Saturday, June 20, 2009

Rainy Day Saturdays!

For those that have been following my blog, you know that I recently finished rebuilding a Kawasaki Ninja 250 for my son aka "The Ninja 250 Project". The Ninja 250 is a very fun bike and I think my son will enjoy it! Below is a pic that I took back in the summer of 2007 when I originally purchased the Ninja 250.

For the last month, I have been actively looking for a new project to take on. There have been several that have peaked my interest and one that fell through because the bike had no title. Last week while searching on Kijiji, I came across a 2002 Kawasaki Ninja 500. This type of bike was not even on my radar screen, but the pictures & condition of the bike were very similar to the Ninja 250 that I purchased back in 2007.

I contacted the seller and questioned him about the bike. He had purchased it new in 2002 and had not driven it in the last three years. I questioned if the price he was asking was a misprint. He explained that he had a young family and that he did not have time for the bike, therefor the asking price was correct. We talked a bit longer and we negotiated a time when I could take a look at the bike.

Remember the old saying about "saving your money for a rainy day", well today was a very rainy day! I went to view the bike and it was in very good condition. The owner and I discussed the history of the bike and checked it all over. In no time, cash and title were changing hands! The bike needs some work, but nothing serious! Like the picture above, here is the new purchase.

I am not yet sure what the future holds for this bike, but time will tell!

For all the Dads out there, Happy Father's Day on Sunday! Now, I have to go figure out a nice way to tell my wife about what I did on a "Rainy Day Saturday"!

Til next time, ride safe!


  1. Facey - Congrats on the new purchase.. sounds like you have some fun on your hands :) You guys will look like twins going down the road :) Enjoy

  2. So how did telling the wife pan out?

  3. Yep, it all panned out! My wife is awesome & supportive as long as I don't spend too much $$$$!

  4. Facey, that's awesome! :D Did you and your son get to go out for a Father's Day ride?? I'd love to see pics on your Ninja ride with you son sometime. :) Enjoy it! If they remodel the new 500s any better than what they already did, when it comes time to, I might just move to a Ninja 500 instead of going for a Gixxer 600 :) Either way, I'm keeping my 250 she's an awesome bike.

  5. Nice one, Faceyman. From what I can tell in the photo, this bike is in good cosmetic condition. Hopefully there's not too much to be done. Did the previous owner start it and run it around from time to time? If not, a change of all fluids, including fork oil, brake fluid, etc., would be the go.

    Keep us posted!