Introduced in 1976, the KE175 was the successor to Kawasaki’s popular F series, the last of which was the F7. Kawi split the model into the KD (competition) and the KE (enduro), and this one’s owned by an employee at Hagerty.
For more on the KE, check out this Retrospective from Rider Magazine – it starts with “this little woodser was a tribute to good engineering and an American passion for motoring through the semi-wilderness.”
Or you can check out Hagerty for more information, because the seller of this bike is a Hagerty employee and he’s documented his experience in two stories: “Always do the easy fix first” and “A 42-year-old Kawasaki is the best way to escape real life.” He bought it three years ago “on a whim” at the Barber Vintage Festival, and he says that it was cosmetically restored by the previous owner. Everything is said to work with just minor cosmetic issues. The sprockets are “currently geared for commuting on road rather than off-road riding.”
Find this KE for sale in Traverse City, Michigan for $2,600 here on Facebook Marketplace (account required).