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2011 Honda ATV Models First Look

Friday, March 12, 2010
ATVs and dirt bikes aren’t exactly flying off the showroom floor these days, but apparently some are still doing pretty well as Honda has recently released the first wave of 2011 models. Four utility ATVs are confirmed back as early-release units: Honda Recon, Honda Foreman, Honda Foreman Rubicon and Honda Rincon. All are available in multiple options including electronic shifting, power steering and GPS-equipped.

"Honda has enjoyed an extremely positive rollout of 2010 models," said Powersports Press Manager Bill Savino in a press release. "We've asserted our leadership role by introducing 11 brand-new models for 2010, all of which have been received with great enthusiasm. Now we're moving forward with the introduction of early-release 2011 models, beginning with these four popular ATVs. Relative to this model release, we'd like to recognize all the associates at the Honda South Carolina (HSC) plant who produce these machines."

2011 Honda FourTrax Recon
2011 Honda Recon.
Honda FourTrax Recon / Recon ES
The FourTrax Recon comes with a manual-shift or electric shift (ES) five-speed transmission with reverse. It’s a full-size quad with a small, user-friendly motor. Honda’s Recon features a carburetor-fed, 229cc engine longitudinally mounted in the chassis. Electric start makes it simple to get going and a direct rear driveshaft is low-maintenance. A straight axle out back transfers the power to the ground. The new model is available in Red and Olive colors.

Honda FourTrax Foreman 4x4 / Foreman 4x4 EPS / Foreman 4x4 ES / Foreman 4x4 ES EPS
The Foreman model is also available in manual or electric-shift trim. Each version is also available with power steering which means owners will have four options for the 475cc machine. The motor uses a 36mm carburetor and a sealed shaft drive. The rear end uses a straight axle but is suspended with dual shocks. Honda's Traxlok and torque-sensitive front differential provide selectable 2WD/4WD operation. It’s available in Red, Olive and Natural Gear Camouflage and has flexible fender flares.

2011 Honda Foreman Rubicon with Electric Power Steering and GPScape
2011 Honda Foreman Rubicon GPScape.
Honda FourTrax Foreman Rubicon / Foreman Rubicon GPScape
The Rubicon adds another spoonful of displacement and some additional technology. A fully automatic Hondamatic transmission negates the need for a clutch lever. The 499cc ATV uses a 92 x 75mm bore and stroke to churn out power to the front and rear wheels. It uses independent double wishbone front suspension and a straight-axle rear end with dual shocks. It’s also the smallest of Honda’s utility quads to offer GPScape. This feature provides GPS navigation wired directly into the machine for a constant power source, and integrated into the digital handlebar display with oversized buttons for better user interface. It gets the Traxlok system and comes in Red, Olive and Natural Gear Camouflage.

2011 Honda FourTrax Rincon
2011 Honda Rincon.
Honda FourTrax Rincon
Honda’s largest utility ATV is back again with a 675cc engine. This one trades in the carb for a fuel injection system and makes use of Honda’s automotive-style automatic transmission which uses a hydraulic torque converter to power forward and reverse gears. Fully independent suspension allows the rear end to articulate over obstacles and smooth out inconsistent terrain. It’s also the only work quad in the lineup to feature disc brakes front and rear. It’s available in Red, Olive and Natural Gear Camouflage.

Utility ATVs that are on the 2010 model line but have yet to be announced for 2011 include the FourTrax Rancher and FourTrax Rancher AT, which we are currently reviewing.
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Nathan -Frustrated  January 17, 2011 02:26 PM
I agree with the people that say that Honda doesn't have to change too much! What Honda has to do is refine what they already have! Fuel injection, differential Lock, disk brakes all around and IRS as an option on 4x4 models.(depending on use). The Rincons' 675cc motor is plenty big enough if it had a 5 speed auto. transmission as apposed to the 3 speed auto. it currently has! Either that or a high/low option in the transmission. A 700 class machine is plenty big enough to do whatever you need it to do! Anything bigger and you really need a tractor! Simple changes as mentioned and Honda will again be on top!
