ATVs (all-terrain vehicles) were first developed during the 1950s. The models had six wheels instead of the four that riders are now knowledgeable about. Honda was the first firm to make the 3-wheel ATV in 1970. These were famously displayed in the James Bond movie,'Diamonds Are Forever.' Called the US90, the ATV was purely for fun, made with balloon tires instead of the mechanical suspension and bigger tires finally introduced in the early 1980s.  

One of the most important versions of the ATV was the 1982 Honda ATC200E Big Red. It was a landmark version in that it featured suspension and racks. This made it the first usefulness three-wheeled ATV available on the market. It was popular due to its capability to go anywhere on any sort of terrain. The fact that it could go over types of terrain that most other vehicles couldn't eventually be made it quite popular with hunters in both the US and Canadian. It was also very attractive to people who were looking for nothing more.  

Soon Honda broke new ground by creating sports models. Honda appeared to have a monopoly on the current market, due to its patents on layout and engine placement. The 1981 ATC250R was significant because it was the first high-performance three-wheeler, including full suspension, a transmission with a clutch, and a front disc brake. For those who enjoyed the sporting trail, the 1983 ATC200X was just another in a series of landmark machines. It was developed with an easy-to-handle 192-cubic-centimeter four-stroke. This design was ideal for new participants in the game. 

Honda soon found itself competing with Suzuki. Suzuki led the industry in the creation of ATVs. It sold the first ATV, the 1983 QuadRunner LT125, used as a machine for people who were just starting to ride ATVs. In 1985, Suzuki stepped up their game when they introduced the first high-performance 4-wheel ATV, the Suzuki LT250R QuadRacer. This ATV was in production from 1985-1992, during which time it underwent three big engineering makeovers. This vehicle became the ATV known as designed for racing by highly skilled riders.  

Honda then responded with the FourTrax TRX250R. This ATV hasn't been replicated.

Kawasaki joined the battle to develop better ATVs when they introduced their Tecate-4 250. In 1987, Yamaha introduced a different type of high-performance machine – the Banshee 350. The Banshee 350 featured a motor from the RD350LC street bike. This ATV was thicker and more challenging to ride in the dirt than the. It soon became popular with cyclists who favored the sand dunes. The Banshee is still a hugely popular machine, but 2006 was the last year it had been available at the U.S. Riders will be able to pick up a 2007 model in Canada, however. 

ATVs were introduced to the public in the 1970s. They immediately caught on with people who were interested in doing something outdoors. Original versions featured tires that were bigger and were offered in both 3-wheeled and 4-wheeled models. Soon, though, the versions of the ATV were prohibited, as they gained a reputation for being too dangerous. ATVs have since undergone a number of cosmetic and mechanical changes. Companies such as Honda, Suzuki, and Yamaha have developed a number of models that serve ATV riders of all tastes and interests. If you are interested in more ATV related articles don't forget to check