Suzuki TS185 (1971-72)

The Suzuki TS185 is a dual-sport motorcycle that was first introduced to the Japanese market in 1971. It quickly gained popularity in other markets, such as the US, due to its versatility and ruggedness.

The TS185 is powered by a 183cc single-cylinder, two-stroke engine that produces around 18 horsepower. Its lightweight design makes it agile and easy to handle both on and off-road.

Some key features of the TS185 include a 5-speed transmission, telescoping front forks, and a rear swingarm suspension. It also comes equipped with front and rear drum brakes for reliable stopping power.

One unique aspect of the TS185 is its oil injection system, which eliminates the need for pre-mixing fuel and oil. This makes maintenance easier and reduces emissions.

The 1971-72 models also feature a chrome front fender and a rectangular headlight. Later versions of the TS185 would undergo cosmetic changes, such as switching to a round headlight and a painted front fender.

Overall, the Suzuki TS185 remains a popular choice for those seeking a versatile and durable dual-sport motorcycle. Its classic design and reputation for reliability have helped it remain sought-after by collectors and enthusiasts even decades after its initial release.

Technical specifications:

Make Model: Suzuki TS 185 Sierra

Year: 1971-72
Engine: Two stroke, single cylinder, aluminium, piston port
Capacity: 183 cc / 11.2 cu in
Bore x Stroke: 64 57 mm
Compression Ratio: 6.7:1
Cooling System: Air cooled
Induction: Mikuni VM26 carburetor
Ignition: Suzuki PEI, pointless
Starting: Kick
Max Power: 13.4 kW / 18 hp @ 7000 rpm
Max Torque: 18.6 Nm / 1.9 kgf-m / 13.7 lb-ft @ 6500 rpm
Clutch: Wet, multiplate
Transmission: 5 Speed
Final Drive: Chain
Front Suspension: Telescopic fork, oil-dampened, 3-way adjustable

Front Wheel Travel: 152 mm / 6.0 in
Rear Suspension: Swinging arm, dual shocks, coil springs, oil-dampened, 5-way adjustable
Front Brakes: Drum, internal expanding
Rear Brakes: Drum, internal expanding
Front Tyre: 3.00-19 4PR Trails
Rear Tyre: 3.50-18 4PR Trails
Dimensions: Length: 2035 mm / 80.1 in Width: 838 mm / 33.0 in Height: 1135 mm / 44.7 in
Wheelbase: 1341 mm / 52.8 in
Ground Clearance: 246 mm / 9.7 in
Climbing Ability: 35o
Dry Weight: 102 kg / 225 lbs
Oil Capacity: 1.1 Litres / 2.3 US pt / 1.9 Imp pt
Fuel Capacity: 6.8 Litres / 1.8 US gal / 1.5 Imp gal
Top Speed (claimed): 121 km/h / 75 mph

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