Suzuki GT185M

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Suzuki GT 185

From the very beginning, two-wheelers were created for simple travel, they’ve to be, for the most part, inexpensive to buy and maneuverable, easy to park, to work on, and cheap to run… when compared to automobiles.

immediately, though, people that, above all, were fun, and often fact took precedence other logical reasons for a purchase. Because they decidedly different from and required certain skills for the person owning a bike was looked upon as being a odd. In reality, the inference was the rider was both freak and to be regarded with caution.

mind that he could not afford a car and didn’t like or pedaling.

So for years, motorcycle reflected only the excitement of riding, usually ignoring the side. Save Gas was not the advertising that set new sales records. It was like: That Surge of or Feel the Wind in Your that had riders beating their dealers’ doors. But oh how situation has changed of late. the fun and excitement are still a big part of the too, but the catch phrase in the has something to do with economy.

the freak of yesteryear is the practical, commuter of today. Particularly if he to be riding transportation bike the Suzuki GT185M. because is a machine that fits into the commuter-bike definition of the

By today’s • standards, the GT185M is ($925)—and priced- competitively for its it a potential mount for the first-time Its diminutive size also the eyes of riders who are learning or are for a simple, short-trip, here-to-there

Appearance-wise, the 185 should please the of many. Overall finish and of plated and painted parts are and everything fits into as designed. The only real we have is that there is too chrome up front; the headlight and bright parts near the tend to glare back the rider’s face on a sunny

This is Suzuki’s smallest motorcycle. With a couple of production behind it, the company has had to few changes from the original which is to say that it was pretty on the mark to begin with. The two-… powerplant has a square and … of 49mmx49mm, for a total of 184.8cc.

Its two major competitors, the CB200 and Yamaha RD200, slightly larger engines and are marginally quicker in both and top speed, with the four-… getting the nod in fuel economy.

Our never varied much an all-around 45-mpg average, with the steel 2.6-gal. tank, one can figure on traveling at 100 miles before worrying a pit stop. Dual 20mm carburetors provide fuel for the engine. Efficient air filtration is oiled foam elements inside a plastic airbox

Suzuki’s CCI oil-injection pump out lubrication for the important engine never did our test machine tell-tale two-… smoke out the chrome pipes. Plug-fouling was although we did replace plugs at 1300 miles when a developed at high rpm. The new cured the ills.

The pump is our test machine went to 1000 miles before it take a full quart of oil.

As with a few other in Suzuki’s GT line of street the little 185 uses the patented Ram Air system, which does it’s supposed to. The 185 can be strung out for on end without heat buildup and the loss of performance. The Ram Air scoop on the 185 is into the cylinder head, on the larger 380 and 550 GT models, which use a scoop.

From the standpoint of appearance, the 185 unit is a gem, and the Ram Air finning part of the style. Engine and cases are polished to a satin Really nice.

The crankshaft is a hefty unit that in four main bearings. are on the small side, which the engine to buzz quickly to as well as to snap back to in rapid fashion when the is winged at a standstill. Bolted the left end of the crank is a large for the starter motor and charging

Dual breaker points can be reached when servicing the ignition system. High coils mount under the tank.

Primary drive is via gears that transmit impulses from the crank to an Il-plate wet clutch assembly, and on to the five-speed gearbox. Transmission are perfectly spaced and mate with the engine’s power Shifting is smooth and precise, and can be found easily, even the engine is hot.

The gearshift accommodates many different feet, but looks crude and

Frame design is patterned that of the larger Suzuki GT and uses a solitary downtube ample bracing and gusseting areas of heavy stress. are fair, about what expect from automated equipment. Finish is traditional

Because the Suzuki Adventurer is in size, we expected it to be on the cramped for our 6-ft. staffers. Not so. Though the certainly feels small and after climbing off a big 900, fall into place and the GT185M becomes a surprisingly .piece of equipment.

Fairly light in weight lb.), the bike can be hefted on and off its center and sidestands and wheeled with little effort in the or parking space.

