The Honda has a light and precise
steering feel, which does not wander
or twitch at any speed. This is a great
starter quad for a kid who you know
will graduate to a larger machine.
The Honda is powered by an 86cc,
SOHC, air-cooled engine mated to a
four-speed auto-clutch transmission. It
has plenty of torque for any-sized kid
and even adults.
good enough for about two hours of
riding on a small track with our test
kids taking turns.
The 90X is not quite the biggest
90 out there. It fits right between the
Polaris 90 and the Suzuki 90. It is one
of the heaviest at 262 pounds, but
probably the strongest you can buy.
The suspension will take a pounding.
Up front, single steel A-arms only
move 2. 6 inches, and the rear swing-
arm moves about the same. You
probably get another inch of travel
out of the somewhat balloony tires.
Those measure 20x7-8 in the front and
19x8-8 out back. MX tires from a 450
quad would make the machine sit a
little lower and handle a tad better.
The stock tires are really good in the
sand, however. They provide good
floatation and should keep your kid
from getting stuck.
appreciate the fact that it does have
an electric starter, and a keyed ignition will help keep those latchkey
kids from riding it unattended after
school. A throttle-screw limiter on the
thumb lever can be adjusted as kids
improve, and the intake system has
a small rubber washer placed before
the carburetor will unlock some hidden performance if the need arises.
The only feature it doesn’t have that
we wish it did was reverse.
In stock trim the little Honda is fun.
We had several testers spin a ton of
laps around a little mini track, and
the motor never disappointed. For
a quad this small, the 86cc is all the
power you need for casual trail riding. The large 1.7-gallon tank was