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Old 11-08-2013, 05:49 PM   #1
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My new KE100!

Do people really ride these things? Well, now I do!

It's an '02 that has 365 original miles ad has never been plates. Runs great and it is in pristine condition. It's funny, I think Kawi has made this bike without significant upgrades since about 1978. This bike has all the high-te h stuff like drum brakes. And a mechanical lockout that locks the clutch cable if the kickstand is down! Never seen that before.

Anyway, this thing is a ton of fun.

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Old 11-08-2013, 08:35 PM   #2
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Are these bikes still in production?
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Old 11-08-2013, 09:17 PM   #3
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No idea. I couldn't believe they were still making them in 2002. And someone bought one!
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Old 11-11-2013, 09:48 AM   #4
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That bike uses some kind of side valve or rotary valve intake. Notice how the carb goes down into the cases instead of the cylinder. And NO, it's not case induction, it's something else entirely.

Apparently, it works
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Old 11-11-2013, 10:02 AM   #5
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As far as i knew 01 was the last year they made em....interesting.... And as for riding em, my 6'2" 240# butt put 1000 miles on mine this past summer.....
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Old 11-11-2013, 10:42 AM   #6
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That bike uses some kind of side valve or rotary valve intake. Notice how the carb goes down into the cases instead of the cylinder. And NO, it's not case induction, it's something else entirely.

Apparently, it works
Its a rotary valve induction system... Quite simple yet does a good job....
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Old 11-11-2013, 11:56 PM   #7
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Its a rotary valve induction system... Quite simple yet does a good job....
That's it. And as anyone who was a teenager in the UK in the late 70's -mid 80's will remember the Suzuki AP50 with such rotary valve induction, it does do a good job.
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Old 11-12-2013, 07:34 AM   #8
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That's it. And as anyone who was a teenager in the UK in the late 70's -mid 80's will remember the Suzuki AP50 with such rotary valve induction, it does do a good job.
Someday i am going to retime my valve to see about more power.... I want to supermoto my ke.....LOL Babymoto may be more accurate though...
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Old 11-13-2013, 08:40 PM   #9
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As far as i knew 01 was the last year they made em....interesting.... And as for riding em, my 6'2" 240# butt put 1000 miles on mine this past summer.....
You are right bogie, I checked today an the bike has a build date of 05/00. So it's a 2000, with even lower miles ridden per year.

365 miles in 13 years. Just under 30 miles a year? Well, I guess I can stop riding it for 12 more months then!
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Old 11-13-2013, 11:14 PM   #10
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Great find! Congrats...
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