The Killer Tricycle Banned by the US Government

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This cultural hot potato of the 80s had everything - flawed design, thoughtless marketing, irresponsible dealers, young lives lost, sickening injury rates, bad parenting…the lot. Here’s the messy story of the three-wheeled ATV.
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D.S. Red
D.S. Red Acum 16 ore
This guy is literally the young Jeremy Clarkson of our time. For bikes, anyway. We all know how the real JC feels about bikes, lmao
Troy Rogers
Troy Rogers Acum o Zi
had one when i was a kid. not sure how i survived
britCpower Acum o Zi
Great video. I saw one when out walking the dogs this morning and was wondering what happened to them. Typed 3 wheeled ATV into youtube and came up with this Gem. This video is TV quality.
Evan Manwell
Evan Manwell Acum 2 Zile
I grew up in a rural town and almost everyone that owned property had one of these. I went back to visit a few years ago and my buddy's dad was chasing cows on it while shirtless. It's an image I'll always now associate with these death traps.
Peak Deplorable
Peak Deplorable Acum 3 Zile
lol just watched a short vid on John Wayne, he owned one of these... if he can ride it, it aint that bad.
Mike Davidson
Mike Davidson Acum 3 Zile
I own 4 despite the "government"
Tequila Rip
Tequila Rip Acum 3 Zile
My dad got me one of these when I was 3 in 1987, good fun and questionable parenting!
ThatMNguy 318
ThatMNguy 318 Acum 4 Zile
Me and my brother grew up on my dads 85 atc250sx we rode it rolled it jumped it crashed it and we'd just get right back on and either ride back up to the house or keep riding around she looks awfully rough from all those incidents nowadays and would love to restore it for my dad but good parts are so expensive for the darn things
Trent Mercia
Trent Mercia Acum 4 Zile
I have a 200s a 200 and a 200x along with a 300 four wheeler It's AWESOME
Odst22 Lol
Odst22 Lol Acum 5 Zile
My uncle lost his life driving one of these
elyeticorre Acum 6 Zile
Vespa gets and triumph scrambler xe. You should
jam in the van uk
jam in the van uk Acum 6 Zile
I converted 120 of these 3w to quads. All yamaha ...
Johnny 666
Johnny 666 Acum 7 Zile
Ah! Trikes! All the disadvantages of a car and few of the advantages of a bike! Terrific! Oh, wait... Sorry, but they're like fat girls: fun to ride but you don't want to be seen doing it by any of your buddies. PS: Did you see what I did there? Just a bit of fun kick-starting snorting rage when lighting the Trikers' blue touch-paper? I've ridden a couple of trikes, and I have to admit I had a smile on the whole time, but for usual transport, long-distance touring and off road? I've got an even weirder machine: a Royal Enfield 500 Pegasus Classic - an AK47 on wheels :) My 1984 Harley Ironhead is usually left in the garage except for bike-meets; the Enfield always works!
everyday tenor
everyday tenor Acum 7 Zile
yeah, 3 wheelers...lawn darts. Spartan days,
terry farmer
terry farmer Acum 8 Zile
Awesome video so true
DG Acum 9 Zile
I used to ride one of these.... man they do tip EASILY. And that was just on a grass field . I’d never ride one on a trail.
James Esparza
James Esparza Acum 9 Zile
Did I just hear a pro gun argument used for motorcycles? I think I did and I still approve.
sneaky biker
sneaky biker Acum 9 Zile
If honda redisened the atc by putting one wheel in the rear and two in front it would be better.
Tj Campbell
Tj Campbell Acum 10 Zile
I mean if you dont know how to ride something. Then dont do it.
Hugo Grotius
Hugo Grotius Acum 10 Zile
The Dutch national anthem in the end screne, nice... 😂🇳🇱
Lil Fish
Lil Fish Acum 10 Zile
Funny cause my friend just got one. Can’t take it
The1stHomosapien Acum 10 Zile
in about 1989 i was lucky to have a go on the bas as a 4 y old boy, and i saw one in a shed at a party.
