Mark Daniel checked out Honda’s new TRX 520 ATVs.
Now equipped with a 149cc fuel injected engine, the unit benefits from several technical upgrades including an offset crankshaft, roller rocker assemblies and a lighter piston. It has an electric starter, but for a back-up it’s equipped with a kick-starter to deal with a flat battery (usually caused by the ignition being left switched on overnight).
A light-action clutch lever allows the operator to snick the machine into gear and quickly move through the five-speed transmission.
Mounts and dismounts are made easy with an 825mm seat height, and the long, sculpted seat gives good support and comfort.
Up front, twin telescopic forks have 180mm of travel to soak up rough ground or potholes, while a rear single shock takes care of the rear with 150mm of movement. Front tyre equipment is 19-inch, mated to a 17-inch rear, combining in a useful 233mm ground clearance.
Braking is by a 240mm disc with a twin-piston calliper at the front, with a drum unit at the rear. Final drive is by a high quality O-ring chain at the rear, easily maintained with eccentric cam style adjusters.
Standard equipment includes a comprehensive instrument binnacle with an analogue speedo and display area with multiple warning lights.
Additional equipment includes a parking stand on the left side, twin rear view mirrors, halogen headlight and direction indicators. Completing the package is a rear tubular carrier, engine crankcase guard and hand protectors on the handlebars.