can even keep up with automatic-transmission 300s like Arctic Cat’s 300
DVX and Kymco’s Mongoose 300.
HOW IS THE POWER ON THE TRAIL?
Responsive and fun. Solid low-end
power, a strong midrange pull and
sharp throttle response make the 250X
fun to ride, and there’s enough power
to handle challenging trails. The Honda
pulls hard enough to wheelie off of rises
on the trail, but the power flattens out
at high revs. Riding at midrange revs
work best, and it’s easy to keep the
motor where it makes the most power
with the manual transmission.
WHAT KIND OF SUSPENSION DOES IT
A normal sport quad setup but
simpler. The 250X has double A-arms
up front and a solid-axle swingarm rear
suspension with a single shock. Unlike
on many sport quads, the shocks are
not adjustable. Unlike on some small
sport quads, however, the Honda’s
suspension settings are very good.
HOW DOES THE SUSPENSION WORK?
It’s compliant enough for comfortable
cruising and firm enough for aggressive
riding. The suspension on the Honda
is more refined than what you get on
some small sport quads. Typical 250
suspension is harsh, whereas the
Honda has a good feel. The Honda has
less than 6 inches of travel, front and
rear, but it’s enough for most trail-riding
situations. Big jumps will bottom the
Honda pretty easily, but bottoming isn’t
a problem in normal riding.
HOW DOES IT HANDLE?
The 250X is one of the lightest-
handling, most nimble quads made.
It’s also very narrow, which is a plus on
tight trails, but it makes it a little tippy
in sharp, fast turns. Last year, Honda
changed from Dunlop tires to Maxxis
meats with firmer sidewalls that flex
less and give the 250X more precise
cornering. There’s some body roll we’d
tune out if the Honda’s shocks were
adjustable, but the Honda’s handling is
HOW DOES IT WHEELIE?
It’s great at it. Snappy power makes
getting the front end up easy, and you
can also use the clutch to get the front
wheels in the air. The Honda’s power
is very controllable; it’s easy to do long
wheelies if you have the skill.
DOES IT LIKE TO SLIDE?
Yes. The Honda’s sharp throttle
response and the precise control the
manual transmission and clutch provide
make getting sideways in turns easy
and fun. Semi-low-profile rear tires help
the 2013 and 2014 250Xs slide more
predictably than earlier models. The
tires would be a good upgrade for older
HOW ARE THE DETAILS?
Most are very good. The 250X starts
easily, but it takes a long time to warm
The 229cc, air-cooled engine has crisp power, and it will run for years
with basic maintenance.
The 250X’s light, easy handling makes it a good machine to learn on,
yet it has enough performance for skilled riders.
The Honda’s seat and controls are perfect for
The 250X’s engine and swingarm guards
are adequate for casual trail riding, but you’ll
want to get skid plates with more coverage
for riding in rocks.