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Hello everyone. I have a very simple question and Id appreciate some feedback.
Ok, so I'm not trying to be cheap but i am on a very tight budget but would love to get my ninja 250 on the road. Most I can put down right now is around $1000. Its mostly electrical. Every place ive called is around 120-125 an hr for labor. Are any of you familiar with any good mechanics that wont be too high. I know its expensive but 120 an hour? There's got to be somewhere a bit more reasonable in Massachusetts.
 

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100-120 an hour is about the going rate. What is the issue with the bike. This may be a DYI job. Even buying a cheap meter at Harbor Freight will save you money in the log run and still be less than 1 hour labor.
Thanks for the answer. I tried to jump start it with a scooter battery and I think everything got fried.
 

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Never forget... You Get What You Pay For! :oops:


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Your right. I honestly had the feeling someone was gonna come through and say those words. Im not trying to hear the same speech on and on every time someone writes something about prices. I dont have a bmw. I dont need crazy crazy fixing if I'm on a budget. I don't know why people always feel like they have to say something like that. Great for you that you have the money and felt to say that. I know its expensive I KNOW. But it doesn't hurt to ask.
 

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Your right. I honestly had the feeling someone was gonna come through and say those words. Im not trying to hear the same speech on and on every time someone writes something about prices. I dont have a bmw. I dont need crazy crazy fixing if I'm on a budget. I don't know why people always feel like they have to say something like that. Great for you that you have the money and felt to say that. I know its expensive I KNOW. But it doesn't hurt to ask.
I do not have the money. Probably because I am an Honest, Experienced, Certified, Honest Mechanic but now forced to close up shop and retire due to injury. I have seen TOO MANY jobs come in my shop because somebody got a good deal on repairs from the cheap shop (rip off artist) nearby. Those guys made more money than me (per job) with their much lower shop rate (come on price) and lying, cheating way of doing business. Somebody told them they would get an Honest Deal, every time at my place. It ends up costing them a whole lot more because I have to first fix what the "cheap guys" screwed up, then fix what was originally wrong.
So. I was only out to warn you of such as that. My mistake, It won't happen again DUDE! You're Welcome... :(

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Thanks for the answer. I tried to jump start it with a scooter battery and I think everything got fried.
Well most scooters have 6V batteries and you have 12V so that could be an issue but it shouldn't have fried your entire system. Like @ExTex said start with the main fuse.

Electrical issues can be hard to run down and may end up costing hours of labor at a shop. Your best bet is to try and find the issue first without causing any extra damage.

Fist step in any electrical issue is to take the battery to an auto parts store and have them load test it. If you don't start with a good battery you will never find the issue and a load test is free. If it fails get a new battery and have them load test it at the store before you leave to prove it is fully charged and a good battery. While you are pulling the battery check every fuse to make sure they are good then move on to the next steps. Let us know what you find.
 

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While you are pulling the battery check every fuse to make sure they are good then move on to the next steps. Let us know what you find.
And checking a fuse means putting an ohmmeter on it to verify it has continuity, not just visually inspecting it. I have had failed fuses that look perfectly fine.
 

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I do not have the money. Probably because I am an Honest, Experienced, Certified, Honest Mechanic but now forced to close up shop and retire due to injury. I have seen TOO MANY jobs come in my shop because somebody got a good deal on repairs from the cheap shop (rip off artist) nearby. Those guys made more money than me (per job) with their much lower shop rate (come on price) and lying, cheating way of doing business. Somebody told them they would get an Honest Deal, every time at my place. It ends up costing them a whole lot more because I have to first fix what the "cheap guys" screwed up, then fix what was originally wrong.
So. I was only out to warn you of such as that. My mistake, It won't happen again DUDE! You're Welcome... :(

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It wasn't meant to be personal. If you do not have the money then were in the same boat. It was not about the info. It was a lack of knowledge. How could I possibly,...with no experience expect myself to not ask these types of questions. I don't know fair pricing where I reside in. I don't know what's fair and what's not. I'm sorry you had to close shop, its not fair. I also have to pay bills and work all day, so with that going on, I will definitely ask questions and opinions from others. Thanks for yours. But RN I'm good. Thank you
 

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Well most scooters have 6V batteries and you have 12V so that could be an issue but it shouldn't have fried your entire system. Like @ExTex said start with the main fuse.

Electrical issues can be hard to run down and may end up costing hours of labor at a shop. Your best bet is to try and find the issue first without causing any extra damage.

Fist step in any electrical issue is to take the battery to an auto parts store and have them load test it. If you don't start with a good battery you will never find the issue and a load test is free. If it fails get a new battery and have them load test it at the store before you leave to prove it is fully charged and a good battery. While you are pulling the battery check every fuse to make sure they are good then move on to the next steps. Let us know what you find.
Will do. Thank you so much. Will post an update
 
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