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3 Wheeler memory #7669130 11/21/19 10:26 PM
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As I was slinging a little mud this afternoon with my ATV, an old memory came back. I used to have a Honda 3 Wheeler, and rode it on the Mississippi River Levee from time to time. Ranchers ran cattle on the levee, and there was an endless supply of fresh goopy green cow pies. You didn’t want to run the front tire over the fresh ones. The fat tire would splash the stuff forward and upward, and you’d cruise right through it. Green flecks all over you, and don’t lick your lips.

Any of you folks ever get the green flecks?


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probably from a motorcycle (off-road) but not a 3 or 4 wheeler.


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Never got peppered green but do remember the Big Red. At that time, as kids, we had no idea they were so dangerous.

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When I was much younger and bulletproof, I did some cross country (enduro) motorcycle racing all over west Texas. From time to time we would come across snakes either crossing or sunning themselves on the trails. I had a friend that made a habit of running over the snakes, just as he flicked the throttle, shooting said snake high into the air behind him. This made it interesting for those riding behind him. He was also very skilled - meaning he usually was out front. It stunk!

And I agree, the Big Reds were a menace. Once I was riding one up a sand dune and my leg came of the peg and got caught by the rear tire. It crawled up my leg and sucked me off the seat onto the ground. Wouldn't have been so bad, but it took a ton of hide of my calf and hurt like crazy.

Who remembers the Honda Odyssey? Like a little dune buggy. Those were also dangerous as they were easy to tip over, and the first instinct was to stick a hand out to brace for the fall, only to have the roll cage land on your forearm. If I recall, they actually made straps to keep the riders arms attached to the steering wheel.


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My wife worked for an oral surgeon for about 10 years thru that period, and they repaired more broken jaws and faces than she can recount. It was the most dangerous machine ever released to the public! The bad part was all the parents getting them for their kids and letting them go out unsupervised; holy crap, they were squirrely!!

She said the only thing more deadly that parents got for their kids were Shetland ponies!!!

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Never did the green slime...But I do remember when the "Big Red Machine" came out...the Honda 250 cc 3-wheeler...every friend that I had, that bought one...within 30 days had gone over the handle bars and suffered a broken collarbone ...I had a 185 and it did all I wanted it to...never felt the "Need for Speed"...on 3 wheels !


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Originally Posted by Dalroo
When I was much younger and bulletproof, I did some cross country (enduro) motorcycle racing all over west Texas. From time to time we would come across snakes either crossing or sunning themselves on the trails. I had a friend that made a habit of running over the snakes, just as he flicked the throttle, shooting said snake high into the air behind him. This made it interesting for those riding behind him. He was also very skilled - meaning he usually was out front. It stunk!

And I agree, the Big Reds were a menace. Once I was riding one up a sand dune and my leg came of the peg and got caught by the rear tire. It crawled up my leg and sucked me off the seat onto the ground. Wouldn't have been so bad, but it took a ton of hide of my calf and hurt like crazy.

Who remembers the Honda Odyssey? Like a little dune buggy. Those were also dangerous as they were easy to tip over, and the first instinct was to stick a hand out to brace for the fall, only to have the roll cage land on your forearm. If I recall, they actually made straps to keep the riders arms attached to the steering wheel.

I can relate to all three of those scenarios ... I raced MX, harescrambles, Enduro, hare & hound, etc. starting in the early 70s thru mid 2000 ... had my fair share of stuff thrown up on me from the rear wheel of the rider(s) in front of me. Lost all the skin off the back of my left calf from a 3 wheeler my wife's cousin brought to family Christmas eve dinner that I had to ride. Friend found a couple of those old Honda Odysseys that he rebuilt with souped up engines off much larger street bikes, talk about a death trap looking for a victim ... but I was pretty bulletproof (or so I thought)...


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Thanks to a rusted-out floorboard in a 63 Chevy P/U, I shot some up my pant leg one time.


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There's a Honda 3 wheeler for sale in Cleveland, $250 thought about looking at it, but I dont need it.


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I agree most dangerous vehicle ever offered to the public. My son was about 10 at the time I bought one. He rode that thing on two wheels more then three. Uncanny little dare devil. No telling what he did when I wasn't around. He never go hurt but I was expecting the call to come to the emergency room. It's still in our barn and hasn't been ridden by anyone in years. He's now married with his own group of dare devils. Karma

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I had a Yamaha. 225, great machine. Shaft drive, reverse. This machine would fly. Very dependable, always started up and never fouled a plug.


