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hellooo fellows! I want to share with you my experience and also want to ask those who knows. so about 2 weeks ago I was going to kawasaki dealer (wanted to buy some chain lube) I was about 500 feet (150-200 meters) away and I stoped at the red light. Then I turned first gear, then I want to turn second and I realize that I dont feel shifting pedal anymore!!!! wtf?! whats going on?! I pulled my foot more down and nothing is there!! Cars behind me I'm at first gear able to go 30 miles only :( pulled over got off from the bike what I see? pedal bolt fell off I lost it! I was pulling my bike along the road those 500 feet to service ( lucky me I was so close to them) so that oem bolt with oem washer costed me around 20 bucks...
this morning what I noticed while polishing my bike:
right bolt that holds handelbar is very loose. wtf?! would not be good if I would notice it somewhere on the highway... yeahhh? so my questions are what important bolts should I check and tight them up? where is the bolt that holds the engine! I must check it! :) dont want to loose engine while on the go! ( kind of kidding but still I'm wondering about it)
 

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so from that time I chek that bolt twice a week. What does mean experience! more and more experiance and I will be able to put my bike apart and then to gather everything together of course in a correct way. But only with your help :):)
 

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who puts the bikes togehter is a better question, when i bought my bike i got a build fee i mean coudl the dealership be at fault for teh loose bolts?
 

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All bolts should be inspected @ 600, 7500, 15,000 & 24,000 miles. Pages 25-35 of the service manual will show you a periodic maintenance schedule and torque specs. When ever you are cleaning your bike or changing the oil, make it a habit to inspect the bolts for tightness as you wash and dry. Any bolts directly connected to the engine should be inspected more frequently due to the high vibrations.

http://www.tanga-moteurs.ro/service/data//KAWASAKI%20NINJA%20250%2008%20EX250J8F%20(99924-1391-01)%20SM.pdf
 

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I inspect aircraft for my job in the USAF. We use Technical Orders for our inspection guidance. The way it is laid out it doesnt tell you to look at every rivet and screw, but basically major components and pieces. We have this thing called the "18 Inch Rule. Anything within 18 inches of a listed item you inspect as well. So when you do your insp on your bike for maintenance, using this rule you will touch, feel and see everything. So a good rider would cover every nook and crany.
 

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check them all .. specially the ones on your head :)
yeah u probably wonder why i gotta do this on a new bike... new or old, its your ride
 

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Absolutely....I would like to think that when buying a vehicle for the rode that it was built with superb craftmanship. Either way you really dont know who was the last person to touch your new moto. Thats why when i do recieve mine I will inspect that baby top to bottom and front to back. Fixing all discrepancies there after. Good luck all and keep your eyes peeled.
 

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Every now and then every one will loosen a bolt or two.Before putting it back just give it a drop of LOCKTITE.A drop of paint will do the trick to.
 

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Just thank god your not on a harley, I think the suggested bolt inspection is 8 miles? lol maybe not but very close. I know my uncle took his 750 miles and tightened up the bolts twice during that trip. I'd say there may be a problem with your threads if you have to constantly tighten them up. Locktite does work great! Used those on a diesel pump's base threads, who would've known!
 
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