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Bought my 13 yr old son a used 2006 Bombardier rally2x so far it seems like a decent machine I think its a 220. Anyway I'm 6'2" 230 pounds and it doesn't seem small to me and hauls me around on flat ground pretty well . My question is looking at used stuff for me I noticed 250s are a lot cheaper then bigger atvs , would a 250 have enough engine to get a guy my size around on the atv trail in Potter and some of the leases that allow atv use on old log rds ? Want to stay as affordable as possible and small enough to put one in the truck bed and one on 4x8 trailer.But also I don't want to get something that isn't capable of doing some hills on trails , New to atvs so thanks for any advice you seasoned guys have.
 

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I weigh 190 pounds and had a Timberwolf 250 several years ago. I rode with guys on 400's and it went everywhere they went. Just a lot slower. The good part about not having a lot of power was it kept me from attempting things I didn't need to do. I think the only problem I had was it didn't like to go up steep ramps and haul heavy loads. And because of the lack of power I probably overworked the automatic clutch prematurely wearing the machine.

Best suggestion I can make is ride your sons 220 on some of the trails you want to ride. It will probably take you everywhere but see how the engine runs. If the engine is running normal but the machine slows down it's slipping the clutch. If it slips the clutch a lot to make it up hills or go through mud you would be better off with a bigger quad to avoid clutch problems.

You can also save money by buying a 2 wheel drive. A 2 wheel drive will go just about anywhere, just may take a little more effort on some obstacles where a 4 wheel drive will just walk over them. 2 wheel drives also have less parts to wear out but harder to sell when you decide to upgrade.


If you plan on hauling anything or using a drag or disc I would look at 400 cc and above. I have a rancher 450 and it struggles to pull my disc. Good luck with your decision.
 

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350 or bigger, 4x4 for sure, Good Name brand machine, You can tell if a person took care of it, Like a car look it over real good, Plan on paying $2000 or more for a nice used one..
 

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I have 4 quads.....a 400, 2-500s,and a 700. All Suzuki’s. In answer to your question, yes, a 250 2 wheel drive will get by, for the most part. I use my 400 for trapping. Steep country, snow and mud. I get by 95 % of the time in 2 wheel drive. The problem is the other 5%. All my quads have winches, and they would get a work out without having 4 wheel drive. And then there are times you put them to the test...in the 2014 bear season, the 400 hauled me and my son (500#) and a 240# bear on the front rack straight up out of a deep hollow. We’ve had 400 lb bears on the 500 cc. We strap two big coolers on the quads to stock trout...that’s a lot of weight. I use the 700 at camp to cut firewood, it pulls a sled with over 500# of wood. Three of my quads are set up with snowplows...you need power, weight, and 4 wheel drive for plowing.

If you’re sticking to mild terrain, without snow, and don’t plan to put a load on or behind it, a 250 will work fine. But if you want to do any serious work with it, it’ll leave you wishing for a bigger machine.
 

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I would get at least a 400-450 4x4 with 4x4 on demand. and a 5 speed, not a auto as they use more fuel. I have two atv,s, a yami beartracker 2 wheel drive that's fine on level and small hills for loofing around and a Polaris 500 auto 4x4 on demand that I wish was a 400-450 five speed as it would be smaller for tight trails and easier on fuel.
 

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This is a 2008 Kawasaki 360, it is 400 cc 4wd. I bought it used for 4 grand. I had the shop where I bought it put the warn winch on it before I picked it up. I then put the cargo carriers on front and back. I took my deer out last year in the front basket. It took me a while to find a good used one at a decent price but I lucked out on this one. It will do anything I want to do with it.

 
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When we first started riding atv's back in mid 90's all we bought were honda recon 250's. We ran the snot out of them and they did just fine around the hills of tioga county. Some of our guys were close to 300 lbs and no problems. Obviously, can't go where a 4x4 can and such but for trail riding, they fit the bill great. We are still riding some from the early 2000's, others we traded in. Couple nice things, they fit in bed of pickup nicely and if you do get stuck going over a log, they are light enough to pick up and move around. If you do not need the capability of a 4x4 machine and are just trail riding, I would have no problem getting a recon 250. Matter of fact, I just bought a used one and forgot how much fun it is to ride that thing after riding bigger 4x4's last 15 years. Good luck in your decision.
 

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I like 500's myself. I've owned 700's, but they are a bit harder to maneuver in the woods. You can get around good on 500's and have plenty of power to put them to work.
 

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From riding in my younger days, here are my thoughts. The 250's are plenty big for riding. I am amazed at how big they have made the engines now. I will say, if you plan on going in snow, a 4wd is a must. I remember too many days it seemed like I pushed the 2wd more in snow than I spent riding it.
 

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Eastbank, if your question was to me, my ATV is automatic, hi/lo range and reverse, 2wd and 4wd.
 

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yes it was, thanks. my 500 Polaris is like that too, but yours may be a little smaller and that's what I would like.
 

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eastbank, I have a Polaris 570 2016 year model ,it's not much bigger than my dads Polaris 2005 ,500 .both are workhorses and ride real well on the dirt roads around camp and most trails . hopes this helps you out
 

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Thanks for the replies guys , I'm thinking 250 or a little larger will do, we hunt public land so it won't be used for that or food plots just trail riding around the state trail around Lyman Lake and there is a lease behind my cabin that allows non members to ride atvs on there trails in the summer .
 

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I have a 2001 Honda Rubicon Foreman 4 x 4 with a drop basket on the back. This machine has seen its share of abuse from doing food plots and hauling deer out of the woods.

On several occasions I hauled 2 passengers sitting on each side of the rear basket up a powerline that is very steep and then hauled everybody back down with a deer on the front rack and one in the rear basket.

Also my machine hs dual shocks vs. my buddies 400 cc Honda Foreman that only has one shock absorber.
 

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I have a 2007 Kamasaki 360 camo. It has done every thing I have ask snow, mud, steep, heavy load etc. I am very happy with it.
 

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I wouldn't buy anything less than a 400 4x4. Better to have some extra power and not need it, than not have it all. You certainly don't want a 250 5-speed to trail ride the state forest trails. All you'll end up doing is shifting gears because it lacks the power to get up the hills.
 

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In all honesty buying used is such a crap shoot. I mean sure you can spot junk right off the bat but you never know. For the price of a good used machine your better off waiting until Polaris runs their specials on last year model machines and buy a brand new 450 or 570. It's amazing the deals they run on them and what kind of machine you get for the money. I love my 570! To me it was a no brainer.
 

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I bought both of mine used off of friends who were going to trade them in and were offered darn new junk prices and they have been good machines, having had both for more than a few years with no problems at all. oil changes and new plugs and two new battery,s, the bear tracker is going to get new tires this year.
 

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