1992 Suzuki TS185ER from Australia

Summary:

Good allround bike

Faults:

So far, so good!!!

Only problem I have had was losing the number plate and rego sticker off the back while riding.

General Comments:

The bike isn't very quick, but it's not made to be.

Very economical, and I love the 2 stroke engine. It

handles really well and would suit a learner.

Very comfortable seating position.

Needs a taller first gear for road work though.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd June, 2006

23rd Nov 2013, 22:31

Yeah, these are cool little bikes. You are right, the 1st and second gears are low; first is almost a crawler gear. OK for going along a tight or bumpy trail. Fine on a metal/gravel road.

The earlier pre ER model was a nicer ROAD bike, as the motor really revved out well. Either model was bog reliable.

Lightweight - this puts other bikes to shame. This bike has the speed of a 250, but only 60% of the weight so acceleration is very good, especially if you are a lightweight.

Not suitable for high speed OFF road (MX style) due to the short suspension. Many are bought by farmers for bopping along farm tracks to check on stock etc.

1983 Suzuki TS185ER from United Kingdom

Summary:

Wicked bike

Faults:

Swing-arm bearings worn out, resulting in the chain constantly falling off.

Fracture of the crankcase.

Gearbox lockup.

General Comments:

The bike is seriously quick, even compared to 2006 crossers.

The handling is very good, except when the swingarm bearings wear out, and the back wheel wobbles all over the shop.

I have taken the bike to many motocross tracks, and come home with nearly as many trophys, but last sunday I was racing against KX 125's, YZ's and KTM SX's. I was 2nd when "Bang!", the gearbox died. I got it home, stripped the engine down (very easy) and found out a crank had twisted out of shape (I believe this is because I slipped a little r/c car nitro fuel into the fuel (naughty me).

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd May, 2006

10th Oct 2006, 00:27

...are you sure... if can win on a TS185 you should be getting some serious sponsorship by now.

Made me laugh though, so thanks.

3rd Dec 2006, 19:24

I have had my 185 for few months now, and it's been a lot of fun, but I have found that I go through spark plugs every 3rd ride, and the bike seems to find neutral up near 5th gear.

Other than that, I'm happy with it.