Our beginner test rider Arianna
Elizabeth could hit corners without
much tipping, and the SportClutch
was easy to learn.
ers with small hands (size 4) wanted
the thumb throttle to be longer and not
so tucked under the handlebar for easy
use on long rides. The braking system
is strong enough to handle heavier riders, as well as all of the speed that the
little machine is capable of generating.
The front brakes are hydraulic discs
that are controlled via a single lever on
the right handlebar. The rear brake is a
sealed mechanical drum that is smooth
yet surprisingly strong and is operated
by a foot pedal.
The first stage of our test was in
hardpack desert terrain with rocks.
Our beginner rider got the hang of the
SportClutch system quickly and was
glad to not need to use the clutch lever
while learning how to ride. Utilizing the
power was straightforward, and the
smooth delivery pleased new riders.
The engine has a broad powerband
that provides good torque down low to
get up steeper terrain, yet allows the
machine to have a quick pace through
the higher gears. It actually pulled five
gears in the dunes with that 200-pound-
plus rider aboard. The Honda has
enough power to be playful in the hands
of a more experienced rider, and you
can get it sideways and jump smaller
jumps without issue.
The suspension was a little rough in
the rocks and ruts at the start, since
the shocks hadn’t had enough rides
to wear them in yet. It would be nice
if the Honda’s shocks were preload-adjustable. That would help them suit
more riders for even more fun.
The second part of our test was performed in the sand dunes of Glamis in
Southern California. Glamis is the land of
monster motors, but we still had fun. We
stayed out of the big dunes, but the handling was surprisingly good in the sandbox—better, in fact, than on hard terrain.
Honda makes capable, fun and
durable ATVs for riders of all ages,
sizes and experience levels. The
TRX250X is one of those machines
that you will at least see one or two of
cruising around your riding areas. The
four-stroke single-cylinder engine has
soft-enough power for a beginner yet
is fun enough for an experienced rider
to enjoy, especially since it is paired
to an all-user-friendly transmission
system that doesn’t require the use
of the clutch but does allow it. The
suspension is a little short-feeling
at times, but works well and doesn’t
make your body feel like you are 30
years older the next day. This humble
little quad has remained one of the
best-selling ATVs in the industry and
has lived past the decline of sport
quads through the years. Go check out
Honda’s full lineup of ATVs and UTVs
on their website at
The front suspension is a dual-A-arm
type that utilizes a coil-over gas shock
for damping. There is 5. 9 inches of
travel on each front corner.