tc rider -second foreman with regular carb and electronic shift and like it  January 8, 2011 07:12 AM
I bought my second foreman last spring and they both have the regular carb and the electronic shift. I prefer the regular carb over fuel injection because of all the other machines I have seen with fuel injection problems, although I never seen a honda with any problems, they were mostly polaris and arctic crap. With the electronic shift if I run the machine through alot of water and then it freezes, I had it where it wouldn't shift, but there is a auxillary shift lever under the seat that fits on the shaft coming out of the transmission, and it will get you back. I then just put machine in a heated garage and let it dry out and everything was fine, never had another problem since. After experiencing the dependability of both my Hondas, I would not even consider another machine. Its kind of like owning a foreign car, once you experience the dependability and quality you never go back, even if cost more.
dan -honda is good  January 7, 2011 08:32 PM
i agree honda is a great machine. i have a recon and other than front brakes no probs. about to get a 420 4x4 rancher rode one today, sweet!! so much power in a 420cc, 4wd is not some dumb button gizmo to break. not alot of fancy electronics and screens to break with a foot shifter model. most people i know that ride have a honda dont have any problems in general, i have pulled several guys back with my recon only one was a honda cause he fell in a hole and sucked water.
todd -fuel injected foreman  January 7, 2011 06:44 PM
I got my wife a 2010 420 Rancher with the footshift (she likes the footshift and so do i), and I have a 2005 500 (475) Foreman, I like that Ranchers fuel injection. It out ran my Foreman. Both are 5 speeds but my Foreman seemed to have more torque and the gearing in my Foreman is slightly lower (which i like). Both are great machines but I'm hoping Honda will fuel inject their Foreman.
Robert -Honda Tuff  January 6, 2011 11:57 AM
In 2005 I rolled my old Rubicon end over end backwards down the side of a mountain in the Santa Monicas. When it finally stopped 300 yards later, the handle bar was bent on the left and the front rack was bent. Both I had to replace but everything else was just fine. Christmas Eve 2010 my buddy and his Artic Cat tried to climb the same trail I tried to climb on my Honda. He flipped his bike over in nearly the same spot that I did and his quad came tumbling down exactly like mine did and stopped just about in the same place. The difference was his Artic Cat left a trail of parts all the way down the hill and when it stopped it didn't look the same. This quad looked like it was round from rolling. The damage was so extensive that he wanted just to leave it on the hill for junk but it is public lands and he could have gotten in trouble.
Alejandro Rivera -Honda wake up... large dreams¡¡¡  January 5, 2011 06:38 PM
Honda is already 2011¡¡¡ wake up¡¡¡
I need more power¡¡¡ 680 is too low for me¡¡¡ I realy need change mi Rincon 680¡¡¡
I traveled around Mexico... for more than 3 days in a row... but in big mountains i need more power... carry things... i need more power...
I HOPE SOME DAY COME MAXI RINCON O WHATEVER CALL IT¡¡¡
HONDA PLEASE WAKE UP... WORLD IS CHANGING¡¡¡
Marcus Cabral -Very dissipponted  December 31, 2010 04:50 PM
I'm a motorcycle driver since I was 11 years old. By the way I am 43 years old right now. I had about 40 bikes so far. I always loved Honda. My last one which I brought brand new in the Honda dealer, was Valkyrie 1500cc, 2001. It was the best motorcycle I have ever had in my whole life! Unfortunately, I sold it in 2004, to buy a Dump Truck to extend my business. I always hoped to buy another one in the future! But when I was ready too buy another one in 2006, the only similar one Honda had at the time was Valkyrie rune 1800cc. Which was too much money. ($26.000.00 or $28.000.00) I don't like much, twins cylinder engine, but I love oppose engines or line engines. I could buy another brand like, (v-max 1700 or bandit 1250cc) but like I said in the beginning 'I LOVE HONDA' and I do love cruiser motorcycle and street bikes, like (cb1300f.) I want to know when Honda is going to bring back, motorcycle like that! Please let me know (by e-mailing me) Thank-you Marcus
Bob flip -Old memories  December 23, 2010 11:59 AM
I would like to tell a little story. I have ridden wheelers since 1981, raced them, tortured them and loved them. HONDA will always be top of line by far in my opinion. I stil have a 1985 250 BIG RED in my shop with so many miles on it I could'nt begin to guess. It still starts 1st whine. I also now have a new 680 RINCON, and I love it. I have travelled with all the makes over the last near 30 years, and while they are all pretty good ATVS, they just don't measure up to honda. So whenever they put the miles on that i have, they might be able to give an educated statement. HONDA # 1
Al -Vin #  December 11, 2010 02:59 PM
Finally found the Vin #.If any of you are having trouble locating it, you might have to remove the winch bracket just like we did.
