Suzuki TS185 Sierra Review from New Zealand

1975 Suzuki TS185 Sierra

Model year1975
Year of manufacture1975
First year of ownership1975
Most recent year of ownership1978
Acceleration marks 6 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.9 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance25000 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda SL100

Summary:

A truly great around-town and weekend in the dirt fun bike!

Faults:

I managed to shear the rear sprocket from its mountings after about 4,000 of rough play, much of it in the dirt. All the other replacements, cables, mudguards, tires, rims, lights, were due to me falling off so can't blame the trusty TS for that!

The biggest thing that went wrong with the bike was me buying a house, it had to go for the deposit!

General Comments:

I just loved this bike and spent most of every day riding it or talking about it.

Its lightness and nimble handling meant I could outrace 250"s in the dirt on a tight track no worries.

Maybe I should have kept the bike and sold the house - sigh.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 20th December, 2005

30th Aug 2008, 05:48

I agree the early TS185's were fantastic little machines and were as fast as the TS250 under many condition, as they were so light. Good on the metal roads that we have in NZ, but the latter model from the 1980s was a better farm bike with its power in the lower rev range and lower gearing.

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 1 review