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Old 05-21-2020, 10:06 AM   #1
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Mad at myself but thankful....

Bought a 84 200es on Tuesday...cleaned carb and it was running...
My SIL rode it last night for 3 mins and hit a telephone pole...
Bruised his leg but is walking....thank the lord...

I am mad at myself for letting him ride it alone....he is not new to atvs but inexperienced with them....he panicked and hit the brakes with his thumb full throttle....
Front end is toast...forks, rack, handlebars, triple tree all smashed....

I had it for about 24 hours...lol

Luckily he wasnít hurt badly....
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Old 05-21-2020, 10:07 AM   #2
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Dang, that's why they quit making them. Hope he heals up ok.
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Old 05-21-2020, 10:12 AM   #3
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I've known a few people that have flipped them. My aunt is missing a leg because of one. Not really because of the 3 wheeler but it threw her out in the road and a semi ran over her.
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Old 05-21-2020, 10:12 AM   #4
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Not sure the three wheels had anything to do with that.
Glad he is ok
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Old 05-21-2020, 10:13 AM   #5
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We had one when I was growing up. Man those things are sketchy.
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Old 05-21-2020, 10:13 AM   #6
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Your SIL or BIL road it?

Those things are dangerous as heck. I guided on a ranch near Freer once and some guys showed up late at night to hunt for a few days. Drunk as a skunk when they got there and one of them found the keys to a 3 wheeler. He took it for a wild spin and wound up with a compound fracture in his leg. Dummy nearly bled out before they got him taken care of.
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Old 05-21-2020, 10:13 AM   #7
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Oh I have flippped them...last thing I told him....hey just putt around on it...

I put it in 3rd...told him...you don’t even need to shift it....

Famous last words
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Old 05-21-2020, 10:14 AM   #8
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I've known a few people that have flipped them. My aunt is missing a leg because of one. Not really because of the 3 wheeler but it threw her out in the road and a semi ran over her.

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Old 05-21-2020, 10:15 AM   #9
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your sil or bil road it?

Those things are dangerous as heck. I guided on a ranch near freer once and some guys showed up late at night to hunt for a few days. Drunk as a skunk when they got there and one of them found the keys to a 3 wheeler. He took it for a wild spin and wound up with a compound fracture in his leg. Dummy nearly bled out before they got him taken care of.
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Old 05-21-2020, 10:18 AM   #10
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Glad heís OK, but Iím not sure the 3 wheeler is to blame for hitting a telephone pole. Iíve wrecked 3 wheelers about every way you can wreck one and every single time it was my fault or the fault of a buddy who bet me I couldnít do something.


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Old 05-21-2020, 10:18 AM   #11
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Man, glad it turned out ok.

I found this out also when I was 20. I bought a honda 250 3 wheeler and that thing was scary. Making turns with any speed, scary. Trying to go over small uneven hills, scary. Just not a good design for safe riding.


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Old 05-21-2020, 10:20 AM   #12
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I rode them for years growing up and never had a wreck....they may be a bit more dangerous, but don’t think it’s the three wheelers fault.
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Old 05-21-2020, 10:20 AM   #13
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Those things are stupid dangerous....especially when you are 12. I had many close calls and am very lucky I only ended with bumps and bruises. We probably flipped it 10 times before my buddies parents got rid of it. Glad it wasn’t any worse for your SIL.
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Old 05-21-2020, 10:20 AM   #14
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Here...

I rolled one as a kid. I ended up with stitches on one ear due to smacking a tree while not wearing a helmet. The Good Lord was looking after me that day.
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Old 05-21-2020, 10:23 AM   #15
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Oh..I never said it was the 3 wheelers fault...it was his...
Or actually mine for letting him ride..

Everything work on it...brakes good...

He was going too fast after I told him not to....tried to turn and was going to fast...hit both brakes but didn’t take his thumb off the throttle....