Kevin -Hunter and Outdoorsman  December 10, 2010 09:09 PM
Most of these comments are sooooo typical of of today's society; big is better and the more bells and whistles the the happier people think they will be. Clearly, all of the manufacturers simply try to convice us we need to spend our hard earned money to continually get the biggest and latest; in my opinion it is a scam and a waste of hard-earned money!! I have personally met the person who manages the Coconino and Kaibab National forest in Arizona, which represents over 1.5 million acres of national forest lands. He has a very large complex which services all of the hundreds of 4wheelers utilized by the Forest Service. They are required to buy from all of the manufacturers (politicians put pressure on them to purchase the various brands which are located in their districts)!! I was told by him that the Honda's are clearly head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to durability and functionality; the best ATVs they have!! Inasmuch, I have a Honda Foreman 475cc and there is not a place in the tough and challenging Mississippi woods that my foreman can't handle!! Clearly the manuafactuers are obviously successful in their quest to constantly try to convice us that more is better which is just not true; it is simply marketing b.s. and a way for them to sell more atvs, by trying to convince us us that more is better; I am a 58 year old who clearly knows better!!
Joe -Needs a face lift  December 10, 2010 06:00 PM
Although I agree that the Hondas need updates /visual ... I hunt in a deer camp with many different brands of machines. After seeing how Artic Cat, Yamaha, and Polaris stand up to the test of time I can honestly say Honda is still King. We have two Honda Rubicons in camp (2003 and a 2005). They have been used almost twice as much as the other machines (various reasons....able to pull a large load is among the top though). Polaris is basically a waste of money...parts break often and the machines all seem to where out in about 3 years. We have 4 Yamaha's. 2 2010's and 2 2005's. 10's are too new to give you a accurate idea of how well they will stand up to time (although one broke down fresh off the truck..trani failed). the 2005's have been ok but they are really nothing but trail machines...not meant for work. We have had to replace many ...many parts on them We have one Artic Cat. It is a larger machine with a diesel engine. This was a large waste of money. Up Keep is terrible and it's loud, smelly , and too big for the trail. We bought it to pull firewood and plow snow....basically as a work machine. The rubicon blows this huge machine out of the water. It's easier to use with zero issues. The 2003 has cost us almost no money in repairs and has had no major service. As a group we decided this uyear to only by Hondas from this point on......
Al -Vin #  December 9, 2010 03:05 AM
Can someone please tell me where i can find the Vin# on a 2011 Foreman! Its been in customs for 3 days and they still can't find it!
Derek -Losers  November 27, 2010 12:27 PM
Anyone who talks crap about Honda is juat an opinionated un educated loser
GET OVER IT -you won't see honda owners posting on other boards  November 27, 2010 07:03 AM
I forgot about the kawasuckis, they are tied with polaris for being second from the last and articrap being dead last. If you are so worried about honda resale, you should be trying to convince people on your own boards because honda owners know honda is absolutely got the best resale because they are the best designed machines out there. All you have to do is look in your classifieds and there are very few hondas if any and they will fetch a premium especially compared to some shitty arcticshit or polaris or kawasucki
honda killer - stubborn honda owners  November 27, 2010 03:38 AM
stubborn honda owners are the only reason that the resale of other brands is low. wake up and smell the roses idiots honda isn't the best any more.best bang for your buck is defiantly a kawasaki brute force 650 or 750,this aint 1988 and the competition arent crappy 220 bayou's any more.
Corey -You guys are so naive  November 24, 2010 03:05 PM
People are making all kind of excuses for Honda atv's, it's a dick measuring contest, people need to learn how to ride, I can go anywhere one with a locker can go etc....it's pretty funny. I used to be brand loyal to Honda, worked in a Honda shop for 4.5 years. I realized I can get a downright better quad for the same money. If you want an underpowered, low ground clearence, 4x4 system that turns into 3x4 which in reality turns into 2wd and no low range then for all means buy a Honda. Hondas are reliable I'll give them that, but only slightly more . Ride a can-am 800, brute 750, or Hell even a grizzly 700 then ride a Rincon, you can't honestly say the Rincon is better at anything. Honda has one good one in the 420. If it came with a locker and an IRS footshift model with low I would get one. LOL at the person who said the Honda shop will tell you to buy an arctic cat, they will tell you anything to get you to buy a Honda. This isn't the 80's people, Honda isn't the best ATV anymore.
