What about the cute little KE100

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Mikef5000, Apr 22, 2008.

  1. dirtydeeds

    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

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    Sorry for the confusion.
    We still have the KE and the KLX.
    The suspension, brakes and fuel range of the KLX are a nice upgrade. It is just shy of a few lights. I mentioned in another thread that I put on a light kit and have a 12l KTM gas tank and a Husky 510 gas tank laying around. When I'm back home again, I'll see what I can do regarding increasing the KLX range.

    I imagine we'll have the 140 for awhile. Between the big bore kits and KX100 suspension upgrades, the bike has potential to grow. I should check the other forums to see how that 180 kit works in the real world.

    The better 1/2 did test ride a 230. She did not like it so much.
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  2. Mendodave

    Mendodave Road Scholar

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    It is just sitting.

    less than 5k miles, great shape, no rips, tears, or cracks

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    Somebody buy this poor thing...$500?

    Mendo
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  3. Zaugg

    Zaugg n00b

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    I have a ke100 1999 paid 650 for it had to rebuild it my self. Thank god 2 strokes are easy, great bike for beginners and kids. Or just intown use. Doesn't heat up to much with constant stop and go. Bit bouncy. Specially up hill lol
    I actually just got hit by a car and can't ride it for a bit but what was shocking was that the only damage to the bike was a bent tail light, considering it slid a few feet while I was in the air I'm very impressed. Even the paint jobs tough lol
    Don't pay more than 800 for it though cu high chance you will be fixing it up on your own. For 800 you could get something bigger and better. Either way fun bike for beginners easy to tune up learn how to rebuild it and parts are cheap. Except for the headlight that's 51 bucks. I was like wtf? Lol
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  4. Bipolar Roller

    Bipolar Roller n00b

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    Hey every one Im new to this so i hope this is right I can post pics tomorrow but untill then I have a 76 ke100 everything except the tires are original and they maybe as well I even have the tool kit this bike has just over 3200 miles on it when i got it the headlight worked and the brake light no taillight and no blinkers can you help the horn works and it runns awsome it does 50 mph tops but thats okay :1drink
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  5. JustRon

    JustRon ex-broadwayron

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    I've got an '82 in excellent condition... just turned 900 miles last weekend. The thing is a blast to ride.
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  6. Krusty ...

    Krusty ... What? Me hurry?

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    I think Kawasaki sold every KE100 they built, without any leftover for the next year. Probably as many of these have been strapped onto RV rear bumpers as TW200s... For much of its looooong production run, it had the distinction of being the only street-legal two stroke motorcycle for sale in the US...
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  7. ihatemybike

    ihatemybike Been here awhile

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    Been riding my KE almost non-stop since it's been street legal, put over 1500 miles on it in the past month and a half. Currently waiting on parts as the 33 year old chain and sprockets are done. Hopefully will be rolling again before the weekend.

    Bipolar, do you have a multi-meter or other ways to check for power? That's how I determined that I needed to replace both my headlight and taillight bulbs when everything else on the bike was working. I had originally thought it was a wiring issue since they were both out. The tail/brake light is a dual element bulb, wouldn't be surprised if the taillight element is burned out.
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  8. colemanapp

    colemanapp Been here awhile

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    I've been using mine alot more comfortably since I added a walmart Mad Dogg ATV seat cover combined with a couple custom cut layers of carpet pad and some football hip pads. Gives you a lot more leg room. I'm 6'. Almost 2.5 gal tank on this 97 and its getting 75 mpg average. Thats pretty much wide open the whole time. I've had it 3 years added 5500 miles, now its at 6100 miles. I'll probably do a piston kit this winter even though it acts like it doesnt need it. I did replace the clutch and tires. Other than that, this stays off my wallet and I like that.

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  9. ihatemybike

    ihatemybike Been here awhile

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    Dangit! Guess mine really needs better tuning. I'm running roughly 40 mpg.
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  10. trapperj

    trapperj Been here awhile

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    I grew up in the 70s. My bus driver..(the yellow school buses) won a brand new g5 100 as a raffle item at a football game. I begged my mom and dad and ended up with it. It lasted 2 years of abuse. I loved that bike. We learned how to cut the rotary valve to improve power..I learned to wrench I reckon on that bike. Next was a 1975 DT 175...I was hooked!
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  11. Sniper X

    Sniper X De Oppresso Liber

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    One of my very early riding buddies had the nice yellow one in the 1970s with the super cool duck tail. I LOVED that bike! I could wheelie it for days.

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  12. 73Mustang

    73Mustang Been here awhile

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    Hey, has this become the official KE 100 thread?

    Anyway, I'm looking to buy the modern version, a 2001 KE 100 with 3000 miles. I'm going to test drive one this weekend. Before I go, I want to hear from y'all. How much power should I expect to feel compare to a Suzuki DR 200? I know the KE only got 11 horse power. I'm riding a DR 200, which has 14 horse power.

    I feel the 200 has mucho power. But it is also 80 pounds heavier than the KE. So, should I expect the KE to have roughly the same acceleration as the DR. If so, I'm very happy. And I'll use that to gauge the KE this weekend. But I'm kind'a worry because the previous owner is a kid. And we know how badly kids treat bikes. But the parent said he took good care of it. :confused:
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  13. colemanapp

    colemanapp Been here awhile

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    My brother just picked up a DR200 and I've had the KE100 for couple years. The DR's bigger, faster, mo betta everywhere. Expect slower, smaller but for urban assaults like you're talking, I think it'll be a blast.
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  14. 73Mustang

    73Mustang Been here awhile

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    And mo heavier. It's shame it's so heavy.
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  15. ihatemybike

    ihatemybike Been here awhile

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    Modern version, lol.

    There are a couple KE100 threads in the 2 Smoker section as well.

    I run my KE around Chicago's NW burbs and it does pretty well. I've had the bike in the city proper once, had no complaints about it's ability to play in traffic.
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  16. Lizzard323

    Lizzard323 Been here awhile

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    Just bought a 2000 KE 100. Cleaning the tank, replacing a few parts, can't wait to test her.
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  17. gumbellion

    gumbellion Been here awhile

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    Figure i better ad my new addition on this thread.
    I just picked up this sweet 2001 with about 700 miles on it for $430.
    Runs good but there is no battery so lights dont work

    Hopefully the wife likes it since i got it for her, i can see me burning around on it a lot though

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