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Old 09-23-2013, 09:56 AM   #1
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legal kid chaser ke100, f7 175 or?

I am looking for a cheap street legal enduro to use for running around my small town, maybe some gravel. If the bike was capable I'd run it the 20 miles to work but thats almost entirely highway and probably asking too much as there is alot of 60mph plus traffic.

I also want to use it for following my daughter around on the pw50 I hope to get her soon. I figure she wont be stuck riding in the same small area this way and riding together is usua more fun than riding alone and riding with my daughter is something I look forward to a lot.

I found the ke for 500 needing carb tuned the 175 is 750 and looks really good as well but ke is still 25yrs newer. I'm in central iowa and open to other options but these two look quute viable but im not really familiar with eithed. There is also a sweet 81 it175 for 1000obo but its probably not a good kid chaser.
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Old 09-23-2013, 10:07 AM   #2
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i chase my kid (pw80) on a variety of bikes... by far the smaller non mx bikes are easier to chase her with.. the shorter seat height bikes are much easier to deal with (getting on and off the bike to assist/etc...) kick stand is crucial too... whichever bike starts the easiest and is the most accessible is the one i choose usually.. that being said the f7 is a probably a more useful bike overall.. the ke100 is at best a pit bike, and anything more than 45mph on pavement would be pushing it.. ct175/dt175/dt250/ts185/ke175 all make pretty good do all bikes (no highway though...) - most of the air cooled trail bikes 1975-1985 or so are really proven designs with no real flaws...

i very rarely get on the it200 as a kid chaser. too tall, and not super slow friendly....
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Old 09-23-2013, 10:19 AM   #3
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Just to toss it out there the town I live in is small enough a lot of folks run around on golf carts. There isn't a need to run more than 45mph in town and only about half a mile of road is legally 45. Gravel is another story many treat it as an autobahn so I'm not sure if I'll travel it on a bike or not but I am curious to try it. I can actually get to work using gravel except that last few miles so a bike that can do 55 for a bit could get me there technically just not sure if thats for me.
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Old 09-23-2013, 10:44 AM   #4
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I've been riding my KE100 for a couple months now. My daily commute is 19 miles each way with 45 mph being the highest speed limit on my normal route. When I first got the bike running again, carb issues like the one you are looking at, it would do 55 mph on flat ground. I've recently upgraded the air filter and installed new sprockets, need to do more testing, but it appears the bike will do 65 mph now.
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Old 09-23-2013, 01:00 PM   #5
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Kes are great fun little bikes, but i know i wouldnt trust mine on a 60mph road, i dropped a few teeth on the countersprocket and mine tops out at 54mph flat out... But stock gearing is capable of 60ish... The stock gearing isnt terribly great offroad, so its kinda a trade off if you want to offroad on trails or do 60....LOL the lil 100 cant do both...least not with my 240# can on the seat...
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