Jim -farmer  November 14, 2010 01:15 PM
I had a 1997 400 Foreman till last week when I bought the 2011 Foreman. It was a great machine and I wish I could have bought another one just like it. The 400 had plenty of power. I had the 26-12-12 tires on front and back and could lead the way through mud others would get stuck in. I would like to see disk brakes in the back though. I hope the 2011 holds up as well. The extra power is nice but not necessary.
TC rider -Alejandro Rivera you wake up  November 10, 2010 09:22 AM
in your previous post you stated you have a rincon and now you say you have a can am, and that you belong to a atv club. All I can say is that you won't see honda people posting on other boards because they are totally happy with their machines and as far as clubs go, no thanks, all it is, is a bunch of goobers riding around in a big cloud of dust. I can't help it if your mommy and daddy didn't buy a honda and now what ever your driving, probably nothing (its make-beleive land)I won't slam can-am except the person I know that has one isn't totally happy with the clutch design, but it is somewhat dependable, probably third from the bottom and above polaris 2nd from the bottom and the total bottom of the barrel being arctic crap
Alejandro Rivera -HONDA Wake up¡¡¡]¡  November 8, 2010 12:01 PM
I belong an ATV Club... most of my friends has changed to Can-am... most of them no speak of honda any more... most can-am... People of honda are really stupid because they think no change... I am really upset of honda... i hope some day they realize world chage¡¡¡
GP -One Tuff Wheeler  October 27, 2010 06:53 PM
I have a 97 450 foreman ES....This is one tuff wheeler...I use it for hunting, work and trail riding...Its getting a little ragged, but I refuse to buy a new one because it does everything I want it to. There is nowhere that it wont go that one with all the fancy stuff has...I dont need lockers, power steering or any other gadgets...I am comfortable taking my machine anywhere and it manages great....I am 100 percent confident that I could take my wheeler anywhere a locking dif. wheeler could go..Don't know alot about the other brands, but I am a Honda man and wouldnt buy anything but a Honda....Absolutely indestructable....Thanks Honda
tc rider -honda makes the best designed atvs in the world  October 23, 2010 08:02 AM
again thank you honda for designing the best built atvs in the world. these idiots that say they need twins with lockers and blah blah blah are just jealous that they didn't buy a honda in the first place and probably purchased a arctic crap or polaris junk.
michael -waiting on big bore honda  October 19, 2010 02:44 PM
as i was a die hard honda fan I will no longer purchase honda until
they get up to speed with customer demands. for more than three years now they have been behind most others that offer a big bore twin cylinder machine. i last bought a 680 rincon and regret it every since. Honda when you build a 750-800 twin cylinder, irs, w lockers
i will once again be proud to buy a honda but will not until then. i ride with huge group of friends that have all switched to can-am, or kawasaki, i have done the same and will will only reconsider honda when the updates have been made. i consider honda dead last after can-am, kawasaki, yamaha, susuki. i hope to own a twin cylinder honda soon.
Chris -Well Built Machines  September 24, 2010 07:50 PM
My first ride was an ATC 125 back in the early 80s..All the kids in my neighborhood were so envious back then!Id take it behind our house where there was an open cement plant that had wide open acres to ride..That machine never quit,bad thing is i never kept maintenance and it still ran like new!Now that im an adult,i still love Honda.Just recently bought a 2010 Rancher ES 420 4x4 and absolutely love it.As long as you keep up the maintenance(lol,and in my case sometimes not),they will run for decades with no trouble.Nothing else has the style,dependability,value that a Honda ATV offers.Even though it took me a while to finally own another Honda(ive owned a Yamaha Grizzly 350 and Big Bear 400),im proud to say i am an owner now!
Adalberto Silva -Still no changes ????  September 22, 2010 07:49 PM
Come on honda !!!
You need to wake up !!
Rincon 2012 = 800 cc , IRS , POWER STEERING , LOCKERS !!

SI SE PUEDE !!!...IT CAN BE DONE ,
tcrider -jon  September 9, 2010 08:12 AM
I puchased brand new foreman this spring, dealer told me to do maintenance at 200 miles instead of 100 even though the manual calls for 100, the reason being is the valves have a better chance to seat and wear in. My machine just hit 209 and it was used for nothing but pulling heavy trailers. I plan on trying to adjust the valves and change the oil myself. dealer told me if I have problems, to just bring machine in and they will put it back together. I know couple of other people that have similar machines and they do nothing but change oil and not adjust valves and their machines run just fine. I plan on tearing my machine apart in the next day or so. There are links on the web with detailed instructions for valve adjustment. I did search on google like honda trx 500 valve adjustment.
