Ask The Editors: What Was The First Electric Start ATV?
July 9th, 2012 by Jason Giacchino
I was wondering if you know what the first ATV to come stock with electric start was and what year that would have been?
Absolutely, to answer this one we have to head all the way back to the year 1983; a period of time when ATVs came a wheel-short… from the factory! That was the year Yamaha introduced the Tri-Moto 225DX (YTM) 3-wheeler, the first electric start ATV.
The spec sheet broke down as follows and the machine existed in this iteration from 1983-1985:
Engine Type 4-Stroke, SOHC, Single
Bore X Stroke 70 x 58mm
Carburetion Mikuni VM24
Front – Telescopic Fork
Rear – Monoshock
Front – 22″ x 11″ – 8″
Rear 22″ x 11″ – 8″
Wheelbase 45.3″ (1,150mm)
Ground Clearance 8.1″ (205mm
Bonus fact: The 1983 Yamaha 225DX was also the world’s first shaft driven ATV as well!