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2021 Honda FourTrax Recon

Not the biggest, but one of the most versatile in Honda’s ATV lineup

With refreshed styling, Honda’s smallest, most maneuverable multipurpose ATV is a bigger value than ever for 2021. Updates to the fenders, front grille and headlights give the FourTrax Recon a classy new look, while the reliable, efficient, air-cooled 229 cc engine has ample power and torque. A swingarm system and single shock handle rear-suspension duties, and cargo can be hauled on steel front and rear racks. Available in both manual foot-shift and ESP® push-button shift versions, the Recon is ready for hard work or fun trail rides.

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Honda FourTrax Recon: Pick The Right Tool For The Job

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Light and maneuverable, it won’t wear you out the way some larger ATVs can.

The smart craftsman knows that you have to match the tool for the job. And there’s clearly a vehicle in your off-road toolbox that you’re going to come to depend on: the 2021 Honda FourTrax Recon. It’s not Honda’s biggest ATV, but it is one of their most versatile. Light and maneuverable, it won’t wear you out the way some larger ATVs can. And it won’t make a big dent in your wallet, either.

It features a specially designed 250-class engine that delivers plenty of low-rpm torque and power. Available in two versions: one featuring the conventional foot-shift ATV transmission, or the Recon ES model offering Honda’s Electric Shift Program (ESP). Plus, this year’s Recon is better than ever—with a new grille, new fenders, a new headlight and great new colors.

Honda FourTrax Recon Features

Honda FourTrac Recon Engine

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Semi-Dry-Sump Engine Design

Compact and lighter-weight, the Recon’s semi-dry-sump and overhead valve designs create an engine that’s not only shorter from top to bottom, but one that enhances handling by lowering the center of gravity while also allowing for better ground clearance.

Honda FourTrac Recon Design

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Longitudinal Engine Layout

By orienting the crankshaft front to back in the chassis in our ATV and side-by-side engines, we route the flow of power straight to the wheels without any unnecessary right-angle detours, reducing powertrain friction and putting more grunt to the ground.

Honda FourTrac Recon Convenience

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Electric Shift Program (ESP)

Shifting between gears should always be this easy. With Honda’s available unique ESP system (ES models only), upshifting and downshifting is as simple and fast as pushing one of two handlebar-mounted buttons. ESP is also a bonus when riding in heavy or mud/snow-covered boots.

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Effortless Electric Starting

When it comes to starting, turn a key, push a button, and you’re off, even in cold weather. A backup recoil starting system provides added confidence.

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Reverse Mechanism And Parking Brake

Mounted up on the left handlebar along with the parking brake, the Recon’s reverse lever is simple and easy to use.

Honda FourTrac Recon Engineering

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Shaft Drive

Clean, efficient, proven, low-maintenance. Shaft drive is the perfect choice for a machine like this, and for riders who pile on the miles. You never have to worry about lubrication or adjustment out on the trail. And an added plus, it helps keep your ATV cleaner, too.

Honda FourTrac Recon Comfort

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Uniquely Designed Floorboards

Both the Recon and Recon ES have uniquely designed floorboards, which allow the rider’s feet to grip the footrests while helping keep mud and debris away.

Honda FourTrac Recon Versatility

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Led Taillight And Brakelight

The Recon has a LED taillight and brakelight for durable, long-lasting lighting.

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Steel Cargo Racks

Front and rear steel cargo racks allow payloads of 33 and 66 pounds, respectively.

Honda FourTrax Recon Models

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Standard Features

  • 229cc air-cooled OHV longitudinally mounted single-cylinder four-stroke engine
  • Smaller engine and a more compact footprint

Colors: Red, Active Yellow, Beige
MSRP: $4,299

Honda FourTrax Recon ES

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Standard Features

  • 229cc air-cooled OHV longitudinally mounted single-cylinder four-stroke engine
  • Smaller engine and a more compact footprint

Premium Features

  • Honda’s Electric Shift Program (ESP) technology

MSRP: $4,549
Colors: Red, Active Yellow, Beige

2021 Honda FourTrax Recon Specifications

Engine & Drivetrain:
Engine: 229 cc air-cooled longitudinally mounted single-cylinder four-stroke, OHV
Bore x Stroke: 68.5 mm x 62.2 mm
Compression Ratio: 9.2:1
Induction: 22 mm carburetor
Ignition: AC - CDI
Starter: Electric with auxiliary recoil
Driveline: Direct rear driveshaft
└ Recon (TRX250TM): Manual foot-shift; 5-speed + Reverse
└ Recon ES (TRX250TE): ESP push-button; 5-speed + Reverse
Clutch: Automatic
Front suspension/ Travel: Independent double-wishbone/ 5.1 in.
Rear suspension/ Travel: Swingarm w/ single shock; 4.9 in.
Front Brakes: Dual sealed 130 mm hydraulic drum
Rear Brakes: Single sealed 140 mm mechanical drum
Front Tires: 22x7-11
Rear Tires: 22x10-9
Dimensions & Capacities:
Length: 75.0 in.
Width: 40.7 in.
Height: 42.1 in.
Seat Height: 31.2 in.
Ground Clearance: 6.0 in.
Wheelbase: 44.5 in.
Turning Radius: 8.5 ft.
Fuel Capacity: 2.4 gal. (incl. 0.6 gal. Reserve)
Rack Capacity: 33 lbs. front; 66 lbs. rear
Towing Capacity: 500 lbs.
Curb Weight:
└ Recon (TRX250TM): 437 lbs.
└ Recon ES (TRX250TE): 443 lbs.

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Allyn Hinton
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If it had moving parts, it had Allyn's interest from a very early age. At age 11 when bicycles were too simple to hold her interest any longer, her father found her taking apart the lawn mower. When he asked why she was doing it, she replied, “I need to see how it works.” That curiosity and mechanical drive served her well over the next 40 years as she pursued careers in both the automotive and motorcycle industries. Having shared her love of motorcycles with her now husband, biker TJ Hinton, Allyn brings that love and knowledge to TopSpeed as writer and associate motorcycle editor.  Read full bio
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