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New Member Project VT250 in the UK

Discussion in 'New Members Say Gday' started by Steve Polley, Apr 4, 2018.

  1. Steve Polley

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    Hi all 250 enthusiasts. I am a new owner of a neglected VT250 that has been lounging in someones garden since before the millenium! [​IMG][/URL][/IMG] 1997 if the tax disc is to be believed. It does appear complete but with minor damage to the other side. I was looking at giving the engine a service as a starting point once I had removed the layer of green and got the electrics working. The engine doesnt appear seized which is a plus. I found this site as I was looking for ideas for a replacement airfilter. Within 5 minutes I had a solution. Many thanks. If all my enquiries find an answer as quickly I will be more than happy.
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    my67xr Bike Enthusiast Staff Member Premium Member Contributing Member

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    welcome along, thats a nice little project you got there.
     
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    :welcome: Steve.
     
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    :welcome: to the forum... Once you have had it running... give it basically a 3000 mile service (Service schedules should be easy to find) and you should be pretty right. :)
     
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    Welcome to the forum Steve. Plenty of VT250F folks on this site and the Aussie bike is exactly the same as yours. American model is slightly different.
     
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    Thanks for the welcome and comments guys. I am making progress albeit slowly. Having no keys with the bike meant my first project was to check the wiring and bypass the ignition switch while leaving copious quantities of penetrating oil to do its work on everything else. I dont think I would make a good bike thief as hot wiring wasnt as straightforward as I thought it would be! It turned out the 30A plate fuse - although it looked fine. crumbled to nothing when I touched it. The starter motor switch was corroded but when taken apart and cleaned and all reassembled the engine span. The fuel tank has something very nasty lurking in the bottom - I could hear it slopping about. Removed the tank and found a tar like substance in the fuel tap - I guess thats 20 year old petrol! So I am expecting the same in the carbs. Removing the fuel cap further proved my lack of skill as a would be thief! Tried a screwdriver in the lock without success watched every youtube clip I could find but couldnt figure out how the lock worked. Ended up drilling out the lock and it still wouldnt move. 4 hours with a drill and big screwdriver and I was finally left with just the plug of the cap in the filler neck and was able to depress the lugs either side to remove. What I can see in the tank doesnt look too bad but I think a good clean out is next. Another task is to free off throttle linkage on the carbs. Cant see how easy that is to get too just yet but my workshop manual has arrived today :)
     
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    A lot of lock's have the code stamped into them, so you go to a locksmith with that code and they'll cut you a new key.
    If there is no code on the ignition it might have it on the seat lock, or steering lock etc
     

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