1979 Moto Comparison Test: Honda XR185 vs Kawasaki KD175 vs Suzuki DS185 vs Yamaha MX175

“Here are four bikes for beginners who are earning their dirt merit badges, from Tenderfoot of the Trail to Rockhound, First Class. One motorcycle is the Best Buy, another is the Best Bike.

Do you ride for fun rather than thrills? Are you dollar-conscious? Do you have little off-road experience? Proceed to the Best Buy.

But if your riding partners call you the Wild Man, if J. Paul Getty is your hero, and if you refuse to think of yourself as a bloody-nosed wobbler, then set your sights on the Best Bike.”