Honestly all of the big name brands are pretty good. If I were you I would simply look at all of them in that class and price range and check the fetures and specs. Then i would go test drive them and make my choice on that. I prefer Honda because of the reliability and resale value they bring. What I dont like is the fact they still use drum brakes unless you get the top of line Rincon.
I bought a Honda Recon 250 brand new in spring of 05. It has been flawless and runs great. Jason is right about the size and weight. I can manuver this thing through tight areas and I can throw it around. It was my first quad so I wanted to start small and cheap. I am at the point now I am wanting a larger 4X4 but i have so much fun on this little 250 that I will probably hold out another year or two. With the ITP Mudlight tires on the back it does really well in mud considering its a 2WD.
So check some specs on different quads then test drive them and make your choice based on that!
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