The seat fine on shorter jaunts, but harder as the miles add up. More would help, along the removal of the annoying passenger that’s totally useless for on. There’s enough length for riding, as long as the riders behemoths on leave from the

With a flick of the ignition the seat-latch lock opens, with the seat, revealing the and oil-tank filler opening. missing and should be included is a storage compartment for extra and a document holder for registration and owner’s manual. It would be nice if the seat latch be left unlocked so the rider have to use the key every time the was raised.

Handlebars are narrow to with the rest of the motorcycle, a asset in traffic’s tight Footpegs though non-folding, into position where belong, as do all the pertinent switches, and levers. The ignition key is double-sided and the is centrally located just and between the instruments.

Both and speedo are easy to read at a night or day, but non-glare would keep the reflections a bit. Idiot lights turn signals, neutral, beam and battery charging A tripmeter is standard fare, and is definitely welcome.

Often valuable feature is left off of street machinery.

One of our staffers the Suzook for a week before he that the bike had an electric But, either way, by or pushing the button, the 185 fires instantly every time, hot or rain or shine. The flip-lever is only required for a minute or so the engine is cold, and warmup quickly.

Hand grips are on the hard but are far better than the waffle-pattern found on many Japanese In easy reach of the right is an emergency on-off rocker and the electric starter button. The hand can easily operate the light switch, high and low horn and turn signals.

of all switches is ideal; about the thing we’d like to see is a detent on the signal switch, and a lane-change feature such as the one on several Honda models. illumination is ample for the machine’s potential; other lighting is adequate, save for the rear indicators, which should the more visible amber rather than the red they with. An owner could the change easily by purchasing lenses and installing them on the

Suspension travel is limited front and rear; and if there is one shortcoming to the entire machine, is it. It is obvious that someone at saved a few dollars on rear because the ones fitted are as bad as we’ve ever seen. might have been to buy, but they do nothing for the With a short wheelbase, 4 in. of and

27 degrees of steering-head angle, the 185M does things in the handling department. Fine if you normally and take things But try to push the Suzuki around a quickly, using up lots of its ground clearance, and you could get big trouble before you know it. The end pitches and wallows severely at the time that the front is pogoing.

With both ends against each other as do, really fast cornering has a to put great big eyeball prints on the of riders’ faceshields. Take stay prudent with one. Under normal the 185 is just fine.

Even in grooves it remains stable.

We our test machine more 1 000 miles in commuter-type going and several trips of the 250-mile In town, the bike responds There are no real flat in the powerband, and the engine surprised us its pulling ability.

The rider have to make a conscious to stay on the pipe as with small-bore machinery. It runs town happily, totally in the realm for which it was designed.

And the surprise hits the rider out on the road. This is one of the few lightweights on we’d even consider a long jaunt. It’ll run at a 65 all day, as long as there are no headwinds and a 20-percent grade.

the engine does vibrate, it especially annoying, particularly if had a chance to sample the competition, as we

A bumpy road is something to be because the suspension just handle it. Watch out for drainage and the like, and don’t play racer. Also, certain on freeways or turnpikes can start the wallowing where control sketchy.

Subtle corrections and a in speed will have back in hand once

Brakes are adequate, but a small contact patch on the pavement, poor suspension, won’t set records. The front disc is a nice feature, but the one on our test squealed annoyingly, an easily difficulty. Aside from it, the other problem we had with the concerned one of the exhaust pipes.

A baffle broke loose the pipe and started rattling, not too a problem.

We wrung out our GT185M a lot than most owners And it held up like the Rock of Aside from the suspension we think it’s the best going, and that’s saying

Granted, 45 mpg can be bettered by many motorcycles, but there are other traits to be considered with the of a bike such as this.

The cost is far lower, chains and are cheaper and last longer, the can be self-maintained or serviced quite at a dealer, insurance is less even license fees are in states. There are plenty of that make a lightweight a proposition than a big-bore, and no contest if you put it up against a second

No doubt about it, this gets the job done and will much more than will ever want. we think of it as a commuter machine, an hauler, it’ll hit the highway and keep the rider smiling. of makes it a dual-purpose bike in its own

Really, one can’t ask much from a lightweight.


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