Doug Paulgaard
Doug Paulgaard Acum 11 Zile
We had a big red growing up belly laughing the whole video crashed every way you showed but don’t think any of us went over the bars even my mother admitted to my arguments that my trusted XR 100 was 1000% safer than that thing
80s Honda dirtbike 1
80s Honda dirtbike 1 Acum 11 Zile
If you aren't bumped bruised n banged up u aint been on an atc
Emiliano Caprili
Emiliano Caprili Acum 11 Zile
1) The Italian Army refused to buy the Moto Guzzi Mulo Meccanico (a 3x3 tricycle/halftrack ATV) for the same reason: some soldiers were killed testing it. 2) We didn't understand nothing from Ralph Nader and his crusade against the Corvair.
Anthony Stark
Anthony Stark Acum 11 Zile
The opposite is legal but seriously just because people start to tip and put their foot down, that’s why it’s illegal. If our instinct wasn’t to stop ourself from falling which results in us running ourselves over on these, they wouldn’t be illegal
Cody Patino
Cody Patino Acum 11 Zile
TheTriops123 Acum 12 Zile
as a kid pulled an abandoned 125 out of the woods and ran it for years before up grading to a big red. never would I have let anyone ride a three wheeler like I saw you riding that one.
jeff e
jeff e Acum 12 Zile
they were great 3 wheelers!!30 years later still riding them!to many dumb shits got hurt and thought they knew what to do.never got hurt once!!!learn to ride before you drive!!!
Keesen Gripp
Keesen Gripp Acum 13 Zile
I have a few of the '85/'86 Liquid Cooled 250Rs. Even stock they're fast. They're fully suspended and those suspension parts can easily be replaced with even brand new Honda CRF parts. They're great bikes as long as you know what you're doing.
Adam Trimbo
Adam Trimbo Acum 14 Zile
Anyone notice the snakes tail he ran over @ 5:17?? 😂
Atilliator Acum 14 Zile
I just saw a 1983 atc on craigslist for 175 bucks, I'm thinking about picking it up
DidntSay Acum 14 Zile
This dude knows how to make a video!!
Canadian Nomad
Canadian Nomad Acum 15 Zile
Anyone remember the toy trike you put a penny in the back to do wheelies.
Canadian Nomad
Canadian Nomad Acum 15 Zile
I rode one once omg that thing just bounced!!!!!
Steven Johnson
Steven Johnson Acum 16 Zile
If you're wondering what the piece of music at 0:47 is, it's Lucid Dream by Roie Shpigler
Jerry Follett
Jerry Follett Acum 16 Zile
I loved mine ....I could put that thing almost any where 😊
War Hammer
War Hammer Acum 16 Zile
If the government says I can't have it, I will get it. Working on getting a NUKE right now. LOL
aquaagu2 Acum 16 Zile
My buddy has one and his roommate has 2 more. Things are death traps lol
Adam Palmer
Adam Palmer Acum 17 Zile
Me & my cousin grew up riding three wheelers, he had a Honda Big Red 250 & a Yamaha 250 & I had a Honda 300 Big Red! We tumped over a few times but they’re actually way safer than what people think! #ReviveThreeWheelers
Heith Watkins
Heith Watkins Acum 17 Zile
Band it USA! Land of the freweeeeee.......
Robert Adamis
Robert Adamis Acum 17 Zile
Thanks to the ATC, we have the Odyssey and Pilots. They are hard to come by and mint ones can cost a fortune now but they are fantastic machines. Would be cool to see a video done about those in the same fashion as this one but as a Part II, how Honda responded to the claims of the ATCs being unsafe by releasing the safest ATV ever.
Zerite Knight
Zerite Knight Acum 18 Zile
Honda Threetrax
3Scalpel Acum 18 Zile
My friend killed himself on one when he was 12 back in ‘83. It happened as his dad was supervising. Fukken horrible.
