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Old 12-26-2009, 10:41 AM   #1
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Is This Worth It? '78 Suzuki DS185

I'm wondering if this is a good deal. A local is selling a '78 Suzuki DS185 with less than 600 miles on it. Condition looks excellent, really doesn't look like it was ridden much in the picture. He's wanting $600 for it.



Now for the bike itself. Was the DS185 known for being a good bike? How was the handling, motor, etc? I can't find much information on it on the net, so it must be pretty rare.

Would you grab this up?
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Old 12-26-2009, 02:23 PM   #2
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It's probably a TS-185. If it has a 4-speed trans with a high/low range, than it's a TC-185. Both are very strong, reliable bikes. If it looks as good in person as in the pic, and runs, I'd snap it up.

I stand corrected on the model designation, but still wouldn't hesitate to buy.
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Old 12-26-2009, 07:01 PM   #3
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That is a DS185.I had it's little brother brand new in '78
when I was 12(DS100).I rode it almost non stop for a year
without any issues except using a few plugs.
It has a 5 speed.
In '79 they switched to a square headlight.
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Old 12-26-2009, 07:21 PM   #4
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it is a DS 78's where DS'd 77's and earlyer where TS's ....$600 is not back if it has a plate and a title and is it currently registered ??
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Old 12-26-2009, 09:00 PM   #5
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I had a '74 TC185. I loved the bike. I should never have sold it. Even though it had a realistic top speed of about 60mph, it was incredible fun on back country roads. I had it for two seasons and it never failed me. Mine had about 10,000 miles on it when I sold it if I remember right and in the two years I had it, it never failed me.

If it's in solid shape and has a title, I would probably pay what they're asking and not feel ripped off.

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Old 12-26-2009, 11:59 PM   #6
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I have a DS100. Looks almost identical. I've ridden it probably .5 miles in the 5 years we've had it because of a rusted out tank and corroded carburetor (it was given to us for free after resting in the mud next to a barn for decades). But, I just put replacement parts on it two days ago.

What I'm saying is; I have no idea if it's worth it.

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Old 12-27-2009, 07:17 AM   #7
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i had one for a couple of years in great shape...fun bike but pretty small for everyday riding.....it didnt do anything great even compared to bikes in its day.....just a plain jane reliable bike to use around the yard and very local trails

i had a hard time selling mine and only got $450

i raced it a couple of times!

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Old 12-28-2009, 05:47 AM   #8
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The Suzuki DS185 is one of my all time favorite bikes! It is the only bike I ever bought brand new & I got one of the 1st ones ever imported to the United States

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 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.

It weighs in about 20-25 pounds less than the street legal TS185 and I used to be able to stay neck to neck with most 250 enduro bikes in a drag race.


If that bike was anywhere near me I'd buy it so fast it would make your head spin!!!!!!!

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Old 12-28-2009, 07:02 AM   #9
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dont get me wrong but its not a great bike....its just a bike thats reliable and is able to go on trails.....u arent going to be able to keep up with any modern bikes in the woods or hit any jump over 6inches without bottoming out and is a pretty small bike....i think my kx 100 has a higher seat height...parts are hard to come by but the bike is reliable enough to not make that an issue.

buy it if
u want a reliable vintage bike
want to trail ride around ur house
ride with ur young kids that have bikes

dont buy it if
u are thinking u are going to ride with ur buddies that have 80's+ off road bike
u are going to make this ur primary off road bike
if the lights are blown since the rectifier is discontinued and known to break down and over charge and blow out the lights and its a 6volt bike which kinda sucks for a everyday bike.

sometimes u remember how awesome a car or bike was when u were a kid and once u ride that same bike again 20 years down the road u realize how nice technology is on newer bike
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Old 12-28-2009, 07:22 AM   #10
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Well, I'm going to pass on this one at the moment. It is in the Fort Collins, CO craiglist if anyone wants it

I haven't looked at it yet, so don't know the shape it's in. The guy is willing to deal (even trade). BUT I found an SV650 that I'm trading for right now, so won't be able to trade on this bike.

Up for grabs if anyone is in the Colorado area
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