Honda began manufacturing three-wheeled motorcycles and off-road vehicles in 1971, with its ATC-90. The powered tricycle had huge balloon tires and lacked suspension, which meant the vehicle bounced easily along off-road trails.
Honda made later-model, all-terrain tricycles with better safety features, such as wider rear axles, smaller rear tires and suspensions to prevent bouncing. Off-road tricycles were banned in the United States in 1986, so manufacturers had to create street-based models.
The Honda GL-1800 Goldwing tricycle remains a popular choice among motorcycle enthusiasts, according to CruiserCustomizing.com. The very first Goldwing tricycles began to be customized from Honda CB900 motorcycles in the mid-1980s. Companies such as Lehman Trikes and Champion Trikes started out of home garages at that time.