Honda XL185 Tracker by LongShotMoto

Honda XL185 Tracker

The Honda XL185 was a dual-sport introduced in 1979 as an updated version of the venerable XL175. The 180cc, air-cooled single produced 16 horsepower, and served as the base for Colin Seely’s TL200 trials bike. The larger XL500 and XL600 enduros tend to get most of the builder love…until now.

Enter Ilich of North Carolina’s LongShotMoto. Ilich is a data engineer by day, but a gearhead at heart who builds bikes out of his home garage. Recently, he decided to build a “retro yet updated” XL185 tracker to blast the trails around his home in Clemmons, North Carolina, dubbing the bike “Evocatus.”

Below, we get the full story on this build.

Honda XL185S Tracker:  Builder Interview

Honda XL185 Tracker

• Please tell us a bit about yourself, your history with motorcycles, and your workshop.

My name is Ilich, my home garage is called LongShotMoto. I am a data-migrations engineer by trade and a gearhead by heart. Grew up around motorcycles and recently I took my passion to resurrecting/building older bikes in my home garage.

• What’s the make, model, and year of the bike?

1980 Honda XL185S

• Why was this bike built?


• What was the design concept and what influenced the build?

I was looking for a retro-yet updated style tracker bike to ride dirt roads and trails.

• What custom work was done to the bike?

Stripped down to the frame, top part of the frame reduced to match custom seat sanded and painted to a mate-black along with rims, custom rear fender, tracker handle-bars, short brake and clutch levers, straight pipe, carb rebuilt and jetted, new clutch, rebuilt transmission, new sprockets/chain, new breaks and clutch cable. AC/DC 12V inverter, front LED headlight.

Honda XL185 Tracker

• How would you classify this bike?


• Was there anything done during this build that you are particularly proud of?

The carburetor was jetted/tuned perfectly after a lot of trial and error.

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  1. I want to congratulate engineer Ilich kings who in building this retro motorcycle gives us a sample of what we can achieve when there is passion, heart and constancy to reach your dreams. Forward Ilych captains your ship to safe harbor! I wish you could build me in the near future a motorcycle personalized for me

  2. ilich reyes te felicito por tu proyecto.
    que modelo de tanque de combustible usaste?

  3. felicitaciones amigo excelente trabajo, tengo un modelo igual quisiera convertirlo de la misma manera. saludos desde Perú.

  4. thefrogger

    What are those tires!?

  5. I have a XL185S and am wanting to do something similar to mine. How much did it cost you to build this bike?

  6. If i recall correctly, parts were approximately $600 and i did all the work myself.

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