Weekend Warrior: 2014 Honda TRX450R
2014 Honda TRX450R: Ready To Race
Looking for an agile ATV that can handle all types of trails? Then
you may want to turn your attention to the Honda
TRX450R. Honda has a strong reputation for producing top-notch
quads, and the TRX450R is no different. The 2014 version is the
latest in a long line of race-worthy machines, and its predecessors
have won multiple Baja 1000 rallies to prove it.
The new model for 2014 has an impressive array of features that make it a joy to ride, and any user will likely be satisfied with the extras included on the machine.
Engine And Chassis
This ATV is powered by a liquid-cooled, single-cylinder,
four-stroke engine with a displacement of 450cc. Inspired by
Honda's winning motocross engine, this engine has been used by
Honda for ATV racing purposes, so it
has a history of success on motocross and ATV circuits. With
Nikasil lining plated directly to the cylinder wall and Unicam
cylinder head design, the motor works well with the 40mm Keihnin
FCR-type carburetor to provide crisp throttle response with very
The Pro-Link rear suspension features an adjustable Showa piggyback shock with more than 9 inches of travel. Additionally, the front suspension employs double-wishbone shocks, an adjustable spring-preload and 8.4 inches of travel. It is anchored by dual 174mm disc brakes with twin-piston calipers, which are constructed from aluminum to keep the weight down. Aluminum is also found in the framework of the Honda TRX450R. The material is a nice blend of toughness and smoothness, so you can get impressive performance at a quiet volume.
Weighing in at 388 pounds, it's on the lighter side of ATVs, but it is strong enough to handle all types of terrain. You can stay on the trails with the help of a 2.7-gallon fuel tank, which includes an 0.8-gallon reserve.
One of the high points of the 2014 Honda TRX450R is its twin-sump
lubrication system. With a separate oil supply lubricating the
clutch/transmission and the valve train/pistons there is less oil
required for maintenance. Another great feature is the electric
starter, with the push of button this quad roars to life, whether
in the pits, on the trails, or packing for home. Add in the knobby
radial ATV tires,
which measure 21 and 20 inches in the front and rear, respectively,
for excellent grip and improved traction in racing conditions. This
is just another way the ATV is catered to competitive situations,
and it certainly can make a difference.
Final Thoughts - Time To Hit The Tracks
Models of the Honda TRX450R are available in red or a special
edition tri-color option. There aren't a lot of other frills, but
you don't need the bells and whistles when you have a race-ready
machine like this model.
With so many extras and a powerful engine, the 2014 Honda TRX450R will likely attract a number of riders. However, it is created for more experienced users and should be restricted to more competent riders over the age of 16.
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