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So, both of my kids have my curse of late growing (I was 5'1" end of my Freshman year of highschool, 5'11" end of sophomore).  Looking at 250s for them, and Raptor is king, but neither have big enough hands yet to operate a clutch (tried on a buddy's son's) and will probably move them to 400s once they can anyway.

So, looking at the DS250, Phoenix 200 or a TRX250X (or whatever else there is), or maybe a Raptor with auto clutch?

Anyone have this dilemma and what'd you do? 90 rides to Olds are getting a bit boring for the other kids.

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Honda TRX250X is the way, enough spunk to have fun, still on lighter weight and good ergonomics. You can shift with or without using clutch, they will quickly like using the Semi-clutch as they get better.

CVT Quads in that CC size are under powered, gutless boat anchors.

 

Raptors are over-rated/priced for a category that most teens grow quickly out of.

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36 minutes ago, Crusty said:

Honda TRX250X is the way, enough spunk to have fun, still on lighter weight and good ergonomics. You can shift with or without using clutch, they will quickly like using the Semi-clutch as they get better.

CVT Quads in that CC size are under powered, gutless boat anchors.

 

Raptors are over-rated/priced for a category that most teens grow quickly out of.

Only bummer is the price of entry. Granted, they’ll be worth almost that at time of sale, but tough pill to swallow: $5k new, $3800 for a 2004… Lulz

They're currently on an Eton 90 (CVT as well) and they’re consistently quicker than the mildly hopped up 110s with gears. Hell, adults can baby dune that thing 4-stroke style pipe and all…

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Those 250 Hondas are the best for sure, supper reliable as well.

 

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3 minutes ago, Cookie said:

Those 250 Hondas are the best for sure, supper reliable as well.

 

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We went from the Kaseya 90's to the Honda trx250ex and it was well worth it. Newer ones come with the "sport clutch" which made it easier for them to learn as it was not needed if you forgot to clutch. Also the weight factor is greatly less than say a Polaris Phx. 

Good Luck

 

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My kids (girls) went from Suk built 80's to Honda 300 with no problem and much better suspension than 250.  

Keep the stock pipe on and let'um ride till they fall asleep.!!!

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300x was a good beginner bike for full sized quads, the yamaha warrior was cool too for a 4 stroke, both are a easy ride and electric start.  The recluse clutch is great, and I  would look for available models of their clutch set up even  before committing to buying the quad.

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300X is a bit bigger, no?  Kids are 4'9" and 70lbs.  

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My younger son is 7 and small rides the raptor no problem. I’ve bought aftermarket levers that let me adjust them in a bit. I like them much better than the Honda. Teaching the clutch wasn’t too hard. Teaching them when to shift is harder lol. 

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1 hour ago, Rockwood said:

300X is a bit bigger, no?  Kids are 4'9" and 70lbs.  

That is a big bike for a larger kid or girl that is afraid of a 450. 

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both my kids duned for like 2 years each on Honda 250ex both with the useless sport clutch that I find a gimmick to boost sales.thay loved them and never a issue as its a Honda.the suspension is not good on the Honda and did wear them out in lots of rough stuff and jumping.but its a really good quad.the raptor 250 is hands down a better quad, it will out power the Honda,its almost 60 lbs lighter way better suspension.you can get the adjustable levers that have a dial to adjust it close to bars or out ward.cant go wrong with either but the raptor would be my first choice.i just could not pass up the crack head deals I got on my 2.

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Put both my kids on 450's at age 11 & 12. If they can handle it just do it. They both had honda 250's and yes they went everywhere but did it very slowly. 

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1 minute ago, bringenkaos said:

Put both my kids on 450's at age 11 & 12. If they can handle it just do it. They both had honda 250's and yes they went everywhere but did it very slowly. 

SAME!! forgot  to mention both my kids at 11 and 12 got on the 450s as the Honda was slow and dogged in the big stuff.one got a Honda 450 and the other a Kawasaki kfx450 because it was a monster energy addition and he thought it was so bas ass.... I liked the Kawasaki cuz its has  reverse.

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19 hours ago, Rockwood said:

So, both of my kids have my curse of late growing (I was 5'1" end of my Freshman year of highschool, 5'11" end of sophomore).  Looking at 250s for them, and Raptor is king, but neither have big enough hands yet to operate a clutch (tried on a buddy's son's) and will probably move them to 400s once they can anyway.

So, looking at the DS250, Phoenix 200 or a TRX250X (or whatever else there is), or maybe a Raptor with auto clutch?

Anyone have this dilemma and what'd you do? 90 rides to Olds are getting a bit boring for the other kids.

We had the raptor 250, best one imo but they don't have an auto clutch... they are the real deal.

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19 hours ago, Crusty said:

Honda TRX250X is the way, enough spunk to have fun, still on lighter weight and good ergonomics. You can shift with or without using clutch, they will quickly like using the Semi-clutch as they get better.

CVT Quads in that CC size are under powered, gutless boat anchors.

 

Raptors are over-rated/priced for a category that most teens grow quickly out of.

This 👆

 

Mine went from Eton 90's to TRX 250's to 400EX/TRX450r. 

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Get Raptor 250's if they are aggressive riders and install Rekluse clutches. If they don't ride hard then the Honda will be the better choice. Either way the kids quad market is expensive and you should be able to get your money back when you sell them. That is assuming you are looking to buy used ones.

