History of OHVs

An ATV is defined as a powered vehicle with handlebars, 4 or more low pressure tires and a seat that is straddled by the rider.

In 1982 Suzuki released the first 4 wheeled ATV, the Quad Runner. This bike featured a tame 125cc four stroke motor with a 5 speed semi-automatic transmission and relied on the low pressure tires for suspension. A 230 Quad Sport soon followed as well as a 250 2 stroke Quad Racer in 1985.

Polaris made its first 4 wheeled ATV in 1985. It was known as the Trail Boss.

Honda introduced the first 4 wheel drive ATV in 1986, the Four Trax 350.

Kawasaki also made its first ATV in 1986.

Arctic Cat began producing ATVs in 1996.

Can Am began producing ATVs in 1998 and launched the first ATV to accommodate two riders in 2002.

Can-Am, Honda, Kawasaki, Polaris, Suzuki and Yamaha continue to make ATVs, primarily as 4 wheel drive vehicles with automatic transmissions.