this is kinda of like, whats better FORD or Chevy DODGE
there is NO best model to be honest, as too many variables determine too many things in what lasts the longest
a BAD part can make its way onto any atv leaving a factory!
and I also fully agree the reputation HONDA"S had/has is based off the older atv's it made 20-30 yrs ago
and its still riding on them old atv's reputation to sell the new models they make
BUT the new Honda's are just like the rest of them made,m over loaded with WAY too many electronic crap that is, sadly NEVER going to be as reliable as the old things that didn;t have the same electronic's and over protective emissions crap
there are LOYAL followers of every brand and folk's that have gotten problem free LONG life out of every brand
which IMO< tells me, that a HUGE part of long life, is the OWNER, how he cares for something or NOT, how he rides and uses it
there is a LOT of basing of brands and I don't really par take in it too much
I DO think Honda's make very reliable atv's, but at same time, the amount of HP they make, make it pretty hard to really BEAT them to kill there motors!
you kinda have to sink them, to kill em
but that doesn't mean there the most fun , or BEST HP to LB
if your atv only go slow, and another model goes FAST, one will always get more abuse from weight in motion
older honda atv's were simple , smaller machines, built honestly to be OVERLY built for the HP they made
modern testing, STOPS this sort of building of anything, as OEM"S don't want to waste money, or make anything that lasts TOO long, as there NEED to sell more and more to stay alive!
Modern testing , allows them to know exactly HOW strong a part must be , and when a part will FAIL
they do NOT over build things, as they once did, due to NOT having the testing they do now
the modern world is a throw away world, last JUST long enough to get past warranty, and MAKE you THINK you got a deal, and sell you another one mind set!