It is toast

I have 3 of them.....but this one might be a parts bike now
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Old 05-21-2020, 10:24 AM   #16
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I was 23 once too....

Just glad he is still alive....I actually love this kid
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Old 05-21-2020, 10:26 AM   #17
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I'm assuming the thought process is with a 4wheeler or UTV his leg wouldn't have been hit? The issue here is the survival reaction to go full throttle, look and drive right where you don't want to go. Happens to folks new to any powered item, seems more impactful the less wheels. Huge issues on motorcycles.
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Old 05-21-2020, 10:29 AM   #18
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We had one when I was growing up. Man those things are sketchy.
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Old 05-21-2020, 10:34 AM   #19
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I had a doozy of a wreck on one my freshman yr of high school lol.
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Old 05-21-2020, 10:35 AM   #20
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Yeah that was just really bad timing. Had she of been just a little later wrecking the 3 wheeler she would have been fine aside from some minor injuries. It threw her right out in front of it. She sat up right as it drove over her.
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Old 05-21-2020, 10:37 AM   #21
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Old 05-21-2020, 10:38 AM   #22
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Broke my pelvis when I was 14 from flipping a Honda Big Red.
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Old 05-21-2020, 10:38 AM   #23
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Yup, my parents let us have one of those death traps when I was a kid. Wrecked it many times.


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Old 05-21-2020, 10:39 AM   #24
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Glad heís OK, but Iím not sure the 3 wheeler is to blame for hitting a telephone pole. Iíve wrecked 3 wheelers about every way you can wreck one and every single time it was my fault or the fault of a buddy who bet me I couldnít do something.


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This. Iíve owned a bunch of 3 wheelers and the few times I have wrecked them was absolutely my fault.


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Old 05-21-2020, 10:42 AM   #25
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Rider error. Spent many of hours riding those growing up. Many close calls from doing stuff I shouldn't have but never seriously hurt.
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Old 05-21-2020, 10:46 AM   #26
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Thats the same one that he wrecked
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Old 05-21-2020, 10:46 AM   #27
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Borrowed a buddy's 3 wheeler once. I was riding across a slope, put a foot down to stay balanced and the back tire rode up my leg. I wasn't injured but It taught me how to ride a 3 wheeler on a slope.
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Old 05-21-2020, 10:53 AM   #28
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Yep, death traps. We use to ride ours all day long. Skid up to the back of the barn, syphon gas from my Grandmas 67' Impala; get a drink from the hose in the horse trough and take off again. It's a wonder we are still here.
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Old 05-21-2020, 11:06 AM   #29
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I have a former leasemate who as a young personal injury attorney in the late 80's made a lot of money representing injured clients in suits against Honda. Honda eventually decided just to settle them all. It didn't help their cause when video was leaked showing out takes from filming Honda's 3 wheeler commercials and even professional motorcycle riders were crashing and flipping them
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Old 05-21-2020, 11:20 AM   #30
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Thats the same one that he wrecked
I thought MJ died a few years ago.
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Old 05-21-2020, 11:27 AM   #31
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I owned a bunch of 'em and never had a problem with them. They were a great hunting tool for the East Texas woods. Much more maneuverable than a 4-wheeler. I hauled many, many dead animals out the woods strapped to one. Hauled my dog and decoys no telling how far in rice fields... Never really had a crash, but then again, I never used them for anything other than a tool for hunting (and fishing a bit too).
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Old 05-21-2020, 11:27 AM   #32
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Still picking cactus thorns outta my hide from one of these throwing me off more'n 30 years ago up north of Rotan, Tx.
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Old 05-21-2020, 11:31 AM   #33
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Had a couple close calls on one as well. Almost shredded my leg on a barbed wire fence, but luckily got it straightened out in time and only got a couple scars and also went over the handle bars at about 20 mph, and you know I wasn't wearing a helmet back in the 80's.
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Old 05-21-2020, 11:32 AM   #34
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We had one growing up and that thing would flip so easy. Glad no one was seriously injured.
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Old 05-21-2020, 11:42 AM   #35
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I've known a few people that have flipped them. My aunt is missing a leg because of one. Not really because of the 3 wheeler but it threw her out in the road and a semi ran over her.
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Old 05-21-2020, 12:01 PM   #36
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Glad your son in law is ok.
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Old 05-21-2020, 12:14 PM   #37
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Those 3 wheelers were the chit growing up. The Honda 250r was a freaking monster.
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Old 05-21-2020, 12:21 PM   #38
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i've known a few people that have flipped them. My aunt is missing a leg because of one. Not really because of the 3 wheeler but it threw her out in the road and a semi ran over her.
im prolly going to hell but i laughed at this one
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Old 05-21-2020, 12:25 PM   #39
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1985 Honda 350x.....that is a beast
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Old 05-21-2020, 12:29 PM   #40
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My buddy brought one to bow camp in Colorado, we had to rush him to the hospital in the back of a pickup to the emergency room, broken ribs, collapsed lung. I was asked to go get the thing out of the woods and I crashed it in a wheel rut coming up a hill and destroyed my leg wiping out sideways, caught underneath it...could hardly hunt anymore that week. Evil machines! lol
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Old 05-21-2020, 12:34 PM   #41
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Where were you with this announcement in 1986?

