Honda 200X Restoration

Features, Project Quads, Sport ATV — on February 11, 2009 at 12:00 pm

2018701_Powroll-ATC200X-009I’ve heard it many times over the years, people or readers telling me “I still wish I had my old machine.” Well, recently one former three-wheeler racer surprised me when he sent us a photo of his ancient racer. Michigan’s Steve Stroud used to compete in the Grand National Championship series back in the day aboard this Honda 200X.

Stroud began racing in 1983 in the Amateur 200cc modified 4-Stroke 3-wheel class. By 1986, he was in the Pro Support 200 ranks. Then in 1987, he joined Team Duncan Racing/Paul Turner in the 250 Pro 4-Wheel class and competed there until 1996. That was when riders had to race both flat track and motocross. He finished ninth overall in both 1988 and ’99.

He retired in 1997 but never officially retired his Honda, Stroud kept his pride-and-joy 200X. Yep, the very same one he raced during the entire 1986 season.

2018701_Columbus-Oh.-GNC-1986-1“I don’t ride it anymore. It’s just a showpiece now, but it still does run great,” said Stroud. “The bike was restored by me in ’06 and is as I raced it for the 1986 season, complete with original stickers I still had saved from the aftermarket parts makers of that era.” He said the “classic” Powroll Tank decal is no longer made and is one of his favorite “retro items.”

Because Stroud no longer had some of the original parts and couldn’t find exact replacements, he doesn’t consider the ATC200X completely vintage.

“The only changes from 1986 are the handlebars are updated [Renthal] and I couldn’t find the Hoosier three-wheeler front race tire we used back then, so it has a Holeshot tire on the front now. I contacted Hoosier and they no longer make or have any of them around.”

Stroud sent in a couple of images from the Columbus, Ohio, GNC he competed in back in ‘86 (above).
Powroll, a four-stroke tuner from Crooked River, Ore., modified the engine and bumped up the displacement to 218cc using a Dunlap 2 Kit (a 63mm sleeve-down piston kit and a long-rod stroked crank). Powroll also slapped in a high-performance cam, Ti retainers, its racing header with aluminum “Megaphone” exhaust and did the porting and flow. The fuel to air mixture also received a few slight tweaks with a K&N filter, Powroll carb kit and by removing the airbox lid.

A closer look will also reveal company names that you don’t hear any more. Mitchell Wheel is now DWT. WestCoast made the extended swingarm. Sundahl Racing produced the rear fiberglass fenders and Finish Line Products was responsible for the wider axle.

Since 2002, Stroud has raced at select AMA/ATVA Extreme Dirt Track Nationals events in three classes aboard his new four-wheeled Honda, but remains a fan of the good old days and the Honda 200X.

Steve Stroud
Age: 40
Hometown: Clarkston, Mich.
Years riding: 25 years
First model owned: 1983 ATC200X
Bike: 1984 ATC200X
Sponsor: Powroll
Claimed ATV weight (lbs.): 275 lbs.
Frame: Stock
Piston: Dunlap 2 Kit
Cam: Powroll high-performance
Valve springs: Powroll
Retainers: Powroll titanium
Head port & flow: Powroll
Carburetor/airbox: 28mm Mikuni/Stock, lid removed
Air filter: K&N
Exhaust: Powroll dual-diameter racing header w/curved Megaphone silencer
Fuel: Racing 106 octane min.
Oil: 20w50 racing
Clutch basket/plates/springs: Stock/Stock/Powroll
Chain: Sidewinder
Chain tensioner: White Bros.
Sprockets: Sprocket Specialist
Gearing f/r: 13/34
Throttle: Stock thumb
Clutch lever perch/cables: Honda CR250/Terry Cable
Forks (travel, in.): Stock Showa (7.3)
Hub: Stock
Triple clamps: Stock w/stops cut for increased turning
Swingarm (length, in.): WestCoast +2 in.
Rear shock (travel, in.): Stock re-valved (7.5)
Axle: Finish Line Products +6 in.
Hubs: Stock
Tire, front: ITP Holeshot 22 x 7-10
Tires, rear: Carlisle R/A 16 x 7.50-8
Wheels, f/r: Mitchell Wheel (DWT)
Handlebars: Renthal Carmichael bend
Tether kill switch: Pro Design
Nerfs/footpegs/heelguards: NA/stock/NA
Bumper/grab bar: Stock
Fuel tank: Stock, modified w/cutouts for increased steering
Front fender: ’85 ATC 250R
Rear: Sundahl Racing low-profile fiberglass
Seat: Stock foam with Team Powroll cover
Number plate: UFO Products

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