Making a TRX450 into a better all-around trail & dune quad
How good is the stock Honda TRX450R? Good enough to be a perrenial top choice for off-road racers and trail riders all across the country. But even good machine can always be made better, right? As Bill Murray in Stripes would say, "That's a fact, Jack. "
So, to prove this theory right, we took a 2007 model 450R, which we had access to, and set about transforming it from a 'standard' looking and 'standard' running TRX450 into a veritable roost-rocket, fully blinged out 500R dunster!
Without a doubt, ATVs have greatly expanded the acceptance of off-road recreation. For many riders that were either uncomfortable with the sometimes schizophrenic nature of a dirt bike, or did not want to be confined inside the cab of a vehicle, ATVs were the perfect choice for outdoor fun and exploration. Entire families could ride into areas too remote to be seen on foot and experience nature first hand, and they could do it safely at their own pace.
Let's face it, finding extra money in the budget for our toys got a lot harder in the past year. By no means does this mean we will go without (I believe in some circles they call this an addiction), but it does mean that we are going to research our purchases better and make them do more for us. Here is our story...
It’s easy to overlook the smaller displacement models in a manufacturer’s ATV lineup. It’s the big bore models equipped with the latest bells and whistles that get the lion’s share of attention, but the fact is many ATV owners don’t necessarily need or want a 70 horsepower, 70+ mph capable ATV to simply tow a trailer around the yard or cruise through the woods on a weekend trail ride. They look for reliability, “rideability,” comfort, and price (not always in that order), and we’ve found one ATV that fits the bill.