Is using a pencil to rewind a cassette tape ok?

Metal lawn darts?
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Old 05-21-2020, 12:39 PM   #42
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I usually had one of the rears off the ground & spent more time on two wheels with those things...my thumb is still sore.
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Old 05-21-2020, 12:45 PM   #43
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3 wheel tractors are also dangerous!!!
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Old 05-21-2020, 01:40 PM   #44
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I owned a bunch of 'em and never had a problem with them. They were a great hunting tool for the East Texas woods. Much more maneuverable than a 4-wheeler. I hauled many, many dead animals out the woods strapped to one. Hauled my dog and decoys no telling how far in rice fields... Never really had a crash, but then again, I never used them for anything other than a tool for hunting (and fishing a bit too).
this^^^^ all the stoires of crashes i have heard have been kids being kids on em. just like with any vehicle if you are cautious and dont try and go full throttle and drive like you are trying to win the Indy 500 you should be fine. BUT where is the fun in that hahaha! my uncle had one growing up and boy did i ever put a beating on it and myself. my brother drove it like a wuss in my opinion but he never rolled it crashed it or anything else.
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Old 05-21-2020, 01:41 PM   #45
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Where were you with this announcement in 1986?

Is using a pencil to rewind a cassette tape ok?

Metal lawn darts?
these need to make a comeback
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Old 05-21-2020, 01:44 PM   #46
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Old 05-21-2020, 01:46 PM   #47
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I grew up trying to see how many wheels I could get off the ground with those things. Wrecked out more times than I could count. Got lucky and was never really hurt. My dad got rid of the last big red we had a few years ago. I could still run it across the pasture though. That thing ran for a good 30 years or more I bet.
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Old 05-21-2020, 01:48 PM   #48
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Still picking cactus thorns outta my hide from one of these throwing me off more'n 30 years ago up north of Rotan, Tx.
I'm thinking you threw yourself off of said machine?
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Old 05-21-2020, 01:51 PM   #49
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I had a similar experience as a kid.....looked over my should to find the other wheeler riding with us and was abruptly stopped by running head-on into a concrete irrigation pipe. It totaled the bike.....forks folded all the way back into the motor. I was lucky enough to walk away with only a bump on my head and a serious bruise across both thighs from where the handlebars kept me from being a lawn dart.

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Old 05-21-2020, 02:01 PM   #50
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This brings back memories. As a kid I wanted one so bad, my mom and dad were skeptical. I found that UHaul rented them and talked them into renting one for the wk/end. Got it home, started up and a blazing down the road I went straight into a ROCK mailbox. Lol. Well I didn’t die but wished I had, my dad was a little upset.
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