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No bueno!!!!!! I raced MX and cross country but I never rode those things......saw a lot of people hurt them selves on them.....


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Since you remember the "Big Red". do you remember the name Chad Raney?

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I know of 2 people within a 50 mile radius of here that were killed riding them. I rode one once, only once. That was enough.

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I had the 185, each of a couple of my brothers also had one...well one was a Yamaha equivalent...Family was down from San Diego, CA for Easter Dinner at my place in the Imperial Valley...Glamis Sand Dunes are about an hour away, closer to El Centro is Heber Beach...the whole of the valley is a sandy desert...Brothers took off with the trikes on a trailer with instructions to be back by 4PM. At 5 PM I went to round them up...drove all around Heber Beach and no brothers...I have given up on finding them...figure that we passed each other on parallel roads...driving out the last 1/4 mile an ambulance is headed inbound...First thought... I don't know where my brothers are...but I bet the ambulance does...followed it right back to them...racing back to the trailer and truck...touched rear wheels and that was it...ER stitches for both !!! Subject came up again... this past Dove season opener, when a couple of dirt bikes went by in the AZ desert!!! "your fault...No YOURS!!!"


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I only wish Honda would have come up with the design for a small vehicle that could be used in rice fields a lot sooner. Maybe I and others wouldn't have needed to work so hard as kids to get a deer out of the woods.

What I find ironic is how the trend in ATV's and UTV's has moved us back to where we started. I can remember the smaller size being the primary attraction of using an ATV over full size 4WD vehicles. Now it seems the side-by-side vehicles are approaching the same size of those early Jeeps.


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Originally Posted by Dalroo
Who remembers the Honda Odyssey?

I think the same family of kids I knew that had the Big Red also had the Odyssey. I was about 10 and wanted one so much. We only ever had dirt-bikes, looking back, that was the best.

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I had a few different 3 wheelers over the years (Honda 70 when I was 5, Honda 185 at about 9 or 10 and then a Big Red at about 20). Had a few spills but never got hurt and they were all very dependable machines. use common sense and they were great and not anymore dangerous than anything else. Also had two different Odyssey's and they were a blast too, until you got the drive belt wet.

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Haven't had it in years but never spit any out.
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Originally Posted by garyrapp55
Originally Posted by Dalroo
Who remembers the Honda Odyssey?

I think the same family of kids I knew that had the Big Red also had the Odyssey. I was about 10 and wanted one so much. We only ever had dirt-bikes, looking back, that was the best.


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That thing is badass!

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I had the older one like below, then for a short time, had one like above too but Dad got rid of it pretty quick.

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Haven't had it in years but never spit any out.
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Started with the fat tire rigid frame 200, but I spent more hours than I can count,on Honda 250X and 350X three wheelers in the Glamis dunes and open desert areas. Never had a problem that I didn't cause by being beer brave, Eventually I went to to a quad, but that caused me to ride faster and more dangerously grin

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A couple years back my group of buddys from high school and college decided that we'd go out and each buy a Honda Big Red and go to mud-nats up in NE Texas. The rule was that you had to find one for around or under 500$. Mind you a true "Big Red" is a 300cc, and are actually pretty steep for the price, so most of us found and bought 250's. Half the fun was going and buying the things, yall should've seen the characters that were selling them! I bought mine off this meth-head who lived in a community of shacks right below the Lake Livingston dam in the river bottom, made sure we went out there with plenty of day light, LOL! Nats was interesting to say the least, the bikes actually rode the big trails fairly easy, but once we got off on the side trails thats when things got a little shaky. I still think it was the best 500$ I've ever spent to this day.


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Big Reds only came in 200 and 250 so if you had the 250, it was the bigger one. I had an 84 200 ES Big Red

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Had a Honda Big Red in the mid 90s. I think my parents got it and a life insurance policy on me at the same time. I can't see any other reason you'd give a teenager one of those things. Rode it all over county roads near our deer lease in Coke County. I can't even begin to guess how many rattlesnakes I ran over on it. Only 1 bad crash luckily I had on a helmet and a lot of clothing.


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