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3 wheelers vs. 4 wheelers
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hillbilly    Posted 10-09-2002 at 14:41:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
what do guys think??? I've been rideing honda 3 wheelers all 16 years of my life(so to speek) and i gotta say that for the money you cant go wrong, I cant see spending $1500+ for a decent quad when for $500-800 you can get a very nice honda ATC-200(big red) or other such trike, sure thay aint as safe but as long as you take it easy you'l be fine, which do you guys think is better

steve    Posted 09-11-2003 at 21:05:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have an 82 honda 185 three wheeler and love it. Although it is small I packed my girlfriend on the back and head off into the woods. I ride it all the time and really enjoy it. I am not overly familure with it so I don't act stupid on it. I have been taking it easy untill i learn my limits on it. I have rode many 4 wheelers and the fun in the mud and snow is to be had by the three wheeler for sure.

Nick    Posted 03-04-2003 at 16:55:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a 1982 Honda 185s and it has been great it in mint condition they are great if you know how to handle them and know what they can and cant do I used to them and love them may get 4x4 but will keep the 3 i have lots of fun. only dumbasses get hurt on the 3 wheelers cuz they dont know how to ride

Lonewolf    Posted 10-22-2002 at 23:06:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My vote goes for 4 wheelers, I have ridden both and the 3 wheelers are a lot less stable than 4 wheelers. Also around here (Pennsylvania)where it snows you can't beat a 4 wheel drive 4 wheeler with a plow! Whatever you ride the rubber side stays down! Stay Safe!

magpie    Posted 10-12-2002 at 10:20:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ain't never been on either one, not that I'm skeered of em or anything, just don't like em. I prefer to be up on a 4 legged model(horse)much quiter and always someone to talk to.

MikeH-Tx    Posted 10-10-2002 at 06:24:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a Honda 125 three wheeler that I use to get
around the property. I have considered getting a 4
wheeler or a JD Gator thing, but I really like how small
the 3 wheeler is. If I want to carry something large, I
use the front loader or trailer.

The only thing that is an absolute must is to be careful
on hills. The 3 wheelers are rear end heavy and will
flip backward in a heartbeat. Biggest threat is when
you are starting up a hill, lose power, then downshift.
The added spurt of power will raise the front wheel.
Disaster if you aren't prepared for it.

DeadCarp    Posted 10-09-2002 at 16:04:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Either one will do what they're supposed to, hillbilly. I guess 4 wheels are generally more stable, but still too narrow and top-heavy and hits more tippy rocks etc. I think whatever you like is the right one.

Hogman    Posted 10-09-2002 at 19:51:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
To tha best of My humble knowledge three wheelers are illegal in both Mo, and Ark. Course, since it's also illegal ta ride em on the highway whos ta know? I recall an awfull lot of Orchard people realy got up in arms about tha law. We have two four wheelers and I have never riddin a trike but tha word was a four wheeler is just not as agile in tha Orchards. I'd kinda go along with that in thinkin if not experience.
Course, Us 4wheeler cowboys don't rodeo much amidst tha apples'n pears.I just feel safer on 4.

Sid    Posted 10-09-2002 at 20:03:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I think your humble knowledge is right Hogman at least in MO. you can not buy a three wheeler at a dealer I thought it was nation wide.I am not sure it is against the law to own one around here three wheelers really did not seem to catch on before the govenments wisdom took over. The four wheeler beinga bigger and more stable machine in my opion is a lot handier around the farm . You have to learn to ride a three wheeler and that is or was the problem people just wanna jump on and go.

Burrhead    Posted 10-09-2002 at 20:15:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
My family Dr bought a 3 wheeler to ride his pastures with. 2 weeks after he got it he turned it over backwards on himself as he was taking off as careful as he was and 65+ yrs old at the time. It broke his back and he never got out of his wheel chair to walk again.

He still kept seeing patients for another 12 years.

When I found out what had happened to my Dr I sold both my sons 3 wheelers and never regreted it.

Bob /Ont.    Posted 10-10-2002 at 05:36:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Don't make fun of me now Burr, around here some people even put a blade on the front of their 4 wheelers and plow their driveways and sidewalks. Plow the snow off them I mean.
Later Bob

Burrhead    Posted 10-10-2002 at 12:51:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yeah they use the 4 wheelers for ever thing from pack mules to school buses around here too but the old 3 wheelers were a dangerous setup around kids and yuppies.

Bob /Ont.    Posted 10-10-2002 at 13:17:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Burr I don't think they even make them any more because of that.Last year when I was looking for a new snowplow tractor everyone said buy a 4 wheeler, I bought a blue zone 4X4, Steiner 430, does a good job and old folks could use it like they do those scooters, just not take it inside the mall though.
Later Bob

Jerry    Posted 10-11-2002 at 12:44:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
You can still get new 3 wheelers in the states. To get around the laws they come into the states in 2 pieces (called parts). Either you or some welder welds the 2 pieces together and there is your 3 wheeler.

My opinion is any equipment can be dangerous if you don't know how to use it. Give me a 3 wheeler anyday.

Matt    Posted 03-07-2004 at 03:05:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
a 3 wheeler is not an unsafe machine. IT takes skill to ride one. They area hell of alot more fun than a quad. And yes they will turn on a dime. 3 wheels all the way! No they arent illegal! oh yeah and burrhead that old man mustve been riding that trike wrong, they just dont "flip"!


ak 47    Posted 08-25-2005 at 18:59:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
fuckin werd!

Psilaxs    Posted 07-08-2004 at 21:38:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Given my experience on 4 wheelers i am biased and will say 4 wheels. I just bought a brand new Honda Recon ES and it is awesome. it is considered a midsize ATV but is rather small compared to big bears etc. But it turns on a dime, newer quads that are designed well do not have the typical understeer problem of older atv's or even newer ones such as Kawasaki Bayou's.

Very agile, less then an 6 foot turning radius (zero foot turning radius if you have the skill to spin it around) I say small quads are the way to go for handling, most people can ride them with ease if they do not get stupid, and just have a good time.

4 wheelers allow you traverse rougher terrain at higher speeds as being jostled left or right at 20+ MPH is not a sever a problem as it is on 3 wheels. If the front end washes out on a 3 wheeler and the rear wheel catches traction, you're screwed and taking a ride on the tumble bus. With a quad you have outside front wheels which help distribute more of the load impact to the outside of the vehicle where it is more stable, instead of "inside center mass" like on a 3 wheeler.

But bottom line is, whichever you prefer, have fun know your limits, and stay safe :-)

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