About The First ATV Ever Made
ATV History: The first ATV ever made first entered production in Japan aimed primarily at farmers in remote mountain locations. Roads are impassable in many locations during specific times of year. Early 3 wheel ATV designs were adopted quickly and became a popular mode of transportation year round.
Japanese ATV manufacturers including Honda realized that the 3 wheelers could be promoted to Americans as fun recreational vehicles. They were first introduced to the U.S. market in the early 1970′s and promoted as a recreational vehicle named the US90, later renamed the ATC90. ATV racing and ATV trails riding are still the primary use for ATVs in the US today, not so much for farming despite being extremely handy around the fields.
A strong market also exists for utility ATVs by sportsmen for hunting, farming and anyone with a lot of land. Pickup trucks, even the 4×4 variety, require more energy to cover the same ground, and sometimes trails are too narrow for full sized vehicles which means ATVs have a permanent home in many garages.
The US90 is accepted as being the first ATV ever made however there were many other all terrain vehicles that would qualify for that honor, some of them even being one of a kind. Necessity is the mother of invention as they say and it's very likely that a creative farmer put together a machine that has similar features many decades earlier, without the plastics and suspension of course. As such the US90 is dubbed the first production ATV ever made in North America and it's based on similar un-named working machines sold in Japan a few years earlier.
Fun Fact: Did you know that US90 ATVs did not have traditional suspension components? Who today would want to ride on bubble tires and how they would keep their buns from getting sore is beyond me, yet they remain popular for ATV enthusiasts and collectors around the world.