ATV PROJECT: PAUL TURNER NATIONAL 1985 HONDA ATC 250R

Duncan Racing builds another beauty By the staff of Dirt Wheels Photos by Pat Carrigan Gambling is all about knowing the odds. If you understand odds, there are bets so safe, they hardly meet the definition of the word “gambling.” Dirt Wheels can’t possibly know anything specific about your significant other, but we can safely wager they have never gotten you a gift like this sublime 1985 Honda ATC 250R. Sure, maybe some of you have, but knowing the odds, we feel pretty safe with this blanket statement. After all,…

1982 HONDA ATC 250R

A 1982 Honda ATC 250R reborn By the staff of Dirt Wheels, Photos by Joshua Elzey Restoration to Perfection. Honda invented the first high-performance ATV in 1981 with the introduction of the ATC 250R, and the racing industry has evolved ever since.  In more recent decades, Mike Palmgren of Vintage Motorsports Restorations (www.vintagemotorsports.net, (508) 303-5085) has been preserving and restoring Powersports machines with two, three, and four wheels. Over the last few years we have…

HONDA U.S. 90 ATC

By Staff of DIRT WHEEL HONDA U.S. 90 ATC Many of the fully restored machines you see gracing the pages of Dirt Wheels Magazine lately are the work of Mike Palmgren, owner of Vintage Motorsports Restorations. Mike not only loves restoring machines back to their former glory, but he also owns a few as well. His latest project was this unique HONDA U.S. 90 ATC. For years Mike sat on this untouched, first year,  Honda U.S. 90 ATC. Now he thinks it should have a new home. Today, he’s crating up the rare Honda, with a…

HOT 1979 HONDA ATC70

By the Staff of Dirt Wheels HOT 1979 HONDA ATC70 Francis Raynauld is a Dirt Wheels reader up in Quebec, Canada and here is the 1979 Honda ATC70 that he put together. You'll note that the engine is not the stock 70 unit.  It is a 160cc engine purchased from one of those pit bike companies. Their motor mounts are designed to lineup with ATC and mini frames. Some of the most fun you can have is getting a bunch of ATC70s together and racing around a small oval. It's a total blast when those things drift out sideways…

HONDA ATC450RF

By the staff of Dirt Wheels HONDA ATC450RF It seems like 3-wheelers have been gaining in popularity the past few years. So much so that all of the manufacturers have a bunch of new 3-wheelers in their showrooms now. Okay, we're making a joke. In case you didn't know, 1986 was the last model year for new 3-wheelers. Thus the case for the HONDA ATC450RF.  However, that doesn't stop enthusiasts from getting a new 3-wheeler. Well, at least the configuration is new. You see, the hottest 3-wheelers today are converted…

WATCH OUT FOR ATV THIEVES

WATCH OUT FOR ATV THIEVES Shared from Fox News According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), the number of reported ATV thefts nationwide dropped from 21,255 in 2016 to 19,363. On average, 19 percent of them took place in July and August, with Mondays and Fridays seeing the most incidents by far. WATCH OUT FOR ATV THIEVES The NICB said that during the reporting period 66 percent of ATVs reported stolen were not recovered, and recommends removing the key, locking the steering, parking the vehicles…

HOW MANY ATCs DO YOU SEE?

HOW MANY ATCs DO YOU SEE? Preston Frasier is a man who loves Honda 3-wheelers. He began collecting them some time ago and each year his ATC fleet has grown larger. One of his annual traditions is to roll his entire ATC collection out into the yard and take some pictures of them. Preston has sent us some of those photos in the past and here is the latest bunch he has taken recently. This year's collection is the largest of all. Preston says there are 61 ATCs in the photos along with 4 TRX quads. Is this the world's…

ATC SCREAMS THE BLUES

ATC SCREAMS THE BLUES Bradley Bamber is a Dirt Wheels reader in Australia. In that country, most people live either on the east coast (Sidney) or the west coast (Perth). Bradley does his riding on the western side which has plenty of sand dunes along the coast. Here is the 1986 Honda ATC250R that Bradley rides. The first thing you'll notice is that it's not red. Instead, he gave it a different look with a blue frame along with blue plastic. He also enhanced the custom appearance by polishing and chroming various parts.…

2020 HONDA ATC250R?

By the staff of Dirt Wheels 2020 HONDA ATC250R? Ever since Honda dropped their ATC250R after 1986, people have wondered how one would look today if it suddenly returned to the line-up. Well, that has not happened yet, but what we have here is probably the closest thing to a 2020 ATC250R that Honda would build. It has an aluminum frame, inverted front forks, and a 2-stroke engine with a power-valve, raising and lowering the exhaust port to make a broader powerband. So, how did this modern ATC250R come to be?…

BADDEST MUD ATC

BADDEST MUD ATC We're all used to seeing high-lifted 4x4 quads out in the deepest mud holes. For some reason though, we rarely see 3-wheelers modified the same way. Greg Armbruster in Ohio set out to change that with his unique mud machine here. He saw no reason why his old Honda Big Red couldn't become a swamp monster too. The first order of business was to make sure his 250cc 4-stroke 3-wheeler got plenty of traction while giving it more ground clearance. He accomplished that with these 36-inch ITP mud tires…

1984 HONDA ATC250R FIRST TEST

1984 HONDA ATC250R FIRST TEST There it was on the front cover of our April 1984 issue, Honda's big bad ATC250R, back when it was still air-cooled. So, what did the Dirt Wheels test crew think of this machine back then? Well, read the original text below as it first appeared to the world 35 years ago. To subscribe to Dirt Wheels Magazine in print or digital form click here https://hi-torque.com/product/dirtwheels . .

2019 ATC363R TWO-STROKE

By the staff of Dirt Wheels Action photos by Ashley Calvo 2019 ATC363R TWO-STROKE Bill Casey is a man that simply couldn’t settle for riding four-wheeled machines. He started out on motorcycles in 1976, but traded with his friend who owned a Honda ATC, and the rest was history for him. Three wheels has always been his passion, and that extended into creating TPC Trikes. Casey founded his company in 1998. He concentrated on vintage ATC restorations, modifications and repairs. However, the increase in two- and…