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I could agree with that if the setting was on "pri". The last time I got mine back from the shop it was on "pri" instead of on. But, that was my experience. Your mileage may vary...... :)
Huh? Today, I ran my bike out of gas. Like had to call a friend to come and get me out of gas. I first got under the bike and turned the thing to "pri". It started, and went about 100 yards. So I stuck it back on "on" and went and got gas. Maybe you just had a once in a blue moon experience, or your bike is special. Not sure, but the bike definately does NOT have a reserve. Oh well. haha
 

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Sounds valid Felix, but my bike has a fuel gauge AND a reserve setting on the fuel valve. However, I did notice the fuel gauge wasn't very exact when I was draining my tank with a pump, so I think the reserve is still... well a reserve. And that had nothing to do with this topic, so i'll just say I don't think it has a reserve.
 

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this was left open ended without conclusion.

So for the Noobs. Currently there is not a reserve on the 250r.
Leave the fuel valve at ON.
PRI lets the fuel flow unrestricted past the diaphram.
PRI is NOT a reserve.

Here
http://www.obairlann.net/reaper/motorcycle/ninja/reserve-faq.html

This doesnt refer to the newer model which apparently only has ON and PRI but it has al the info needed to clear this up for anyone who doesnt fully understand. later
 
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When I filled my gas tank up for the first time it read 3/4 full and it was strapped upright on my trailer. I was wondering the same thing, "why isn't it full?".

The other thing I understood was when the tank is set to "pri" or prime, it's for draining the remainder of gas from the tank for servicing/removing the tank.
 

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Doomsday said:
The other thing I understood was when the tank is set to "pri" or prime, it's for draining the remainder of gas from the tank for servicing/removing the tank.
yep this is correct fuel flows unrestricted past the daiphram. no vacuum from the engine is needed to draw fuel.
 
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Another interesting thing to know is if you ever drop your bike and it won't start, this is what you should do. Rev the throttle while pushing the ignition, this burns off the extra gas that flooded the engine. I read it in the manual and it's a good thing I did cause a laid my bike down the first time I ever rode it, and it worked. I leaned it over too far and just had to lay it down easy in the grass, no damage, just got dirt on the blinker and mirror. And I saw a guy lay his ninja down at speed while braking to stop for traffic at an intersection after hitting an oil slick on a wet road, same thing happened to him, bike wouldn't start. Laying the bike down floods it I guess.
 

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same thing happened to me but i didn't know that, but for some strange reason i did that having no idea i was suppose to and it worked. it fell over at 0 mph so there was only a few scraches that you would only really notice if you knew they were there.
 

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ARMYMEDWORRIOR said:
wow i never realized how much cleaner this forum looks compared to that link on bottom of page one of this post....glad im a member on this one..
Your welcome. HA. JK. Thanks to all!

I used that technique when I bailed on my bike. Worked like a charm. ha
 

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Doomsday said:
Another interesting thing to know is if you ever drop your bike and it won't start, this is what you should do. Rev the throttle while pushing the ignition, this burns off the extra gas that flooded the engine. I read it in the manual and it's a good thing I did cause a laid my bike down the first time I ever rode it, and it worked. I leaned it over too far and just had to lay it down easy in the grass, no damage, just got dirt on the blinker and mirror. And I saw a guy lay his ninja down at speed while braking to stop for traffic at an intersection after hitting an oil slick on a wet road, same thing happened to him, bike wouldn't start. Laying the bike down floods it I guess.
By opening the throttle it actually allows more air flow into the carbs and that's why you get spark. Just be ready to let off the throttle when she turns over!
 

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Well, idk about this 3/4 full crap you guys are talking about. When I fill my bike(09) up. it says full. when the gauge gets to E, there is still a gallon left in the tank(that still counts as a reserve).

So, that's that.

~mC
 
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