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Re: Trx 90 out dated? Thats funny
Some people "feel" the Honda minis are out-dated because they don't have electric start. re: Only have pull cord starting. This is immediate strike one. Without this feature, it does give the immediate impression that it's "old technology - regardless how fast it goes".
A Performance Dealer wrote to me a few days ago stating that only 3% of his mini-sales are for "dedicated mini-quad racers". For 97% trail riders, minis don't need to be the fastest off the line or fasted down the trail. When a trail rider's parent purchases a mini, they focus on ease of controls, comfort, reliability, body style and many other deciding factors.
For years, I've been stating that "if Honda minis had electric start, they'd obtain immedate market gain. Re-take the losing market share that other more feature minis are taking away from them."
Today's minis are now starting to include Reverse (to me, this is a must for trail riders), starting to include double A-Arms, deeper suspensions and other advanced features. Hence, Honda will start to lose more sales percentages because of not making their current design better.
Soon, Honda will be forced to have a serious look at their current minis and be forced to upgrade. Upgrade to what the competition is forcing them to do in order to survive in a limited market. Hopefully, electric start will be one of their new features...
Perhaps one day, Honda will see the need for more features in their current design. They have high reliability (re: many say the Honda engine is near bullet proof), so why don't they make their minis even better? Add more "goodies" that "average Joe Trial driver" is looking for???
Just my 2 cents....