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post #1 of 11 Old 08-01-2011, 05:12 PM Thread Starter
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Not the actual bike, but this was the first and only Kawasaki motorcycle I'd ever owned before I bought my KLR.

Back in the day, I could take this old 90-cc 2-stroke more places than I could probably take the KLR today.

I wish I would have kept it. I traded my older brother this bike for a 1965 Chevy Malibu, my first car.

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I would ask, but I seriously doubt if anybody else on this forum ever owned or rode one of these things.

I think it's the same bike, anyway. It looks exactly the same, but mine had a sight glass for the plastic oil reservoir tank on that side panel that says "90" on it. This one doesn't seem to have that. You filled the tank with regular gas and the oil tank with 2-stroke oil: didn't have to mess with a pre-mix.



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post #2 of 11 Old 08-01-2011, 05:30 PM
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I got to ride one of those last year. Found it in a gas station in Carpinteria on the way back from Paso Robles. I was admiring it and the guy came out and handed me the keys and said "Ride it!".




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I'll be damned. Small world. Was it a 2-stroke? Still can't figure out why the one I found a picture of doesn't have an oil sight gauge on that side panel.



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Yes, it was a two stroke. It fired on the first kick and then did the whinnng-ding-ding thing. He had it set up as a cafe racer. In truth, it was a KH100, but you know, same idea.

When I got home I did a bit of research and found that they actually race the wee things.

I can't find it right now, now that I want to share :^(.

This is the idea:


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Too cool. When I was doing my search, I found some cafe racer examples.

So, the oil sight glass thing is bugging the hell out of me. Did some take a pre-mix in the tank and some not? I know damned good and well mine had an oil sight glass because I remember filling it up and my Dad warning me to not ever let it run out and there's no doubt the tank was on the right side under that panel.



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The last two stroke Kawi I saw that had an oil tank had the tank on the left side I think... Window is on the other side?

Edit: Tom, your bike looks just like mine! Cept you got more luggage on yours (and a 685 and crash bars...)


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The last two stroke Kawi I saw that had an oil tank had the tank on the left side I think... Window is on the other side?

Edit: Tom, your bike looks just like mine! Cept you got more luggage on yours (and a 685 and crash bars...)
Yeah, it probably was on the other side. I've learned, with age, that a lot of the things I recall about the past aren't necessarily true, no matter how adamant I am about them being so. The only logical explanation to this "mystery" is that the sight glass (or sight plastic, as it were) is located on the other side of the bike.



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I would ask, but I seriously doubt if anybody else on this forum ever owned or rode one of these things.

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Hah... my first bike was a Kawaski TR 90. Back in those days you stripped all the street stuff off it to make it off-road worthy. I still have the expansion chamber hanging on my garage wall! I have a scar on my face from my first desert race on it too! Ahh memories....

Not mine but what it looked like before I got my 13 year old hands on it.


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There's more chrome on some of these things than on a Chevy Impala of similar vintage.

Some folks near here had an identical pair of them. I think they took them along with their camper as campground bikes. I bought one, a neighbor up the street bought the other. The neighbor destroyed his in short order: mine lasted four years or so.

Every time I see him, my uncle gives me a hard time about getting it bogged down in the mud in the middle of one of his cornfields almost 40 years ago. It never stood a chance and I still don't know how I got as far as I did. We had to drag it out on its side with a tractor.

Guess this was a more popular rig back in the day than I thought it was. Looks more like a bike you'd see some Saigon hooker riding around on rather than a kid in a cornfield in Missouri. Guess I had some "International Flair" back in the day.



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