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Old 03-01-2014, 05:51 PM   #91
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It's supposed to be 37 next Friday and then 32 for the next 3 days. Hopefully we get to ride soon!
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Old 03-01-2014, 08:12 PM   #92
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Married to the idea of taking the KE? It's what I already have and my current license doesn't allow me to ride much bigger. I'm the first to admit that this whole trip is a silly / stupid idea, but doing such things amuse me and it will be quite the adventure.



That's a long way on a KE. Very doable though. I met a couple Germans on little 80cc Suzukis while in Argentina. They loved the little bikes. Your idea is not silly or stupid. It's bloody awesome. And it'll work.

As far as your KE:
Change the trans oil often while on your trip. It's a small transmission.
Don't use fancy 2 stroke oil. The bike and oil injection is an old design and meant to run on the old school stuff. You'll foul plugs a bunch if you treat it to fancy, synthetic, engineered oil. You probably have already seen that.

Here's a couple pics of a decent Arizona trip. Aside from figuring out that plugs foul with expensive oil, the bike did great.









I remember fuel being very limiting with the KE. I wonder if justgastanks has a larger replacement tank?

The tank bag we used is from a store like Harbor freight. $6.99.
Likewise with the saddle bags. $29.99 for the pair. I bent a little piece of aluminum to keep soft bag away from exhaust. Just one mount, at the top of the shock.
I drilled a couple small holes in the skid plate and hose clamped a piece of 3" ABS to it to keep a few extra tools. Not many tools, just enough.
The fender bag on the front is from a dept store. It's a rear tail bag for a bicycle. I believe I paid around $15 for it.
The rest was just strapped down to the back. It was simple, and it worked.

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Old 03-03-2014, 05:13 AM   #93
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dirtydeeds, any pics of the piece you made to keep the bags off the exhaust?
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Old 03-03-2014, 09:56 AM   #94
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dirtydeeds, any pics of the piece you made to keep the bags off the exhaust?
I think I let it go when we sold the bike. I'll dig around the shop this week to see if its still around.
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Old 03-08-2014, 05:58 AM   #95
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I will be following this. I have and love a ke100 also. When do you think you will give it a go. Great little bike for what it is. Please update on your packing list and plans as you go along. Have fun
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Old 03-08-2014, 09:58 AM   #96
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Go For It!

Why not? Any throttle jockey can do it on a Gold Wing. You may want to use the aux handlebar tank, but save it for an emergency, mount a larger stock tank (don't hand fab a tank and have to depend on it), couch surfing would give you a distance goal each day and keep the weight down, use a tank bag so you can reach a snack or drink without stopping, mount another pair of foot pegs so you can change position - it's the key to enduring long days in the saddle. Good luck.
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Old 03-08-2014, 10:36 PM   #97
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One thing BrBob mentioned is extra footpegs....i highly second this, for me at least the ke is very cramped for space, and my knees lock up after about a half hr due to how far they are bent...a serlt where you can stretch out a bit will certainly make it more comfy...
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Old 03-09-2014, 07:02 PM   #98
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My departure is scheduled for July 11th.

Was out on the bike for three hours today. First time hitting max speed since the head rebuild. Bike feels good.

When cruising long and fast (ish) I often put my feet on the passenger pegs and get low over the bars.
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Old 03-09-2014, 08:27 PM   #99
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Old 03-09-2014, 09:00 PM   #100
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Rode by work in Addison, South on 53, West on Ogden, North on 59, West on 64 and finished with North on 31.
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Old 03-11-2014, 07:19 AM   #101
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Fellow inmates keep giving me bad ideas.

I present The Route through NW Montana.

According to research, each destination has fuel available. Polebridge Mercantile and Yaak Mercantile will be called before attempting to reach them.
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Old 03-11-2014, 07:46 AM   #102
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this is going to be the best. I'm in.

I love little two strokes. My FIL just picked up an old IT and is about to get back into riding again. Now he's got me looking for an old smoker.

Can't wait to see how you cross the t's and dot the i's on this one, and how it goes for you on the road.
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Old 03-11-2014, 07:55 AM   #103
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Man... I wish i could do this ride with ya for the hell of it... And i would love to brong my wife along... She would ride the ke, i would have to pull a 4stroker though... But i seriously doubt that would happen... Shes just learning how to take off from a stop... Pribably not gonna be comfortable out on the roads anytime this year...
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Old 03-11-2014, 09:01 AM   #104
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Just pulled up AT&T's coverage map of that area.

I better be pretty dang sure of my available fuel range or I'll be pushing it. Literally.

Still not worried.
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Old 03-11-2014, 10:32 AM   #105
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Just pulled up AT&T's coverage map of that area.

I better be pretty dang sure of my available fuel range or I'll be pushing it. Literally.

Still not worried.

On long stretches in AK, I wasn't sure the next place would have gas. So, I drank 2 gatorades and filled the bottles with gas. I dumped them in the tank at a good stopping place/piss break (see drinking 2 bottles of gatorade above) and had plenty of range.

Just a thought.
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