HONDA TRX450R ($7,799)
Honda’s sport 450 hasn’t changed much at all over the
years it has been in production. It has the most simplistic
design with a steel frame and a carbureted engine. The
450cc, four-stroke, liquid-cooled powerplant pulls hard
and is easy to upgrade with aftermarket parts. Racers still
choose the TRX450R because you can start upgrading it
right out of the box with performance parts on a budget.
Hopefully, a new version with electronic fuel injection will
come out soon.
HONDA TRX400X ($6,399)
The TRX400X is one of the longest-running sport ATVs
since its days as the 400EX. Since then it has gotten a few
cosmetic upgrades to the current X version. It has a practically bullet-proof, air-cooled, single-cylinder four-stroke
engine. It comes with hydraulic disc brakes in the front
and one in the rear. The five-speed transmission also has
reverse, which is a nice commodity.
HONDA TRX250X ($4,699)
Honda’s TRX250X has new color options for 2016 of red
and white or all white. It still has a 229cc air-cooled four-stroke engine with a five-speed transmission that doesn’t
require the use of the clutch to shift gears, but if you
want that sporty feel, the clutch works quite well. Like the
TRX400X, this machine is very durable and a blast to ride.
APEX 450F/250F ($13,000/$12,000)
Apex designs pure racing machines. They utilize
Yamaha powerplants from the days before fuel injection
was utilized. The suspension, wheels, bumpers and more
are put on these race quads for pure performance. Apex
makes limited runs of these machines, but if you are a serious racer, they have an ATV for you.
CAN-AM DS 450X MX/XC (2015 MODEL: $9,799/$9,099)
The sport 450 market is getting slimmer. This top contender fell off of the line for 2016, but there are still many to
purchase at your local Can-Am dealer. The DS 450 sports
a 449cc, fuel-injected four-stroke engine that has plenty of
power to the track or trails. There are two models looming
about—the DS 450X mx or 450X xc.
CAN-AM DS 250 ($4,199)
This sporty ATV carries a 249cc, liquid-cooled four-stroke engine in its chassis with an automatic CVT-style
transmission with reverse. Double-A-arm suspension covers the front end with a swingarm in the rear. Hydraulic
brakes stop the front tires, while a single rear hydraulic
disc brake slows down the back tires