Ya know, funny you should mention the Trail Blazer... I've started looking kinda closely at the new 400 model that just came out. Aside from it being a bit overweight (499 lbs dry), it looks like it could be a really fast machine with the right mods and a diet. Of course, I'm thinking entirely of a dune machine...
The thing about it is that it uses the same motor as the old 400 Sport, so there are already tons of mods for it. And being an automatic, it would be an awesome drag racer once the tranny was setup right. My only concern is engine braking... does it have any? It would kinda suck riding it on really steep dunes and having no way to slow down other than the brakes.
Uhh I don't know what kind of riding your after but .....
The trailblazer 250 is the most gutless overweight bike made.
Now stick a 400 engine in it and it may be good for the wife....
Not sure if there is a 4 wheel version like the scrambler 400 which was a pretty decent wifes bike.... Not having to get off my bike and get her unstuck is a definite plus. But male female young or old having an underpowered vehicle in the dunes can be down right dangerous . If you do not have the ability to pull yourself out of an off camber hill ... you are going nowhere but down.
Having purchased the Predator for my Wife , I am much more at ease knowing she can pull any and all hills without getting stuck or running out of steam half way up and having to back down ... which generally results in the back brake being applied and yep you guessed it ...over they go. As far as what I want to ride in the dunes.... well we just may be adding a second predator to the barn.
My buddy has 2 250 Blazers and my boss has a 400 blazer. I have found that the 250s do have good engine breaking but are not good dune bikes... they kick butt on the sand trails but are just too heavy to really enjoy the dunes (totally stock).
My boss brags up his 400 alot but I have not been willing to let him ride my predator to give his a chance.
My 330 trail boss does great on the trails but also leaves a bit to be desired on the dunes... too heavy... I suspect that the 400 blazer will be the same
i have a brother that has the 400 trail blazer with about $1200 and i tell you what, that thing is a monster in med to top end. In about 1 mile race agaist my stock predator i was only 9 to 10 atv lenths ahead
My wife rides one and it has been a good bike for her since she is just starting to ride. Looking to give it a little more life soon though. Anyone know where to download a 250 Trailblazer Service manual?
I bought a Trailblazer 250 for my daughter (13) and she loves it. Not having to deal with shifting lets a beginer concentrate on riding skills. The Trailblazer 250 is a bit on the heavy side if your going to do dunes or racing and it is underpowered for that kind of riding..... but ride the thing like it was intinded to be rode and it is a excellant bike. Keep it on the trails and light MX riding and it is good...It has a wide stance,non aggressive power,big,long suspension and the weight helps with controle.
It is a shame a lot of people think that all ATV's should ripp like a Predator. Bikes are made for different applications, and the Trailblazer has its nitch.
Oh yea...please use GOOD quality 2-stroke oil (Polaris brand) in it...the auto oiler will give you zero problems if you do... you get what you pay for.
I bought a TB for my daughter as her first quad. She just recently sold it so that we could buy her a race ready 300 ex. With a good after market pipe and silencer and a clutch kit make the TB exciting to ride. Now the 400 2-smoke is another story. Go watch some of the drag races and see how many 400 2stroke engines are kicking butt. Simply torque it up release the brake and hang on, no missed gears to worry about. For duning just do the same thing. If you don't plan on jumping a whole lot, cut the excess bagage on the frame and you have a sand shooter. BTW if anyone is interested in a drag Polaris let me know, one of the girls in our club is selling her 440 Polaris 2-stroke drag bike and looking at a Predator.
My wife rides a 2002 Trail Blazer and loves it. Fun machine for trail riding, but lack power for much else. I did switch to Fast Trekker tires for a lower profile and better stability. My son and I never can agree who gets to ride the Pred and who gets the T.B. However, this spring and summer we are going to spend some time and $ and see what we can get out of it. I had a 2000 2-stroke 400cc Scrambler modded out and it screamed and I loved it except for the weight. And when the Predator came out I had to have one, but I got a good trade in for the Scrambler.
I have a 250 trailblazer and really enjoy it, especially since we fixed the low compresion problem last winter by putting in an oversized piston at which time we also shaved some off the head, jetted it, clutch kit, and complete exhaust system. Everyone who rides it is amazed with the power it has now.
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