Top 10 Sport ATVs of All Time | ATV Rider

Top 10 Sport ATVs of All Time

What's Your Favorite Sport ATV?


Over the years, the popularity of sport ATV's has ebbed and flowed graciously based upon industry trends, supply, and demand. Many of the machines on our list are no longer produced, while a select few are still available as new models. One thing is for sure though; whether these killer machines still grace the desert and trails, or they've just simply been reduced to fond, distant memories of days gone by....the crew at ATV Rider sure do like us some sport ATV's!

Yamaha YFZ450

Yamaha YFZ450: Introduced as a 2004, the YFZ has been produced in several different flavors including both MX and XC versions. No matter which model, all YFZ's utilize Yamaha's high performance 450 class engine that is both durable and exciting to ride.

Honda TRX250R

Honda TRX250R: Only produced from 1986 through 1989, the four year run of the 250R was, in short, legendary. When production ended in 1989, the Honda 250R remained the blueprint that nearly every serious competition ATV from that point forward would utilize as it's foundation. The 250R influenced the development of the 400EX in 1999, as well as donated much of the invisible frame and suspension geometry DNA when the TRX450R hit the market in 2004.

Suzuki LT-R450

Suzuki LT-R450: One of the best performance four-stroke ATV's ever built was the Suzuki LT-R450. Available in the U.S. between 2006 and 2009, about 25,000 of the race-ready Suzuki's were produced. The LT-R won numerous ATV MX championships, which is what the machine was developed to do. However, since hopping aboard a Suzuki in 2009, GNCC champion Chris Borich has won six consecutive XC championships on his LT-R450 in a type of racing never intended for the LT-R.

Yamaha Raptor 660/700

Yamaha Raptor 660/700: Sold from 2001 to 2005 as a 660cc model, the Raptor 700 went through a major redesign in 2006 and spawned the Raptor 700. The fuel-injected 686cc four-stroke is incredibly torquey and remains a very popular dunes and desert machine.

Honda TRX450R

Honda TRX450R: Introduced in late 2003 as a 2004 model, the 450R took what Honda learned in the late 80's with their original 250R, while incorporating the cleaner burning four-stroke technology. The 450R suspension geometry mimicked that of the 250R, providing class-leading handling. Despite a few minor changes like electric start, minor engine tweaks, and small transmission enhancements, the 450R has remained remarkably the same for nearly a decade.

Suzuki LT250R and LT500R

Suzuki LT250R and LT500R: Manufactured between 1985 and 1992, the LT250, or "QuadRacer" as it was affectionately know revolutionized the three-wheeler dominated market. Being the first performance four-wheeled ATV ever built, the QuadRacer spawned the two-stroke performance ATV market that followed in subsequent years. A few years later in 1987 came the LT500, which earned the nickname QUADZILLA. This 500cc monster two-stroke was a handful to ride and will go down in history as the largest production performance ATV ever produced.

Kawasaki KFX700

Kawasaki KFX700: To put it bluntly, the KFX700 (a.k.a. VForce) was odd....in a good way. With a liquid-cooled twin cylinder sourced from the Kawasaki Prairie line, the KFX put gobs of torque to the ground through a rear shaft drive with enclosed wet disc brake system. The handling left a lot to be desired, but the sound of that sweet v-twin was enough to lure performance oriented buyers who didn't mind a CVT automatic. The popularity of the VForce with the GNCC crowd help spawn the popularity of popular four-wheel drive sport machines like the modern Can Am Renegade and the Polaris Scrambler.

Honda TRX400EX

Honda TRX400EX: Introduced in 1999, the 400EX was the evolutionary model that fell in between the 250R and the 450R, which didn't show up until 2004. A carbureted single overhead cam, air cooled engine proved to be very reliable, although it wasn't the fire-breather that it's two-stroke sibling was.

Kawasaki Tecate-4 KFX250

Kawasaki Tecate-4 KFX250: Produced for just two models years in 1987 and 1988, the Tecate utilized a liquid-cooled power-valve two-stroke based upon the two-wheeled KX250. Although not perfect, the Tecate may have been one of the most under-rated ATV's of all time.

Yamaha Banshee

Yamaha Banshee: From 1987 to 2006, no other ATV was quite like the Yamaha Banshee 350. Going against the norm, Yamaha sourced a twin cylinder two-stroke powerplant from the RZ350a street bike for the Banshee. Popular in the dunes in places like Glamis, to this day the Banshee still has a cult-like following.

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