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  1. Hey all, id like to get some collective info on some quads im not familiar with. My girl wants to go riding with us, and i dont know what to get for her. Obviously i dont want to stick her on my 700. Or the 660 or 450 for that matter, i dont want her to get hurt. She has never rode before so i thought a 4x4 would be a good way to learn since most are automatic and pretty forgiving on the throttle. However, shes not having any of that! Lol. She wants a sport quad and i dont know what would be a good one to learn on. Id like it to be an automatic. I know the kfx700 is auto but i feel its too powerful. Anyone have any suggestions?
 

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I haven't ridden one and it's not automatic, but I've been impressed with the Honda 400 (ex). Around here they sell for under $2000.
 

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I haven't ridden one and it's not automatic, but I've been impressed with the Honda 400 (ex). Around here they sell for under $2000.
Dez, i love the 400ex. Rode many of them and they are crazy reliable with great power. I feel like its too much motor though. Thought about a 300ex, but i think they are manual shift also. Same with raptor 350 and warrior. What about a wolverine 450, anybody ever rode one of those or know anything about them? Problem being ive never seen one for sale around here... im open to suggestions, but no chinese brands please

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Dez, i love the 400ex. Rode many of them and they are crazy reliable with great power. I feel like its too much motor though. Thought about a 300ex, but i think they are manual shift also. Same with raptor 350 and warrior. What about a wolverine 450, anybody ever rode one of those or know anything about them? Problem being ive never seen one for sale around here... im open to suggestions, but no chinese brands please

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This past vacation, my 13yo grandson, who hadn't ridden in 7 years and never with a clutch on a Honda 90, started riding his mother's 400 like a pro. Yes, the clutch was a learning curve, but easily mastered. Once I told him to be aggressive and move sand it was a lot easier.
 

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Really the raptor 350 is very mellow. We teach a lot of newbs on that one we have.
 

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This past vacation, my 13yo grandson, who hadn't ridden in 7 years and never with a clutch on a Honda 90, started riding his mother's Honda 400ex like a pro. Yes, the clutch was a learning curve, but easily mastered. Once I told him to be aggressive and move sand it was a lot easier.
After riding his mother's Honda 400ex he got his very own 400ex this weekend for $1500. It's a easy bike to ride and not outgrown for a while.
 

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What about some Chinese copies? Bashan 250 Skyjet 250 etc. There is plenty of them and they are cheap. Perfect for someone new. From my experience the frame isn't strong but the engines refuse to die.
 

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What about some Chinese copies? Bashan 250 Skyjet 250 etc. There is plenty of them and they are cheap. Perfect for someone new. From my experience the frame isn't strong but the engines refuse to die.
I dont know man. There might be some decent chinese quads out there somewhere, but the ones ive been around were not worth buying. They broke down almost immediately and replacement parts were not available. Maybe its different now, but im leary

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Really the raptor 350 is very mellow. We teach a lot of newbs on that one we have.
After riding his mother's Honda 400ex he got his very own 400ex this weekend for $1500. It's a easy bike to ride and not outgrown for a while.
She might just have to learn to shift! Lol

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Yamaha Warrior 350
Indestructable,reliable, very quiet with stock exhaust, mellow but has enough power to do pretty much anything, can find for cheap, parts galore
Same thing as Raptor 350 basically.
I own a 96 warrior and have never had any problems besides basic maintainence,
I actually ride it more than my 660 Raptor.
 

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Most women have small hands.
Have her sit on your 700 and pull the clutch a few dozen times.
See how her hand feels, and if that changes her mind.
If it doesn't, the 350 warrior/Raptor is a great choice. They are cheap, dependable, and easy to work on.
 

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Most women have small hands.
Have her sit on your 700 and pull the clutch a few dozen times.
See how her hand feels, and if that changes her mind.
If it doesn't, the 350 warrior/Raptor is a great choice. They are cheap, dependable, and easy to work on.
Clutch levers can be purchased that have 3 different cable positions that will decrease the force needed to operate it.
Also available is a in line clutch cable extension box, also with 3 positions that decrease the force.
And, different levers can have different spacing between the pivot hole and the clutch cable hole. The different spacing will change the leverage.
 

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Clutch levers can be purchased that have 3 different cable positions that will decrease the force needed to operate it.
Also available is a in line clutch cable extension box, also with 3 positions that decrease the force.
And, different levers can have different spacing between the pivot hole and the clutch cable hole. The different spacing will change the leverage.
Absoloutely, I've seen them all and they work well...but they can only do so much for small hands and short fingers.
Even when the pull is light(which it alot of time needs to be), it's still the repeated motion.
To each their own, she may love or hate the clutch, and her hands be big or small, but it's a valid point, and I've seen it several times over the years.
Girls that can ride the wheels off a clutch, and that many more that dislike it, because it hurts their hands.
 

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You know, i hadnt really thought about it hurting her hands or arm fatigue, thats a really good point. I was just thinking about having it in the right gear at the right time, or getting clutch and front brake mixed up

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