2009 Honda FourTrax Recon ES/FourTrax Recon Features

Available with a manual gearbox or pushbutton electric shift, the Recon® is one rugged midsize ATV that continues to be a best seller thanks to its stylish appearance and get-it-done credentials.

New for 2009

  • New White color joins Red and Olive.

Unique Features

  • ES model features Electric Shift Program (ESP®) for pushbutton upshifting and downshifting (see Technology Section).
  • Both the Recon ES and Recon feature the high-performance cylinder head from the TRX250X for increased performance.
  • An oil cooler is standard equipment on both Recon ES and Recon models, ensuring optimal engine temperatures under difficult operating conditions.
  • 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 from the rider's feet.
  • The Recon ES features a gear indicator in addition to the Neutral and Reverse lights provided on the Recon.


  • Lightweight, OHV air-cooled 229cc engine is longitudinally mounted to allow direct driveshaft alignment to rear wheels for fewer frictional losses (see Technology Section).
  • 22mm carburetor with light throttle control offers good engine response and excellent fuel economy.
  • Overhead-valve design offers a wide, easy-to-use powerband and compact engine dimensions.
  • Closed-crankcase vent system safeguards against engine oil contamination.
  • Rubber-cushion engine mounting reduces vibration.
  • USDA-qualified spark arrester/muffler is constructed of stainless steel.
  • Automatic cam-chain tensioner reduces maintenance.
  • Convenient electric starter with auxiliary recoil starter.
  • Wet-sump engine design with 1.6-quart oil capacity.
  • CD ignition system with electronic advance features an rpm limiter for added durability.
  • Five-speed transmission with Reverse and automatic clutch on the Recon.


  • Plush front and rear suspension for comfortable all-day riding.
  • Lightweight double-cradle steel chassis.
  • Maintenance-free shaft drive routes power directly from the longitudinally mounted engine without inefficient directional changes.
  • Independent double-wishbone front suspension gives 5.1 inches of travel.
  • Steel swingarm and single rear shock absorber give 4.9 inches of travel.
  • Dual sealed front hydraulic drum brakes and sealed mechanical rear drum.
  • Tires feature aggressive tread patterns for excellent traction.

Additional Features

  • Ergonomically designed seating and control layouts provide a comfortable operating position for a wide range of rider sizes.
  • Large cargo racks front and rear allow payloads of 33 and 66 pounds, respectively.
  • Large, lightweight plastic fuel tank with 2.6 gallon-capacity.
  • Snorkel-type air-intake system is specially designed for water crossings.
  • Dual-headlight system with 25-watt lights.
  • LED taillight and brake light.
  • Maintenance-free battery.
  • Powerful 110-watt AC generator.
  • Washable foam air filter for easy maintenance and consistent performance.
  • Durable, comfortable, easy-to-use controls.
  • Keyed ignition switch for added security.
  • Easy-to-use parking brake.
  • Standard tool kit includes a tire-pressure gauge.
  • Assembled in Timmonsville, South Carolina.
  • Transferable one-year limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.
  • When you buy a new Honda Powersports Product, you may be eligible to receive a complimentary one year membership in the Honda Riders Club of America, which includes an exclusive Members-only magazine, rider training benefits, access to the Members-only Clubhouse website and much more. Some limitations apply. For more information on the HRCA, log on to hrca.honda.com.

Honda Genuine Accessories

  • Flag Kit.
  • Trailer Hitch.
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