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Old 07-20-2004, 23:34   #1 (permalink)
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How tough is it to replace an enigne in a 250cc motorbike?

I have just got my L's and I have the opportunity to purchase a CBR 250 cheap in what seems perfect condition.
The only problem is the engine had a dodgy piston.
How hard is it to replace the engine in one of these? Is a rebuild harder to do than a car?
What would one pay for an engine like this from a wrecker.

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Old 07-20-2004, 23:40   #2 (permalink)
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Re: How tough is it to replace an enigne in a 250cc motorbike?

bikes arent too hard to work on but i must say they cost a damn lot more than cars to fix. get a manual and you could do it yourself with some tools.
as for cost i couldnt really say.
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Re: How tough is it to replace an enigne in a 250cc motorbike?

dont bother with it... just get yourself another 250... they are a dime a dozen. Ok so you might not end up with a CBR, just get yourself a ZZR or VTR. You are only going to use it till you get your unrestricted licence. Dont waste money on a 250!!!!!
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Re: How tough is it to replace an enigne in a 250cc motorbike?

The CBR's are fun little bikes, and they don't go to bad for a 250.
I'd watch out for parts prices though, as it is easy enough to pull the engine out, but they are fiddly and expensive to work on.

Get some quotes on parts before you buy the bike.

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Re: How tough is it to replace an enigne in a 250cc motorbike?

send a PM to Bandit702... he races dragbikes and his brother races a CBR 250
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Re: How tough is it to replace an enigne in a 250cc motorbike?

The engine will cost me $700 changeover, that 2nd hand from a wrecker.
The bike is costing $1000 and is in otherwise rwc with rego until december.

Do you think its safe to say that if I can replace a car engine I could replace a bike engine with no major dramas?

These bikes are selling for no less than $4500 so far that I have seen so I think it should be bargain if no major hiccups arise. I dont know what could go wrong if I check the bike out properly before I buy it.
If I buy this bike I wont need to get a loan either.

Thanks RUNRVS ill send him a PM.

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Re: How tough is it to replace an enigne in a 250cc motorbike?

Do it, at $1700 in total, it's good buying. Even if you run into trouble and have to spend and additional $500, it's still good value.

Swapping the engine over is childs play.

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Thanks mate, You have been a big help.
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I bought the bike!
I got a few more quotes and fitting is only $350 at one place. This isnt too bad if I decide I dont want to attempt it myself.
I pick it up a week saturday. I cant wait. I have been on the phone all morning and the bike should be on the road for no more than $2500 which I think is pretty cheap considering the cheapest bike that I have found that is similar is $4500
My loan also got approved and a turbo shop quoted me a wicked deal on fitting my turbo so the car is going in on the same saturday.
Im having an awesome day!


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Sounds good, you should have a lot of fun on that as they have a big bike 'feel' about them, rather than the wobbly and mushy feeling ZZR's and the like.

$350 isn't to bad for them to do the job, so long as they stick to that quote and get it running nicely for you.

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