to be honest if she doesn't ride much or will often, and doesn't plan to make it big on atv's
she is WAY better off with a auto like trans, this way she can sit back and just worry about staying on the trail and not having to know what gear she is in in, or when to shift, or just using the clutch as needed
for guys that grew up on things and or used a clutch often, its second nature, but for a newbie
I wouldn't stick em on one, both an accident waiting to happen(popping clutch, or stalling out on a hill??)
and well, not as much fun for her!
a Rancher would be a MUCH better ride to try and find if you want to stay with Honda!
Thanks for the info Mr. B!
Believe it or not, she loves the idea of shifting gears, and was having fun learning how to do it on my 400EX.
Living close to the lake gives us lots of riding opportunities in the winter.
And the snow and ice is a great place for her to learn clutch control.
If she "pops" it too hard, the tires will just spin, and no worry about wheeling by mistake.
But I completely see your point, and am still going to look for a full auto machine, but only if it's a Honda!
I was debating on picking up a Chinese quad for her.
I can get a 125cc mid sized quad, auto or semi auto with reverse, for $699 plus tax, brand new.
But as the old saying goes, you get what you pay for, and I've never seen and older Chinese quad that held up to any kind of serious riding.
Plus they would be much harder to find parts for.
I still have some time before xmas to do some hunting, so hopefully I find a deal that impossible to pass on.