Pete Harder
Pete Harder Acum 18 Zile
So how many people have cars killed?
Steven Mason
Steven Mason Acum 18 Zile
This is the best “cycle” review video I’ve ever seen. Do you do this totally by yourself? It’s just phenomenal, dude.
justin Pennington
justin Pennington Acum 18 Zile
Gotta love that government protection
Dick Grantberg
Dick Grantberg Acum 18 Zile
Your vids are epic, expect level quality
David S
David S Acum 19 Zile
The argument about 3 wheelers being dangerous is hilarious to me. No shit they are dangerous and so are motorcycles in the wrong hands.
Red RaiderRider
Red RaiderRider Acum 19 Zile
It's sad that so many people couldn't figure out how to drive these responsibly. I grew up riding a 200x from about 8 years old and never had a problem. I learned fast how to balance it and kick the rear end around move my weight around. Nobody knows how to wear a helmet either apparently. It's sad becuase ATCs were fun as hell, just too many idiots riding them.
George Dunham
George Dunham Acum 19 Zile
Just try to find tires for them
Beating Acum 19 Zile
i got four of em
80s Honda dirtbike 1
80s Honda dirtbike 1 Acum 19 Zile
ATC's forever
Finally it's Ed
Finally it's Ed Acum 19 Zile
A good friend of mine had one of these. It really was a lot of fun to ride, but alas, he ended up a paraplegic... not from the ATC though. He slid head first down a sliding board at his pool and hit someone standing at the bottom. The government outlawed those too.
jivemee Acum 19 Zile
But they were so much fun to ride on two wheels, front and either rear!
Andy Kalmanash
Andy Kalmanash Acum 19 Zile
Seriously, still running my 200 cc trike on the farm. never gets stuck, never have a problem and doesn't even need a battery.
zyxwvutsrqponmlkjihgfedcba Acum 20 Zile
TBF these were sold during a time when I'd go joy riding in the LTD as a child people thought it was cute. Still rememeber the day I put it in gear and rolled it through a picnic lol
Benjamin S
Benjamin S Acum 20 Zile
My dad had 2 of them, 250Rs. I grew up doing motocross, all the way up to a CR500, 3 wheelers really aren't death traps, people just bought inexperienced kids 250Rs and they flipped them not knowing how to ride them. Those same kids on a 250 2 stroke would get hurt just as fast.
MyThreeLife Acum 20 Zile
1st bike my parents bought me as a kid. 85ish Honda 110 in blue...loved that death trap.had a scratch or dent on every inch, riveted fenders,bent front forks (head on collision with large tree) I cried when my dad sold it...40 years later and MANY 2 wheel bike..I ride a 3 wheeled reverse trike Polaris Slingshot... Full Circle..Life is good. ✌️😎
xVOLTx Acum 20 Zile
But yet crotch rockets still exist.
General Grevious
General Grevious Acum 20 Zile
Riding these my whole life, driving them at 8. Only serious injury was riding it with my dad at 3 or 4 he mashed the break and i bounced my head off the handle bar leaving a scar above my right eye lol.
David Breeze
David Breeze Acum 20 Zile
Check out these UK 3 wheelers - the Reliant Robin & the Bond Bug (3 wheel cars that you could drive on a full m/c licence) & the Sinclair C5 (80's electric trike). All single front wheel, all a liability...
Arcadia Acum 20 Zile
Put a enclosed mesh roll cage problem solved 😂
Jeff Rea
Jeff Rea Acum 21 o Zi
In the wintertime we used to pull each other on a sled behind a three wheeler down a dead end street and then at the last second turn sharply to whip the sled into the snow bank made by the plow and send sled and rider flying..