Jon -3rd one  September 8, 2010 05:54 PM
Just picked up my 2011 Rubicon last week. They did away with the D1 and D2 selector switch and that is about it. I took it out and put a 100 miles on in during a couple rides and I am completely happy with it. Would have put more on it but supposed to change the oil at 100 miles and forgot the filter. Still would have liked a disc brake on the rear but it is not that big a deal. You want the best all around machine I suggest this one
alberta farmer -IRS rubicon?  August 29, 2010 07:38 AM
My 05 rubicon just turned 15,000 km. great machine for all farm work. This is one solid and reliable quad for daily use. If honda put IRS on the rubicon I would buy one instantly. A new rincon may be a second choice for smoother ride but would always keep the rubi for grunt work.
tcrider -its all about compensating for something they lack between there legs  August 28, 2010 02:16 PM
people that say they need bigger and more balls and whistles are compensating for a small weenie, I think people post on the honda board because people are fed up with disasterous purchases of polaris' and arctic cats and they know its hopeless to post on their own boards, so they don't even post there anymore and I also think half of the posters are 12 and 13 year olds that never owned an atv in there life and like to make posts because it makes them feel like big boys
capt. mike -dependability  August 26, 2010 02:14 PM
I have read all the articals above, I have owened just about all makes from honda to artic cat I can truly say if you keep your maintnance up there is nothing more dependable than a honda atv.
I have a 200 1984 atv that still starts first try & I use it daily @ work hauling my welder it has over 20000 miles on it & have had absolutly no problems with any honda I have owened. I also have 300, 400 foreman,450 foreman & 500 rubicon with over 6000 miles. none have ever left me stranded.
Puff -Honda and the model T  August 25, 2010 04:49 PM
Get with it...it's been 4 years with no model change to the rinconny...please...V twin 800, with IRS, and power steering...upgrade capability with a set of Elka stage 3 front and rear shocks...
Alejandro Rivera -Honda Maxi Rincon 850... WHEN IS GOING TO APEAR???  August 21, 2010 01:52 PM
I have a Rincon 675... i am very happy whit it... but i am waiting for a big atv... a don`t wanto to change honda... but i would like to know whent is going to apperar the new model Maxi Rincon??????????????
Nigel - 07 Rinny, 07 Foreman4x4  August 6, 2010 03:22 PM
if you don't want a Honda, Don't Buy one. If you think you need 100 hp, lockers, Low range and a 6 month shelf life, Kawi, P.O.L.A.R.I.S and Pussy Cat want you big time, cuz you're all suckers. you get what you pay for and that's it. i'm sick of hearing i need v-twin power and lockers! YOU NEED TO LEARN TO RIDE A BIKE, FIRST! Sure, it's fun to go into the mud, but you steer the handle bar and you push the throttle. you get the bike stuck, it's not the bike getting you stuck. Brp, yamy's and Suzuki's are good bikes, for their own reasons... but unless you know how to ride what you are riding, all you're doing is dick measuring. I ride Honda's and i always will, i hope they never change, giving you MORE than what you need, and a few things you want, rather than the other way around. because as soon as the off brands gave you your 500, you asked for a 600. 600 hundred, 700. 700, 800. 800, 1000...... but you never learned how to ride the first one. God Bless Dick Measuring. (not directed at people happy with their dicks. if your dick does it for you, then good on you!) oh, and i know my Rinny's a 675... but it's a bullet proof 37 hp-all-day-long, 675cc engine, not an over-tapped 50-65hp screaming engine in the 650 - 700 cc class that won't last 1000 hrs. if you don't want a Honda, Don't buy one, Don't Dis one. Have a chat with the sales men of any/all brands. the Honda Sales men don't use bull-crap like "oh, you WANT x, and You WANT y" and they don't scrap the other brands like every brand scraps Honda. The Honda rep will tell you to go get a Can Am, or a Cat, or a dog, if you tell him you want all the gimmicks... they ask "what do want to do with your atv? work? ride? work then ride? ride then work? this is what honda has to offer you" and they show you what model best suits your needs. vs. "this is the biggest, fastest, newest thing out there! you NEED it! it's way better than a Honda!" i laugh every time i hear it. it's not so much an opinion, when it's the truth.
