HOW DOES THE PRICE COMPARE?
Honda hasn’t released the price
of the 2014 250X yet, but it should
be close to $4499, the price of the
2013. That makes it one of the more
expensive 250 sport quads. Can-Am’s
DS250 is $4049. Yamaha’s Raptor 250
is the most expensive at $4599.
WHAT POWERS IT?
A 229cc, air-cooled engine with two
pushrod-actuated valves. A 22mm
carburetor does the fuel metering.
The Honda’s simple engine design
WHAT’S SO SPECIAL ABOUT THE HONDA’S
seems unsophisticated, but it’s more
snappy and responsive than small,
automatic-transmission sport quads
with liquid-cooled, four-valve, overhead-
cam motors. The air-cooled, two-valve,
overhead-cam Raptor 250 is the only
small sport quad that’s significantly
faster than the 250X.
Manual transmissions with manual
clutches are great for sport riding, but
operating the clutch and transmission
can be frustrating for some riders,
especially while dealing with challenging
terrain. The 250X’s SportClutch lets
riders slip or pop the clutch when
they want to; otherwise, it operates
automatically. That means the rider
doesn’t have to worry about stalling
when pulling out or stopping. The
Honda has five speeds and reverse.
HOW FAST IS IT?
It’s respectably quick for a 250. The
five-speed, manual-clutch Raptor 250
is the only 250 that’s faster. The Honda
A manual transmission with
a clutch that works manually
or automatically makes the
Honda more fun for serious
riders than automatic-transmission sport quads.
The double A-arm front suspension is the same design that most
serious sport quads use, but with non-adjustable shocks and less travel.
Shaft drive means no chain maintenance and more ground clearance
than machines with chain drive.