If you are thinking of buying a quad bike, for work, sporting, or leisure purposes then youd do well to consider a Honda.
Honda has a pedigree in ATV (all-terrain vehicle) manufacture and distribution going back to the 1970s, and has a reputation for producing highly durable, robust vehicles.
One of the first qualities to look for, when hunting for your Honda quad bike, is time-honoured reliability. As one American outdoors enthusiast recently put it on a discussion board, this is one tuff wheeler…I use it for hunting, work and trail riding. Another farmer commented that they had been somewhat lax in getting the vehicle regularly service-checked, but this didnt seem to matter their Honda quad just continued working for years. Furthermore, in a comparison of six agricultural quad bikes made by different manufacturers, and published in Farmers Weekly in 2008, the Honda Foreman S model came out with the overall highest score: in particular it scored highest in the maintenance category.
In order to benefit from the reliability, and durability of your chosen Honda quad bike, if you are buying new you could check up on this by posting a question about your potential new model on a web forum devoted to ATVs, and hopefully youll get helpful replies. If you are buying secondhand, then ask to look over any relevant servicing and repair documentation. If possible try to take the vehicle out for a test drive, and if thats not possible ask to see any photographs, even videos, of the Honda quad bike in action.
Honda ATVs are also well known for their manoeuvrability and fuel economy. Some common features are: power steering, highly supportive suspension providing a smoother ride, and electronic shift functions giving increased traction in tight spots, and tricky situations. Do check with your Honda quad bike seller in particular about the power steering feature. Moreover, some Honda quads now come with automatic transmission, allowing for up to 5-speed auto gear shifting. Its also worth asking if your prospective Honda comes with one of the slicker fuel-injected engines, enabling, amongst other things, a more frugal consumption of fuel which is both good for the environment and your wallet.
Another great feature of Honda quad bikes, which you can look forward to as an owner, is that maintenance and repair should be relatively straightforward. This stems from Honda being a global brand, with an established UK HQ, based in Slough. Dealing with such an established brand means that there should be no hunting around for impossibly rare parts, as sometimes arises in vehicle repair situations. Furthermore some quad bike retailers double as repair specialists, and have Honda qualified technicians on site.
Finally, when you buy any vehicle bearing the Honda brand name, you will be benefiting from the rich Research & Development ethos of the company as a whole. As Honda is the worlds largest engine manufacturer then its quite possible that the insights that inform one type of engine design might well feed through to the companys versatile quad bike range.