The frequent place to see failures was near the front shock towers. Honda fitted the rear wheels with size 20 by 10-9 knobby radial tires and 220 mm single disc brakes. With perfect traction the Suzuki will still beat the Honda by at least a length in a hundred-yard drag. We found the stock settings for the front shocks were too soft for our type of riding. With the reliable, 400cc, air-cooled motor, you have a good starting point for mild upgrades to the motor, such as exhaust, cam and carb re-jet, along with upgrading the shocks to fine-tune your riding style. We imagine the increases will be even more noticeable with an aftermarket exhaust and jetting upgrades. The Honda also received a new rear L.
After turning a knob on the right front fender, you downshift past first gear for reverse. In the sand, the Suzuki was always ahead; it accelerates quicker, wins all of the drag races and is much more comfortable to ride. This does not mean that the 400X is a slower machine. Out back the rear sprocket was also raised a tooth to 38. Send us motorcycle reviews Send us for bikes you know and help other riders to select a bike suites them.
The steel front bumper, rear grab and gear shifter were all swapped out for aluminum units. The 400 is responsive, and the narrow width is also valuable in ruts since it is less likely to hang up. However, it seems to take away a little power from the bottom end. The rear reservoir-equipped shock offers full adjustment. As for adjusting the rear shock, we turned the compression setting a few clicks harder. Honda is still running a carburetor to help keep the simplicity of the machine without the added wiring harness, relays, fuel injectors, fuel pump and such.
Plus, in most cases, an external reservoir will allow for more travel out of the same length shock. This transmission also included a reverse gear. Then all you have to do is shift up to get back into the forward gears. Honda also installed a rear taillight. The rubber seal on the filter must face out, or serious engine damage will result.
Tired of paying outrageous dealer prices to have it done? With its great suspension geometry, powerful engine and all-around good handling, it makes for a perfect platform to upgrade or leave stock. The Honda will crank over but not fire up. In addition you can according to reliability, engine performance, design and look, repair cost, offroad capabilities, racing track capabilities, touring capabilities, accident risk, value for money, and fun factor. It is still buttery smooth. The stock front shocks provide good damping for casual trail rides but do not offer any adjustment except for preload. The new gear ratios on the Honda are a slight improvement. All of these improvements are a welcomed sight.
They both turn as well as any trail quad out there. The extra gusset on the 2005 sub frame should help keep the seat on as well. The only adjustment we made was softening the compression five clicks front and rear for the dunes. The long bolt goes toward the front of the motor, and the short bolt goes toward the rear of the motor. The top speed in reverse is limited to less than ten miles per hour. Consult your owners manual for the proper viscosity oil to use, as it depends on the ambient temperatures in your area.
This engine used air-cooling, dry sump lubrication and a 35. It is fully adjustable front and rear and soaks up the bumps very well. We miss 1 vote to show the rating. With the five adjustable spring settings on the front shocks, we were able to stiffen them up with ease. Overall height: 1,118 mm 44. To help stop you safely and quickly are three hydraulic disc brakes, both front wheels are controlled by a hand lever, and the single rear from a foot lever. For that test we also included the now defunct Cannondale quad.
If you don't re-install the washer with the bolt, it will very likely leak. Another major change Suzuki made to the 400 is they enhanced the performance of the exhaust and intake camshafts. I prefer to use a torque wrench to tighten drain plugs, as it prevents over-tightening them. Engine and transmission : 397. Now we use a hitch pin and extra clip to keep it in place when needed. And a convenient electric starter for quick starts out of the pit.