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    Quote Originally Posted by MikePal View Post
    They don't sell well only because they can't be licensed and insured. Not to many buyers who can live with that restriction.
    That's not true, my son has a big red, registered with an ontario plate and fully insured. Stopped a few times by the police up north and they were surprised too, and there was no hanky panky getting the paperwork done.

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    Nice collection.
    My first was a Yamaha 200 like yours with shaft drive then I bought a Honda Big Red. After buying a 4 wheeler and not using them anymore I decided to sell them. They were a blast when I was young and carried many Moose out but now that I’m older, I will stick to the 4 wheeler. We used to go in some bad azz swamp with those thing, when it got real bad you just had to walk beside it and throttle it across the loon shint. I even swam one across a creek but that didn’t turn out so good. I still have bruises from bad wipe outs with them lol. Good times.
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    I have an 84 with hi-lo, reverse and electric start. I've had it for over 30 years and bought it from an old lad that hardly used it so it's in really nice condition. It spends a lot of time in the garage and my buddies always joke about getting rid of the old relic. I told them I'll sell it once it fetches a higher price than their four wheelers and the way it's going that may be soon! It really is great fun too drive especially if on decent relatively level trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by warpipe View Post
    I have an 84 with hi-lo, reverse and electric start. I've had it for over 30 years and bought it from an old lad that hardly used it so it's in really nice condition. It spends a lot of time in the garage and my buddies always joke about getting rid of the old relic. I told them I'll sell it once it fetches a higher price than their four wheelers and the way it's going that may be soon! It really is great fun too drive especially if on decent relatively level trails.
    Your right that might be sooner than later. Prices on everything has gone threw the roof. You look on kijiji and marketplace its all wanted ads and anything forsale doesn't last long.

    Here's my 1986 Honda Atc250r. Arguably the best 3 wheeler ever made. It's defintely the fastest for Honda and is the last year for honda racing before they went to 4 wheels with the 1986 TRX250R.



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    I havent seen one in person in ages.

    I knew a guy who was very seriously injured in a rollover with one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blasted_saber View Post
    I havent seen one in person in ages.

    I knew a guy who was very seriously injured in a rollover with one.
    Yes my Buddy had one, wicked bike, I rolled it on the ice back in the days. Fur hat don’t help absorb impact with the ice. lol
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    I have an ‘83 big red 200. Chain drive with electric start and hi-lo but no reverse. I use it for hunting and ice fishing. In fact, I put it through the ice on Simcoe last year. They definitely float, albeit upside down. Changed out the fluids, dried it out and changed the plug. Still runs great.

    They are dangerous. Bugger tips easily and if you put a foot down, you drive up your calf. Upside is, they are nimble and light, use very little gas and can be fixed with a Phillips screw driver and vice grips.

    FYI, mine is fully legal. Plated and insured.

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    The pre 85 models with minimum suspension were defintely easier to roll, flip or generally get hurt on.

    The big balloon tires would soak up the bumps but would also throw the balance point off when bike bounced back when you were going at any speed and therefore when rider would be off balance he would put a leg down or flip the machine.

    The 85 big red with rear suspension and better front suspension helped alot. It's defintely still 90% rider error if you get hurt.


    Here's a very low hour all original 1985 250 big red. My brother owns it now, I don't think it has 10hours on engine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SongDog View Post
    The big balloon tires would soak up the bumps but would also throw the balance point off when bike bounced back when you were going at any speed and therefore when rider would be off balance he would put a leg down or flip the machine.
    I can't say I haven't tipped a Big Red over thru years. Not very many times, usually while trying to traverse thru the brush and running over dead fall. Most times I was able to shoot out the leg and stopped it from throwing me.

    I did one back flip that was slow enough I got my feet under the seat and pushed it off to the side. I was climbing out of a ditch with a lot of clay on the sides that plugged up the tires and I lost traction. When I went to get off, to push, I changed the centre of gravity and it came back on me. Worst part was explaining to my wife when I got home why I was covered in mud/clay HaHa.

    I've walked the bike (standing beside it with the my hand on throttle) over tall grass in knee deep water. It actually stayed afloat, I was tres impressed

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    Quote Originally Posted by SongDog View Post
    Here's a very low hour all original 1985 250 big red. My brother owns it now, I don't think it has 10hours on engine.
    A beauty for sure, nice trike !!

    That's what my 84 looked like when I bought it ...show room condition, even had the original purchase agreements, the manuals and sales brochures with available accessories
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