Can you give me any information on the exhaust pipe... I cannot find any aftermarket ones available outside of Japan or generic Chinese ones.
Thanks for the offer. I'll certainly let you know.
Thanks - Yeah, I knew about the manufacture date on the sidewall. Hence my comment that the tyres are a tad old for my liking, regardless of tread depth.
One of my bikes I bought (VFR800 VTec) had good tread depth on the Michelin Pilot Road 3's front and rear. But no amount of suspension adjustment could get them working the way I wanted and every time I went around a corner at any real speed, it felt like the front or the rear was going to slide out from under me. So put a new set of Metzeller Roadtec-01 tyres on and noticed a big difference straight away and even more so after break-in, riding through to Gingers Creek every weekend. The michelins, from memory were about 7 or 8 years old. Bike had spent most of its life sitting in a garage.
The exhaust system came with the bike. Its a full Yoshimura system. Headers and carbon wrapped muffler. Not sure it is even available anymore as I haven't been able to find out much about it on the internet. But I haven't done a lot of searching either I must admit.
For anyone who is interested, the spark plug leads on the 250 Bandit simply screw into the plug cap and the coil. So easily replaceable.
We got her started with the old leads, but the spark was really weak and sounded like it wasn't running on all cylinders so a Big Thanks to Murdo for the Spark plug wire. The bike ran better, but the engine is pretty much terminal I think.
The previous owner said he got it started, but there was a loud knocking noise from the top of the engine, he thought it was a broken rocker - but gave up on it when his wife no longer wanted to ride and preferred to be a pillion instead.
Well, it wasn't a broken rocker and even when we got the motor started, I could tell the sound was coming from the bottom middle of the engine and was as loud as all heck. So whilst I don't mind rebuilding engines, being I don't have access to a full workshop and all the tools I would like to have, the engine is now being removed and have managed to source another Aussie GSF250 (red rocker cover) engine from a bike that was wrecked, but with the motor totally OK.
Guess we now have an excuse to really take the bike apart now and repaint the frame and really go to town on it. Being that we have to remove the engine, we might as well do the whole thing now.
Going to be a very long term project. As my son is considering buying something else now, once he finishes this semester's studies and gets a part-time job. As in something that is running and he can ride now. But still work on the 250 Bandit with me, so that he learns all about bikes in general.
Take a video on your phone of the sound, just 15-30 seconds or so and upload it to youtube and post it here.
Thanks for the information on the coils.