Wednesday, September 5, 2007

TRX700XX. No, 700 is not a typo!

A year of firsts for Honda, this time it's a big bore sport quad being announced. The all new 2008 Honda TRX700XX has a lot of people excited with a double-wishbone Independent Rear Suspension (IRS) system, a unique centered chain drive system, and a fuel-injected 686cc engine making monster torque. The IRS also comes with a tuned sway bar to help keep the rear end better planted on the track and trail. Other details I noted include a rear LED brake light and removable mud scrapers on the rear rims.

The real question is if the TRX700XX is more of an alternative to the Can-Am Renegade 4x4 than the Yamaha Raptor 700. It would seem so with a curb weight (all fluids and a full tank of gas) of 508 pounds, making it around 100 pounds heavier than the Raptor which has claimed dry weight of 396 lbs. Only time will tell as the first public rides on the machine are forthcoming.