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Honda "BIG RED" 3 Wheeler opinions ???
« on: Nov 16, 2011, 10:50 PM »
I'm looking for a vehicle to tow my gear and found a Honda "Big Red" 3 Wheeler advertised for $900.   This will be the first ATV I have owned and I want it to be able to carry my buddy and I, Plus tow a Jet sled with gear.  Questiions: (1) Will this vehicle do the job??  (2) Would we be better off with a 4 Wheeler with 4WD??  (3) Are there any steering problems with the Big Red because of only one front wheel (on ice or in snow)??  Anybody out there own one and use it for ice fishing????   

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Re: Honda "BIG RED" 3 Wheeler opinions ???
« Reply #1 on: Nov 16, 2011, 10:56 PM »
4 wheeler or snowmobile
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Re: Honda "BIG RED" 3 Wheeler opinions ???
« Reply #2 on: Nov 16, 2011, 10:57 PM »
They work ok but not in deep snow. The front tire is wide so it floats on snow pretty well and a set of tire chains would help.  I had one as a kid.  i think $900 is a little steep though.  Here were I live I see them all the time for $400-$600. A 4x4 atv is the way to go if you get a lot of snow.

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Re: Honda "BIG RED" 3 Wheeler opinions ???
« Reply #3 on: Nov 16, 2011, 11:22 PM »
Both have there advantages the 4 wheeler will go through more but the 3 wheeler will be alot easier to get get out if you get stuck in snow or slush compared to the 3 wheeler.

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Re: Honda "BIG RED" 3 Wheeler opinions ???
« Reply #4 on: Nov 17, 2011, 06:51 AM »
it wont get as stuck as my 500x2 sportsman. ive seen a big wide ski mounted to the front wheel of those before and they are way easier to dig out of deep snow

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Re: Honda "BIG RED" 3 Wheeler opinions ???
« Reply #5 on: Nov 17, 2011, 06:52 AM »
If you put 2 people on a 3 Wheeler your front tire will not be a steering wheel any more. Get a 4wheeler and some Tire chains even if it is a 2X4.
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Re: Honda "BIG RED" 3 Wheeler opinions ???
« Reply #6 on: Nov 17, 2011, 06:54 AM »
4x4 is the only way to go.

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Re: Honda "BIG RED" 3 Wheeler opinions ???
« Reply #7 on: Nov 17, 2011, 06:55 AM »
My buddy has one. Its a light machine man, so the towing power is minimal. We had chains on it and it worked for us but there wasnt much snow at all. When I sat on the back, the machine squated pretty bad with us both on it and thats bad for the suspension.
I would consider a 4x4 or a sled. $1500-$2500 for a used atv is decent.

I bought a 2010 Honda FourTrax Rancher 420cc last november and I love it. Its a midsize machine but again, I can tow just about anything but a second rider makes the machine squat to much and now I have to put a couple hundred dollars in the rear suspension to fix it.

My buddy however is 6'5 and 350lbs with his gear on........I should have known better!
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Re: Honda "BIG RED" 3 Wheeler opinions ???
« Reply #8 on: Nov 17, 2011, 07:06 AM »
I had one for years once you get in more than 8 inches of snow it don't go.
Vbar chains and a dude on the back will help but if the snow is up to the frame forget it.
Once the ice is thick enough for an atv more than likely you will have snow.
A sled is the best slush wont stop them and the larger surface to ice makes them less prone to go through.
4X4 wheeler are good with chains in the rear but allot of slush or snow up to the frame it's over.
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Re: Honda "BIG RED" 3 Wheeler opinions ???
« Reply #9 on: Nov 17, 2011, 07:14 AM »
Take the time to look around and be willing to travel to find deals, it pays off ! I found the Polaris wheeler with a plow and rear seat/trunk in Maine for $950 and the Ski Doo GT 580 with 937 miles on it on the NH/Mass border for $1000. the deals are out there if you look hard enough, only wish I had some ice to run em on !  :'( ;D

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Re: Honda "BIG RED" 3 Wheeler opinions ???
« Reply #10 on: Nov 17, 2011, 06:00 PM »
I had a Honda 125 3 wheeler, would not steer in any snow or ice.
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Re: Honda "BIG RED" 3 Wheeler opinions ???
« Reply #11 on: Nov 17, 2011, 06:03 PM »
Go with a 4wheeler with 4X4 it will be a lot more stable. I used to own a 3wheeler and would tip it constantly.

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Re: Honda "BIG RED" 3 Wheeler opinions ???
« Reply #12 on: Nov 17, 2011, 06:05 PM »
4X4........enough said ;D

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Re: Honda "BIG RED" 3 Wheeler opinions ???
« Reply #13 on: Nov 17, 2011, 06:05 PM »
Very DANGEROUS!

Especially if your doubling someone. Try to pick up a 4 wheeler.
Was going to say that, they dont make them for a reason anymore same with lawn darts.

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Re: Honda "BIG RED" 3 Wheeler opinions ???
« Reply #14 on: Nov 17, 2011, 06:54 PM »
I had old big red 300, I loved that thing floated on the snow. A lot of people use them here in Michigan. They are not dangerous you just have to know how to ride them.

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Re: Honda "BIG RED" 3 Wheeler opinions ???
« Reply #15 on: Nov 17, 2011, 07:32 PM »
Do not wast your time or money on a three wheeler If all ice it will not steer if snow is
over four inches stuck.


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Re: Honda "BIG RED" 3 Wheeler opinions ???
« Reply #16 on: Nov 17, 2011, 07:50 PM »
Well, I guess that settles the matter.....time to start looking for a 4x4 at a good price.   Anybody know of a good one for sale.....trying to stay at about $1000  (I know, I know).

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Re: Honda "BIG RED" 3 Wheeler opinions ???
« Reply #17 on: Nov 17, 2011, 08:03 PM »
I had a little 50cc Honda 3 wheeler growing up, and anytime ice or snow came it would move, but the steering did not work. No matter which way you turned the front wheel, it just slid in a straight line. Fun for spinning in circles though (when the wheel was cranked all the way) @)
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Re: Honda "BIG RED" 3 Wheeler opinions ???
« Reply #18 on: Nov 17, 2011, 08:28 PM »
I had a little 50cc Honda 3 wheeler growing up, and anytime ice or snow came it would move, but the steering did not work. No matter which way you turned the front wheel, it just slid in a straight line. Fun for spinning in circles though (when the wheel was cranked all the way) @)
if the steering didnt work, how did you achieve oversteer?

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Re: Honda "BIG RED" 3 Wheeler opinions ???
« Reply #19 on: Nov 17, 2011, 08:42 PM »
Had a 250 big red 3 wheeler growing up.  Loved that thing.  Only bad part about it is that it was so tipsy that the axles eventually got stripped because every time you go around a corner you go up on the one wheel putting a sideways torque on the wheel so over time it slowly starts to wear away and eventually it got so stripped out that it not longer worked.

The other bad part (and the biggest for ice fishing) was that it struggled A LOT in mud.  A buddy of mine had a four wheeler and those narrower tires seemed to cut through the mud a lot better compared to the 3 wheeler that has a big plow for a front wheel.  I can only assume that it would have similar results in the snow.
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