Honda Kids ATV
The 2015 Honda TRX90X hits the market unchanged for the last several years. However, what the littlest Honda ATV lacks in new bells, whistles, or gizmos, it certainly makes up for by providing years of trouble-free service for some lucky kid.
Powering the TRX90X is a super reliable air-cooled, carbureted, single cylinder four-stroke hooked to a four-speed manually foot-shifted transmission. The auto clutch makes shifting simple while the need to row through the gears gives little off-roaders the experience of learning how to operate a manual transmission without the complications of a clutch. This gives little red excellent engine braking characteristics to control downhill descents. The 2015 Honda TRX90X has ample power and enough torque to climb steep hills or tricky sections with gnarly terrain.
The front suspension is a single a-arm independent design that, unlike some competitors, does a decent job of maintaining proper suspension geometry as the travel articulates through its range of motion. However, a dual a-arm up front would certainly be a welcome improvement. Out back, a solid rear axle hooked to a single shock keeps the rear in check. For my son Gavin, the suspension worked really well in the tight, rock strewn terrain where we typically wheel. Steering effort is very easy and doesn't require EPS (Electric Power Steering), but it would be cool for a company like Honda to be the first to integrate it as an added safety feature for young kids.
Braking comes from a pair of front drums and a single rear drum. Since none of the brakes are hydraulic, occasional adjustments need to be made to the cables as they stretch with use. An electric starter makes firing the youth machine effortless, although utilizing the choke until the engine builds some heat is often necessary due to the lack of EFI (Electronic Fuel Injection).
Out on the trails, the 2015 Honda TRX90X did an excellent job taking my son wherever he wanted to go. I distinctly remember him being apprehensive about trying both an uphill and downhill section strewn with fairly large sized rocks. I had the ability to walk alongside him and "coach" him through the areas that made him a little anxious. After a few trips where he learned to feel more comfortable by moving his body around on the quad to better control it, he gained confidence in both the TRX90X and his ability very quickly.
For those looking for an excellent youth ATV sized north of the 50cc entry-level market, there aren't a great deal of choices I would recommend. With that said, the TRX90X gets the ATV Rider seal of approval without reservation.
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