Honda’s three-wheeled vehicles, also known as ATC (All-Terrain Cycle), were popular in the 1980s and early 1990s. However, these vehicles were discontinued in the mid-1990s due to safety concerns. The design of these vehicles, which had a low center of gravity and a high-powered engine, made them susceptible to rollovers and accidents. Additionally, the lack of a roll cage or other safety features made them dangerous in the event of a crash. Honda issued a recall for these vehicles in 1987 due to safety concerns and eventually discontinued them completely.
But Matt Webb decided to take it on a cross-country road trip across Canada in the harsh terrain and weather of Canada, all in the memory of a departed friend. He also hopes to set a Guinness World Record in the process.
“Twenty years ago, I worked for a guy and my first purchase after getting that paycheck was a Big Red 250,” Webb told The Drive. “I drove that thing back and forth to work for a year.”
His boss told him he’d give him $1,500 if he could ride it to Nova Scotia. “I ended up selling it and regretted it ever since,” Webb said. “I’ve been thinking about that trip the whole time.”
He waited until 1 Jan 2022 to start his road trip and during his trip he has gained nearly 40,000 TikTok followers. He started his trip in 100 Mile House which is on the far western side of Canada, and he hopes to end his journey at Prince Edward Island, which is the as far east as you can go. He only has a small trailer attached holding milk crates full of gear but has been invited by people across Canada for a warm meal and occasional place to stay.
“My friend Anthony passed last year, and I basically worked myself to death, avoiding life and everything else,” Webb explained. “I finally said, ‘To hell with it, man. No better time than now.’ I got this three-wheeler for $500 from a buddy and decided this was the one.”
Webb has also notified Guinness of his attempt and he can use this, should the cops try to pull him over.
“I’m not trying to do the fastest route from here to there; I’m trying to get the most kilometers. I’m zig-zagging up and down, through backroads. Honestly, how I’ve taken my route is looking at the map and picking a funny name or a name I can’t pronounce, then finding the local watering holes, restaurants, and cheap hotels. No bed bugs yet,” Webb joked.
He’s also accepting donations for Bikers Down Society, a charity that’s focused on helping Canadian riders who were injured in motorcycle crashes. Every dollar is in memory of his friend Anthony, with Webb putting just 25% away for his own expenses.
“All this trip has come out of my own pocket, right? So, 75% of the donations go to them and 25% goes to me,” Webb said. “The long and short of it, every $100, I get an oil change.”
Webb is expecting to cover around 10,000 kilometers or roughly 6200 miles. For the majority of us, it would be out of question to go on a trip this long even in our own car, let alone driving a 200cc 3 wheeler across a rough track full of ditches and dirt but there’s no stopping Webb from completing this strenuous journey.