the race for the tallest stack of survey forms sent in, it was a close
battle between the Honda TRX450R and Yamaha YFZ450. But in the end, the
Honda just barely squeaked ahead of the Yamaha. Both of these
high-performance 450s were introduced as 2004 models and have been
around the longest. When looking at the year model of Honda 450R surveys
we received, you’ll see that 80 percent are from 2008 and earlier. That
means there’s been plenty of time to see what can go wrong on this quad
that’s ridden harder and faster than most. However, reliability is what
450R owners say they like most about their quads.
for a used Honda 450R, you should know that the most significant update
occurred in the 2006 model. Its engine switched to a slightly bigger
bore and shorter stroke to match the dirt bike version. The carb
diameter dropped 2mm, the compression was raised and the swingarm length
grew a half inch. Electric starting also became an option in ‘06, and
that version was called the 450ER. You had a choice of push-button or
kickstart for several years, but then Honda made electric-start standard
equipment on all its 450Rs.
As good as the 450R is, there are
plenty of aftermarket companies offering parts to make it even better.
You’ll note that most of these owners aren’t shy about bolting on
numerous improvements to their prized machine. Most of them say they’d
buy another Honda 450R as their next quad. In fact, their fantasy dream
machine would also be made by Honda as well. Satisfied quad owners
typically display brand loyalty.
WARNING: Much of the action depicted in this magazine is potentially dangerous. Virtually all of the riders seen in our photos are experienced experts or professionals. Do not attempt to duplicate any stunts that are beyond your own capabilities. Always wear the appropriate safety gear. Copyright 2008 Hi-Torque Publications, Inc. All rights reserved. Console Login