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I had owned it less than 24 hours and had already ran over my right leg, got it airborne, and fliped it over (not all at the same time).

Picked it up at a swap meet. The thing had a new Dunlop on the back to match the very good one on the other side, a new spark plug, and the seat was recently recovered by someone that did a very good job. The headlight lense is cracked, but the light still works. The front tire is rotted and worn, but is still holding air without a tube, and it might last me the season. It needs a little tuning, and I plan to clean the carb. and gas tank too.



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All the law suits against that death trap is exactly why Honda doesn't offer a real trike today!
NOBODY gets killed riding ANY other type of vehicle, as EVERYTHING else is FULLY safe by design, no matter how its used, or the lack of skill or training the operator has.






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Pinto.
I like your style. Ride the tires off that thing. I'm still trying to figure out how you ran over your own leg.:confused: Enjoy that thing and don't let the old farts tell you how to live.

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LOL its easy to run over your own leg if you put a foot down as you would on a 2 wheeler . Don't ask how I know . ;)
 

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Many years ago , when i was offered a ride on one like yours ,(but with a 450 two-stroke), i ride throug a henge and ended upside down in the neigbour garden ,- that silly thing was impossible to lean over and make a turn ! LOL
 

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Pinto.
I like your style. Ride the tires off that thing. I'm still trying to figure out how you ran over your own leg.:confused: Enjoy that thing and don't let the old farts tell you how to live.

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About the leg thing, see below.

BTW: I am an old fart!!


LOL its easy to run over your own leg if you put a foot down as you would on a 2 wheeler . Don't ask how I know . ;)
My right foot slipped of the peg.......

.....that silly thing was impossible to lean over and make a turn ! LOL
Common issue, but you NEED to lean in the opposite way you want to go; at low speeds its even more critical to lean properly. This takes the weight off the inside rear tire and allows the ATC to rotate. Yes, leaning too much can be an issue as well (ask me how I know).

The "safety problem" with these things is operatrator error (or in my case, a combination of over confidence and old age). Many people bought these thinking that they were easier to ride, but take totally different skills than one might think.

Also, if you think its all due to the live axle you are wrong. I have a friend with a 1500 triked, and I watched a few people attempt to ride it and not be able to steer it. Sounds strange, but..... On two of those occasions I retrieved the trike for him as he was not able to walk that far to get it back. One time it was in a field, and after that I told him to stop with the test rides or I would start charging him.



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All the law suits against that death trap is exactly why Honda doesn't offer a real trike today!
They were only a death trap because people did stupid things with them and got hurt allot or sometimes killed.

Like the waitress where I used to eat allot came in with a busted arm and injured leg one day, why? Because she was riding DOUBLE on the back of a 3 wheeler and they flipped it! Clearly stated in manual DO NOT RIDE DOUBLE!

That is the only reason they were so unsafe, people did everything they were not supposed to be doing with them.
Kinda like trying to drive your car across the lake, not really the cars fault when it sinks and you drown!!

I knew allot of people with those 3 wheelers and the ones that rode like they should never got hurt any worse than I did on my 2 wheel minibike.
They ones that did stupid things got stupid injuries.
Then again a friend busted his neck on a 2 wheeled dirt bike also so they should probably have stopped making 2 wheel death traps also I guess LOL
 

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Oh and if anyone thinks 4 wheels are so safe just look at all the people who have flipped over riding lawn mowers LOL
 

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LOL, my brother Wade bought one of those about 30 years ago. He was getting a bit, shall we say, STUPID!!! Shot up to the end of driveway, planning to do a power turn and lost control. Went into the road in front of the car driven by a girl who lived on our road, she hit him and broke his right leg.

While my brother Wade was lying on the foldout couch in the living room, my brother Randy decided to take it out for a spin. Went through the woods, bounced off a log, rolled it, AND BROKE HIS LEFT LEG.

So with both of them side by side on the fold-out, my mother went out and performed a complete tear down on it before my brother Terry or I could get a chance on it.

It sat in the garage for about 2 years before he sold as a basket job. They're fun and safe if you use some common sense and remember, with those balloon tires, you lean to the outside of a turn not the inside. Or else!!!!!
 

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I had one of those back in the mid '70s. I rode it all over the farm, full throttle. I did roll it a couple of times but was not seriously injured. I have owned a lot of vehicles that were claimed to be unsafe, and never had a single problem with any of them. I only rolled the ATC because I pushed it too hard. I have also owned 3 VW bugs, a Jeep CJ-5, a Suzuki Samurai, and currently own a '72 Pinto. I would have no problems owning and driving a Corvair.

I did own a quad for a while, and found it boring. But I did almost tip it over a few times, and know three or four people who have turned them over. A vehicle is only as safe as it's driver/rider.
 

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There were a lot of Eskimos in NW Alaska who were very irritated when those trikes were outlawed. There used to be a lot of them in Nome, Kotzbue, Barrow and a lot of the smaller villages used to tow dog sleds sans dogs. They were liked because of their simplicity and reliability and were used on snow, ice and gravel. When snowmobiles became reliable the old trikes slowly faded away though a lot of them still can be seen patched up, rusty but still being used in the summer in fish camps.
 
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