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14 hours ago, bringenkaos said:

Put both my kids on 450's at age 11 & 12. If they can handle it just do it. They both had honda 250's and yes they went everywhere but did it very slowly. 

My kids' fingers barely reach the lever on an adult quad, let alone wrap around it enough to pull the lever... I think I'm gonna wait a bit before I put a 70lb kid on a 450.

14 hours ago, Jtmoney714 said:

My younger son is 7 and small rides the raptor no problem. I’ve bought aftermarket levers that let me adjust them in a bit. I like them much better than the Honda. Teaching the clutch wasn’t too hard. Teaching them when to shift is harder lol. 

Nice.  Bummer about the 250 is only used, and since Asian, I have trouble with the "value" of a $4000 used kids quad.

14 hours ago, Jtmoney714 said:

That is a big bike for a larger kid or girl that is afraid of a 450. 

Thanks, what I thought.  

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2 minutes ago, Hondajimz said:

Get Raptor 250's if they are aggressive riders and install Rekluse clutches. If they don't ride hard then the Honda will be the better choice. Either way the kids quad market is expensive and you should be able to get your money back when you sell them. That is assuming you are looking to buy used ones.

No Rekluse clutch option, sadly.

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My kid was on a Raptor 250 at age 8 and moved on to a 450 at age 13.  He was small when he jumped on the 250. I don't think he weighed 70lbs at the time.  There has to be an aftermarket clutch lever that will make it easier for them.   If your kids are aggressive riders they will have fun on the Raptor 250 and when they jump to a bigger quad 400 or 450 it is an easy transition. 

The Honda 250 would be fine if they like to cruise.  Can Am makes a DS250 with a CVT set up that is pretty nice. 

https://can-am.brp.com/off-road/us/en/models/all-terrain-vehicles/DS.html#250

 

Here is more recent article on different 250s

https://dirtwheelsmag.com/shootout-250cc-class-sport-atv-comparison/

 

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I put my Granddaughter on a kfx 80 for a couple of years then went with the Honda 250 ex not the best suspension but it did her good to about 10 years old then her mom put her on a Banshee to let an inexperienced friend ride the Honda ruined the kid she has been riding a Banshee or a 450 Yamaha ever since from the sounds of your kids size an all the Honda may be the way to go I know they are a lot of money compared to some of the China bikes but they hold their value well 

Good luck in your search 

 

 

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3 hours ago, Sand Shark said:

My kid was on a Raptor 250 at age 8 and moved on to a 450 at age 13.  He was small when he jumped on the 250. I don't think he weighed 70lbs at the time.  There has to be an aftermarket clutch lever that will make it easier for them.   If your kids are aggressive riders they will have fun on the Raptor 250 and when they jump to a bigger quad 400 or 450 it is an easy transition. 

The Honda 250 would be fine if they like to cruise.  Can Am makes a DS250 with a CVT set up that is pretty nice. 

https://can-am.brp.com/off-road/us/en/models/all-terrain-vehicles/DS.html#250

 

Here is more recent article on different 250s

https://dirtwheelsmag.com/shootout-250cc-class-sport-atv-comparison/

 

Tried looking at a DS250 yesterday, but Vey's sold their last unit.  

2 hours ago, GBR said:

I put my Granddaughter on a kfx 80 for a couple of years then went with the Honda 250 ex not the best suspension but it did her good to about 10 years old then her mom put her on a Banshee to let an inexperienced friend ride the Honda ruined the kid she has been riding a Banshee or a 450 Yamaha ever since from the sounds of your kids size an all the Honda may be the way to go I know they are a lot of money compared to some of the China bikes but they hold their value well 

Good luck in your search 

Thanks for the info.  Definitely not putting them on Banshees quite yet :biggrin:

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2 minutes ago, Rockwood said:

Tried looking at a DS250 yesterday, but Vey's sold their last unit.  

Thanks for the info.  Definitely not putting them on Banshees quite yet :biggrin:

Banshee at that age would be a wild ride.  LOL!   

That DS250 look interesting.     Veys still has it listed on their website.  LOL!

Del Amo Motorsports shows they have one.  Maybe give them a call.  

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20 hours ago, Sand Shark said:

Banshee at that age would be a wild ride.  LOL!   

That DS250 look interesting.     Veys still has it listed on their website.  LOL!

Del Amo Motorsports shows they have one.  Maybe give them a call.  

Up in OC though.  Too bad it isn't South Bay.  Vey's says they'll have more in September

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We've had a few 250ex’s around camp and they are great for the girls. My 15 year old daughter rides one and she loves it. She’s not a hardcore duner and likes to cruise in the kids group and loves it. Zero stress and has enough power to go up whatever they’re going up. 
 

For the boys, I’d prefer they learn to use a standard clutch as soon as possible so they can move up to bigger bikes. The sports clutch on the 250exs is not a true clutch and doesn’t teach them anything. My 16 year old son was riding a 300ex up until recently and I’m moving him to a 400ex or 450r for next season and beyond.

The beauty about smaller/kids quads is the resale value. In the past 3 days, I’ve listed 4 bikes for sale. 2 are already sold, 1 is pending for tonight and I’m still sitting on the other cause I don’t really need to sell it as I have a 4 year old to ride it. 

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Any input on a Raptor 125?  I generally try to stay Honda but my son is too small for a TRX250EX.   His LT80 is great around camp but now that everyone else in camp is on a 250cc or higher bike, he just can't keep speed with the rest of the group.

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