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KMT

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67 posts

68 months

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Tuesday 31st July 2012 quote quote all
I remember going on one of those corporate hospitality, try lots of motoring bits and bobs, many years ago and had an absolute blast in one of these. In a pathetic attempt to regain my youth I recently fancied buying one - only to find that they only made them across a couple of years in the late eighties. Er, why? I get that others have entered the market, but the Pilot seemed to me to capture the raw, single-seater, two-stroker madness better than the rest - oh, and didn't come with a mortgage application requirement!

horne923

15 posts

27 months

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Tuesday 31st July 2012 quote quote all
Cut a long story short, Honda produced a great buggy however many people ended up in crashes with them. This is the same as with the off road trikes (atc), as a result in order to prevent big law suits and claims Honda just stopped making them.

Cheers James

KMT

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67 posts

68 months

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Tuesday 31st July 2012 quote quote all
Thanks James - I do remember the issue with the 3 wheelers but didn't realise that had extended through to the Pilots. Thank goodness Honda don't make any other dangerous vehicles, well aside the Fireblade. Oh and the CBR600. oh, better add the rest of the sportsbike line up - and the powerboats/quads etc etc. Mmmm... think I've spotted the flaw in their cunning plan.

bigblock

668 posts

84 months

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Tuesday 31st July 2012 quote quote all
Honda had just recovered from all the bad publicity from the three wheelers when it all started again with the number of crashes people were having in the Pilots and Odysseys. Sales were also poor because they were very expensive so Honda decided to stop production.

They are still available if you look hard enough and the quality of engineering is still far superior to a lot of modern day buggies.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/HONDA-PILOT-FLR-400-STAN...

KMT

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67 posts

68 months

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Tuesday 31st July 2012 quote quote all
Thanks bigblock - I have seen only a very few for sale and certainly the link you provided seems to have the best/cleanest. Need to save up!
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bigblock

668 posts

84 months

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I have had quite a few different buggies over the years but none of them have been designed by a team of engineers working for one of the most innovative vehicle manufacturers in the world. The fact that there are so many Honda pilots left after 25 years speaks volumes about their build quality and design.

Here is a photo of one of my buggies (non Honda) that I managed to wear out within three years. Although you could buy two of these for the price of one secondhand Pilot.





STICKY3

160 posts

33 months

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Wednesday 1st August 2012 quote quote all
simonites have a couple for sale!!

KMT

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67 posts

68 months

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Thursday 2nd August 2012 quote quote all
Saw those Sticky, thanks. I had a advice from a top bloke who is into his off road buggies - he said aim for the CVT drive and 100hp/ton - not sure which makes I need to hone in on - anybody help?

STICKY3

160 posts

33 months

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Saturday 4th August 2012 quote quote all
Aim high Rage buggy!! nothing too fast one with a fireblade engine should be fine!! Can Am and polaris got some real nice two seater buggies out now, and theres a race series in and around oxford (nora atv) if you fancy something more serious!

bakerstreet

1,916 posts

51 months

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Saturday 4th August 2012 quote quote all
I think the Pilots were removed due to do way the engine delivered drive to the rear wheels. I can't remember the details though.

The lower powered rage buggies are alright though smile

I also quite fancy one of these buggies, but its finding the space to use them frown

Watchman

3,118 posts

131 months

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Sunday 7th October 2012 quote quote all
bakerstreet said:
I think the Pilots were removed due to do way the engine delivered drive to the rear wheels. I can't remember the details though.
Sorry for the thread resurrection - I'm bored so I'm going through the various forums.

Anyway, the Pilot had no diff so understeered like an understeery thing. I hated driving them on the stag session I went to, preferring the quad bikes which actually turned in.

marshall100

727 posts

87 months

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Monday 8th October 2012 quote quote all
I'm hopeful that the formula cross vehicle makes it's way over from the states in the not too distant future. If there's a race series in the offing then I'd definately try and get into it.

Getting narked off with this quad racing lark.
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