Honda's don't break speed records and they don't have the highest ground clearance. What they do have is a reliable transmission and awesome ergonomics combined with reliability.
My Foreman 500 with EPS (TRX500FPM) has been great. It has good low end torque with great features. I've mounted 26" bighorns on the factory rims.
Thus far it has been great, starts easy every time (thank you EFI) and hasn't left me wanting more. I did add Honda stick guards and the skid plate as well as the rear swing arm guard.
It would've been nice for rear disc brakes to have been added. IRS would be nice but a Foreman is a work quad, and I don't anticipate IRS coming to the Foreman lineup. Nothing beats a solid rear axle for towing!
The power steering is smooth and effortless. The Traxlok shifter is easy and smooth as well.
Buy this ATV if you want a proven transmission with good power. Honda gets you home!
Horsepower rating for the 2012 is 28.3 with 22-23 ft./lbs. of torque at the rear wheel.
The Rancher 420 is probably a quicker bike but the gearing and engine displacement in the Foreman give combined with the manual tranny give the Foreman the title of the True work quad in the Honda lineup.
The Rubicon will probably be updated next if I have to guess as it still sports a carb instead of EFI and it's an automatic. The Foreman in 1st gear might go 5 mph. tops but it pulls and pulls!
Lastly, I really wish Honda would have a front Diff lock like they have on the Big Red. It's time to have the option to be a true 4WD!
Upgrades/Accessories: 26" bighorns, Honda A-arm, Honda skid plate, Honda rear swing arm and K&N air filter with sleeve.
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