Kingsqueak Acum 21 o Zi
I hate govt intervention and grew up when these were a "thing" but heh they were pretty terrible and it was probably right to get rid of them. Nice job as usual on the video.
woodsmn Acum 21 o Zi
Did you mention that they have a strong tendency to go in a direction opposite to the one you are steering steer left they go right you are fast approaching a tree it wants to hit that tree no matter which way you turn the front must get one rear wheel off the ground and ride it like a two wheeler to have any control...these things were squirrely to say the least...especially when the engines got more powerful
Ray Ceeya
Ray Ceeya Acum 21 o Zi
I learned with a Yamaha tri-z 50 when I was 3 years old. I'm not kidding. I was 3. Three wheelers give you the agility of a bike with some of the stability of a quad. They're exactly what they're supposed to be, halfway between a bike and a quad.
Z Williams
Z Williams Acum 21 o Zi
My 11 yr old rides atc better then this guy. Grip and handles of a baby
Dirts Funner
Dirts Funner Acum 21 o Zi
I learned how to use a clutch on one of these.. a 250R to be specific. I was 8 years old. So much fun
Grand Spork
Grand Spork Acum 21 o Zi
A good idea to keep with small engines vehicles "If you cant start it dont drive it"
Octavio Escott
Octavio Escott Acum 21 o Zi
Well..... since you’re here making videos on the atc and other trikes, can you make a video on the king of off road savagery: Yamaha Banshee 350? Sincerely a 2 stroke fan.
Matt Lucas
Matt Lucas Acum 21 o Zi
I don't even ride, and I love your videos. Educational, artistic, funny, exciting. Good on ya :)
Marquis De Sade
Marquis De Sade Acum 21 o Zi
A dirt bike will fall over and give up easy; ATC's (and quads) will chase you down a hill, follow you around a corner and lie in wait for you at camp. Pure evil.
Micheal Dean
Micheal Dean Acum 21 o Zi
It seems most of the idiots who commented completely missed your point. They glory in using dangerous devices and say fuck all to any consequences. Then giggle. Firearms , as potentially dangerous as they are, don't approach the risk buy getting on one of these pieces of shit. You have a VERY STRANGE audience. I happened upon your channel by that happy chance of the algorithm YT uses to put what video's next on the right side of the screen. The episode on e-bikes was the first that caught my attention. After watching two top quality, acerbic critiques on very different products, you pricked my interest. But if the comments below are indicative of the intelligence level of your base audience, I do not think in good conscious I will participate in that kind of stupidity by becoming another subscriber. There are far too many other channels that seem too attract the inbreed cultist troll crowd that I have ultimately had to unsubscribe from that I do not want more. Sad, you have a superior product here.
Richard Roy
Richard Roy Acum 21 o Zi
The 3 wheelers shown, with limited suspension and big bouncy tires certainly were dangerous. But the race models - with full suspension, and low profile tires were actually much safer and a ton of fun. I had a Honda 250R as a kid, and they were a kind of fun that no other machine even quads could recreate.
Jesse Derossett
Jesse Derossett Acum 21 o Zi
It was never actually banned
Grumpy_Chef Acum 21 o Zi
Some of my best childhood memories were of surviving a day out on my ATV ... Good time. Good times...
Rim Shot
Rim Shot Acum 22 Zile
05:17 EXCELLENT! "... you have to think like a Kardashian, knowing the gaps may look wide enough from the front but not for the rear..."
Michael Perez
Michael Perez Acum 22 Zile
I had several ATc's as a kid. Yeah I got hurt but nothing like it rolling over my head.
the Dominican
the Dominican Acum 22 Zile
My dad bought me want ease weeks before the massive band when around the world The bite was sold for parts in the Dominican Republic People scrapped This vehicle
David Hodges
David Hodges Acum 22 Zile
I don't even drive a motorcycle. this is an amazing video and beautifully shot. Very well done!
David Haswell
David Haswell Acum 22 Zile
I owned one & can relate to how easy it pulled wheelies & turn over sideways
AL Tamim
AL Tamim Acum 22 Zile
Thank you ROpost for introducing me to this guy
Drew nichols
Drew nichols Acum 22 Zile
Ya know I'm so glad I grew up riding these mfs. It taught me to ride so much better than my friends who started on bikes or quads then when I finally got a quad or bike I was so much better and faster than my friends.
