KE100 - Slow ride Chicago to Pacific Northwest

Discussion in 'Americas' started by ihatemybike, Jan 28, 2014.

  1. ihatemybike

    ihatemybike Been here awhile

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    I'll only take it out if the roads have mostly dried. Usually 2 or 3 days after a snow fall around here.
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  2. SilkMoneyLove

    SilkMoneyLove Long timer

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    Pic of my headlight wiring and voltage regulator. I can get my test light to work but the headlight is giving me no love. I think the cheap VR is just sending any current through and the halogen bulb doesn't like that. As suspect as the wiring looks, I get power up to the bulb :-)

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  3. ihatemybike

    ihatemybike Been here awhile

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    Built what maybe my first practice ride route in DeLorme.

    Elgin, IL to Dubuque, IA - 151.5 mi / 4:30 / 3.36 gal
    Dubuque, IA to Elgin, IL -142.3 mi / 3:45 / 3.24 gal

    That's a lot of saddle time for one day and I'm hoping to make better time than what the program estimates. Figure with this weather I still have a month or two before I make it happen. Going to try and have most of my gear figured out by then so I can try traveling with it.
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  4. ihatemybike

    ihatemybike Been here awhile

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  5. delta224

    delta224 Been here awhile

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    Any idea where I can get turn signals, brake light and speedo for my ke? Traded a snowblower for it, it's a 1976.
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  6. SilkMoneyLove

    SilkMoneyLove Long timer

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    eBay? Just look at pics of KE100s and try to find similar style.

    Almost forgot - you probably need 6v lights if it hasn't been converted to 12v yet.
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  7. MCRatworks

    MCRatworks Oil Burning Suzuki!!

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    That`s right, 6 volt globes for everybody! 12v is for decadent snobs anyway.:lol3

    If you get aftermarket indicators, make sure you can get 6v globes BEFORE you buy the units. 6v is not available in all modern size sockets.

    The indicators I have on my TC are lightweight aftermarket `WR250` setups. (Key word, `lightweight`!)

    Before I bought them though, me and my Suzuki Dealer opened em up, tookout a globe, and made sure 6v versions were available. Good dealers, and /or ones that are friends, will go the distance to help. Arseholes will tell you to suck it and see. Those types don`t deserve my, or your, money!:deal

    Dave.
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  8. ihatemybike

    ihatemybike Been here awhile

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    How convenient. I've been talking about a Deals Gap run for practice, today I discover a week long 2 stroke meet in May.
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  9. MCRatworks

    MCRatworks Oil Burning Suzuki!!

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    A week long meet would be awesome. A perfect test for your little oil burner!

    Have fun.

    Lucky sod...:D

    Dave
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  10. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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    I happened to go through there in 2012 while that group was there. I've had a few G5s and KE100s. I still have my plated KM100. Anyway, that is the reason I took this pic at Deal's Gap that day.

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    There were all kinds of 2 strokes there.

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  11. Keithert

    Keithert Been here awhile

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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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  12. dirtydeeds

    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

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    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.

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    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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  13. ihatemybike

    ihatemybike Been here awhile

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    dirtydeeds, any pics of the piece you made to keep the bags off the exhaust?
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  14. dirtydeeds

    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

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    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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  15. JUSTBRIAN

    JUSTBRIAN n00b

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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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  16. backroadbob.com

    backroadbob.com Roads Scholar

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    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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  17. bogieboy

    bogieboy Been here awhile

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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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  18. ihatemybike

    ihatemybike Been here awhile

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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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  19. Keithert

    Keithert Been here awhile

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    Where did you go?
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  20. ihatemybike

    ihatemybike Been here awhile

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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.