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Specifications for the Honda Fat Cat

by Warren Bennett

Off-road motorcycles have evolved a lot through the years, from essentially road-going motorcycles with knobby tires to high-flying motorcross monsters. The Fat Cat TR200 grew on an odd little branch of the family tree that terminated after just two years of production. Essentially a mini-motocross bike with ATV tires, the Fat Cat was tailor made for staying afloat on deep sand and loose gravel. It might not have lived long as a species, but Honda's Fat Cat was a creature of note.

Models

There were two Fat Cat models for the years 1986 and 1987. Both Fat Cat models had white side panels, fenders, frames and handlebars and wheels. The seat, fuel tank and forks were painted blue, and the Fat Cat name decal was orange and yellow with white trim. The Fat Cat’s rear tire was 23.7 inches by 8.00 inches. The fuel tank capacity was 1.9 gallons. The Fat Cat had both front and rear drums for braking. The 1987 Fat Cat was much the same as the 1986 model, with the main difference being that the engine was painted silver instead of black.

Engine and Suspension

The Fat Cat’s engine was a single cylinder, air-cooled, single-overhead-camshaft engine. It had a 199.1 cc displacement with a bore and stroke of 65 mm by 60 mm. It had a five-speed, automatic clutch and both a kick and an electric starter. The Fat Cat's front suspension used 5.9-inch telescoping forks. The rear suspension used a single shock with 4.7 inches of travel.

Length, Wheelbase, and other specifications

The Fat Cat was 79.5 inches long, 32.3 inches wide and had a seat height of 29.7 inches. Its diminutive proportions made it ideal for smaller riders, but full-scale adults might have found themselves with their feet dragging. It used a 53.7-inch wheelbase -- short, but good for an impressive 9.1 inches of ground clearance.

About the Author

Warren Bennett has been writing professionally since 2005. His work has appeared on various websites, including Random Encounters, MyDeadHeroes.com and MMORPG. Other projects he has worked on include critiquing a game design document for Micro Forte, having a movie script reach preproduction stage and writing for various local publications. He studied mass communications at Central Arizona College.

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