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Old 07-15-2014, 08:14 AM   #1
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Daily Smokers

Whenever it's not raining, ice isn't on the roads and it's operational I've been using my KE as my daily. Almost 5000 miles since I registered it last August. My commute is roughly 40 miles round trip.

Anyone else using a smoker as their daily?
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Old 07-15-2014, 08:52 AM   #2
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i hope to for the 1 mile to work and around our little 8 sq mile town... that is onece i get it running
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Old 07-16-2014, 11:14 AM   #3
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Yep! I use my 1978 Planeta sport 350 9 out of ten days , i do 30 miles a day round trip, it has been doing the same run now for just over 15 years. Has been very reliable a stator 9 years ago is all it has needed apart from general srvice items.
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Old 08-13-2014, 12:29 PM   #4
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'77 Yamaha IT250 served as my daily for the better part of a year, but just 12 miles/day. got bored with it and it sat in the back of the shop for 6 months. just dusted it off and using it off and on again, this time a 35 mile round trip. fun and using so little fuel it trips me out.
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Old 08-15-2014, 06:17 PM   #5
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I'm building this one to ride to work. It should be fun. A mile each way.

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Old 08-17-2014, 01:45 PM   #6
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just perfect for my 8 miles to and from work o)

g max ~:)
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:40 AM   #7
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I'm building this one to ride to work. It should be fun. A mile each way.
Barely long enough for it to warm up properly. I suggest taking a more scenic route.
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Old 08-19-2014, 02:06 AM   #8
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just perfect for my 8 miles to and from work o)

g max ~:)
Like the look of those MZs
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Old 08-27-2014, 10:30 PM   #9
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Laugh Six years and going strong!

Six years ago in September, my wife got me an '03 KDX200 for my birthday. It was practically new. Still had the yellow paint stripes on the stock Dunlops. winter was closing in and after a few short weeks of trail riding, I shot those stock Dunlops full of gold ice screws.





See how shiny!

For the next 2 years, I made it a point to ride in every month of the year.

And ride I did. Ice riding, tight woods singletrack, high alpine boondocking...





The KDX always was the daily dog walk ride. Riding zillions of laps on the back yard singlereack and motocross loops. Know thy trails like the back of thy hand, watch lap times fall. See the forest blur past at speed as focus narrows to the 3" wide line on the trail you are about to roll over. 3 or 4 times a week, all summer. Until ice season kicks off again/

The bike itself is stock. Mostly. Stiffer fork springs and aluminum taper bars, bark busters are the only modifications. I have never gone deeper into the engine than taking out the spark plug and removing the carb. That's it. This bike is bulletproof. I am amazed at the situations this bike will lug its way out of without stalling. Japan has never produced a better small-bore enduro bike than the KDX.





It gets its periodic maintenance on suspension linkages, forks, steering head bearings, tires, driveline, etc. I run 50:1 premix w/ Amsoil interceptor.





My daily smoker. I love this bike.

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Old 08-28-2014, 05:48 AM   #10
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My daily smoker. I love this bike.

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Good stuff! Ever thought about sneaking it though the DMV for plates?
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Old 08-28-2014, 07:56 AM   #11
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Street legal is unnecessary. The bike actually came with a title, but DMV said no way when i tried to transfer. I almost always leave from home and occasionally need to use no more than 1/2 mile of public road to get the goods. This bike is pure function. A license tag serves no function.

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Old 08-29-2014, 04:44 AM   #12
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I must say i like the KDX200 they are constantly in the shadow of the 250s but should be looked at more favourably by riders.
I have been looking for a KDX200 project for some time now.
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Old 09-10-2014, 09:43 PM   #13
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My Barkbusters are sticky and fragrant with spruce pitch. Daily tight woods singletrack in autumn foliage.

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Old 09-11-2014, 03:22 AM   #14
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Sweet!

Been off mine for a week. I need to do a compression check on mine and possibly get some new rings.
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Old 09-11-2014, 06:12 AM   #15
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Sweet!

Been off mine for a week. I need to do a compression check on mine and possibly get some new rings.
man... what did ya do to it now?!?!
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