Thanks Ladies...Purchasing KX100...Need Help!

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Well, after riding both the TTR and KX100 today at our local dealership, my wife is definitely set on the KX100. The TTR was so slow compared to the KX to say the least. At any rate, I'm looking to set this bike up for trail use, so here's what I'm looking to buy, and I need help finding the companies that make these parts for the KX100:

1) Full Coverage Skid Plate
2) Full Pipe Guard for the stock pipe
3) Hand guards - the kind that connect at the end of the bar with the plastic deflector
4) I've already decided on the Steahly Flywheel weight unless someone has a better recommendation.
5) I can't decide whether to lower the front sprocket one tooth, make the rear a couple of teeth larger, or do a combination of both??
6) I'm probably going to back out the rear suspension all the way, and depending on the increase amount of squat, I'm probably going to slide the fork tubes the equivalent distance to bring it back to stock levels and make it a tad easier for her to ride in the beginning.
7) I've also heard of a way that you can limit the throttle to 2/3 or some amount, but I'm not clear on what product this is and who makes it.
8) Does anyone make a light kit for a KX100?
9) Does anyone make an aluminum radiator cover, protector, and frame guards for this bike?
10) Does anyone else have any other recommendations for parts that would make for an awesome trail bike?

I really appreciate the help on this, and I can't wait to hear everyone's responses.

Chris
 

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this past summer, we bought my twelve year-old daughter a cr 85 expert. it was almost unrideable for her with stock gearing. we went one tooth smaller on the front and it made all the difference in the world. it should have a similar effect on the kx.
 
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Nice! I have one but I mostly do MX and its a sweat machine for that type of riding. I havnt had to do anything to it. In fact, most people (almost all men) are impressed by this bike once they hear it, see it go and even hop on it. I couldnt give any suggestions for trail use but it takes some work with the motor to ride it up steep hills othewise its very agile for me and I can stop and put a foot down and get going agian just about anywhere. I have no problem starting the bike anywhere either and can get myself out of predicaments unlike on my old YZ125. I can acutally ride this bike on the pipe too, once again, unlike my YZ.

Once you get it set up right, I may be hitting you up with some questions on what to do to it to make trail freindler.
 
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Sounds awesome! I hope someon can chime in and let me know what they've done and recommend for trail use. What do you all think is a fair price to negotiate to since the cost on this machine to the dealer is $2826 with a 5% dealer holdback. I was thinking no more than $3000, but what do you guys think?

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AWESOME! I'm so glad the shop let your wife ride the bike so she could be totally sure about her decision; THAT is SO COOL and makes all the difference!!!
 

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Congratulations on getting your wife involved in riding! She'll have a blast and it'll be a great way to spend time together.

First, you should be able to get the frame guards, skid plate and radiator braces from Works Connection. I've never seen anything more then a 'glide' skid plate for a KX-100, but that should be fine in even the most rocky conditions on that bike. Carbon fiber pipe guard should be available from E-Line. While your on the phone with E-Line you can ask them if they have a lighting coil available for the KX-100. If they don't offer it contact Baja Designs. IMS I think offers a large fuel tank if the distance between fill-ups become a problem. Aluminum wrap-around bark busters with plastics brush deflectors should be available from either Moose or E-Line as well. Do not forget to add some aluminum bars when you add the Bark Busters since the stock bars on most bikes are made of cheese metal. Any bike bigger then a KLX-110 that I know of doesn't have any way to limit the amount of throttle applied. That doesn't mean a throttle is not offered aftermarket, it's just that I doubt anybody offers one for a competition based machine. I would leave the stock suspension settings alone except for the rear shock sag. That needs to be adjusted on all bikes for their rider and checked often. The suspension being brand new needs to be ridden for a little while for it to break-in. Once it's broken in it will feel much more plush and will be a much better starting point for adjustments then when it's new and stiff. Two teeth more on the rear sprocket almost always does the trick.

As for purchasing the bike, buy it from a reputable dealer that treats you well and keeps a good supply of parts in stock. If you like the dealer let him make something on the machine! The mark-up on that machine is not alot especially since the retail price dropped a few hundred dollars from last year's price. Besides, if your dealer doesn't make any money on the bikes he sell's then he won't be in business for long (running a business ain't cheap!). So do the chap a favor and let him make a living.
Good luck and have fun!
 
