Rokon Mototractor, Perhaps the Best ATV You’ve Never Seen

by February 17, 2011 02/17/11
Rokon

When you mention Rokon, most people will give you a confused look. If you’re lucky they may say, “Yea, I’ve heard of them before.”

You would think the second oldest American manufacturer of motorcycles would be more of a well-known icon. How can one of the most capable ATVs on the planet be the big foot of the off-road industry, heard of but hardly ever seen?

Rokon Mototractor

In the 1950s, a California inventor named Charles Fehn set out to build the ultimate off-road vehicle. It had to go anywhere and be a rugged workhorse. With this in mind a two-wheel drive vehicle with hollow wheels was designed and produced. Some call it a bike but the name Mototractor more closely defines its capability.

While there have been a handful of updates over the last 50 years to this trusted and reliable design, the heart is still the same. Since its creation it’s been adopted for military use and is in service with more then 25 state and federal wildlife agencies. They’ve also been recognized as the go to vehicle for the toughest situations.

Rokon

Operation

Lets talk a little bit about how it works. The Rokon is a two-wheel drive motorcycle powered by a 6.6hp Kohler four-cycle engine. The power gets distributed to the automatic torque converter (same as on most 4-wheelers and snowmobiles). It features an automatic three-speed transmission, allowing it to reach a top speed of 35 mph and crawl up and over the toughest obstacles. After the power goes through the transmission it gets transferred to the wheels; the rear wheel by a direct chain.

The front gets its powerthrough a drive shaft that runs through the frame, then goes to a miter box and to a chain driving the front wheel. It then powers either a 15” wheel with a 6.5” wide tractor tire, or the preferred 12” wheel with an 8” wide ATV tire. The rims are hollow so that you can carry water for added ballast in climbing steep hills or carry gas for extended trips.

While no one off-road vehicle will meet the needs of every individual, a Rokon meets more than most. With its 15” of ground clearance and full frame skid plates, it will climb over logs over 30” in diameter. All it takes is a clearance of 30” to clear the handlebars, allowing it to go into tighter places. It’s also designed to carry a passenger.

The Rokon will run for 9 hours (or 200 miles) on three gallons of gas. When it comes to hills it has the ability to climb 60 percent grades and remain upright when driving horizontal on hill sides. With a 4-wheeler you always run the risk of flipping it over when on a steephill. The Rokon will take you where you want to be and get you back again.

Rokon

Features

Below are a few other Rokon features:

  • Ability to pull 700 lbs. dead weight or 2500 lbs. rolling
  • Weighs in at 205 lbs. making it a breeze to move and load
  • Lightweight allows it to be carried using just your hitch receiver and a special rack
  • Can ford water or mud 2 ft. deep and can float across bodies of water when the rims are left empty
  • Allows you to go down the tightest trails making it ideal to retrieve downed game
  • Fits easily in a garage
  • Solid state ignition so it will start even if there’s been an EMP attack
  • American made and owned

Cons

So what are the down sides? The speed is the biggest thing. They’re not for flying down trails; on the contrary they are for making trails. Although with its automatic transmission anyone can get on one and go, they stay upright at 0.5 MPH. However, there is a learning curve that must be mastered; just know you WILL tip it over. The good thing is when you do it’s normally at 2MPH so it’s no big deal.

Over time you’ll learn how to climb over logs, hills and drive in wet conditions. As you learn how to drive a Rokon you’ll soon start to master the things that hung you up in the beginning.
Here’s my disclaimer, I own a Rokon dealership in Tennessee. With that being said, the dealership is just a hobby and not my day job; I do it because I have a passion for showing people the benefits of Rokon and have put this article together for the same reasons.

Whether you come to me or not for your Rokon needs, you can absolutely call me or email me with any questions; I’ll shoot you straight.

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ricomalu
ricomalu

How do I get a hold one these in Ca?. I've only found one distributor and they are discontinuing all the Rokon models for some reason. I wonder if it's because they are no Ca. CARB certified?

William McGee
William McGee

Can the front-wheel drive be disabled? Thanks for your help.

paul dunlap
paul dunlap

Hello ,

Looking for a Bill Schneider built in Montana game carrier for a rokon TB. Thank you, paul

paul dunlap
paul dunlap

Hello , Looking for a Bill Schneider built in Montana game carrier for a rokon TB. Thank you, paul

Ken
Ken

I have owned two Rokon Trailbreakers and I am looking for another Rokon. If anyone knows where I can get a good deal on a late model used Rokon or new one at a fair price, please contact me. Thanks! Ken from NorthCentral PA.

Ben Glassco
Ben Glassco

I first heard of the Rokon years ago when I was a teenagewr living in Hartford, Connecticut and building minibikes. These machines make entire sense; they are strong, well-engineeered, yet are mechanically simple and, as such, easy to maintain. Having said that, they are also way-overpriced, something I have never understood. I would love to have one, but cannot justify paying over five-grand for what is, essentially, a minibike.

