1983 Honda ATC 200 Specsby Warren Davies
In 1983 Japanese manufacturer Honda put out the ATC 200, a three-wheel ATV, as an alternative to the ATC 185. The ATC 200 has a little more torque, a longer wheelbase and larger wheels than the similar ATC 185 model, as Honda produced this to be used not just as a sport vehicle, but to be versatile enough for use in agriculture as well. The ATC 200 has not been available in the United States since the ban on three-wheeler ATVs in 1988.
Engine and Performance
Powered by an overhead-cam four-stroke engine, the ATC 200 is 192 cc with a compression ratio of 7.8-to-1. It has a five-speed transmission with automatic clutch, the bore and stroke ratio is 65 by 57.8 mm, and the carburetor is a 22 mm piston valve Keihin. The ATC 200 is equipped with the Honda Easy Start System, which uses automatic compression release. Honda used a maintenance-free capacitor discharge ignition system on the engine, which they claim makes the spark "hot and reliable under all riding and working conditions." The fuel capacity of the vehicle is 2.3 gallons, which includes a reserve of 0.4 gallons.
Dimensions and Features
The Honda ATC 200 is 72.4 inches long, 42.5 inches wide, and 39.6 inches high. The ground clearance of the three-wheeler is 4.9 inches, and the seat height is at 26.8 inches. The ATC 200 weighs in at 299.9 pounds dry, and has a wheelbase of 46.5 inches. Available in red, the optional equipment available to buyers included sport fairing, a tripometer, a bolt-on front basket for smaller cargo, front and rear racks, and a trailer hitch for loads of up to 200 lbs.
Wheels and Brakes
All three tires measure at 25 by 12 by 9, and are one-piece full-carcass with cleat pattern as standard, although buyers were able to have chevron patterns installed if desired. They use a high-floatation design, which aims to spread the weight of the three-wheeler over a larger area, for easier riding on tough terrain. Front suspensions are hydraulic telescoping forks, made of lightweight aluminum alloy to reduce vibration. Both front and rear brakes are aluminum cast drums, making them lightweight and also allowing them to cool quicker, with the rear brake fully sealed to prevent interference from water and dirt. All brakes employ dog leg brake levers with cable adjustors.
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