3-Wheeler (ATC) Picture/Discussion Thread

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by SKT, Sep 29, 2018.

  1. SKT

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    Seems that the prices are quickly increasing and that ATC races and other events are appearing.

    Majority of the pics in this thread were found online.

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  3. DaveNYrider

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    I had a 86 ATC 250R.... still wish I had it..
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    Ah, the infamous 250R!

    Such an awesome machine!

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    I went to Humboldt State (way northern california coast) in the early 80's. I had my XR200R had a buddy who had a ATC 250R.

    Lots of hours spent on the 250R at the beach, many of them after the bars closed. Weekend days just inland at Horse Mountain in the snow. No one ever got hurt on the three wheeler, was surprised at the amount of abuse that thing took, multiple riders, sand, snow etc...
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    bcbullet From eh to zed

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    My buddy Dave had a Big Red. It was literally the most entertaining thing I have had the pleasure of being involved with..........................................and I never once rode it.

    I had a Canam 500MX two stroke at the time. Huge power that would pull stumps and eat CR's and KX's for lunch (until it came time to stop with the front drum :lol3). Dave points to the top of a monster hill whilst astride his mighty Big Red and says "Meet you at the top, you go first". Okay, BRAAAAAAAAPP and up I go. Okay Dave, your turn! He starts chugging up the hill and to his credit, makes it about 80% of the way before he loops it out. No biggie except that his pant leg got hooked around the footpeg. The mighty Big Red rolls down the hill with him firmly attached. DaveBRDaveBRDaveBRDaveBR..............for about 400 feet of rocky downhill. No injuries though as he was literally too stupid to kill.

    The other good one was when we were out playing around with a couple of buddies on bikes and again Dave on the Mighty Big Red. Brian, who had never ridden a three wheeler, finally talks Dave into letting him try it out. Downhill. On a road. With a 100 foot bank. And no shoulder at all. Brian, being smarter than Dave, jumped off the bike when he tried to turn left and the Mighty Big Red went right instead of left. This time it was just BRBRBRBRBR.....all the way to the bottom of the ravine. We thought for sure Brian was dead but he poked his head over the top of the embankment and merely shrugged his shoulders....WTF? That was a full day of going back to town and getting Dave's Dad's F250 with the winch and extra rope to haul that thing out of the ravine. To the credit of the Mighty Big Red, the rack was bent, the bars were fubared and one tire tried to de-rim itself. Good times.:imaposer
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    Great stories, thanks for sharing!

    The ol’ Big Reds were hard to kill too. People are still finding them nowadays, after being ‘parked’ for a decade or more. Add some air in the tires and top the rusty tank w/ fresh gas. Few pulls or kicks later, they’re off to having a good time.

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    I don't know if your thread is geared only toward the ATC's or not. But, every once in awhile, I find myself scouring Craigslist for a 1984 Kawasaki Tecate.

    ...with the cooler between the fork legs, gold rims, and the offset headlight.


    Man, those things were the definition of "cool".


    At one point, I had a pic out of "Dirt Wheels", with (I think it was) Jimmy White about eight feet in the air on one of those.
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    Agreed, the Tecate was also an awesome machine!

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    A 250R on the sand certainly makes for a great time!

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    MightyChosen1 I wanna be sedated

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    My dad came home one night around 1973 with a blue US-90 sticking out of the trunk of his car . He was already into fast cars and drag racing but this little 90 ignited my passion for pretty much anything with a motor. Wish I could find one these days for under 3K.




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    The US-90 is such an icon!

    I’ve seen some insane prices on OEM tires:

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    IMO, this Company is really on to something interesting:

    http://www.tpctrikes.com/

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    Had a 250r with a bills pipes expansion chamber, was a fucking rocket. And also a hoot!

    But that fucking forward kicker could be lethal on a shin.
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    Purcell69 Mors ex Tenebris

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    I've been a motorcycle guy pretty much all my life, riding dirt bikes and enduros from the time I could stand one back up on my own. In high school for a while, I had a Yamaha XT200 with a White Bros. pipe and a Super Trapp on it for my daily commuter. One weekend, my girlfriend and her family went out to some desert property they owned near Queen Creek, AZ for an afternoon of riding.

    When we got out there, (I'm on my bike), her dad rolls out this Honda 200X and everyone starts taking turns on it. To this point in my life, I'd never ridden an ATC, and coming from motorcycles, what happened next was inevitable. I when to make a turn at low speed and stuck my leg out on the inside of the turn, only to drive up the back of my calf with the inside rear wheel. (You've all been there at least once, admit it. :lol3)

    After that, my feet never came off the pegs. It was a quick and decisive lesson to be sure, and it stayed with me, even years later riding a Big Red down the beach in Rocky Point, MX, fueled by mucho cerveza.

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    Best thing about ATC and dare I say quads, was it was a similar action to sliding a flat tracker or speedway bike. Easy transition back and forth.

    As a kid, we had a Yamaha tri-zinger, and a quad-zinger, then when I was 5 came the beat up hulk of a jt60 mini enduro. I didn’t touch an atc or quad til about 10 years + later.
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    I'm totally digging the re-issued Moto 3.

    If I ever buy another bike, I'm considering buying a Moto 3, and then deciding what bike to buy based on the helmet. :lol3



    Joe, sometimes when you post, I can't believe how many parallels we share.

    When I saw post #9, I almost mentioned the High School Buddies who used to give me a ride rome. They'd drive me to their house, where we'd wait-out San Antonio traffic. Then, they'd drive me home early in the evening.

    Anyhoo, they were motorheads, and even had a small motocross track on their property. Sometimes, we'd ride after school. But, since I had motorcycles, I always seemed to claim the 200X that one of the boys had. I'd powerslide that thing all over their property.

    Despite the fact that 3-wheelers always felt a little wonky to me, the 200X was a lotta' fun.
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    Haha!!

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