anyone know anything about a suzuki DS185
Posted December 15, 2008 - 05:50 PM
Here's a '77 Suzuki TS185. The TS series of the 70s was Suzuki's 2-stroke line of dual-sports. Over the years, they were available in all the displacement categories from 90s up thru at least 250. 400's too, I think. They pretty much spanned from about '70 on up thru about '81 or '82.
I don't think you'll go wrong with them. I don't suspect that parts, etc. will be any more difficult to find than any other vintage Japanese bike. And of course, as with almost all vintage bikes, the condition of your particular bike is usually more important than the finer points of the 'model line' itself.
If this isn't the bike you're looking at - I'll cheerfully retract my comments...
Good luck, enjoy it, and post some pix!!
Posted December 15, 2008 - 06:19 PM
They must be worth some money, check this one out!
Actually I've always liked the TS models and maybe your research into the bike will be better using the TS in the search. Good luck and have fun with it.
Posted December 15, 2008 - 07:12 PM
Good Luck - these were pretty rare machines. I've owned two TS185's (1973 and 1981) and they are very reliable and a blast to ride.
Posted December 16, 2008 - 10:23 AM
It's basically a dirt only version of a TS185. It's got small enduro type lighting run off the magneto (no battery), and it came stock with knobbies. They came in [COLOR="Orange"]Orange[/COLOR] only. It weighs in about 20-25 pounds less than the street legal TS185 and I used to be able to stay neck to neck in a drag race with most 250 enduro bikes in a drag race.
They are dead on reliable and I can honestly say in the 10 years I owned it it never let me down or failed to start. I never even fouled a single spark plug! Great machine.
Although it was considered to be just a "Play Bike", I used to take it in some pretty wicked places. It was one of the best hill climb bikes I've ever ridden. The DS185 will always hold a special place in my heart and I have no doubt I'll end up getting another one someday and restoring it.
Posted December 16, 2008 - 12:22 PM
Posted December 16, 2008 - 02:07 PM
Posted December 16, 2008 - 04:23 PM
All the Suzuki TS-DS series bikes were great reliable fun bikes. I had a 1974 TS-185 and my wife still has a 1977 TS-185 like the one in KDN's picture. Our kids had DS-80's & 100's. The 100 was around a 1981 and it was red, not orange. The DS was available in 80, 100, 125, 185 and I believe 250 versions. Buy it!!
The DS series was available in 50,80,100,125,185, and 250cc. The 250 version was only offered in 1980 and are VERY rare, I'd LOVE to get my hands on one!
The early DS's (DS185C,1978) were a lighter [COLOR="Orange"]orange[/COLOR] & had a round headlight. 1979 (DS185N) and 1980 (DS185T) were a darker [COLOR="DarkOrange"]orange[/COLOR] and had rectangular headlights. The last year for the DS185 was 1980.
The 1981 DS models were [COLOR="Red"]Red[/COLOR] and the 1982 models were [COLOR="Yellow"]yellow[/COLOR]. Suzuki continued the name all the way thru 2000 with the DS 80 models and they too were [COLOR="Yellow"]yellow[/COLOR].
Posted December 17, 2008 - 03:08 PM
It sounds like your bike has a minor carb problem. Probably something in the pilot jet, as someone noted above, or maybe a stuck float from old gas. A good carb cleaning should fix it right up. The 185 Suzuki motors were always stone reliable and parts if needed should be pretty cheap.
Posted January 06, 2009 - 07:16 AM
I had both a 1978 DS100 and 1978 DS185, just like previous pic showed. Bought them new, the 100 when in came out in late summer '77 for $500 (my 1st new bike) and the DS185 in spring of '78 for $825. (really wanted the PE175, but didn't have enough $$)
Both were fun, very reliable, easy to maintantain bikes. Oil injection was nice and since they also had a brake light, all I had to do in Idaho to make it street legal, was add a horn and mirror.
Only problem I ever had was my own fault for being brain dead and leaving mixed gas in the carb of the DS100 one winter.....gummed it up a bit, but once clean ran great again.
In no way, shape, or form did I consider it a race bike, but I did run the DS185 in a desert race (just a sportsman class 45 mile loop) where I destroyed the stock rear shocks.....rode a hardtail the last 5 miles. While it wasn't much competetion there for bikes like my friends '78 RM400, but the 'ol DS finished.
Just last summer, I was on some tight, slow, rocky trail sections w/my Husky TE510, that I think that old light/low DS185 might have been easier to handle.
Posted January 10, 2009 - 08:39 PM
I just saw this on craiglist here, http://dayton.craigs.../987823578.html looks tempting for 500, but to me it looks older than a 1978, so I don't know.
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