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Thoughts on a Yamaha 225 DX 3-Wheeler?

I am going tonight to take a look at a used Yamaha 225 DX 3-wheeler and wanted to know what your thoughts are on them? I grew up riding 3-wheelers , but never owned one myself and this machine was one of many I always wanted as a kid. I have a chance to pick one up for $500.00 and from the pictures, looks in good shape for the year. I believe it is a 1984 or 85, I cannot remember, but for the money, I could re-live my childhood dream. Still love my Grizzly, but always loved riding them as a kid and in some ways like it more then a 4-wheeler. Please let me know your thoughts? THANK YOU!!!

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If it's what you want then do it. I had two big reds and a Yamaha 185 three wheeler with no brakes and a twist throttle that always stuck. All my 3 wheeler memories are of crashes :)

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If it's what you want then do it. I had two big reds and a Yamaha 185 three wheeler with no brakes and a twist throttle that always stuck. All my 3 wheeler memories are of crashes :)
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I am going tonight to take a look at a used Yamaha 225 DX 3-wheeler and wanted to know what your thoughts are on them? I grew up riding 3-wheelers , but never owned one myself and this machine was one of many I always wanted as a kid. I have a chance to pick one up for $500.00 and from the pictures, looks in good shape for the year. I believe it is a 1984 or 85, I cannot remember, but for the money, I could re-live my childhood dream. Still love my Grizzly, but always loved riding them as a kid and in some ways like it more then a 4-wheeler. Please let me know your thoughts? THANK YOU!!!
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Thats my friend's. I was fallowing him around his farm with it, went into some trails in the woods, and for the 45 mins we were in the woods, think he rolled it 3-4 times. Real unstable from what ive seen, specially off cambers going down hill. They are fun to tool around on, but can be dangerous if your not careful.

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That looks like my old one, I cut a branch off a tree and roped it across the front of the frame for foot rests. Everytime the throttle stuck I would have to jump off while the bike went and did it's thing :)
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I wouldn't step foot on one myself, but since you grew up riding them you know a whole heck of a lot more than I. I am sure you could have a lot of fun on it and you won't be out that much money. I know the engine and transmission are really good as I have a 87 MOTO 4 with the same setup and it still runs like a top.
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wow sounds like you guys are safer on quads! .. the 225dx is a great machine. and the truth of the matter is that in the 70s if honda didnt make the us90 then atvs wouldnt have been born in the us until somone did! 3 wheelers arnt really that unsafe. iv rode them since i was 8 and never had an accident that wasnt totally my fualt... when you go to look at the wheeler tho make sure that the rear shaft drive is in real go condition (no clunking, shifts good,no noise while moving) they were natorious for having rear end probs back in the 80s. might wat to go ahead and try out a honda 250sx? or maybe a 200x if you want somthing more sporty? .. the 225 dx is a great machine tho for 500 and the plastic is decent and it runs good ... grab it you wont be disaponted! ... hope you can ride better then some couch riden 4x4 riders .....:O did i just say that? lol check out my atcs ATCS pictures by kwit21 - Photobucket

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Well if you think so then you can purchase it ,its no harm.

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In the 80s I had a heavily modified Honda 250R 3 wheeler (2 stroke). That thing would run 80mph +! I like the geometry better on 4 wheelers. Thats what lifes about man. If you want it, $500 isn't to bad-buy it. Just be careful!!

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totaly agree. I owned a 225 and a 200 and also a 250 2 strroker and had a ball on all of them. If you want to die they will allow for it but then if you really want to die you can do that on any 4 wheeler made too. They have there limitations and you need to respect them but if you do youll find you have a much more manuverable rig in the really tight woods and a very reliable rig to boot.
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wow sounds like you guys are safer on quads! .. the 225dx is a great machine. and the truth of the matter is that in the 70s if honda didnt make the us90 then atvs wouldnt have been born in the us until somone did! 3 wheelers arnt really that unsafe. iv rode them since i was 8 and never had an accident that wasnt totally my fualt... when you go to look at the wheeler tho make sure that the rear shaft drive is in real go condition (no clunking, shifts good,no noise while moving) they were natorious for having rear end probs back in the 80s. might wat to go ahead and try out a honda 250sx? or maybe a 200x if you want somthing more sporty? .. the 225 dx is a great machine tho for 500 and the plastic is decent and it runs good ... grab it you wont be disaponted! ... hope you can ride better then some couch riden 4x4 riders .....:O did i just say that? lol check out my atcs ATCS pictures by kwit21 - Photobucket
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The 225 DX was my first ATV back in 1984--lots of fond memories as it was a great machine.

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wow sounds like you guys are safer on quads! .. the 225dx is a great machine. and the truth of the matter is that in the 70s if honda didnt make the us90 then atvs wouldnt have been born in the us until somone did! 3 wheelers arnt really that unsafe. iv rode them since i was 8 and never had an accident that wasnt totally my fualt... when you go to look at the wheeler tho make sure that the rear shaft drive is in real go condition (no clunking, shifts good,no noise while moving) they were natorious for having rear end probs back in the 80s. might wat to go ahead and try out a honda 250sx? or maybe a 200x if you want somthing more sporty? .. the 225 dx is a great machine tho for 500 and the plastic is decent and it runs good ... grab it you wont be disaponted! ... hope you can ride better then some couch riden 4x4 riders .....:O did i just say that? lol check out my atcs ATCS pictures by kwit21 - Photobucket

Thanks for all the responses. I went ahead and bought it and have already re-lived my early childhood on it. I agree with what everyone has said, sure I know they can be risky to ride if you don't know how to ride them. Look at what the Federal government is starting to do with the Side x Side issue. All because afew riders screwed up, they whole group is now getting a close look and the government thinks they need to protect everyone because of a few accidents all most likely caused by rider error. I have a Grizzly 550 and love it, but I still think for all around fun riding nothing beats the Three Wheeler if riden correctly. And I agree 100% with you kwit, if it wasn't for Honda then we might not have ATV's today?? I started on a 1969 Honda ATC 90 and rode everything I could back then just to get on one. This is my first owned Three Wheeler, but had family who all had them and this was something I always wanted. Now, at 40, 30 years later I have one for only $500.00 it does need some work, but runs great. I look forward to just playing around on it and having fun. I am going to try to completely re-store it as I remember as a kid. I will get before and after pictures of it as I go. Does anyone have any suggestions as to where to find parts for this 1985 225DX other then Ebay? I would appreciate any ideas.

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Congratulations on your new bike. I agree anything can be safe if ridden within its and the operators skill level and machines design parameters or dangerous if exceeded.

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Good move! Any OHV can be dangerous. I have an 85 Honda Big Red ATC250ES. I love it. I have a blast on it but as with any OHV, they can be dangerous but look at it this way; I have had less accidents on my 3 wheeler than Desertdweller has had on his Grizzly. Just a thought to consider.

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