Malach211 Acum 22 Zile
Dangerous as hell.
John Carpenter
John Carpenter Acum 22 Zile
One thing not mentioned here: The ATC had a clutchless transmission, lowering the bar for entry and allowing true novices to attempt this ridiculous machine. However, if you were an experienced rider, Honda had you screwed, too. The shifter on the left foot is reversed from a motorcycle. If you have no experience, you'll easily get out of control; if you are experienced, you'll blow up the transmission.
Dan Jenkins
Dan Jenkins Acum 22 Zile
yea i had one of them.
Brian O'Neil
Brian O'Neil Acum 22 Zile
What movie that line about "have a few beers from"? I remember that from somewhere. Something about the solid rear axle... so whenever you turn, the inside wheel has to break traction, or the tire has to become unstable on the rim long enough to allow the turn to finish. What happens when the turn is over and the inside the tire releases all that coiled energy? As you said "Not Newtonian" over-reaction.
Snowblind Acum 22 Zile
I remember when they made a video to ban them, was the worst propaganda line of BS i ever saw..... but also dealers were to blame also... selling 250's to a dad for 12 year olds....
ILGlocker Acum 22 Zile
Mike Jackson and Diane Burns...Chicago!
Megarobotsquadron Acum 23 Zile
I grew up with these. Started on a 70cc when I was about 7 years old. Then rode 125's, 185's and then the 200 (I got that when I was 10) that we still have. I honestly never really got an injury from them. You may be right in that they need to be ridden hard. And body english is key. The biggest problem I'd have is the front end popping up and rolling back. But it was often in such slow motion that it wasn't really an issue.
Joshua Reavis
Joshua Reavis Acum 23 Zile
You are an EPIC filmmaker!
Adamantium Acum 23 Zile
We had a 3 wheeler growing up. The only person who never wrecked it was my mom....and that's cause she was smart enough to stick to 4 wheelers lol
Nene Acum 23 Zile
My uncle was rebuilding one of these like 12 years ago. I remember as soon as he got it running he did donuts in it and sent dust everywhere. These are illegal now? Crazy to think of.
Wes Steele
Wes Steele Acum 23 Zile
Just a bad idea for general use , without purpose 3wheelers can be dangerous 🤣
Jeremy Vezina
Jeremy Vezina Acum 23 Zile
His video’s are LITERALLY art!
Quadowe Janusze
Quadowe Janusze Acum 23 Zile
Quadowe Janusze
Quadowe Janusze Acum 23 Zile
fexcontracting1 Acum 23 Zile
This info was wrong. I lived through all of this and was the manager of a large Honda ATV dealer during this time. The popularity of the 4-wheelers is what killed off the 3-wheelers. The consent decree was a way of saving face for the two politicians that rode the publicity of this and painted their way into a corner. Honda had proven that 3-wheeled ATV’s had a safer record than MANY common activities such as snow skiing, riding a bicycle in traffic, motorcycling with or without a helmet, etc. in fact in the government testing the 3-wheelers even proved to be slightly safer than 4-wheelers. The injuries were rarely from tipping over sideways. They were from head injuries from going 40 mph through the woods and also flipping forwards and backwards on steep hills. They were not going to win the case to ban these unless they were willing to also ban many other things that were going to lose them votes with the public. Came up with the perfect solution to just remove the three wheelers from being sold after a certain date which would allow them to blow out remaining inventories which were not selling anyway. But a funny thing happened. When we announced that you could only buy new three wheelers for the next 90-days the public went crazy for them again and they all flew off the showrooms at full retail. I believe Al Gore and Hatch were the two senators involved which they got to promote as saving your kids from the evil Foreign money grabbing company. (Things were less politically correct back then.)
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