2018 Honda FourTrax Recon ES

Sized Right. Built Smart.

Size—the right size—matters. That’s why so many riders choose the Honda Recon. Because you get big ATV benefits like durability, power, and build quality—but in a package that costs less, and is easier to load, unload, and maneuver on tight trails.

The Recon is a powerful, versatile, rugged ATV, but one that also offers a smaller overall footprint. It’s a powerhouse of an athlete in the welterweight division. A specially designed 250-class engine is engineered for plenty of low-rpm torque and power, where the real work gets done. Its two-wheel-drive design features Honda’s famous longitudinal engine layout for more efficient power transfer.

Plus, the Recon is available in two different models: one features our conventional foot-shift ATV transmission, while the Recon ES offers Honda’s Electric Shift Program (ESP), which lets you upshift and downshift using two handlebar-mounted buttons.

Sized right, built smart, and engineered to last—with the Recon, you go big where it counts.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • STEEL CARGO RACKS: Front and rear steel cargo racks allow payloads of 33 and 66 pounds, respectively.
  • LED TAILLIGHT AND BRAKELIGHT: The Recon has a LED taillight and brakelight for durable, long-lasting lighting.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

General Information

Manufacturer Honda
Model Year 2018
Model FourTrax Recon ES
Model Code TRX250TELJ
Color Red



Front - Dual sealed hydraulic drum

Rear - Sealed mechanical drum


Front - 22 x 7-11

Rear - 22 x 10-9


Length 75 in.
Height 42.1 in.
Width 40.7 in.
Weight 441 lb.
Ground Clearance 6 in.
Wheelbase 44.5 in.
Turning Radius 8.5 ft.
Seat Height 31.2 in.


Transmission ESP 5-speed with reverse
Drive System 2x4
Drive Direct rear driveshaft


Engine OHV, longitudinally-mounted, 1-cylinder, 4-stroke
Displacement 229 cc
Bore x Stroke 68.5 x 62.2 mm
Carburetion 22 mm
Fuel Capacity 2.4 gal. including 0.6 gal. reserve
Ignition CD with electronic advance
Starting Electric with auxiliary recoil
Clutch Automatic
Cooling Air



Front - Independent double-wishbone; 5.1 in. travel

Rear - Swingarm with single shock; 4.9 in. travel


Additional Colors


Vapor White

Warranty One Year limited - Transferable, unlimited mileage