2006 Honda TRX450R ATV Reviews, Prices, and Specs

2006 Honda TRX450R ATV review
2006 Honda TRX450R ATV review

We’ve surveyed what’s new with Honda dirt bikes and watercraft over the course of the past several months, but we haven’t explored Honda ATVs for over a year. Turns out, Honda has been quite busy tweaking its line of ATVs, and one of the latest and greatest is the all-new adrenaline-producing TRX450ER.

Classified by Honda as a “sport” machine, the TRX450ER is designed for those who want to go fast. It is not a utility ATV by any stretch of the imagination. The engine in this monster is closely related to the engine found in the race-ready CRF450R motocross bike, and it spits out serious power. New for ’06, the four-stroke 450cc liquid-cooled four-valve Unicam engine has new cylinder-head porting; a new exhaust system; a 40mm Keihin FCR-type carburetor for improved engine response; a larger airbox with bigger air filter; an increased compression ratio from 10.5:1 to 12.0:1; and a forged slipper piston that’s lighter and creates more high-rpm power. And the machine comes with leg-saving electric start.

The engine is bolted to a durable five-speed transmission that has all-new lower ratios designed for racing applications and trail use. Good thing the TRX450ER has race-ready CRF handlebar grips.

The front suspension has 8.4 inches of travel and fully adjustable Showa remote-reservoir shocks. The reservoirs are rear-facing for increased durability.
2006 Honda TRX450R ATV
2006 Honda TRX450R ATV

Significant changes were also made to the machine to improve handling. A longer swing arm, new A-arms, knuckles, and spindles all help to improve turning. An 8mm lower riding position for a lower center of gravity also improves handling. Both the independent front suspension with fully adjustable Showa remote-reservoir shocks and the Pro-Link rear suspension with Showa piggyback shocks have been lightened to improve handling and bump absorption.

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Externally, the TRX450ER has a new headlight shape for a race-derived look and the adjustable dual lamps have 30-watt bulbs and improved reflectors for better functionality. You’ll appreciate that the first time you go night riding.
Other noteworthy exterior items include а long, narrow seat designed fоr superior comfort аnd performance; engine cases protected bу а high-impact plastic skidplate; а light weight LED taillight/brakelight; аnd wide footpegs fоr improved rider control.
One thing іѕ clear: If а performance ATV іѕ what you want, you’d better hop іn your rig аnd get down tо your local Honda dealer, because іf thе TRX450ER sells as fast as іt goes, they won’t bе able tо keep them оn thе showroom floor.
Thе TRX450ER boasts а strong braking system. Up front there аrе dual 174mm disc brakes with muscular twin-piston calipers (shown). Thе rear brake system consists оf а 190mm disc with а beefy single-piston caliper. Thе calipers аnd brackets аrе made frоm aluminum tо reduce weight.

Vehicle model: ’06 Honda TRX450ER
Base price: $6,799
Colors: Red, black
Engine: Single-cylinder, four-stroke, four-valve, liquid-cooled
Displacement (cc): 450
Bore x stroke (mm): 96 x 62
Compression ratio: 12.0:1
Carburetor: Keihin 40mm flat-slide with throttle-position sensor
Starter: Electric or forward kick
Transmission: Five-speed
Final drive: O-ring-sealed chain
Front suspension: Independent double wishbone with Showa shocks; adjustable spring preload, rebound, and compression damping; 8.4 inches of travel
Rear suspension: Pro-link with single Showa shock; adjustable spring preload, rebound, and compression damping; 9.3 inches of travel
Front brakes: Dual hydraulic 174mm discs with twin-piston calipers
Rear brakes: Single hydraulic 190mm disc with single-piston caliper
Tires, f/r: 22×7-12 knobby radial/20×10-9 knobby radial
Weight (lb): 363
Ground clearance (in.): 4.4
Length (in): 73.3
Width (in): 46.3
Height (in): 43.3
Seat height (in): 32.8
Wheelbase (in): 50.2
Fuel capacity (gal): 3.1

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