This Clown Up!
Me and my nephew Erik
on my 1971 ATC 90 displaying the grass-shredding power
of the mid-70s ATVing.
I get the e-mail complaints about my safety gear
not being used please note the following: Look at
the hair... That would absorb any crash this ATV
could develop. The grey tube socks are a substitute
for a good pair of boots because of the finely woven
cotton fibers, used to keep the socks up high as
they are in this picture, would deflect any debris
that may hit them. As far as chest protectors go...
They weren't very common back then but that's why
my Nephew's riding with me. What else are little
Nephews good for?
this time in my early ATVing career I weighed
about 150lbs which made crossing deep water very
challenging. Since the tires were so large, and
I was so light, I could actually float and keep
the carb out of the water. Without tread on the
tires all I would do is barely move until the
current of local streams smashed me against the
nearest tree root.
not having any suspension or footpeg bolts I would
still jump this death machine wherever I could.
My neighborhood record is 3 trash cans lying on
their side. Any more than that and I would bounce
like a superball and land in a crumpled, dejected
heap. (I didn't know about a landing ramp back then.)
1971 ATC 90, stock rear FIBERGLASS fenders, front
STEEL fender removed for better aerodynamics, factory
rimless tires with tire patches on the OUTSIDE of
the tires, bent laundry line support pole for a
racing exhaust and coat hangers wrapped around cylinder
head to support foot peg assembly.