To many, the Polaris Ace single-seat UTV seems revolutionary, but Honda offered the first solo UTV, the Odyssey, in 1977. The machine had trailing-arm front
suspension with a bit more than 4 inches of travel up front and no rear suspension, except the tires and seat. The throttle and brake controls were on the
unusual aircraft-like steering yoke. The Honda museum had this ’ 79 Odyssey on display.
We’ve run photos of Honda’s groundbreaking first ATV, the 1970 ATC90, in
ATV UTV Action, but Honda has a real live example of the 90cc three-wheeler
in its museum.w
Honda’s first car for the American market, the 1970 N600, sold new for
$1395. It was powered by a 600cc, air-cooled, twin-cylinder engine with 36
hp. It’s smaller, lighter and less powerful than the Pioneer 700 UTV!
Most riders are familiar with Honda’s Big Red UTV, but the first Honda Big
Red was a utility three-wheeler. The unusual trike was introduced in 1985 and
had racks and reverse.
The Super Cub, a lightweight 50cc motorcycle, was the best-selling vehicle in
history, with over 30 million units produced.