Kawasaki KE175: 1976-1982 Rider Magazine

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Kawasaki KE 175

Retrospective: Kawasaki KE175:

Clement Salvadori

March 25,

(This Retrospective article was in the March 2008 issue of .)


This little woodser was a to good engineering and an American for motoring through the semi-wilderness.

In the the Japanese were selling a lot of little bikes with and semi-knobby tires, intended for the dirt roads and trails in the of acres of state and federally land in this huge of ours. Whether you were in Myles Standish State or in the Humboldt Toiyabe National in Nevada’s Great Basin, you spend hours trickling enjoying the solitude, and rethinking gas-consumption calculations to make you got back to a gas station in time.

is something undeniably peaceful puttering along an unused road, following it through the over the hills, into the Come to an abandoned apple the thick grass dotted white daisies, stop, off the little backpack, pull out a and a bottle of water and have a nap. For this you do not need a big but something light and friendly, the Kawasaki KE175.

This 1976 KE175 was a descendant of the old 175cc F series Kawasaki had been producing the F1 appeared in 1966. These F were good trailies, legal, the kind of $500 motorcycle that practically any student could afford.

The two-… single was slightly having a bore and … of x 58.8mm, with Superlube oil injection squirting lubricant into the crankcase, mixing it the fuel from the 26mm carb. Ignition was by a flywheel and the engine easily fired a couple of prods on the starter.

Kawasaki KE175-B1.

By 1970 was claiming, with a straight some 21 horsepower at 7,500 rpm this little motor…though figure was grossly exaggerated as tests showed a verifiable 15 at the rear-wheel corral. Maybe at the dome….

The chassis used a conventional frame with duplex a Hatta fork at the front and a of shocks at the back. The front was a 3.00-19, the rear a 3.50-18, and the ran a short 52.4 inches. a gallon of gas in the tank, weight was a 250 pounds.

Variations on the theme tried in the ’60s, notably that might be a little and tougher when involved in altercations. As an antithesis to this, an F3 175 Bushwhacker appeared in 1968, but the weight on this model was a 50 pounds more, which did not to the trailster. Poor sales the Kawi folk not to continue in direction.

Eventually things have to change in order to up with the competition, however, so in the folks at U.S. Kawasaki decided to split the F7 (numerically up from the F3) 175 into a dual-purpose KE Enduro) model, and a competition KD with a slightly peppier and no pretensions at being road-legal.

This was a direct result of the imposing stronger emission and the manufacturers worrying about difficulties in getting trail registered. The affluent, post-Vietnam was quite happy to buy a pickup and his KD to the newly popular Off Highway playgrounds.

But the KE was still the bike of for many lighthearted types, riders who were out for a good rather than serious The engine was essentially the same as on the F7, a new casting covered the entire side, concealing the carburetor and oil An airbox under the saddle ran the through a very efficient filter, keeping the dirt

The seat itself, long and came off in seconds, giving to the filler for the oil tank. This 1.4 quarts and fed an improved Superlube system; a little window in the panel told the rider to add a quart. The gas tank held 1.8 which only lasted for 60 miles; this little was a thirsty beast. The separate transmission required its own oil supply, a pint and a half, with a bendy dipstick to check its

Kawasaki KE 175
Kawasaki KE 175

In the spirit of honesty the specs in the manual rated the power at 16

1976 Kawasaki KE175-B1.

A battery was fitted under the to satisfy the Department of Trans­portation, demanded head- and taillights if the engine was not running. A spare fuse was stuck in just the battery, a nice touch. instruments, speedo and tach, bolted to the steering head, indicator lights for neutral, beam and the turn signals; complicated here.

The KE’s was a minor variation on the F7’s, the bike a very little to the ground, with a skid-plate the vitals. However, while riders could appreciate the lowness put the footpegs in closer to rocks along the way. The had double-action damping, and a recommendation to the oil every 6,000 miles. The head provided a modest of 31 degrees …more for play sport.

The shock absorbers had air/oil and dual springs—with five-way adjustment. A skinny little brake on the 21-inch front was adequate in the dirt, a bit weak in traffic. Wheelbase was at 53.9 and a tight U-turn could be in just a little more 6 feet.

Road clearance was officially 9.3 inches, but put a 200-pounder in the and that suffered a serious

1976 Kawasaki KE175-B1.

the standard gearing Kawasaki the KE175 could climb a slope—no mean feat. But was definitely a ride for the slow-pokers, who were not in any hurry to get in any sort of More serious riders toward the various 250 models.

Until 1980, when sprang the new KDX175 enduro on the public with an entirely new and engine. The biggest news was the single-shock rear suspension, offered almost 10 inches (!) of movement, as did the fork. And the all-new put out a genuine 20 usable horsepower, consuming gas at a rate of 25 miles to the

But the two-… era was fast coming to an end and the KE and KDX were axed after

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