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post #1 of 19 Old 09-29-2012, 09:43 AM Thread Starter
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Got The Wife One Of These

I'd been looking around for a used 2WD 250 ATV for the wife for over a year but never found any deals or sellers I trusted.

Happened to wander into the local Honda shop during lunch yesterday and spotted this leftover 2011 TRX250X and thought it would be perfect. Got a pretty good deal with rebates.

The machine is rather simplistic and should be pretty easy to work on should the need arise. I've never been an ATV guy, but have been riding it around in the pasture and it's fun in its own way. I think it would be a blast out in the snow and intend to find out. It gets up and goes pretty good.

It's got the Honda SportClutch so she can shift gears without using the clutch: it will still shift, just lurches more. She's going to tag along with me on some of my favorite gravel road rides around here.



The engine is mounted longitudinally and looks like a big water pump or something:





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post #2 of 19 Old 09-29-2012, 09:48 AM
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Sweet looking rig!

Did they place the motor like that to make it simpler for the shaft drive? Easy to check the oil too!

Very nice machine, I'm sure she'll have a blast on it!

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Sweet looking rig!

Did they place the motor like that to make it simpler for the shaft drive? Easy to check the oil too!

Very nice machine, I'm sure she'll have a blast on it!
Thanks. I'm assuming that's why the engine is oriented in that direction. Everything is easy to get to and there's really not much to it. I didn't see any point in getting a 4WD machine since they're more complex, a lot bigger and not as much fun to ride, in my opinion. You can't carry anything on this smaller machine, but she has no reason to. Some of those big 500CC+ machines are literally half the size of my Tacoma.

I hadn't been in a Honda shop for years. I've always been impressed with Honda's build quality/fit and finish. I made the mistake of looking over a new XR650 while I was there and forgot how much I like those things.

I wouldn't trade the KLR for it now since I do more highway riding, but of the 650's I've owned and ridden, the Honda still remains my favorite. At the time I owned it, it was the best choice for the kind of riding I did. Now, the KLR is superior and should last longer.



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Nice looking ATV, like the color. It's nice of you to break it in for her. LOL Since I got my wife a bike a year ago, we ride together all the time when her back allows and have a great time. Ride Safe and have fun
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That's way cooler than anything I have ever bought for my wife.




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That's way cooler than anything I have ever bought for my wife.
Well, technically, I didn't buy it for her. I just happened to find it and we're both paying for it. She actually did all the loan paperwork and my name's not even on that or the title except for TOD. I guess I should have said, "Agreed to let her get one."



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We went out for a 25-mile ride today, hit a local bar to eat, continued riding. All this ridden at sub-40mph speeds, but it was actually pretty relaxing. It was a great day for a ride and she greatly enjoyed it; really the first time she'd ever done anything like that. Now she wants to do it at night. I'm all for it.

Hell, she's got a nicer helmet than I do: talked the guy down on it. I'm going to steal it and wear it riding to work in October for Breast Cancer Awareness month.





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We went out for a 25-mile ride today, hit a local bar to eat, continued riding. All this ridden at sub-40mph speeds, but it was actually pretty relaxing. It was a great day for a ride and she greatly enjoyed it; really the first time she'd ever done anything like that. Now she wants to do it at night. I'm all for it.

Hell, she's got a nicer helmet than I do: talked the guy down on it. I'm going to steal it and wear it riding to work in October for Breast Cancer Awareness month.

OK, You and the wife out on the trial together, totally cool. I've done a few 2 up rides lately with my wife, not easy for me, but she loves it. She mentioned that maybe a four wheeler would work for her. Thanks for the inspiration.
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OK, You and the wife out on the trial together, totally cool. I've done a few 2 up rides lately with my wife, not easy for me, but she loves it. She mentioned that maybe a four wheeler would work for her. Thanks for the inspiration.
She was afraid going that slow would bug me, but it didn't. I would definitely recommend one of the "sport" ATV's for such riding. The thing is capable of going faster than she rides it, but I told her to take it easy until she gets used to it. It has no speedometer or anything, so she kept asking me how fast we'd just been going. I would say, "Oh, 30 or so," and she'd say, "Really? It felt like we were going about 60." I haven't ridden the thing on the road yet, but would imagine there's quite a sensation of speed on it compared to being on a motorcycle.



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Congrats on your first ride together, sounds like you created a new enthusiast there. It's nice to have someone to share the trails and backroads with that have never been there. Allot of times my wife would rather go riding than fishing and that's saying allot.
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