Sunday 4 of us went riding. One had a 96 yamaha Warrior, another a 98 banshee, I had a 86 Honda 250R, and a Brand new 400ex(he just bought it Friday).
We rode for about 5 (hard) hours on old hunting roads. Alot of washouts and plenty of tariff rows to jump. We rode on about 30,000 acres. We all traded rides throughout the ride. It would not take long for whoever was on the warrior to say LETS TRADE. It was simply the slowest, least suspended quad.
On a backroad (asphalt) we lined them up. The 250R,Banshee and 400ex run neck to neck until the 250R and Banshee hit 6th gear. The warrior was flat out no match.
The weights of the riders were 170-180,205,210,230-240 respectfully to the Warrior banshee 250R 400ex.
As someone stated above the 400ex is forgiving, making anyone look like a pro. This is so true. The guy was keeping up with the 250R and Banshee on the trails and this is his 1st fourwheeler. Everyone agreed that the 400ex had the best supspension.
Whenever you killed the Banshee it would take 15-20 kicks to fire it up. The Warrior in one spot (slow riding in woods) ran hot and would sputter and die. May have something to do with 2 rebuilds and his 2nd carb. The Hondas didn't miss a lick.
Fuel mileage: the 250R and Banshee used about a tank and 3/4 the 400ex about 3/4 of a tank, the warrior almost one tank. The fourstrokes get alot better mileage.
Final notes: Both me and the Banshee rider would not trade ours for a 400ex (we are 2-stroke guys) but we respect a 400 fourstroke keeping up with a 350 twin cylinder 2stroke. The guy on the warrior said his next would be a Honda 400ex.