Shaft drive means that there is less routine drivetrain
maintenance. We like the quiet pipe.
It is clever how Honda uses the clutch
lever to engage the parking brake. We
do wish the machine would start in gear.
As much as we liked playing moto on the TRX, it is happiest
and most effective just hitting the trails.
Honda sealed the airbox up well, so filter cleaning will be
relatively rare. The small toolkit is handy.
CONTROLS AND SHIFTING
As you would expect from Honda,
the SportClutch works amazingly well
with absolutely impeccable manners
and seamless crossover between
the two modes. We are always a bit
shocked that Honda hasn’t employed
this tech on more models. The shift
pattern for the five-speed is all up, so
you will want to keep a mental tally
of your gear selection while climbing.
You don’t want to shift to neutral
looking for a lower gear.
As light-feeling, maneuverable
and compact as the TRX is, it is still
nice that it features reverse. An
unobtrusive knob on the right side
is almost invisible, hidden in an
opening in the fuel-tank shroud. With
the engine in neutral, turn the reverse
knob and step down on the shift lever
to engage reverse. Our single gripe
about the controls is the starting. Even
with the clutch lever pulled in, the
TRX250X will not start unless it is in
neutral. We understand the thinking
as a safety feature for the new riders
likely to own this machine, but we
found it inconvenient.
Like any machine, the TRX250X
requires maintenance, but Honda
has done everything possible to
let you ride more and work on the
machine less. With air cooling, there
is no coolant to leak, change or
check. While the engine is a willing
revver, the rpm ceiling is nothing like
those race thumpers, so valve and
piston wear should be measured in
generations of riders.
Shaft drive means no chain to lube,
adjust or break. You will need to
clean the air filter, but it is in a lidded
airbox under the seat, so intervals
should be quite long. That leaves oil
changes—hardly an undue burden
for the fun this machine provides.
Honda blessed the TRX with
front and rear suspension. The rear
is a solid axle with independent
double-wishbone suspension in the
front. There is just shy of 6 inches
of suspension travel. The shocks
are preload adjustable but have no
Our test unit always started willingly
and instantly, and the carburetion
is flawless. In addition to the e-start,
the X has plastic heel protectors and
footpegs with nice boot-sole traction.
As soon as you start moving, you feel
how easily and quickly the compact