Cody -500 Rubicon  August 1, 2010 06:33 AM
The Rubicon is a great machine. It could be the best if Honda would give it a locking, I,m talking locking front diff. Not like Cam Ams visco-Lok but like Yamaha's machanical locking diff. Also I would say IRS is a must. And well their at it, give it hyd rear brakes. This machine would be unstoppable.
Jon - 3rd one -They are out  July 23, 2010 04:30 PM
Just looked at the dealer website and they have the new 2011 Rubicons on there. Sorry to say they are exactly the same....no changes at all. Oh well I will still buy one.
Jon -Jon - 3rd one  July 16, 2010 07:27 AM
5 weeks ago my local dealer said that he would have the new Rubicons in 3-1/2 weeks. I am still waiting and they have not arrived. Your arcticle said they are early release.....hmmmm!!! Well I still have the money down on one so hopefully it gets here soon. I was told that they didn't change a thing on them. I wish they would at least have put disc brakes on the rear.
nowing noprayer -680ss  July 2, 2010 10:07 PM
had to gear down my 680(highlifter sub trany kit), lost 30 k off the top end (70 k now)Tired of having to up grade just to keep up with the junk out in the bush
06 Rubicon CTE -Fuel Injected Rubicon  July 1, 2010 04:04 AM
I would like to see a fuel injected Rubicon, have been waiting for 4+ years now.
tc rider -tfraz  June 26, 2010 06:49 AM
the reason they don't have a lower range is because they don't need one, one of hondas strongest points is when something works very well don't change it. I used my last foreman for doing nothing but pulling out numerous trailers of oak @ approx 2600 - 3000lb oak, thats what the last 1000 miles of use was for, and each trip was up a steep embankment. I had zero problems and with a little lighter load it would go up the embankment in 2nd gear. I kept the machine clean and was able to get an excellent trade in towards another brand new foreman. The reason I didn't use trucks was because of the trail was too narrow and a truck would of dug up my yard. I prefer the carb over the fuel injection because of the two experiences I had riding with other atvs where their batteries went dead and I had to tow the machines back, both times over 25 miles. One machine was a polaris and the other a Arctic Cat
tfraz -irs  June 22, 2010 01:28 PM
sorry to break everyones bubble... the rubicon is an intended workhorse, with irs it would considerably lower towing capacities, sending the bikes intended application out the window. i too am waiting for them to get with the times, i want the rincon but refuse to buy one until they introduce a low range, and more ground clearance... i agree with you all, they need to catch up, but the rubicon will always be a solid axle :S
steve -Honda go back to old school  June 20, 2010 08:11 PM
Honda needs to go back to the ols school look to their sport atv lineup. For example: The legendary 1986 TRX250R and the the over all look like the 1987 ATC200X ,take the look from these 80's models and you will not keep them on show room floors. I personally would love to buy a brand new ATC200X. ..Here is some info for ya! I was told by a Honda rep that the ATC will be back on the showroom floors once again!! but not in the immediate future. Everything from thr 1980's is coming back. People would buy these ATC's not only for their look and feel but just because it is something new and everybody and their brother will buy one just because it's a new and hot item. Not to mention Honda ruled the ATV world when these things were still on showroom floors on the 80's. It;s all about the look baby! So Honda roll on the old school ATV lineup!
Jon -3rd one  June 19, 2010 02:16 PM
I have a 2001 and 2006 Honda Rubicon. I to have been waiting a year for the Rubicon but it wasn't to see if it came out with IRS. It was because I could not find a 2009 left that had EPS. I had issues with my 2001 where the decompressor on the cam destroyed itself. I had to tear the engine and get the pieces out. So they are not bullet proof, but have never heard anybody else have this issue. The 2006 has been great. It may not be the biggest most up to date machine and technically has not changed since 2001 but I will continue to buy Rubicons over any other machine on the market for one reason....It is not belt driven. I like my equipment to have gears. That is the same reason I drive a Ford F-350. I can still get manual hubs and a lever on the floor. So you all can bash the dated Honda design but I will never buy any other brand of utility machine. I have rode the IRS machines and maybe since I was not used to it did not like it at all, but I will take a solid axle. You may beat me to the end of the trail with your bigger machines, but I will get there and have just as much fun.
