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post #1 of 21 Old 06-17-2012, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
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Kawasaki Three Wheeler - Tecate 250


I recall having an old, ATC 90 back in the day(the OLD one with the tires molded into the rims), and my friends had the famous ATC110 that had just came out. The 110 the bike that revolutionized and gave rise to the three wheeler phenomenom.


Then, Honda came out with the amazing ATC250R. Manual clutch, suspension, and fast as hell, two stroke powerplant. A mean sum' bitch, to put it plainly. Amazing leap from the 110, which was four stroke, automatic clutch, no suspension and just a *crawler*, whereas the 250R was a balls out racing machine.

But I don't recall anyone I knew ever having a Kawasaki version of Honda's ATC250R, the Kawasaki Tecate 250, which looks to be as far removed from the Kawasaki KLT (kawasaki's first three wheeler) as the 250R was from the ATC110.

Amazing looking machine, and I'd love to have one, now, just to collect and admire. I like the looks better than the Honda 250R, and I'd love to have another Kaw for my collection (I guess you can call two bikes a collection). I see the KIPS powervalve system is on this engine, as well.

Anyone have one of these back in the day, or rode one even? How did they compare to the Honda 250?


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i was big into ATC's as a early teenager.. i had a atc 200x, atc 350x , honda 250r , then a tecate 250.. even got a yamah triZ later on but it was pretty beat. all the 250's were similiar as they were 250cc 2 strokes.. they were very fun bikes.. i probably liked the 350x the best as it was just a big 4stroke beast! but they all were fun. i got so good at riding those things i was beating up on dirtbikes on the trails lol! my first one i still remember the guy i got it from said better be careful they tip over easy.. i was like yeah yeah! got about 100ft into the trails and the back wheel hit a rut, i tipped it right over loL! as you ride them though you learn how they act and they are fun to ride.. love to get another 350x one day.
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never got into the 3 wheelers, when i was born thats when atvs hit the market early 90's. favorite was the yamaha blaster

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a 3 wheeler was actually my first off road toy technically, i think even then they were banned everywhere as they were said to be unsafe and dangerous to ride loL! but they were fun to ride.
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a 3 wheeler was actually my first off road toy technically, i think even then they were banned everywhere as they were said to be unsafe and dangerous to ride loL! but they were fun to ride.
Yeah, as I recall, I think there were quite a few deaths due to three wheeler accidents. And the entire industry of three wheelin stopped production.
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yeah i remember the local bike shops wouldnt even sell used ones.. werent allowed. IMO its like any ATV , if you dont know what your doing it can be dangerous.
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I worked for a kawasaki/suzuki dealer ship in the early 80s and got to un-crate service and test ride a couple of them, if youve ever ridden 3wheelers you know they can get pretty out of shape fast and put you right on your face,litteraly. The tecate was like a raped ape on steroids and your on its back! Wickedly fast monster that just wanted to hurt you every time it came on the pipe. But i ramble bout the good ole days nuff said.

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yeah i remember the bearings in the front wheels in mostly all those ATC's would go bad, making the front wheel lean to one side.. made it easier to 2 wheel it down the road tho making me want to go look for one now on craigslist, i gotta quit checking this thread..lO!L
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I had a wore out ATC 110 in my teens. It took me and a handful of buddies a week to put it out of its misery...... I bought it for $50, how long could it run?

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the 110 and 90cc would run forver..loL! only thing i remember hating about some of the 3 wheelers, the kickstarter kicked forward, so with wet muddy boots on you go to kick it and bam! comes right back and hits your shin, oh the painful memories!
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