1981 Honda XL185s
Nice starter bike and long term city bike
Exhaust rusted out around the 10 year mark.
Carbs needed to be rebuilt around 10,000 mile mark.
The rubber on the rear turn signals are cracking due to age, and Honda no longer sells the rubber replacement, but one can still find them online if they look a while.
The battery seems to last two years at the most.
Other than new tires every 5,000 miles, she has been very good.
Weak electric system (6-volt), I am going to replace the tail light with an LED, which should help greatly. Headlight is not the best for night riding, a custom LED headlight should greatly help night riding, and will greatly help the electric system.
The bike handles extremely well on the road, and can cruise all day at 50 to 55mph. Nice bike for back roads / state routes. It gets 70mpg.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th February, 2011