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    Senior Member Bikenoob's Avatar
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    Kawasaki KE175 enduro?

    1980. Local guy has one, not running, but cosmetically very nice. He said it was running last year and quit - carb leaks some gas. Asking $500. Looks like a fun 1975 technology street/trail bike. Anyone know about these? Looks hard to find parts for.
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    Re: Kawasaki KE175 enduro?

    $500 sounds nearly right but only if it has a title and is registerable.

    Rugged machines, otherwise. I had a '74 F7, which was renamed the KE175 the next year. Nice enough machine. Pulled me around town at ~45mph and did fine on ordinary trails. It had a fantastic ignition, I remember that. I've never seen such a fat blue spark from just easily kicking it over. And it never ONCE fouled a plug on me.

    Good luck whichever way you go.

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    Re: Kawasaki KE175 enduro?

    I had a 70-something KE125 with a PSI performance pipe that I got for free, and man that thing FLEW! I never did like the rotary carb/timing thing but if kept in good shape they're really no trouble I suppose.

    Mine had a dual plug head on it too. He's right about that spark though! I once zapped myself and ended up throwing the plug WAY ACROSS the yard never to be found. My arm felt funny all day and I kept wondering if I was having a heart attack..

    I'd try to talk him down if I were you but otherwise, go for it... Always fun ripping around in the dirt.


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    Here it is...

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    '05 KLR650
    '85 GL1200 GoldWing
    '82 C70 Passport
    '71 CL175


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    Re: Kawasaki KE175 enduro?

    if you need a contact person or parts, a buddy of mine finished a KE for his daughter a few months back. email me and I'll connect you 2. danWI
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    Re: Kawasaki KE175 enduro? - Woot! Got it!

    Guy just emailed me back Sunday, said if I still wanted it for my original offer it's mine. Pick it up Tuesday AM.... hopefully an easy fix and my son and I will be dirt bikin! (I'll use the CL175....)
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    Re: Kawasaki KE175 enduro?

    He's gonna smoke your ass on that KE..


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    Re: Kawasaki KE175 enduro?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bird76Mojo
    He's gonna smoke your ass on that KE..
    GB
    Heh, possibly. Keep in mind that I do the maintenance on BOTH bikes though - I can make sure I'm faster than he is.

    It's home! Good spark, good compression, carb is so full of gunk that I can't even get the slide out - so that's project #1.
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    '85 GL1200 GoldWing
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    Re: Kawasaki KE175 enduro?

    Trust me. I owned a KE175 and it will eat that Honda up. Even in a bad state of tune...


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    Re: Kawasaki KE175 enduro?

    100 lbs. lighter makes a big difference...

    Here it is, in my garage - it really is in as nice shape as it looks. Came with service manual, owner's manual, toolkit, and all the lights etc. that aren't installed now:



    And here is why it doesn't run:




    I can't get the slide out of the carb - can I dunk the whole thing in carb cleaner or maybe soak it in something else to take it apart?
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    '05 KLR650
    '85 GL1200 GoldWing
    '82 C70 Passport
    '71 CL175


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