tc rider -Jake part of what you say is true  June 17, 2010 08:08 AM
the part where your back feels better I agree with, but then again the foreman probably isn't the best choice, if all your gona be doing is trail riding. Hell if I were to purchase a machine for pure trail riding I would seriously look at raceing machines. But I get a kick of all the people that like to make entrys on articles covering honda, And all they want to do is bash it. Honda is the most dependable machine with the best trade value. I believe the bombardiers are also excellent machines but all I ever did was use one short term, it was more of a trail machine than a workhorse like the foreman. Third would be yamaha, but thier work horses are purely work horses and they do make excellent trail machines. Fourth would be Polaris, but I personally don't like them and I owned one, It had multiple maintence issues, everything from fuel injection to major mechanical. bottom line I call the rest junk. Arctic Cat has been trying to enter the market by offering cheap machines but all you have to do is look at the want ads and they are full of them at even more reduced prices. The Honda dealer where I bought my last machine dosn't even want to deal or take a Arctic Cat or a Kawasaki in on a trade-in.
Jake -Arctic cat  June 16, 2010 05:57 PM
Mr. Lardish, I agree with you that Arctic Cat upped their game. Honda Foreman is o.k. but they are not as nice as the Arctic Cats of today,or yesterday.This TC Rider guy is upset with Arctic Cat because he probably has seen all the magazine shootouts with the Honda ALWAYS coming in last place compared to everything else.Who wants to be told that their quad doesn't measure up with the rest? TC Rider was right about one thing though..You get what you pay for. I also purchased a Thundercat..Worth its weight in gold!!! Plus my back thanks me at the end of the day for not buying a brutal riding Foreman..No thanks Honda!
tc rider -the reason honda makes the best and most dependable atvs on the market  June 14, 2010 10:47 AM
its kind of like the cars toyota and honda, once they come up with a good design they stick with it, all they keep doing is perfecting the original design instead of totally changing everything every year. in order for something to be dependable you have to use a tested and proven product. Tak GM for example they will always have electronic problems with the trucks, because they keep trying to redesign the whole thing instead of trying to use something that was tested and proven. the reason people arctic cats and kawasuckis is because they sell them cheap, the bottom line is you get what you pay for.
john -IRS please  June 13, 2010 06:44 PM
Man this is crazy I have been waiting for year now to get a Rubicon with IRS and no luck hmm I might have to bite the bullet and go for Kawasaki Brute force sorry Honda but you have to evolve what a shame dont they ever read these treads
tc rider -I don't want to be part of the articcat class action law suit  June 5, 2010 11:08 AM
the foreman rules over the junky top heavy artic cat which has multiple class action law suits against them for all the accidents. Honda continues to build the most dependable unit on the market.
Robert Lardish -Old School Drool  June 4, 2010 12:36 PM
Honda...Come on already and get with the times. I am so glad I got the Arctic Cat Thundercat instead of the Honda Rincon this time...That old Honda ran I had ran o.k. but it sure was a back breaker. I don't miss that terd for nothing!! It is seriously time to enter the new century Honda. It is awesome how this Thundercat just spits rocks all over my friends.."FAST HONDA Rincon"..What a joke. At least Arctic Cat has upped their game considerably in the last couple of years. I still have 3 old cats that still run better than the 4 Hondas that I used to own.
barry -honda 500 trail  May 19, 2010 08:20 PM
honda has two change get updated my brother in law knows how much i love honda thats all i drive but he just bought a 800 cam amm outlander if u want to sell keep up with the compition he says its twice a honda with front diff locks on demand same as power stering way more power get it together honda if u can build a jet u can build a better quad
brent -panfan  May 7, 2010 04:03 PM
i love them but are they foot shifted.
DC -GIVE US MORE  May 1, 2010 07:16 AM
Just give us a five speed and lockers and more power in the rincon and everyone would buy one. COME ON HONDA ITS HARD TO WIN WHEN YOUR UP GRADEING ONE SMALL THING ON ONLY ONE MACHINE EVERY FEW YEARS!
Jackie -unchanged again...  April 25, 2010 04:37 PM
I have always bought hondas,my first was a 125m three wheeler in 1985 and a lot more since that time.The last bike I bought was a 03 honda rincon.Now here we go into 2011 and the only changes in this bike in 8 years are fuel injection,and brakes.When I bought mine it was $6200 and now they want $8500,,,come on if you raise the price give us our moneys worth...not the same bike year after year...
Eric -I loved my honda's but now i LOVE my CAN-AM 800  April 22, 2010 08:48 AM
The only reason why I got a CAN-AM this time is cuz more power, fuel injection, 2 rider set up, locking front dif., comfortable ride, nicer racks, v-twin sounds really good, fast, over ride button lets you back up faster, adjustable shocks, if you don't care about any of that stuff then go with honda i still love them and would love to come back if they catch up. They are still by far the most tough and reliable atv on the market catch up honda and i'll be back in a heart beat.
