Honda XL185s Review from Canada

1982 Honda XL185s

Model year1982
Year of manufacture1981
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Acceleration marks 4 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 6 / 10
Handling marks 4 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired13000 kilometres
Most recent distance15000 kilometres


Heavy, old, outdated, a pig on fuel, but good for a beginner for under $1000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

Average review marks: 4.8 / 10, based on 1 review