15th Jan 2007, 16:52
I have had two TS 185er's. A great and reliable bike, but not all that quick.
Great handling, but just can't compete with todays motocrosses, with or without mods.
5th Mar 2007, 06:26
If I could win races on a 1985 Suzuki TS185ER we'd all want one!!!, I'd better get my Honda C90 and give Valentino Rossi a run for his money.
Made me laugh anyway.
12th May 2007, 10:05
I remember 30 years ago when the TS 185 came out. My mate, who was a year older than me, bought one. It was a lovely red colour and was a lovely bike, nice and tall too. I just found out that SUZUKI still produces them and I want one. Only trouble is I moved to Turkey 20 years ago. So anyone, how much is one, and where can I buy it from? Don`t tell the wife as I bought myself a lovely Bandit 1200s last year, and she wants the garage cleared of all me other bikes. But she ain`t gonna win cause I`ll build another garage.
5th Jun 2007, 13:53
I am currently 2/3rds of the way through restoring a TS185ERN, this is what was wrong with mine!
Ignition coil brackets break off the frame (coil melts on exhaust).
Exhaust front pipe rots from the inside.
Swing arm rots at the rear underneath.
Rims rust (take the tyres off and check).
Seat pan rots.
Plastic side panels crack.
Chain guard disintegrates.
Fork stanchions pit at the top (not under the gaiters!).
Chrome headlamp bezel rusts from inside.
Speedo cable usually snaps at the drive gear end.
Most of the parts are still available from Suzuki, so be careful what you pay on eBay!
22nd Oct 2008, 05:55
I m Bilal Amjad from Pakistan...
I love my Suzuki Ts185...
The bike is very good in acceleration..
I have raced 9 times here in Pakistan in trailing events.. & I have won 2 times & been on the scoring podium four times...
I am very happy with my Suzuki...
Next year I'm a getting scholarship to ride in South Africa in Enduro Cup for Suzuki.. so I'm very happy with Suzuki.. always been my best friend...
2nd Jan 2009, 11:06
I have Suzuki TS 185 ER. It is a 1994 model and I have been using since I was 14 years old at high school. I had bought my Suzuki, now I am 27 years old. I love my motorbike' I made 250,000 km now. It is such a clever machine, it never breaks down.
11th Mar 2010, 15:26
Yes, I raced a TS185 88 model in Australia at the local dirt bike meet. These things really go if you change the exhaust. I blew away a KTM 125 4 stroke. Everyone should own one, it doesn't get any better than a TS185.
31st Jul 2010, 08:47
I own a 1994 Japan model. She is fantastic. I ride her every day, and she always starts up. Really a superb bike! Usually I drive on the motorway, and up to 70 km/h, she smokes a little; a soft blue cloud that remembers the marvel of only three mobile parts that impulse you to freedom and happiness!
Two stroke for ever!!
30th May 2011, 07:49
I have two TS 185's, 91 & 94 models, and they are just as good now as they was back in the 80's. They stopped selling them in Australia in 97, but you can still get parts from the dealer NOS and also from Ebay.
Still a great bike for twenty years old.
9th Aug 2013, 21:22
Just bought a TS185 (blue) 1992 model. I'm in love. Such a cool bike. So much fun to ride. It's in near new condition. It has spent most of its life in a showroom. Thinking about getting a second one in yellow.
15th Feb 2015, 22:19
I had a Green TS185ER back in 1981. Last year I fully restored a blue one for old time's sake; I love it and so does everyone that sees it.
I have just bought a very battered 34 year old green TS; I have spent a small fortune so far, but I intend to make it look like new in six months. The smell of 2 stroke fills the air, nice.
5th Sep 2016, 21:36
Had a new TS185, yellow tank back in 1976, first Suzuki, great fun as a kid, no issues at all. Did all I could to make it an RM, but moved to RMs and PEs. Now I am rebuilding a 1971 TS185; Suzuki got it all pretty right with the first model TS185 and did not need to change much over the years. Love the "185" badge on the 1971 oil tank, looks great.
20th Jul 2017, 19:36
I resurrected a 1981 185x several years ago. I find it to be quite competent off road.
I have a considerable collection of enduro, hare scrambles, trials, moto cross and even roadrace trophies in the attic. Although this machine is not a serious dual sport, it is quite happy boppin' down the trials and through the orchards. I've had my fair share of Yamaha DTs from the '70s and this machine does handle better in the woods with much quicker steering.
I find the stock gearing OK for off road use, however it's too low for anything over 45-50 mph on the tarmac. I increased the counter shaft sprocket 1 tooth (not enough clearance to add 2); this helped, but still spinning a bit too fast for anything more.
I've seen in forums claims of 85-90 mph top speed. Um... I think not. 60 + is about it (perhaps 85-90 kph ???).
The suspension is stock and adequate for casual woods work, as are the brakes.
It's easy to work on, always starts and really is a joy to play on.
Just having a functional old 2 stroke is cool...
Get one while you still can.