Got my first vintage motorcycle. 1977 KE100

Discussion in '2 smokers' started by Chillis, May 30, 2013.

  1. bogieboy

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    When you try and remove the old hose from the banjo fitting, it seems that the fittings are somewhat brittle (atleast they were on mine, i accidentally bumped one on the f11 and the fitting cracked right off...) other than that i see noreason why you couldnt swap the hoses out...
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  2. Chillis

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    One thing I forgot to add about my working on the bike today was the transmission oil. When I initially rode the bike home it started shifting very poorly. Missing 4th gear and having a tough time going back to neutral from first.

    I removed the screw for maximum oil level, stood the bike up vertical and it poured out for some time. Once it was at proper level I put it back together and lubed the cables and adjusted for proper slack. Shifting now functions good and the bike is not bogging so much due presumably to less oil drag. A full transmission oil change is in the cards once I delve further in.

    Is there a direct swap with electronic ignition that replaces the points? I thought I read the last few years gave up points for a maintenance free electronic unit.
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  3. bogieboy

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    I believe that the cdi ignitions started somewhere in the mid 80s, i would think if you bought the whole stator plate off ebay, it would bolt right up... But im not positive about that, plugs may not be compatible (if youre handy with a crimper and bullet connectors thats not an issue...i can give you a schematic as well, i have the factory service manual) and yes, these trans are finicky about the oil level....do you recall the color of the oil? When i drained mine last it showed me a crapload of clutch disk material....the oil was downright blue....LOL then the clutch slip issues i had were all making sense...shortly after i swapped out my clutch pack and springs...springs were shot...well out of spec...
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  4. Chillis

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    The oil was normal honey/golden color. Seemed kind of thick like gear oil. I will be putting some high quality 10-40 next.

    Someone took the rear brake arm and mounted it below swing arm so it binds some.

    So many little things on the bike need addressing but it's in good enough shape that it's worth doing.

    I wouldn't mind making it a little quieter. It's pretty loud. Pretty sure the baffle is MIA.
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  5. Chillis

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    I went out for a ride on the bike tonight. Just a brief run around the block to the gas station. With the oil pump not working I had splashed some of my Aprilia 2 stroke oil in the tank mixed it up by shaking the bike. I think I put too much in as the bike was smoking some(synthetic non-smoke TTS RS) and was bogging. Not even sure what is in the gas tank now and only know that it got me home when I bought the bike.

    I splashed in some fresh gas to the tune of a 1/5 gallon. Started the bike and it ran good. Wasn't having as difficult a time on the low end.

    The only hold up with the bike is that my other bike is still in the shop after two months of warranty disaster and I haven't taken the new title by the DMV to make sure it is all clear.

    It is a California title and I am afraid the last owner probably abandoned the project because of a title issue. That and his abysmal wrenching skills.

    The bike is a lot faster with proper tranny oil level and fresh gas. I can't wait to really get moving on this... if that title is clear. If not, there will be some KE 100 parts for sale!
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  6. Chillis

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    Took the title to DMV finally and found I need two bills of sale. Tomorrow will be the challenge to secure the most important one.
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  7. Chillis

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    Looks like this project is going the way of the part out. It has been passed around like a ball at recess and the detective works for multiple bills of sale is too much for a few hundred dollar bike.
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  8. bogieboy

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    Wow... Thats wierd, in IL i dont even need a bill of sale, all thry need is the signed title...
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  9. Chillis

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    I have a signed title which was for the bike going to a donation facility. Later it was sold to another party but given the same title now with a stamp from donation organization. It has been sold more than once since then and was signed one more time by someone I have no idea who they are.

    Too confusing to waste excess time on.
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  10. Chillis

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    I will be taking the title to the DMV one more time before calling it quits.

    For fun I take it out at night around the back streets. The bike doesn't even idle off of the choke which a pilot jet, carb clean, and air leak test, float level check should remedy.

    The more it is ridden the better it runs. Went and put some more fresh gas and premixed at around 40:1. Runs good.

    If the title is a no go I may seek out another of these but a little newer with cdi.
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  11. bogieboy

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    they are fun little bikes.....mine is a blast to ride, and getting 100 mi to the gallon is a big bonus too....LOL
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  12. Domiken

    Domiken Been here awhile

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    Register it in Vermont over the mail as it's 250cc and under. Check the threads on here about it.
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    Thanks for that! Much appreciated.

    Looks like there is hope for this old girl yet.
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    This saga has come to a close. Sold the bike as I won't have a place to store it soon.
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    and so the saga begins again. thanks for the bike, carbs currently being boiled and bike is in pieces already should make an awesome pit cruiser.
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  16. Enduronut357

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    nice bike man, those ole enduro's are always fun to bring back from the dead, i myself own a 75 dt400 . good ole bikes with proper maintenance will last forever and a day :D
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  17. Chillis

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    You made it. I just saw in St. George a DT-100 go up for sale. I still want one of these little 2 smoke enduros.

    Imsroll, how far are you taking the build?
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