1975 Kawasaki KE175


・Recent import and overhaul
・Low mileage
・Very nice condition
・Registered as a historic vehicle


The KE 175 was made from 1974 to 1978 and was a direct descendant and updated and considerably improved version of the F series 175 produced by Kawasaki since 1966.

The KE (Enduro Model) was made for the casual rider in that it had been built as an all-purpose small bike capable of being at home both on the trails and on the road.

Powered by a single cylinder 175cc 2-stroke engine this little Kawasaki provided enough pep to get you where you needed to get to. Claimed horsepower was a tad over 16 HP and it had a top speed of 70 mph.

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Supplied new in North America in 1975 the bike was imported into and registered in the UK in 2016. Upon its arrival it was treated to a restoration to bring it to the condition that you can now see in the photographs.

It was treated to a new oil tank, a new chain, chain cover and drive sprockets, the seat was recovered, new indicators, tyres and various rubbers and oil seals were fitted as and where required.

The engine received a rebuild from top to bottom with new piston rings and a reground crankshaft and various cables and a new headlight and handlebar levers were also fitted.

The tank was blasted and re-sealed and treated to a first class correct period re-spray together with the side panels.

The mileage was recorded as 7,954 on its last MOT in 2017 and now shows 12,824 so it assumed, but not guaranteed, that the mileage is genuine.

In 2020 it was bought by the current owner, who has kept it in a dry garage with very little usage since.

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The V5 is present and correct and shows first registration in the UK in 2016 and one owner.

There are many receipts for spare parts and works done over the various years together with a Haynes workshop manual. The bike comes with one set of keys.

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This KE175 could do with a little bit of light restoration and polishing here and there to bring it up to top condition, but everything works and generally speaking the bike is in overall very nice original condition.

The paintwork and chrome is all pretty good and it is only when you study the photographs carefully that you see certain areas that might need some slight attention. The front forks have some marks on them and various levers, fittings and cables may require a bit of TLC, and the chrome wheels, spokes and the odd chromed bracket and fixture are beginning to show slight signs of rust and pitting.

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The motorcycle has recently been made ready for the road again having sat in dry storage for the previous 18 months. 

The bike starts easily and settles nicely to idle, and with brakes and tyres all pretty much new, now the bike just needs a new owner to do some light restoration and cleaning and, of course, to enjoy riding it.

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The KE175 Kawasaki is a willing and charismatic motorcycle that is light and agile with enough power to get you comfortably from A to B, whether that be on or off the road. 

It’s not an all out trials bike, nor a road warrior, but the reliable 175cc two stroke motor is very unlikely to let you down having proved its reliability and worth over many years.

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Auction Details
  • Year 1975
  • Make Kawasaki
  • Model KE175
  • Colour Black and Orange
  • Mileage 12,824 Miles
  • Engine size
  • Seller Type Private
  • County Leicestershire
  • Country United Kingdom
  • Auction ends
Bidding history
17 Bids
  • cf•••• £3,700 06/09/21
  • St•••• £3,600 06/09/21
  • cf•••• £3,500 06/09/21
  • ch•••• £3,400 06/09/21
  • cf•••• £3,300 04/09/21
  • ch•••• £3,150 04/09/21
  • cf•••• £3,050 01/09/21
  • cf•••• £2,950 01/09/21
  • 2e•••• £2,100 01/09/21
  • PR•••• £2,000 01/09/21

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