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Old 05-12-2012, 11:03 AM   #1
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Best Honda atv for trails/mountains?

I have been looking for a rancher 4x4 for sale, but a part of me thinks the trx700xx may be a better choice for trail riding and steep incline mountain roads? which of these atv's would excel at this type of riding? I will not be using this for work, merely trail riding in the Ozark mountains and creek beds. the trails can get pretty rough and rocky.
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Old 05-13-2012, 10:29 AM   #2
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hrm a lot of people say this honda atv really sucks... lol. I imagine the reliability is not as good with this quad, or maybe the Independent rear is not suited well for certain riding?
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No experience with these 700xx's in here?
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I know Tony915 had a Honda quad that he swore by.
Not sure if it was that particular model.

I remember seeing a vid between a 2wd trx against a 4wd rancher style quad running thru some mixed terrain woods and the rancher left it in the dust.
Your gonna want 4wd to do any kind of climbing.
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Old 05-14-2012, 03:44 PM   #5
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Can Am makes a "sporty" 4WD called the Renegade. Check it out.
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Old 05-15-2012, 11:28 AM   #6
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Ya I guess the 4x4 makes sense...

I think the renegade is cool but I'm a bit of a Honda fan boy in regards to reliable machines.
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Old 05-15-2012, 11:40 AM   #7
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I ride sport quads all the time. However, for anything other than racing/riding the trails fast Can-Am has taken over the market. If you're going to buy any type of quad other than a sport quad then it should be a Can-Am. I love Hondas....I had a supercharged and fully built Civic Si....I have an F4i right now.....but I like to invest my money so if I ever got a utility quad it would be the Can-Am. They are just as reliable as a Honda but way more powerful and way more bang for your buck. Honda has hit or miss reliability in their quads. The trx 450 (450's are what I am always around) has just now gotten away from top end issues. For a few years their 450 was not much faster than their 400ex and the head had issues with flattening out and needing new cams after a short amount of hours...valves re-done and a lot of other issues. They had to redesign the quad and the new ones are okay but for years their 450 was garbage. As far as utility quads go the Honda Rincon was the only quad they had that could possibly match up with Can-Am as far as power goes. They stopped making this a couple years back so it's getting kind of hard to find them. If you're going to get a Honda the Rincon is very powerful. I would go Can-Am without a doubt though for what you're needing. (unless I found a Rincon in good shape)

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Old 05-15-2012, 11:52 AM   #8
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Also, as far as the TRX 700xx goes.....a lot of people consider that quad to be a flop. It was meant to be a very powerful sport-type quad but the independent rear suspension meant it wasn't reliable on the track and trails when you would need it to slide in the turns. It had issues with rolling so a lot of people didn't buy them. However, that was because it was designed to be more of a "race" type bike and failed in that aspect. It is a decent quad with a lot of low end grunt and does well with traction. Any 4x4 quad you get will not be as fun in more fast paced trails. Any of my 450's will smoke a utility quad on a trail that can be taken with momentum. However climbing with any 2wd atv can be a concern. You can use judgement on what type of hills you're climbing and see if you'd need 4 wheel drive or not. I've never had as much fun on a utility quad than a sport quad but i'm a little biased.
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Old 05-15-2012, 12:50 PM   #9
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How do the 700xx's hold up in terms of reliability?
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How do the 700xx's hold up in terms of reliability?
Well you can make it to be what you want but that quad has won the Baja 1000 a few times.
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Old 05-15-2012, 02:03 PM   #11
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Ya the Baja winning past of the 700 is what makes me think it would be a reliable trail blaster... I know the 450's Honda put out were not the most reliable. But I've never been let down with any of my Honda's this is why I will probably never own anything else... even If there are better
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Old 05-16-2012, 02:12 PM   #12
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trx700xx looks extremely capable for being a 2wd race quad...

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Yeah it's a great trail quad. Comfy suspension and good power
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