Getting a Kawasaki KE175 street-ready | Kyle’s Garage – Ep. 4

Kyle draws his Kawasaki KE175 motorbike out of storage as well as obtains it prepared for the roadway.

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29 Replies to “Getting a Kawasaki KE175 street-ready | Kyle’s Garage – Ep. 4”

  1. My first bike was a 78 KE250, bought it when i was 16 in 79. it had the worst transmission ever! the shift drum would break pins and get stuck in 1st gear. happened twice, fixed it twice. it sat behind my parents shed until the mid 90’s and i gave it to a kid who was helping clean up. it was in rough shape.

  2. My memories with this bike go back to the 80s. What a great machine. Surprised to see these in such great shape after decades!!!

  3. So, not only is a screwdriver a pry bar but it`s also a hammer, having said that, of course, every tools a hammer, just wipe your hands on an oily rag if you agree.

  4. How practical are these old 2 strokes for daily use? Are there any important things to know about how to ride and maintain them for such use?

    1. Just keep oil in the tank for the injection pump. I had one off these as my very first vehicle purchase and it was extremely reliable. The CD ignition keeps the plug from fowling. In fact a fresh plug once a year is all you’ll probably need.

    2. Also do not engine brake on a 2 stroke. When slowing down pull in the clutch and use the brakes. If you were to engine brake, there wouldn’t be enough fuel pulled in to lubricate the piston and cylinder and you’d fry your top end.

    3. @Phillip Paik You have no idea what you are talking about. That’s why two stroke gasoline is mixed a little heavier with oil than it needs to be for steady/acceleration throttle, so there is surplus oil in the case/cylinder for closed throttle situations.

    4. k6racebike I’m not talking about the kind of engine braking that happens on a track, the short little bursts of deceleration and popping down a few gears. I’m talking about the kind that happens on the street. Long periods of time coasting and downshifting with no throttle, perhaps down a hill or coming to a stoplight off a highway. The crankcase will run out of excess fuel and things are going to get toasty. And I do know what I am talking about as I have studied and rebuilt many different types of 2 stroke engines since I was about 11.

    5. @Phillip Paik you actually are right. It may be possible to engine brake a 2 stroke for some time, but not too long. How long is that? You never know. So avoiding it in general is the best you can do 🙂

  5. You should use a manual impact screw driver to first break screws loose
    to tighten snug with screw driver and one hit with impact screw driver. Old school on old bike!!!!

  6. I would love to find one, even if it’s a basket case, you can still get rings for most of the vintage Japanese bikes, jugs and pistons are mostly gone and what’s not is expensive

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