Honda XL185: history, specs, pictures

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Honda XL185
Manufacturer Honda
Also called XL185S (reduced effect), XL 185 S (reduced effect), XL185S, XL 185 S, XL 185
Production 1979 - 1983
Predecessor Honda XL175
Class Dual sport
Engine single cylinder, four-stroke
Bore / Stroke 63.0mm x 57.8mm
Top speed 71 mph (115 km/h)
Horse Power 15.69 HP (11.7 KW) @ 8000RPM
Battery 9.2:1
Transmission Gear box: 5-speed
Final Drive: chain
Brakes Front: expanding brake
Rear: expanding brake
Front Tire 2.75-21
Rear Tire 4.10-18
Weight  (dry), 118.0 kg (wet)
Fuel capacity 1.85 Gallon (7.00 Liters)
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The Honda XL185S was a single cylinder, four-stroke Trail motorcycle produced by Honda between 1979 and 1983. It could reach a top speed of 71 mph (115 km/h). Claimed horsepower was 15.69 HP (11.7 KW) @ 8000 RPM.



Engine[edit]

The engine was a air cooled single cylinder, four-stroke. A 63.0mm bore x 57.8mm stroke result in a displacement of just 180.0 cubic centimeters. Fuel was supplied via a overhead cams (ohc). Mechanically, its engine is similar to Honda ATC 185 ATV. This engine was used as a basis for the version supplied by Honda RSC to Colin Seeley for the hand-built Seeley TL200 trials bike.[1]

The engine has a compression release, also called a decompressor valve, which is connected to the kick starter with a cable, to ease starting.

Drive[edit]

The bike has a 5-speed transmission.

Chassis[edit]

It came with a 2.75-21 front tire and a 4.10-18 rear tire. Stopping was achieved via expanding brake in the front and a expanding brake in the rear. The XL185S was fitted with a 1.85 Gallon (7.00 Liters) fuel tank.

1979[edit]

1979 Honda XL185S



The XL185'79 was sold in 1979 in one color: Tahitian Red. The gas tank and side cover stripes were black, gray, and yellow. The bike had a one-piece rectangular instrument pod. The shock springs and kickstarter arm were chrome. The frame was black. The engine was a 180cc OHC single cylinder linked to a 5-speed. The serial number began XL185S-5001103.


1980[edit]

1980 Honda XL185S
1980 Honda XL185S in Red
1980 Honda XL185S in Red
1980 Honda XL185S in Red
1980 Honda XL185S in Red
1980 Honda XL185S in Red
1980 Honda XL185S in Red



The XL185'80 was sold in 1980 in one color: Helios Red. The gas tank and side cover stripes were white, yellow, and orange. The "HONDA" tank decal was red with a white outline. The bike had a round speedometer unit. The shock springs and kickstarter arm were black. The frame was black. The engine was a 180cc OHC single cylinder linked to a 5-speed. The serial number began MD02-5000003.

1981[edit]

1981 Honda XL185S



The XL185'81 was sold in 1981 in one color: Monza Red with Black. The gas tank was a two-tone: Red and Black. The "HONDA" tank decal was black. The "XL185S" side cover decal was red and white on a black panel. The shock springs and kickstarter arm were black. The bike had a round speedometer unit. The frame was black. The engine was a 180cc OHC single cylinder linked to a 5-speed. The serial number began JH2MD0203BK200002.

1981 Honda Motorcycle Full-Line Brochure

1982[edit]

1982 Honda XL185S



The XL185'82 was sold in 1982 in one color: Monza Red. The gas tank top stripe was black. The "185S" side cover decal was white and red on a black panel. The frame was red. The seat was black with a white "XL" logo on the side. The shock springs and kickstarter arm were black. The bike had a round speedometer unit. The engine was a 180cc OHC single cylinder linked to a 5-speed. The serial number began JH2MD020*CK300003.

1983[edit]

1983 Honda XL185S



The Honda XL185S'83 (XL185SL'83 in California) was sold in 1983. This was the last year for the XL185 series in the USA, but continued in Canada and elsewhere. One color was available: Monza Red. The "185" side cover decal was white. The side cover panels were black. The speedometer was round (unlike the rectangular model in 1979). The shock springs and kickstarter arm were black. The seat was black with a white "XL" logo. The frame was red. The engine was a single cylinder 180cc OHC with a 5-speed transmission. The California serial number began JH2MD0203DK400003 while the rest of the US models began JH2MD0204DK400003.

1984[edit]

1984 Honda XL185S
1984 Honda XL185S




  • The Honda XL185S'84 was sold in 1984.
  • Engine: 180cc four-stroke OHC
  • Ignition: CD
  • Front suspension: Air-assisted fork
  • Wheelbase: 1310mm (51.6 in.)
  • Dry weight: 105.5 kg (232.5 lb)
  • Seat height: 820mm (32.3 in.)
  • Front wheel travel: 200mm (7.9 in.)
  • Rear wheel travel: 165mm (6.5 in.)
  • The serial number began JH2MD0204EK400003.


In Media[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Which Bike UK magazine, November 1980. On the Rough. Little Big Uns, Honda TL200. "The Honda is built in this country by Colin Seeley International, the engines being supplied by RSC in Japan and built specially for trials. At £1280 the Honda reflects its hand built origins..." Retrieved 2014-10-04

See Also[edit]


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