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  1. Skeeve

    ke 100 sprocket change

    Actually, none whatsoever: your only posts [40 pages of'em!] mention your son outgrowing a KE100 in 2 mos., cutting the seat down, and selling your '82. Lots of stuff on KX & other models, but nothing that comes up under searching for "ke100." But thanks for playing! :-)
  2. Skeeve

    ke 100 sprocket change

    Rules of chains: 1st rule: Never talk about chain rules! No, wait: that was a different movie.... %-) Never run less than a 15t c/s sprocket if you can avoid doing so: turning chains tighter than this decreases the lifespan pretty significantly by the time you get down in the 12t-13t range. Never run even-tooth sprockets if you can avoid doing so*, as it reduces chain life. [* Barring the extremely rare possibility that you have a half-link in the chain, then all bets are off, since you'll have an odd # of links in your chain.] Always try to find a sprocket combo that will allow you to use sprockets with a prime # of teeth, as this will maximise chain life thru even wear [ie, the chain can't take a "set" to a particular position on the sprockets.] Ergo, running a 17/47 combo [2.76 ratio, both prime # sprockets] is preferable to running 15/41 [only one prime #, and that on the less demanding large, driven sprocket] and that in turn is to be VASTLY preferred to a 16/44 combo [worst of all cases, even # / even # sprockets.] Please note, the 2.76 final drive ratio used above was for illustrative purposes only, & is most likely FAR too high to be used on any tiddler like the KE100, unless it has a woefully high primary reduction ratio btw the crank & clutch inside the cases... Anyhow, regarding the gearing for the KE100: since 1978, road-going motorcycles have had to pass EPA noise limits to be sold in the USA. Since those test were standardized with [not quite sure here, so again, this is only for illustrative purposes to make the point] a drive by at 35mph in 3rd gear, the FD gearing would be set by the manufacturers so that at the tested speed/parameters, the bike would be as quiet as possible, even if that meant that the ability to pull that FD gearing in top gear was compromised. It seems from other posts on the KE100 here in TTforums that it performs much better with a lower [numerically larger] final drive ratio and accordingly that should be your basis for moving ahead.
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    kawasaki Ke100 convert to 175cc

    Doubtful. Back in the day, when dinosaurs still roamed the earth and Harley-Davidson was still having their small bikes made by Aermacchi [Cagiva-to-be], you had minibikes/mopeds/scooters, proper small displacement motorcycles and "big" bikes of 250cc+ [yes, back then, a 250 was considered "big." Funny how perceptions changed when folks were freed of having to kick-start their own rides by the rise of the electric boot.] Anyway, minibikes in the 50-90cc range all tended to use the same block/tranny case size, w/ different cylinders/heads. 100s & 125s tended to all be built on the same cases [brand/model specific for the statement above, of course: the "enduro" models & mx models were often wildly different in the same brand, etc etc.], and likewise the 175s were based on the next size up 250cc cases. So bumping the ke100 to 175cc I suspect is quite impossible, but I wouldn't be at all surprised if a matching ke125 cylinder/piston/head swap would bolt right up. 1st step to check would be to verify if the 100 has the same stroke as the 125. Did Kawi ever make a ke125? Ride on!
  4. Is this the next iteration of Mission Yamaha, used to be just off of Crown Valley Pkwy across from Costco? If so, then yes, they are great: I've dealt with them since they were in a shop off of Avery Pkwy. (ie, dog's years) Very reputable, consistent, reliable. Not cheap, but then who is anymore? Wish they were closer to where I live [Long Beach, now] but then that's my fault, innit? We need two "sticky" threads: a thumbs-up for good dealers & a thumbs-down one for bad dealers. Saddleback Suzuki in Lake Forest, just down the street from Cycle Gear, seemed to be a pretty cool shop. Their parts mgr. Aphrodite was pretty fab, but I haven't lived in that part of the world for a couple years now, so I don't know if they're still around. I think they took a pretty big financial hit when Indian folded up their tent. Ride on!
  5. Just wanted to give any Suzuki owners in So. Cal. the heads up to stay well clear of Southland Cycle Center in Garden Grove if you're getting work done. They recently ripped me off on an after-accident rebuild [well, ripped off the at-fault driver's ins. co. for money, & ripped me off by not doing the repairs they billed the ins. co. for; you get the idea...] Dunno how their prices are for buying new bikes, but spare yourself some grief and avoid'em like the plague for repairs! They're either cheats or utterly incompetent, take your pick. Regardless, you don't want'em working on your bike.