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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-14-2002, 09:07 PM
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1981 PE 175

Hey guys. Good to be back. I been busy with football for a while now and I needed some help with my new project bike. My cousin has a 1981 PE 175 in relatively good shape. Only needs a new rear sprocket, chain, and brake shoes. I get the bike for free but the parts are kinda expensive. I was wondering if this bike is worth the time and effort. I mean, is it reliable, does it have good power, how is the suspension... Any info at all would be helpful, especially if anyone knows where I might find a service manual for it. Thanx again.

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 01-16-2002, 12:17 AM
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Re: 1981 PE 175

If it runs and your are just going to use it for screwing around fine. But don't expect to much from it. Also old bikes break....alot. And parts can be difficult to find.

post #3 of (permalink) Old 01-18-2002, 02:32 AM
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Re: 1981 PE 175

For free you'd have to grab it with both hands.
I owned one in 81. At the time they were the business.
However ride anything post 95 and you will wish for more.
In 81 the bikes had kicked out steering angles, weird after riding something that actually handles. But not impossible
to master for sure, just ride aggressively. And climb all over it, specially the bars. To me tyres and suspension are 90% of riding anyway, you can make a 175 or 200 squeal real nice.
My .02c

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post #4 of (permalink) Old 01-18-2002, 10:09 AM
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Re: 1981 PE 175

Parts for them are around, you'll have to search for them though. I've got access to some PE250 parts if they'll interchange any.

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