Honda did not invent the big 2-wheeled MOUNTAIN BIKE tire. They were essentially pursuing a trend that Yamaha had popularized with its BW200. It became available at Yamaha dealers in 1985. A larger BW350 was later added to the range. They are no longer available, although you can still buy a TW200 homologated for the road today. CAN A BIG HONDA CAT BE TURNED INTO 3 WHEELS? Either way, if you remember the ATC, you may remember that Honda stopped production in the late `80s in the face of public reaction to the perceived danger of trikes and the growing popularity of four-wheeled ATVs. Just before abolishing ATCs altogether, Honda deployed a strange little bike in response to Yamaha`s popular Big Wheel, which was both an off-road motorcycle and an ATC, but not quite either. My friends, let me introduce you to the TR200. This Fat Cat 650 was built by a store called Classified Moto. They had a reputation for setting up custom machines that have a unique look and style. We would say that they achieved this goal with their big Fat Cat based on a Honda XR650.
It`s a bit like an off-road motorcycle, but it`s also like an ATV. Greasy tires allow you to sculpt on the sand better than thin tires. If you`ve ever ridden an ordinary off-road motorcycle in the dunes, you had to deal with the front tire, which cut deep into the corners and the rear tire turned wildly to find traction. This Fat Cat 650 is an effective solution to this problem. Remember the Honda ATC? Of course it is. I think most of us who are at a certain age remember the small, outplaced, big, candy-colored trikes that poured out tons of hamamatsu in the `70s and `80s. Growing up in rural central Ohio, they were everywhere. Well, everywhere except in my garage because my old husband was overprotective, not that I was bitter or anything.
Here`s a list of the key parts used to assemble it: Although the Fat Cat 650 is a bespoke model, its concept was based on the original Honda Fat Cat 200, which went on sale at Honda dealerships in 1987. If you want to know more, our colleagues at Dirt Bike perpetrated a fatal shootout between the Fat Cat and the BW200 in 1986. You can read this article here and draw your own conclusions. Honda marketed the TR200 as an entry-level machine for off-road motorcycles and ATVs, praising its simplicity and user-friendliness. In addition to the automatic clutch, the small bike was equipped with an electric starter with a kickstart fuse for easy use. It had no screens, a required square headlight from the 80s, and every TR200 was available in two-tone Shasta white with blue highlights and an extremely adorable set of “Fat Cat” stickers. The entire package was just over 250 pounds dry and cost $1,498 Yankee (about $3,500 in today`s dollars). This cylinder shaft system was standard on the Yamaha BB and then also on honda`s Fat Cat 200. As you can see, the Fat Cat 650 also uses this concept. Another unique factor is the wider triple clamps that separate the front forks to remove the wider front tire.
The front and rear views of the Fat Cat 650 certainly make it a unique look for a mountain bike or mountain bike. You know this thing is very serious about what it was designed to do. It certainly seems like it`s fun to drive or just sit back and admire its sturdy and pretty look. Just check it out! That`s good, isn`t it? The TR200 was only produced for two years – in 1986 and 1987 – and is essentially an ATC200X with one of the rear wheels cut. It was powered by an out of tune version of the ATC200X`s 198cc air-cooled four-stroke single, which provided power to the big rear wheel through a five-speed transmission with automatic clutch. It had standard front forks, a rear monoshock and rope-driven drum brakes on both wheels. The suspension was padded by the ATC line`s large cushion-shaped off-road tires, and it was apparently a boss in the sand and mud. Enter to win a free tire set by participating in our 2021 Reader Survey HERE. I couldn`t find solid production figures for the TR200, but I don`t think Honda has done too much. Launched to compete in a market already dominated by Team Blue, the Fat Cat never really found its niche and was dead before 1988.
You can still find intact examples of these adorable little camps here and there on the Internet, and for not much money. The problem is that after all these years, they are still competing with Yamaha because there are tons of its old enemy, the BW200, in the second-hand market and the TW200 is still one thing. But I still want one, if only for owning a bike that almost no one has heard of. GET YOUR $25 gift cart > hi-torque.com/product/dirt-wheels-holiday/ Due to the wide rear tire, the chain cannot take a direct path from the front sprocket to the rear sprocket like a regular motorcycle. Instead, there must be a cylinder shaft built into the front of the swingarm. It allows the installation of an additional sprocket on the outside of the motor drive sprocket. From there, another chain can erase the tire when it returns to the rear sprocket.