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Old 02-04-2017, 04:31 AM
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I've been wantin one since I was 13 and I finally got it

One of the early casualties of the lefts war on everything. " Three Wheelers are dangerous and people can get hurt.",Thank You Nader

The Big Red is one of the best ATVs made. Narrow enough to go through most obsticles and with enough power to climb over the rest.

Elevtric start and a reverse gere...Who could ask for more.

Bought it from a buddy for $550.

Just here to brag.

Anybody else go with an old three wheeler?
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Every ache and pain I have today is from riding Big Reds and dirt bikes
Now days it's a 01 Polaris Sportsman 500 with independent suspension That thing is a Abrams tank on tires
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We have an 85 Big Red (250cc) and an 86 ATC250SX that have been in the family since new. They just keep on working....just don't expect to use the rear brakes!
 
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I just sold my Big Red last year. I have to admit, the 3 wheeler for the inexperienced can be very dangerous. The balloon tires as well as the riding on two wheels that you often experience can be a bit much for someone that doesn't know three wheelers. It was a smart move for the industry to go to 4 wheelers. The three wheelers definitely have a buoyancy advantage over the 4 wheelers though. They rarely get stuck...
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I've been wantin one since I was 13 and I finally got it

One of the early casualties of the lefts war on everything. " Three Wheelers are dangerous and people can get hurt.",Thank You Nader

The Big Red is one of the best ATVs made. Narrow enough to go through most obsticles and with enough power to climb over the rest.

Elevtric start and a reverse gere...Who could ask for more.

Bought it from a buddy for $550.

Just here to brag.

Anybody else go with an old three wheeler?
I remember the first time I rode an ATC 90 , all it did was go in a tight circle and then it rode over my leg ! a real eye opener for someone who grew up on two wheels. that experience was about 20 seconds and never happened again.
I do hope that you have a blast on it though
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old days, it was the Kawasaki 250 3 wheeler that I used to hump through the cow fields...amazingly strong machine...dangerous? I dunno.. I've seen guys do some really stupid stuff with 4 wheels.

i will say that as long as you've got your own property to enjoy it on..and understand the nature of a trike...it can be a good tool...good fer you that you scored one.

I have noticed that ATV parks prohibit them.
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I used to have an old big red. I didnt know they floated till I drove into a pond.
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ATC, "three wheelers", are the bomb.

Lighter and easier to move and load by hand.
Faster than a quad with smaller engines.
Easier to steer and control due to better bite on single front wheel.
Just plain "cooler" than a big bulky quad.
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Love it. Perfect for where I live.
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Wow, the Big Red brings back great memories. A friend had a massive amount of wooded property and we would spend hours exploring. I'm shocked I we didn't get seriously hurt though. I do remember we did some really stupid stunts. I fell off the back once. With some other friends, I tried going up a too-steep snowy slope once and nearly rolled it.

Thanks for sharing, and enjoy.
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Congratulations! Doesn't it feel good when you finally get something you have wanted for so long? Personally I don't care much for three wheelers, but I do have an ATC 70 and a 200M. I haven't run either in years but I'm sure I could make them run if I really wanted.
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The big reds with there high low range and later super reds were great, more recently I sold my old atc90 which was a fun toy.

But they quads took over for good reason, those trikes were darn dangerous, we had a steep farm and quads quickly replaced trikes as the working machine of choice, and in doing so I have no doubt it saved lives.
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When I was in my 20's i was working at a plant and for whatever stupid reason made some thoughtless off the cuff joke about something I can't remember that included the word "quadriplegic".

Turns out the guy I was talking to had a daughter that... you guessed it, was a quadriplegic from a trike she flipped.

I was mortified, apologized profusely and slunk away. Sometimes I wish I had a worse memory. Times I have hurt others without thinking seem to be the indelible memories.

be careful and don't flip your trike please.
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Three wheelers dangerous? Nah, no more so than anything with wheels and a motor. Ride with your head and you will be fine. You can get hurt on a Big Wheel if you ride it stupid.

Grew up on them, owned many over the years. Just traded in two 84 200 Big Reds and a 70 for a Can Am Outlander. The three wheelers needed some work to get moving and just did not feel like screwing with them. Much smoother ride and more power in the Outy, I considered it a good trade.
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yep,honda 200X widened the axle spread by 8", boosted the engine to 300cc, mud bug tiers, rear rack and winch front and rear. been running it for ever.
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I had a Yamaha tri-moto, 225 or 250cc...crazy fast. way too much power. I think the little 90cc Honda's had a good power to weight/size ratio that was much more manageable. the big 250cc machines are like riding a snowmobile more than a quad...found them hard to manage but fun.

I wouldn't hesitate to get another one if I stumbled onto one for cheap, LOL...

hope you enjoy yours, and wear a helmet just in case!
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I rode three wheelers back in the 1980s doing wildlife surveys on really rough ground. We came off them sometimes but never got hurt. The 4 wheelers are easier to stay on, but sometimes you can get launched if they stop quickly hitting an obstruction. Then your knees can get hyper extended.

Both require some care when the ground is lumpy. The 4 wheelers had more power and better flotation. When they did get stuck they were heavier and harder to move.
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When I was in my 20's i was working at a plant and for whatever stupid reason made some thoughtless off the cuff joke about something I can't remember that included the word "quadriplegic".

Turns out the guy I was talking to had a daughter that... you guessed it, was a quadriplegic from a trike she flipped.

I was mortified, apologized profusely and slunk away. Sometimes I wish I had a worse memory. Times I have hurt others without thinking seem to be the indelible memories.

be careful and don't flip your trike please.
From back in the days when I worked in Honda dealerships I have my own story. The dealer I worked for stopped selling them. It was an urban store, and they were wildly popular with the ghetto rats. On asphalt or concrete they would flip if you looked at 'em crosseyed, and here come the lawyers. 'Course another reason was that the cops didn't like 'em, for the obvious reason.
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Easier to steer and control due to better bite on single front wheel.
Not my experience, the few times I rode one, I hated them. Unless you were sliding the rear wheels, they didn't steer for squat, or they tried to dump you over the high side. Now, I'm OK with sliding the rear, I even flat tracked a bit with motorcycles, and we drifted everything we could drive before they invented the word for it....but when you HAVE to do it to stay alive? Not so much.
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Not my experience, the few times I rode one, I hated them. Unless you were sliding the rear wheels, they didn't steer for squat, or they tried to dump you over the high side. Now, I'm OK with sliding the rear, I even flat tracked a bit with motorcycles, and we drifted everything we could drive before they invented the word for it....but when you HAVE to do it to stay alive? Not so much.
my experience exactly. you have to lean and slide, not steer!
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