reply to post by DaddyBare
My father purchased two Honda Fourtrax 300 4x4s in 92 and 93. They've been around his house for the entire time, used and abused. They've held up
very well and are very capable off-road. It's the best selling atv ever made and it's a shame they've finally canceled it's long production run.
If you want something that can off-road very well and will still be moving when hell freezes over that's the best one for you. It may lack the
horsepower, the comfort, and the extras of a Polaris but it'll give every single one of them a run for their money, and tow them home after they
break down. Which leads me to my next bit of advice for you.
Polaris is trash. Do not buy one, ever. I could list a page or two of shortcomings that those machines generally have but I really don't feel like
going through it all. This comes from firsthand experience. Where my father lives everyone owns an ATV for hunting purposes. The brands break down
like this generally.
Honda- runs forever (number one on durability), no slouch but not the leader of the pack, generally more capable off-road than certain other brands,
lacks some creature comforts but nothing that's going to make you dislike riding it.
Polaris- many bells and whistles, looks nice, wears out fast, is somewhat performance oriented but not the fastest, highly comfortable, breaks down or
acts up often, CVT transmissions are the most common and are susceptible to water making them almost worthless, great off-road capability until the
CVT gets wet.
Yamaha- leader of the pack in performance when it's actually working, poorly designed wear parts (can't keep brake pads on them), breaks down often,
not as capable off-road and designed around speed, dead last on durability/reliability scale.
Kawasaki- cheap electronics, reasonable reliability, comfortable, off-road prowess stinks, jack of all trades and master of none.
Suzuki- older models are highly reliable, cosmetic deterioration happens quickly, sometimes suffer from design flaws on certain models, rates second
on reliability, overall the older models are much better than the newer ones.
I know in recent years a few newer brands have come onto the scene and I really can't tell you much about those because what I know comes from years
of my father's experience fixing them for his friends. Everything I just listed is the opinion of a 30 year veteran mechanic and long time ATV
If you're looking for a brand new model specifically, anything in the Honda lineup is pretty much a sure thing. The more extras you get the more
likely you are to have problems. A semi-automatic transmission is the second simplest and most reliable ATV you can get. Honda does have a good
reputation for their electronic transmissions and other options but the semi-automatic is the most reliable.
There are always exceptions to every rule but for my money I'd buy a Honda. They don't have the slogan "best on earth" and NOT get laughed at for