1983 and Up
1983 was considered to be the start of what ATC enthusiasts call generation two. The 1983 ATC250R was ultimately equipped with Honda's infamous pro-link suspension.
Honda's innovative suspension greatly improved ride quality. There were also minor engine improvements. These improvements carried through the the 1984 model year as well.
The 1985 and 1986 model years are what legends are made of. Honda redesigned the frame, improved on the suspension once again, and added the liquid cooled powerplant. Honda's new 250R engine produced more torque than previous engines thanks to a higher compression ratio.
Legend would have it that the combination of a six speed transmission and the 246 cc engine pushed these ATC's to 70+mph, a tribute to marvelous engineering. The 1986 model year was the last production 250R, it was mostly unchanged from the 1985 model. Honda discontinued their ATC lineup as a result of legal action banning the sale of three wheelers.
Most ATC enthusiasts would agree, Honda would have delivered more incredible updates to their lineup had it been able to proceed. The combination of bad press and a number of greedy, misguided individuals managed to take away the all terrain cycle rom the showroom floor.
On a positive note, Honda and the other manufacturers did well to introduce and propel two stroke, four wheel ATV's in place of the banned three wheelers. These advances would lead to a period of powerhouse two stroke four wheelers, some of which have also become legendary.
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