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Old 04-22-2008, 04:58 PM   #1
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What about the cute little KE100

What's the word on this thing??? Reliable? It's said to do 55 mph stock, how about after changing the gearing? Could I make it cruise at 55-60 comfortably?

I know it's not great for off roading... but for inter-city commuting, with the rare occasion to get on a trail, it seems like it would work nicely.

100cc 2-stroke! 11 horsepower 186 lbs.

I found a 2000 with 600 miles on it for $800.

I think it's cool as heck!

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Old 04-22-2008, 05:46 PM   #2
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What's the word on this thing??? Reliable? It's said to do 55 mph stock, how about after changing the gearing? Could I make it cruise at 55-60 comfortably?

I know it's not great for off roading... but for inter-city commuting, with the rare occasion to get on a trail, it seems like it would work nicely.

100cc 2-stroke! 11 horsepower 186 lbs.

I found a 2000 with 600 miles on it for $800.

I think it's cool as heck!

That was my first bike, i had a 1999.

I put 6500 miles in about 2 months and it was as reliable as anything. It was pretty fast for a little bike got about 100mpg and got me around without any problems. Kick starting it easy.
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Old 04-22-2008, 07:01 PM   #3
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I had one of those as my first bike! It was named G5 back then...but still looks basically the same. Not many rotary valve bikes still around. I remember we trimmed it a little for more performance. Rode the crap out of that thing. Broke the footpegs off and had them welded back on.
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Old 04-22-2008, 07:23 PM   #4
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The same bike since 1971...will go about 50mph with a full size person on board...more gearing won't help as it is limited by power not gearing.
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Old 04-22-2008, 07:34 PM   #5
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I took my MSF class on one of those and had a great time. I was just (no kidding) trolling the local craig's lists for one. I've always had a thing for two strokes (since my Puch moped days).
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Old 04-22-2008, 07:47 PM   #6
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It's a great bike.

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What's the word on this thing??? Reliable? It's said to do 55 mph stock, how about after changing the gearing? Could I make it cruise at 55-60 comfortably?

I know it's not great for off roading... but for inter-city commuting, with the rare occasion to get on a trail, it seems like it would work nicely.

100cc 2-stroke! 11 horsepower 186 lbs.

I found a 2000 with 600 miles on it for $800.

I think it's cool as heck!

My brother had one in the 70's. Last winter I bought a 2001 with 300 miles on it. I mainly bought it so my family could use it as a starter bike. But it's a blast! Carefull on the road though. I've had mine up to 55 but it won't comfortably cruise there. I weigh 200 pounds and in a stiff headwind I could only cruise about 40. I haven't honestly tried it on the trails yet but I think it may do OK. I think these things are one of the best buys out there. Besides - you get a classic, a piece of history. One of the last of the street legal two strokes.
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Old 04-22-2008, 08:23 PM   #7
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I think if you lie down flat on your stomach with your feet straight out behind you and tuck you head down against the speedo you might be able to get it to 60. Might take about two miles to reach top speed.

There's something really fun about riding one of these little things in the dirt. Light, low, and not much power -- you feel invincible. You can push the envelope and not get hurt.
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Old 04-23-2008, 12:22 AM   #8
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Terrible bike. The suspension bottoms out on the smallest jump. Forks made of finest noodles. Top speed of 50, as everybody else said. Has less power than your average riding lawnmower. Have to slip the clutch like crazy to do anything with the little beasty. The stock tires it came with wore like iron, and had about as much traction both onroad and offroad.

Also pretty much indestructible. No valves to adjust. No reed valve to wear out -- just a disk on the end of the crankcase. No timing chain to jump cam timing. No radiator to change out fluid in. There's pretty much no "there" there -- the thing is simple as dirt. Just keep feeding oil and gas to the thing and clean the air filter and change the crankcase oil from time to time and it'll pretty much run forever with no real maintenance. It's so small and light that if it falls on you, it doesn't hurt, and if it falls over the other way, it's too short and light to build up enough velocity to break anything. In other words, it's a terrible bike that is a surprisingly fun beater bike to thrash around in the dirt despite the fact that on paper it is an absolutely terrible bike in all conceivable ways.

The biggest killer of KE100's is the oil injection pooping out. If there's no oil coming out of the end of your exhaust, the oil injection isn't working (the oil injection is, let us say, enthusiastic). On a vintage KE100 it's probably a better idea to let the oil injection tank run dry and rely on premix, that's one less thing to break on a vintage bike.
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Old 04-23-2008, 03:06 PM   #9
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I had a Ke100 for a while...I think it was a '76 model. Other than paint there isn't much difference between years. Cool little bike but you're gonna be winding it up to cruise at 55mph! I have a '77 KE125 in my collection now and even that one is best at 50mph and under. Big plus is that gas lasts FOREVER in them!!!!!
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Old 04-23-2008, 06:51 PM   #10
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I've been eyeing one of these on CL near me for a couple of weeks. '01 for $900.

I want it as a beater to teach some kids on, (maybe the wife too... )


Seems like a perfect bike for my 14 year old nephew to learn on...
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Old 04-23-2008, 12:11 AM   #11
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I found a 2000 with 600 miles on it for $800.

if it's complete, in good condition, and they have the title... that's a GREAT price!

but it's a little bike, fine for cruising around, but trying to "cruise" at 55 will be pushing it.
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Old 01-07-2011, 01:56 AM   #12
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Flashback.

I sssoooooo wanted one of these when cruising around on my Honda Mini-Trail.

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Old 01-08-2011, 12:53 PM   #13
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If you get one stick to light offroading, the later ones have a real problem with the wheels coming apart. A buddy of mine had a new '97 model when we were in high school, and I had a KLR 250. Well we went riding on some horse trails one Saturday, and by the end of the day his rear tire was flat because the wheel disintegrated and punctured the tube.

When he took it to the shop to have it fixed, they told him it was a common problem with those.
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Old 01-08-2011, 01:09 PM   #14
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Bought one of those new in '73 (G5 model then), $379. For my wife, but as is not unusual, she didn't ride it, so I did.

Fun, light little bike for gentle off road riding.

Stolen twice, returned once. Missed it when it was gone.

Replaced with a Kaw. F7 (175cc). Lots more power.
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Old 02-11-2011, 12:44 PM   #15
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Just bought one 98 for 550 bux. Started on the second kick after sitting for a month.
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