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TFF Admin posted a topic in Recreational & Off Road Vehicles!I found this write up on my tow Honda ATV's I forgot to post. Many of us own property and in addition to our tractors own ATV of various sorts. Tell us which make, model, and year you own, why you purchased it, how you use it, and your overall perception of it. I own a 2005 Honda Foreman TM 500 and a 2005 Honda Recon 250 ES. I live on and manage a good bit of land that is mostly steep rolling hills and forest. It took me hours just to walk over very small portions of it. The ATV's have opened up an entire new world as far as seeing all of it and what's out there. The Foreman 500 has been great so far, VERY reliable as well as efficient with fuel consumption. It has LOTS of power and room on the seat to accommodate 2 riders. It has the manual shift which I prefer but it was really stiff shifting new. The 1st oil change over to synthetic oil seems to have greatly improved the shifting but is still a little stiff shifting until fully warmed up. The tires are low end 2 ply tires which almost immediately had flats due to small weed stem and stick punctures. I filled the tires with TRC tire seal and have not had a flat since. In the deep woods small ATV trails the Foreman's larger size can work against it when making sharp turns on trails or around trees but that just makes for a little more backing up to maneuver. The Recon 250 has also been a great machine so far with one hiccup after it sat for a few months. As best I could tell, a valve became stuck in the open position and the engine would not start and run for more than a few hits on the piston. After about 2 hours of taking the fenders and panels apart to get to the spark plug and head, I was able to clean the plug up enough to get it to run. Since this one incident, the engine starts all the time like a champ. The Recon obviously does not have near the power of speed of the Foreman 500, and its seat and suspension can accommodate only one rider. This is really not a problem as I don't ride wide open much and getting up steep hill trails requires a little more down shifting for more power. The ride is not quite as smooth as the Foreman either but not an issue for me. General riding around requires keeping the rpms up a little higher and a lower gear as compared to the Foreman 500. The Recon 250 is ULTRA efficient with respect to fuel consumption. The electric shift works well 99% of the time but can lag or stick when trying to down shift going down hill very occasionally or sometimes misses upshifts. This could be due to operator head space and timing. For most of my usage, I find myself using the Recon 250 due to its smaller size and maneuverability on tight trails and in the woods blazing trails. Its amazingly low fuel consumption also is a big plus. The electric shift is nice for the wife and kids as they would have problems with the manual shift for awhile until things loosen up and they adjust to it. Overall, I am VERY VERY satisfied with both of these ATV's as they both have their niche's for my use of each and they have performed VERY well. I highly recommend both. If you ride 2 up or just want the extra power to hall buggy, the Foreman 500 great. The Recon 250 is a much less expensive but capable alternative for anyone who rides 1 up and does not want to spend as much out of their budget.