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Old 08-03-2013, 09:33 PM   #1
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Oh glorious day!

After many months, a bit of my own stupidity and a few ok what nexts, ZomBessy is fully road legal and was TTRed this morning.

I've taken it on a couple rides already.

First was this morning shortly after the picnic plate was installed to my inlaws in the next town over (South Elgin), only to find they weren't home, then to a friend's house in Elgin on the East side of the river before quickly heading back home to help another Jeep friend with her brakes.
Morning Ride

Second ride started at 4 PM and was to try the route I intend to ride to work to check the roads and see how much time it would take. I prepped things similar to what my morning routine would be and started the timer. Along the way I found myself thinking there are more stops than I thought. Just my mind adjusting to manual shifting I suppose. Just shy of work the engine cut out. I grabbed clutch, thought for a second and flipped the tank to reserve. Maybe I should have checked the gas level after all my non-legal neighborhood playing. Ended up at work in just shy of 50 minutes covering roughly 18 miles traveling at my desired 5 mph over the limit. Filled up the tank near work and absolutely loved the $6.60 total. I could get really used to that. Ride home had slightly less traffic and was accomplished in just under 45 minutes. Looking forward to my first 4:10 AM ride to work with next to no traffic. Hoping I can get the time down to 40 minutes.
Work Ride

Sitting here typing this I'm really fighting the urge to fire it up for my first night ride. I'm thinking it might be good to get some experience in before I'm actually required to be somewhere when I do it.
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Old 08-04-2013, 08:00 PM   #2
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Second day riding the streets. Mostly using the bike to run errands, but ran it through a couple parks and on one of the few gravel roads in the area. Bike does a lot better in traffic than I thought it would.

I'm already thinking about longer rides. First will most likely be a ride along Route 66 from Chicago to the Pontiac area to my childhood home before my parent move out at the end of the month. The next long ride I'm thinking of is a non-interstate version of the Lake Michigan Circle Tour, tent camping along the way. Might like to have other small displacement riders on that one.
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Old 08-12-2013, 02:09 PM   #3
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So, as I was getting ZomBessy running again I read on several sources that the KE100 is supposed to get roughly 70-80 mpg. Thus far I've been getting low 40s.



Are these bikes known not to achieve rated numbers? Do I need to spend more time tuning? Am I just a newb spode that is enjoying the RPMs and not shifting soon enough?
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Old 08-18-2013, 07:40 AM   #4
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So, as I was getting ZomBessy running again I read on several sources that the KE100 is supposed to get roughly 70-80 mpg. Thus far I've been getting low 40s.



Are these bikes known not to achieve rated numbers? Do I need to spend more time tuning? Am I just a newb spode that is enjoying the RPMs and not shifting soon enough?
It comes down to the rpm and how fast you go.... IMO if youre cruising at over 40mph for any period of time you are gonna burn craploads of gas.... Least thats how my ke is....aroind town with sub 30mph speeds i can get close to 100 mpg if i dont wring the piss outta it.....
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Old 08-18-2013, 08:14 PM   #5
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I'm spending a lot of time at 40 mph and above. Ran over 200 miles today, lots of time running 50 mph and had a best tank of 46 mpg.
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Old 08-19-2013, 10:47 AM   #6
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If the carb is functioning properly maybe look at the brakes, bearings, and drive line for friction sources.

You should be getting much better economy with road riding.
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Old 08-20-2013, 05:25 AM   #7
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Head light and tail light were the last things ZomBessy needed to be street legal. Been riding it a lot in the 18 days since then and have already put over 700 miles on it. This morning I pull the bike out and the low beam doesn't work. Ugh. Rode to woke using the high beam. Really hoping it's a bad wire or something. If not, I hope the dealer will help me out with a defect replacement.
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Old 08-20-2013, 06:53 AM   #8
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Head light and tail light were the last things ZomBessy needed to be street legal. Been riding it a lot in the 18 days since then and have already put over 700 miles on it. This morning I pull the bike out and the low beam doesn't work. Ugh. Rode to woke using the high beam. Really hoping it's a bad wire or something. If not, I hope the dealer will help me out with a defect replacement.
The lights on the ke are so weak i pretty much soley run the high beam....
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Old 08-20-2013, 07:00 AM   #9
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Probably just a blown globe I'd say.

I have a KH100 and the lights are piss poor high or low beam.
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Old 08-22-2013, 09:37 AM   #10
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Figured out what happened to the low beam. Connector snapped off the bulb. There really is way too many wires and connectors inside the headlight assembly.

I don't like the idea of having to pay so much for the 4020 sealed beam every time there is a problem. I did find a Globe/H4 conversion on eBay for $35 that I think will work.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/5-3-4-MOTORCYCLE-6V-HEADLIGHT-HEADLAMP-HALOGEN-H4-LIGHT-BULB-6-VOLT-35-35W-/330992935255?pt=Motorcycles_Parts_Accessories&hash=item4d10b76157&vxp=mt

The H4 6v bulb is 35w vs the 4020's 30w, not sure if the extra draw will be that bad though.

Bonus is that the replacement H4 6v bulbs are $20 a pair.
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Old 08-22-2013, 05:12 PM   #11
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If you go to the 35w i would convert the tail to led... I know mine even with the bike running if i am say sitting at a light waiting to turn, foot on brake, signal on, my headlight noticably dims with the blinker, and also with the brake light...
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Old 08-25-2013, 07:43 PM   #12
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Wow, since I've been running the high beam only my average mileage has dropped to 39.5 mpg. That seem right?
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Old 09-06-2013, 04:40 AM   #13
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I truly am addicted. Since legal I've only skipped one day riding to work, because the forecast was bad. In the first month alone I've logged over 1400 miles.
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Old 09-06-2013, 11:17 AM   #14
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Nice... I need to renew the tags on mine, expired over the weekend, and i need to plate my 200cc china bike... That is a bit more fun to ride since its highway legal....
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Old 09-10-2013, 07:27 PM   #15
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Stock chain and sprockets are officially toast. Will be ordering replacements tomorrow.
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