I bought this bike back in August and have put it through its paces many times over. It has yet to disappoint me. I have only had 2 VERY MINOR problems:
1. The 4 bolts holding the rear rack to the frame got very loose, but only because I loaded it with approx 350lbs of corn in a custom built drop basket.
2. It does tend to backfire, but once I had had it for a few weeks, it quit… maybe because I learned how to ride it and maybe because by then it was broken in.
I have had to pull my cousin's 400 Polaris through 2.5 miles of Louisiana swamp in that famous Louisiana gumbo. I just put it in 4x4 and 2nd gear and let her walk. It has been used to launch my 18 ft. aluminum boat into the river and never once made me think twice about whether it had the power to get the boat out. Also, I bought 25 inch Swamp Lites which are unbelievably smooth riding and great in the mud. I was worried when I got home that I had shorted myself when I decided against the 500 Foreman, but I was soon proud of the 420. The EFI has been super, no more 10 minute ordeals with the carb and cold mornings. Simply turn the key and push the button for a very brief second. I have been nothing but impressed with the new Rancher. Honda has always had great ATVs, but this one takes the cake!
Upgrades/Accessories: Had a front rack built and rear basket rack. Capable of carrying (6) 5 gallon buckets.
25 inch Swamp Lites.
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