❏ Here is something you might not
know about ATV manufacturers:
they spend time and effort on models
that sell. If you see a sport quad
like the Honda TRX250X that steadily
remains in the line with yearly model
updates (even new graphics), you
can be certain that it sells pretty well.
Look at Honda’s website and you will
see the TRX450R and the TRX400X
listed along with the TRX250X and the
TRX90X. A closer look will show that
only the 250 and the 90 are 2016 or
2017 models. The two larger and more
powerful siblings are 2014 units. You
can safely draw the conclusion that
Honda sells more TRX250Xs than the
400 and 450.
The fact that only the entry-level
models are current is a trend that
is not lost on OEMs. As Dirt Wheels
compiles information on the 2017
lineups, the majority of news in the
sport quad segment is under 250cc.
This trend proves that riders are in
the market for a light, fun and sporty
quad that is easy to care for and will
last close to forever.
Honda pioneered the idea of
mounting the engine in the frame,
with the crankshaft running front to
back rather than across the frame.
You avoid parasitic power losses, and
the more power you save on an air-cooled, two-valve, 229cc four-stroke,
the more fun there is available. While
this engine may not seem remarkable
today, it would have been the
pinnacle of four-stroke performance
when quads first appeared. It is a
carbureted motor, but despite fully
legal sound and emissions settings,
the motor fires easily and quickly
warms to riding temperature.
The engine is paired to a five-speed, foot-shift manual transmission.
It is the only ATV in the Honda lineup
with the Honda SportClutch. A new,
familiar auto-clutch system is used,
but unlike other auto-clutch designs,
the TRX250X has a clutch lever on the
handlebar. You can choose to utilize
fully automatic clutch action or use
the lever to pull race starts and add a
burst of power exiting turns.
The TRX50X is happy to do some
sliding, but a slippery surface makes it
much easier. With more traction, it just
Having an auto-clutch machine
with an effective clutch lever is
genius. Typically, the Honda is quite