Honda Trail 70 Dirt Bike
Today, in cities all over the world, there are massive fields filled with trails that wind through hills and woods. No matter what city the field is in, there are some remarkable similarities: wide tire tracks, overlapping each other criss-cross through the fields – sometimes on the trail, sometimes not. On weekends, the fields buzz with the whine of motors and the cheers and laughter of people who flock to the field in their trucks – pulling trailers of dirt bikes. For the larger fields, there will be concessions, organized races and prizes. The smaller fields are simply an area where people have managed to congregate – a chance to climb on the back of a bike and get dirty.
Few of these dirt bikers will understand or appreciate the heritage of the dirt bike pioneers – in the way that a young child will dismiss the tales of ‘walking through the snow uphill to school’. But the heritage of these dirt bikers is still relatively young. Less than 60 years old, the dirt bike has remained virtually unchanged – validating the vision and skill that the designers of these motorbikes had at the beginning.
To the off-road aficionado, there are few better options than the Honda Trail 70 dirt bike. These mini-bikes, one of Honda’s early forerunners to the modern dirt bike, were introduced in the United States and Canada in 1969. Over the 13 years of its production, Honda sold more than 380,000 of the mini-bikes – making it the third highest best-selling model.
Specs and Stats of the Trail 70
The fat-tired Honda trail 70 was considered unbreakable by its devoted fans. It boasted a bench style seat, fat tires and handle bars that folded up – making it an ideal size to transport in a camper, the back of a pick-up truck or even in a trunk. Powered by a four stroke engine, the Trail 70 came with either a three speed automatic clutch or a four speed manual. It drove smoothly and easily – quickly helping to propel off-roading into the limelight as a recreational activity. Due to the smaller size of the bike, these bikes are rarely licensed for street use – they were used primarily by hunters, campers and trail rider enthusiasts.
Where are They Now?
In 1998, Honda’s patent on the Trail 70 expired. Since that time, there has been an assortment of replicas hitting the market. The continual use of the same design style shows the endurance of the original model, and also demonstrates the continued popularity of off-roading as a recreational activity.
The increasing sport of dirt bike racing has come a long way from the original use of off-road bikes. Regardless of the use, however, the origins of the dirt bike can be traced back to the early years of the 1960’s, when motor bikes were considered dangerous and scary. No longer limited to the shady world of the fringe members of society, you’ll find dirt bikes in the garages of some of the nicest homes in the neighborhood.