Guys, just my opinion as I've been around the block a time or two. I loved the 700, it was an incredible machine. I've had a few 450s as well, one set up pretty damn sweet that rode better than the xx in comfort thanks to some expensive shocks, only thing it lacked was the ground clearance. After saying this, I believe Honda will be getting on the band wagon again, maybe something redesigned or whatnot with the 700, but that's not the only thing. I just bought a new outlander 1000. Next summer I'm thinking of a side by side as they are suppose to be getting some trails up here for them. Honda lacks in both of those departments as well. I always have been a very PRO HONDA guy, but went with Can-Am because Honda doesn't offer anything comparable. Their focus has been on racing and utility machines for a while now. When they introduced the XX, it was the first time in their quad department that they really came out with anything that was more geared for a recreational rider. Everything else they produced from late 90's until then was basically for either work (utility) or Racing, from the 250 which is very popular with the kids, to the 400 which was bulletproof, to now the 450s, which are always racking up wins. I do think sometime in the near future they will be coming back to us recreational guys, but with running a business myself, you kind of have to go where the market tells you. For the XX, the market said to close your doors, and that's what they did. Unfortunately, there wasn't enough people like us to give them a shot and see how amazing they are.
2008 700xx; Power Bomb header with power core 4 exhaust, Power Programmer III, pro armor nerfs, prm products control front and rear bumpers and full skid, 10" ITP rears, ITP Baja's fronts, RZR 2's all the way around, Uni filter, 13t sprocket, CCP steering Damper, DS450 shock swap, Dual Gasser Throttle, bar risers and Moose barkBusters. 730XX kit plus other engine mods!