Scott Breuker
Scott Breuker

Just got the answer from the owner. The .45 is running on max and it never runs at max.

Thanks again for the question.

Scott

Scott Breuker
Scott Breuker

Great Question,

I am going off of the run time listed under the trail breaker on the Rokon site and what the owner said. I have never looked at the math to see if it added up. That being said I know I can get at least eight hours on mine, I have never ran it dry. I will email the owner tomorrow and see if we need to correct what I said or the Rokon site. I will post the reply here.

Scott

Aaron McDoomsday
Aaron McDoomsday

Dude! Awesome article, and great machine; I'd never even heard of the Rokon. When I become a successful engineer, I can guarantee I'll have one or two of these. Thanks for the article Scott, thank you!

Minor point of question:

From Rokon's website; specs for the trail-breaker's fuel capacity and consumption are:

Fuel Tank Capacity 2.69 US (10.0 L) Hi-impact polyethylene tank.

Auxillary Fuel storage 4.5 US gallons (17 liters) per wheel.

2.5 US gallons per 12" wheel

Fuel Consumption 0.45 gal/hr (1.7L per hour),

Calculated run time per full tank of fuel, no refill: 2.69 gal / 0.45 gal/hour = 5.98 hrs of run time/full tank.

In the article your stated run time is 9 hours (200 miles); is the quoted run time at idle or a typo? I swear I'm not nit-picking, its my engineer's curiosity.

Aaron McDoomsday
Aaron McDoomsday

Dude! Awesome article, and great machine; I'd never even heard of the Rokon. When I become a successful engineer, I can guarantee I'll have one or two of these. Thanks for the article Scott, thank you! Minor point of question: From Rokon's website; specs for the trail-breaker's fuel capacity and consumption are: Fuel Tank Capacity 2.69 US (10.0 L) Hi-impact polyethylene tank. Auxillary Fuel storage 4.5 US gallons (17 liters) per wheel. 2.5 US gallons per 12" wheel Fuel Consumption 0.45 gal/hr (1.7L per hour), Calculated run time per full tank of fuel, no refill: 2.69 gal / 0.45 gal/hour = 5.98 hrs of run time/full tank. In the article your stated run time is 9 hours (200 miles); is the quoted run time at idle or a typo? I swear I'm not nit-picking, its my engineer's curiosity.

3646
3646

I was introduced to the Rokon when I started to dating my now wife, my father inlaw showed me this mutant motorcycle, I thought he was crazy until I finally rode it. He has 3 in his stable, i believe they are all from the 70's. The Rokons are badass, they can go pretty much anywhere as long as you have the balls to hang on.

Ring
Ring

Pricing?

Dan
Dan

You know I've seen those mentioned and spoken quite highly of a couple times here and there and it really caught my eye, but they never seemed to be very widely popular...but I've come to learn that pretty much anything spoken well of on this blog is good to go.

Someday when I have the money I'd love to have one.

Dan
Dan

You know I've seen those mentioned and spoken quite highly of a couple times here and there and it really caught my eye, but they never seemed to be very widely popular...but I've come to learn that pretty much anything spoken well of on this blog is good to go. Someday when I have the money I'd love to have one.

Eric S.
Eric S.

Great article Scott and welcome to ITS Tactical.

I'm going to have to ride one next time I'm up there!

Eric S.
Eric S.

Great article Scott and welcome to ITS Tactical. I'm going to have to ride one next time I'm up there!

Shawn White
Shawn White

Oh. Also? Need to paint one black and spray the ITS logo onto it with that fancy new stencil of yours! ;-)

Shawn White
Shawn White

That is schweet! You're right. Have never heard of such a beast. While I really don't have a use for such a thing I shall certainly file it away for future reference. Great write up!

Zook

Shawn White
Shawn White

That is schweet! You're right. Have never heard of such a beast. While I really don't have a use for such a thing I shall certainly file it away for future reference. Great write up! Zook

harris51
harris51

The only bummer is they are harder to get through fast moving mid sized rivers/creeks.

In AK, those water features are everywhere and a routine hazard.

Other than that, Rokons are serious billy goats.

harris51
harris51

The only bummer is they are harder to get through fast moving mid sized rivers/creeks. In AK, those water features are everywhere and a routine hazard. Other than that, Rokons are serious billy goats.

GregT
GregT

@William McGee Nope, it runs all the time.

Scott Breuker
Scott Breuker

Just got the answer from the owner. The .45 is running on max and it never runs at max. Thanks again for the question. Scott

Scott Breuker
Scott Breuker

Great Question, I am going off of the run time listed under the trail breaker on the Rokon site and what the owner said. I have never looked at the math to see if it added up. That being said I know I can get at least eight hours on mine, I have never ran it dry. I will email the owner tomorrow and see if we need to correct what I said or the Rokon site. I will post the reply here. Scott

Scott Breuker
Scott Breuker

Check with your local dealers. I know we sell ours about $600 below MSRP.

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