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Awesome info Lissa! Well, today after talking with my local dealers and one from out of town, I decided to buy a brand new 2003 KX100 for $2,900 plus tax. Then I ordered the following parts from the same dealer:

1) Moose Skid Plate (This and Steahly are the only two companies I could find that offered a full coverage skid plate and not just the "glide" plate)
2) Moose Generic Pipe Guard - I can't find one that's carbon fiber or custom fit aluminum, so I went with the ugly looking generic one from Moose. E-line doesn't have one either.
3) Moose Handguards with Shield - I didn't go with a different bar, because I didn't know to. I think I'll leave it the way it is or is it a necessity to do a different bar with the handguards?
4) Works Connection Radiator Brace - Looks like a good little piece to prevent breaking the radiator when my wife's dumps it on it's side.
5) Works Connection Frame Guards - Nice to have, I think!
6) 12 tooth Moose Sprocket - Gearing it down for trail riding
7) Steahly 12 oz Flywheel Weight - Hopefully it will tone down the kick on this thing

Total cost for all the add-ons was right around $425, so with tax and everything it's right around $3,650 out the door. I can't wait to get her on it and get used to it. It's going to be a lot of fun having her out with me in th woods having a blast. She'll love it! Thanks to everyone for helping me out with all this.

Chris
 

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Originally posted by ravencr
Well, today after talking with my local dealers and one from out of town, I decided to buy a brand new 2003 KX100 for $2,900 plus tax.
that's a pretty good deal. we priced kx100's and rm100's at several different dealers before buying the honda. we just couldn't get a deal on one. we got the honda for over $400 less than the others. it was only slightly higher than some of the used bikes we looked at.

have fun and enjoy your new bike. the kx's seem to be good ones.
 
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I've heard good replies for people who port the 100 for low end power. For $50 sounds good to me. Extra teeth in the rear sproket helps gear it down too.
 
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So do you think I should get a larger rear sprocket in addition to the smaller front sprocket I already purchased? I thought the porting was a lot more than $50, but I could be missing something. Is it Eric Gorr that is the best for this bike?

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Hey Chris- The smaller front sprocket is enough for me on trails. Also, I don't seem to need the porting, but some do and like it. Why don't ya let yer wife put some seat time in on the bike as is; then, she can decide if she needs all that later? I know I had a totally different "feel" for the bike AFTER the first couple of months of riding. -CJ
 
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Yeah, if everything goes as planned I'm picking it up tomorrow, but the 12 oz flywheel weight or sprocket won't be in yet, so she'll have to learn with being bone stock. We'll see what happens. I know when I first bought my KTM 250EXC, I thought I was going to die. I'd ridden 4 stroke bikes for years, but never 2-strokes, and this thing was scary fast to me. But, after as short while, I wanted more power, so I think I know what you mean. I'll keep everyone posted.

Chris
 
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Retard the timing it will give better bottom end and not so much top. The book tells you how and it's real easy.
 
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I just bought a KX100 for my wife too. So far she loves it. Here are a couple of things that I have found for it....
www.utahsportcycle.com makes a really good looking full coverage skid plate for the bike.

www.motorcycle.com/01may03kawasaki2002kx10modified.htm is a good one to read too.
 
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Originally posted by xrkx
I just bought a KX100 for my wife too. So far she loves it. Here are a couple of things that I have found for it....
www.utahsportcycle.com makes a really good looking full coverage skid plate for the bike.

www.motorcycle.com/01may03kawasaki2002kx10modified.htm is a good one to read too.
Thanks for the information. The second link isn't working though, and I would love to read it. I ended up getting a moose skid plate, hand guards, pipe guard, and works connection radiator brace and frame guards. She loves the bike, and we're going again today. I don't have everything on the bike, because all the parts haven't come in yet.

One thing I did notice was that the front sprocket already looks pretty small and I was wondering if there was any detrimental effects on the chain guide with running the smaller sprocket up front, because it looks like it would rub continously.

Chris