Who Was First: Honda or Suzuki?

Dear Motorhead:

I am doing a report for school on the history of ATVs and I was just wondering Suzuki’s slogan is or was the first on four wheels. A few episodes ago you gave credit to Honda for starting up the ATV business.

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Can you clarify this? Was it Honda or Suzuki who started the business?

Kory

Kory:

Thanks For your question!

It was definitely Honda who built the very first “All Terrain Cycle” a three wheeled “ATC” with high flotation tires.

There’s no debate on these three wheelers being the first “ATVs”. However, Suzuki in MY 83/84 launched the first “4 wheelers” they called them Quad Runners.

The first QRs were 125 and 185cc 4 strokes. To make things even more confusing, Honda was the first OEM to build a 4X4 4 wheeler. Are you with me?

So, Suzuki was the first to build an ATV with 4 wheels, Honda was the first to build an ATV – the three wheeled ATC and Honda was the first to put 4X4 in a 4 wheeled ATV.

That’s a concise as I can be – it’s a little confusing but if you listen carefully to our segment on Dirt Trax that’s how we spelled it out.

Thanks,

Motorhead Mark

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