February 11, 2018

I drove by it for 3 years on my way to work. It was sitting next to a trailer with three flat tires. It was all there and there was no mistaken that it was a 1984 Honda 200ES that was located in my hometown. I stopped shortly after I saw it for the first time but it was not for sale....

February 4, 2018

The introduction of LED lighting offers great upgrade options for incandescent lighting that was originally supplied with the Honda BIG RED ATC’s.

January 29, 2018

Blog post on using AGM batteries in Honda BIG RED three wheelers

December 31, 2017

I have spent a lot of time restoring BIG REDS to original condition so a small modernization project like an LED headlight upgrade was a nice change of pace. I recently got my 1985 Honda 250ES BIG RED with a snowplow up and running. In addition to the handwarmers and thumbwarmers I w...

December 23, 2017

I recently worked on a 1984 Honda BIG RED 200ES that had no spark when I bought it. I wrote up this article to give an idea how I troubleshot and resolved this issue. I tried to provide a complete start to finish on this subject so it can be used as a resource to help troubleshoot an...

December 13, 2017

Quick article on the heating process to straiten a bent rack on a Honda BIG RED ATC 3 wheeler

December 7, 2017

Dealing with BIG REDS that are over 30 years old is challenging. One of the challenges is removing those nuts and bolts that are rusty and may have not been removed since new. I employ a few strategies to handle this – penetrating oils, impact wrenches, and heat. I typically start wi...

November 29, 2017

A question from a forum member rebuilding a 1983 Honda BIG RED 200 E inspired me to write this article on the rear sprocket dampers used on the first generation BIG REDS (1982 - 1983). First off lets talk about their purpose and the meaning of dampen. Dampen for this application woul...

November 6, 2017

I am currently parting out a 1982 BIG RED and for the foreseeable future it will be the last 1982-83 BIG RED I plan on doing. I like the looks of the early BIG REDS but without reverse and rear suspension they are not my favorite.

We are currently in fall but winter is fast approachin...

October 29, 2017

Below is a list of frame and serial numbers for the 1982 – 1987 Honda BIG REDS. Note that this information is provided for reference only. 

1982 Honda ATC 200E BIG RED Frame Numbers
JH3TB051*CC133783 and up.  Frame serial numbers located on the frame steering head left side.

1982 Honda...

October 23, 2017

There is some interchangeability between parts from the 1982 through 1984 BIG REDS. Note that there are some big differences between these models. The 1982 and 1983 200E models were chain driven with no reverse. The 1984 200ES models were shaft driven and have reverse. This article w...

October 5, 2017

There are a few differences between the two 200E models that Honda made in 1982 and 1983. This may not be a complete list as I am using Honda literature and Honda 200E atc’s that I have owned for sources of information. I will start with the most noticeable differences first and then...

September 4, 2017

This is just a quick post of the parts I found missing or worn on while restoring a 1982 and a 1983 Honda BIG RED 200E. I am not going to get into some the common worn parts like brake shoes or drive chain in this article. I did not have complete machines to start with so to make com...

August 7, 2017

New clean and painted parts all waiting to be assembled. That's what I have ahead of me for the restoration of the 1983 200E BIG RED and I am happy. The assembly always takes me longer than I planned due to the attention to detail. For me a great restoration can be affected by taking...

July 25, 2017

Take a look at the picture attached to this blog post. Note that the shifter has already been cut off. What do you think? I don't know what to think. I tend to run across some of these "repairs" every once in awhile. I understand that the splines on the shifter shaft can get damaged...

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