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Pilot?? Odyssey??? what are those?

Post by aleig14572 » Fri Jan 04, 2002 3:15 pm

call me crazy, but I don't know what these are! how are they different from a quad?

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Post by SailAway » Fri Jan 04, 2002 4:18 pm

I have an Odyssey that I just started riding this season and I LOVE IT.

They are lower to the ground, have lots of power, a harness and a roll cage. I feel much safer in my Oh-Dessie then I ever did on my quad. The center of gravity is so low that they’re very difficult to rollover but if you do, with the harness and roll cage all you have to do is get out and push the beast back over.

Oh, and they get air like you wouldn’t believe!

This is a good source for getting to know these animals.

http://members.aol.com/dunepilot/



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Post by Mike330R » Mon Jan 28, 2002 10:18 am

How reliable are they? What years are better than others and aren't they air cooled? Why doo some have a water cooler head?



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Post by HondaFL » Tue Feb 05, 2002 3:27 pm

Manufactured by Honda
1977-84 are FL-250 Odyssey Air cooled, No Rear suspension.
1985-(86) are FL-350 Odyssey Air cooled, Electric Starter/Forward/Reverse and independent suspension.
1990-91 are FL-400 Pilot like FL-350 with Better suspension and water cooled.

There are after market water cooled heads for the Air cooled engines to help from over heating.

Link to the some more Info.
http://209.63.39.62/FL-Honda_Pages/FL-Honda_Main.htm

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Post by Dunepilot » Sat Feb 09, 2002 9:01 pm

quote:1990-91 are FL-400 Pilot like FL-350 with Better suspension and water cooled.

The Pilot was the last of the FL series, manufactured in 1989 and 1990 not 90 and 91.

I have one of each, both are great machines, extremely reliable and fun.


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Post by The Oldtimer » Sat Feb 09, 2002 9:57 pm

"how are they different from a quad?"

They're uglier and slower!!

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Post by trailer park cassanova » Fri Feb 15, 2002 6:00 am

I've always figured compairing a quad to an pilot was Apples and Oranges.
The Pilot you DRIVE from inside of, a quad you RIDE and sit on.

Both ways fun.

Dealers told me price is what killed the Pilot,, but I never bought into that. I always thought the new price for a pilot was reasonable, and not to high.(about $5200 out the door).

They dissapeared from new showrooms about the time the Manufactors stopped developing new Quads too. I think it was the same legal mindset.

I'm sure we'll see more from Honda.
I sure hated to see the Pilot vanish from dealers.

Used only once then garaged is not an uncommon find still today.

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Post by jkp » Fri Feb 15, 2002 9:05 am

Ironically, Honda motors is releasing a version of the Acura MDX SUV that's called--you guessed it! The Pilot. That bugged me, if only because it means the REAL Pilot isn't about to make a comeback. Seems they'd keep the name available if they were planning to build 'em again.

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Post by trailer park cassanova » Sat Feb 16, 2002 12:10 am

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Ironically, Honda motors is releasing a version of the Acura MDX SUV that's called--you guessed it! The Pilot. That bugged me, if only because it means the REAL Pilot isn't about to make a comeback. Seems they'd keep the name available if they were planning to build 'em again.

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Remember they named their van the Oddessy, the pilot has seen Two names already.
We saw a film crew in California city filming a commercial for what looked like a two seat, larger pilot-like looking dune vehicle. The film crew security wouldn't let us get close enough to get a real good look, or tell who the manufactor is.
It was definatly a large Honda pilot/oddessy looking offroad vehicle, about the size of my daughters Mazda Miata (which is tiny sitting next to my Raptor).

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Post by Fahrvergnugen » Mon Jan 13, 2003 4:27 pm

Considering what a rail costs today, Pilots are a great deal now. The fact is they just didn't sell well enough. They were pretty expensive back in the days they were made. 3 - wheelers were still king (remember those? ;)

As a buggy person myself, I remember a guy that had a CR-500 barrel on his Pilot with a few other minor (carb, pipe, etc. ) hop up tricks. This Pilot was the fastest one I had ever seen. He had no problem pulling big wheelies almost any time he wanted.

They are getting harder to find, and usually they want a nice chunk of money for them.
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Post by Fahrvergnugen » Tue Mar 11, 2003 9:48 am

I guess comparing a Pilot to a buggy is not really fair. They are two different animals. I have noticed that they are getting very difficult to find used in the paper. I'm sure a nice one is going to be even tougher to find. I wouldn't even speculate on parts availability from Honda.
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Post by ejunior2 » Tue Mar 11, 2003 11:26 am

I'd say the closest definition of an Odessey/Pilot is a mini-buggy. These are usually single-seat scaled down sand-rails with motorcycle engines.
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Post by Fahrvergnugen » Fri Mar 14, 2003 3:04 pm

I remember at the time that people asked why buy a Pilot when you could build a VW based buggy for less money, it was smoother, it was faster, and you could bring a friend or more!!!!
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