Originally Posted by Snaildrake
I've been looking at bikes 450cc and under that I might be able to buy and run cheaply, mostly for me and my sons to ride around town. I know of a '79 XL185s for sale - what do you all think of those compared to the 250s and 350s?
Any advice on the best years & models?
Of course if I found the right bike I'd be really tempted to give it the street track treatment...Thanks, ~Snail
my 185 has been a lot of fun to revive and ride around. it obviously isn't the fastest thing, but it is good for cruising around back roads, and if you really want more power out of it there are decent upgrades available from the xr200 (same motor, different bore/cam/gearing). It is especially good as a first bike (if your sons are younger) because it is so light and forgiving. if you want it to do a bit of highway/freeway duty however, you may want to wait for a bigger bike to come around.