1982 Honda XL185s


Heavy, old, outdated, a pig on fuel, but good for a beginner for under $1000


The valve seals leaked upon start up from the first day I got it.

Put new tires on it.

Painted the side covers and metal gas tank Honda Red.

Speedo cable broke.

General Comments:

Good beginner bike, of course the bike was tired when I got it. I paid $650 Canadian, put new tires on it and cleaned it good, and got $780 for it about a year later. Its heavy weight made it hard in tight trail sections. It had a smaller back sprocket and could do speeds of about 115 km/h.

Smoked a little upon start up. Nothing a 20 year old dirt bike doesn't do.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th May, 2007

18th Oct 2012, 13:02

What kinda of oil would be alright to use on the 1982 XL 185cc??

22nd Oct 2012, 05:29

Motorcycle specific oil or mineral engine oil made for diesels. They will ensure enough protection for the gearbox without risk of a slipping clutch. You should replace the oil every 1000-1500 miles, or 1500-2500 km, depending on how hard you use the engine. Do remember to remove the RHS engine cover and clean the internal oil filter every other oil change.