Mike -Still waiting!!!  April 9, 2010 06:07 PM
HONDA,make a twin cylinder engine.I am not going to live forever!!!!!!! Put this twin cylinder technology on a rincon with the automatic torque coverter transmission.I'm sure these machines would fly off the sales floor.(KEEP UP WITH THE JONESES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Richard -Honda rider  April 3, 2010 06:13 AM
I have a TRX 300 1997 very reliable machine. But I would like Honda to come back with an ATV with higher ground clearance with high and low gears and 4 wheel lock system like other ATV have. Because if honda does not make any major changes my next ATV will not be a Honda.
Victor -Problem Rubicon  March 31, 2010 03:28 PM
I had a Rubicon with less than 2k miles and the tranny blew out. I have to admit, I still love the way a Honda feels, it feels better built. I used it to plow snow so maybe any ATV would have craped out. I bought a new Rancher-2009. I agree with most of the other comments. Honda needs a big bore with IRS, and low range. Of course the manual shift has a plenty low first gear. I am talking auto. The Rubicon would be perfect with a IRS, FI, EPS and maybe a 650 engine.
Tom -Disappointed  March 31, 2010 05:51 AM
I have been a Honda man for 30 years But having thoughts of buying something different because of Honda not keeping up with the market. I have a 500 rubicon and love it but it's older and time for a new one. WOW did I ever get a wake up call when I went looking. Like everyone is saying The 650/680 NO low range ( what a waste ) The 500 still no IRS....Honda you want to sell quads you have to keep up. Don't get me wrong Honda is best on the market for the engines and tranmissions but last on that comfortable ride and please get rid of those DRUM BRAKES.
harold -gears on foreman 500fm  March 29, 2010 04:12 PM
gears tend to wear out way sooner than all models
steveo -why make different models  March 19, 2010 03:43 PM
Honda did not make any 2010 models because they couldn't sell there 2009 models. So why make 2011 models if they are the same machine as the last 5 years unchanged. Hope honda doesn't make alot of these 2011s because they will not be selling their unchanged outdate ATV. I love to have a honda ATV i waited 3 years for changes i will not waste my money on a unchanged ATV. HONDA all people are looking for in a foreman 500 or 600 with IRS, diff LOCKER, fuel injection and more Ground clearance. If you want to sell ATVs make the changes i KNOW lots of people waiting for this and will buy your ATVs. IF not just make your ranchers and sell one model IF you can.

Jarkko -Modifiacation  March 17, 2010 07:03 AM
My First atv was Honda Foreman and then i have owned several bigbore, irs atvs. But now i bought basic Foreman again and have also Detroit locker and i am happy with that. Very simple machine(garb., aircooled,hard gearbox)is ok for me, i drive maybe 70-90 hours/year offroad and if it doesnt have 50hp, it doesn disturb me, we dont have so nice trails than you have in usa. I heard roomers that next year there is coming irs 500, but perhaps it was just a wish.
Todd -The Same Thing Still  March 16, 2010 06:01 PM
I'm just waiting for the Foreman to come with fuel-injection. I'm old school and I like the auto clutch so I have to ask why isn't there a bigger quad other than a 500 with the auto clutch? I live in Utah and do a lot of riding in the mountains here doing some fishing and hunting. So with the altitude the fuel injection is what I'm looking for. Another thing, I'm not a big fan of the auto's, my first gear in the Foreman I have now will crawl down any hill lower than any engine brake devise that's out there. But with the Rincon I know it has an torque converter and is different than the other automatics quads out there bur the biggest complaint I keep hearing is that the Rincon doesn't have an low range. Come on Honda the people want it. If I could have my dream quad it would be a bigger Foreman (600-700) with 6 gears, fuel-injection, power steering, IRS, front diff. lock. I'd by one tomorrow if Honda would build it.
todd -people want more options  March 16, 2010 07:49 AM
How about putting IRS on all the quads but the recon. I would buy a rubicon today if it had irs, power steering & fuel injection. This is why I bought a yamaha. Selectable locker, irs, power steering & fuel injection.
Oscar -Old Honda News  March 15, 2010 07:52 PM
This is the same old Honda story. These machine have not changed for the last 5 years and now with 2011's 6 years. Very sad to see no changes for 2010 and 2011. Yamaha here we go.