Brief History of the ATV

The ATVs (all terrain vehicles) we know today had extremely humble beginnings in the mountainous farming regions of Japan. The muddy mountain roads became complicated for the farmers to travel throughout spring thaws and were almost impossible to drive through with conventional automobiles or huge machinery. The Japanese, constantly a culture to modify and tinker with something until they could improve it, created the 3 wheeled ATV. This car did wonders for assisting the local farmers. The ATVs were less overpriced than the bigger farm automobiles and it proved to be an amazing little workhorse.

The Japanese didn’t stop there, although. ATV manufacturers took it a step furthermore and discovered that they could market these ATVs to Americans. America had nothing like the ATV and the first ATV arrived on our shores in the early 1970’s. Honda was the forerunner of the ATV, and had an effective track record with motorcycle sales in America, having introduced the Honda Cub to mllns. of Americans only a decade before. The successful promotion slogan “You meet the nicest people on a Honda” came at a time when bikers had a bad recognition and proved to people that the average Joe could enjoy motor sports additionally. By the 1970’s, Honda had a recognition for building reputable, state of the art machines and their ATV was no different. This time the promotion scheme would be to show people how thrilling recreational ATV riding can be.

Over thirty years ago the Honda US90 produced its debut and was called the ATC90. Oddly sufficient, the initial intent of the ATVs may have started out at the opposite end of the spectrum from Japan’s working class ATV, but on balance the results were the same. After earning popularity as a recreational car, the ATV in short became generalized as a working car as Americans began to realize precisely how versatile this small three-wheeled vehicle can be.

The ATV proved to have several benefits for the working class man. First and foremost, the ATV was cheaper to function than a tractor or pickup truck and throughout the gas crunch of the 70’s that was a huge plus. The ATV was additionally easier to maneuver in tight spots and could travel over basically any kind of terrain.  The only trouble people found out was the tires. The tires of previously ATVs were low-pressure and while this worked okay on mud or sand, the tires punctured simply when going through sharper terrain, such as a harvested area or sharp rocks. Overall, the ATV did work that no other piece of heavy equipment could do. The original tires weren’t repairable either.

In 1975 the hubless wheel design was substituted with steel hubs and a wheel lined with a tough fabric on the inside. More lasting plastic fenders were added. This time they made fenders in bright colors for good visibility out in the bush. As the ATV’s popularity grew the Japanese engineers didn’t stop their analysis and development. They had a good thing going and they were determined to make it better. Their engineers went into the area to see how the ATV’s performed and started collecting data to assist with the following round of modifications.

By the 1980’s, ATVs had gone the same route as dirt bikes and motorcycles. The ATV’s were being used as a utility car and for racing. a growing number of people were purchasing ATV’s for riding off road trails and competing in races just like motocross happenings. By 1985 ATV utilization had gone from only 30% in the 70’s to the whopping 80%. In the 1988, Honda produced another groundbreaking leap with the ATV’s design, the introduced the FourTrax 300 and a moment model called the FourTrax 300 4×4.  Up until this point the ATV still had the 3 wheels, now Honda added an additional wheel and gave the ATV 4 wheel drives, which provided more stability and power. They additionally fitted the FourTrax with a 4 stroke single cylinder engine which was air cooled and gave it a 5 speed transmission, instant clutch and a maintenance free drive shaft. Honda additionally thought to give the FourTrax an additional low gear for hauling principally heavy objects as huge as 850 lbs.

Today, ATV’s are fully ingrained into our way of life. You can find ATVs on the dirt bike trails, on farms, on construction sites and a host of other places. Now countries all around the globe are discovering an identical thing Americans have; the ATV is a fun and practical vehicle for dealing with a broad array of employments in almost any background.