This post covers how to remove the fairings, or plastic from the side of your 08 Ninja 250R. Any work that needs to be done on the bike besides the basics like changing the oil or air filter require that you take at least one fairing off.
Ok, lets get started.
What you will need.
- The stock tool kit that comes with the bike
- Small flat-head screwdriver
Remove your tool kit from under the passenger seat. I like to empty it onto a table or cart, so I don't have to fight with the plastic bag it came with just to get out a tool.
Remove the 2 bolts near the fuel tank.
Remove the 2 bolts just forward of the turn signal.
Remove this bolt on the inside of the fairing behind the front wheel.
Remove 2 larger bolts. One is near the back 'point' of the faring, the other is near the exhaust on the right side, or if taking off the left side, near the kickstand (right side shown here).
Now for the fun part, the plastic clips. Remove the 3 plastic clips holding the left and right fairings together at the bottom. These are removed by using a small flat-head screwdriver to pry a "button" in the middle of the clip outwards. It also helps to push on the backside to get the button to extend all the way out. Once the button is extended out, pull the whole clip out.
More plastic clips, but don't worry, these are easy. Only one is pictured here, but there are 2 small plastic clips holding the black plastic behind the front wheel to the fairing. These are easily removed by gently pushing the "buttons" in the middle in, then removing the whole clip.
Now with all of the bolts and clips removed the fairing is almost ready to remove. Push down and away on the black plastic gently near the handlebar to unhook it from the fairing.
Now gently pull the back of the fairing away from the bike, and pull it backwards to unhook it from the front. When you have enough room unhook the turn signal wire.
Be gentle and take your time so you don't damage or scratch anything. Nothing sucks more than damaging something because you rushed taking it apart.
When removing the left fairing you will need another person, or a wheel stand to hold the bike off of the kickstand. This is because you need to swing the back of the fairing away from the bike during the last step to remove it, and the kickstand stops you from doing this if it is down. Don't drop your bike by trying to balance it and remove the fairing at the same time.