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2009 Honda TRX500FG CTE Canadian Trail Edition Rubicon
2009 Honda TRX500FG CTE Canadian Trail Edition Rubicon

2009 Honda TRX500FG CTE Canadian Trail Edition Rubicon
2009 Honda TRX500FG CTE Canadian Trail Edition Rubicon

2009 Honda TRX500FG CTE Canadian Trail Edition Rubicon
2009 Honda TRX500FG CTE Canadian Trail Edition Rubicon

2009 Honda TRX500FG CTE Canadian Trail Edition Rubicon
2009 Honda TRX500FG CTE Canadian Trail Edition Rubicon

– 2009 Honda TRX500FG CTE Canadian Trail Edition Rubicon

2009 Honda TRX500FG CTE Canadian Trail Edition Rubicon

Easy on the trail, but built to be tough as granite. That’s what the Honda TRX500FG Canadian Trail Edition Rubicon is all about. Extensive testing across Canada resulted in unique suspension calibration and other improvements that allow the Canadian Trail Edition to ride smoothly in all sorts of conditions without compromising stability and control. You get the dependability, stability, versatility and overall superior performance that you demand in an ATV, plus ride quality you have to experience to believe. Premium features include switchable 2WD/4WD, specially designed front disc brakes, and standard GPScape®.



Features & Benefits

Key Features
– Adjustable suspension developed through extensive testing in Canada
provides significantly better comfort without loss of stability
– Durable front disc brakes incorporate a number of innovative features and
long-life brake pads for sure stops in tough conditions
– Switchable 2WD/4WD lets you choose drive characteristics to match the
– Crisp response from the fully automatic Hondamatic® transmission, which
also features push-button Electric Shift Program™ (ESP) control
– GPScape built into the dash helps takes the worry out of exploring new



– Liquid-cooled overhead-valve single-cylinder 499 cc four-stroke engine is mounted longitudinally in the frame, allowing direct driveshaft alignment to front and rear wheels for improved drivetrain efficiency.

– Liquid-cooling provides consistent engine operating temperature in extreme conditions for maximum power output and long engine life.

– Camshaft is located adjacent to the cylinder head, reducing engine height. Together with the external engine-oil tank, engine height is further reduced for a low centre of gravity and excellent handling.

– Four-valve cylinder head utilizes two short pushrods to provide a broad powerband for optimum performance and engine efficiency.

– Unique dry-sump oiling system attaches the oil tank to the front of the engine cases, lowering engine height and allowing optimum engine placement for excellent ground clearance and superb handling.

– Standard high-flow oil cooler ensures optimal engine lubrication under difficult operating conditions.

– The multiple scavenging oil system utilizes an oil pump with three sintered steel rotors (one for feed, two for scavenge) to provide a stable oil supply in diverse riding conditions.

– Unique temperature indicator uses two sensors to monitor both oil and coolant temperature.

– High-capacity coolant radiator is rated at 17.2 kW for efficient engine cooling in extreme operating conditions.

– Compact, flat-shaped radiator fan motor is lightweight and contributes to optimum engine placement.

– Rubber-cushion engine mounting and gear-driven counterbalancer reduce vibration.

– Integral electric carburetor heater system improves driveability and ensures smooth operation in cold conditions.

– Convenient electric starter, with auxiliary recoil starter and an automatic internal decompression system.

– Solid-state CD ignition with electronic advance for excellent performance and reliability.

– Stainless steel exhaust system provides superior corrosion resistance.

– Closed crankcase vent system safeguards against engine oil contamination.

– Switchable 2WD/4WD enables the rider to shift between 2WD and 4WD with the simple push of a switch. Quiet operation and smooth engagement are key features of the system. An electromagnetic mechanical clutch unit (EMCU) located on the centre of the propeller shaft engages 4WD with a quiet two-way roller clutch. Unlike mechanical designs, this ensures smooth operation by employing a magnetic switching mechanism that engages when front and rear wheel speeds vary by less than 9.6 km/h.

– The Hondamatic transmission utilizes variable hydraulic pressure and mechanical torque amplification to provide seamless job-handling power and excellent acceleration. Engine power drives a hydraulic pump. The pump, in turn, drives a hydraulic motor with variable fluid capacity. Utilizing pump and motor pistons and a variable-pitch motor-side swash plate, hydraulic capacity and pressure are varied, producing continuously variable output speed. In addition, torque is increased as output-shaft speed is reduced.

– Dash-mounted knob switches to one of three electronic shifting programs: D1 for maximum performance, D2 for very low traction situations, and ESP, Honda’s exclusive Electric Shift Program. D1 and D2 modes provide continuously variable transmission output; ESP allows the rider to “shift” the Hondamatic with the touch of a thumb using two push-buttons mounted on the left handlebar.

– The Hondamatic is extremely efficient, with operating efficiencies ranging from 75-81 percent in full-reduction mode and from 87-92 percent when input and output speeds are the same (1:1 ratio).

– The Hondamatic is fully sealed, compact and maintenance-free, with no belts to wear out and replace.

– The Hondamatic features true engine braking, unlike conventional belt-drive designs.

– Versatile rider controls provide a shift lever to select Drive, Low, Neutral and Reverse.

– The Hondamatic uses multi-filtered (one large-capacity filter and three strainers) engine oil as hydraulic fluid, simplifying maintenance and ensuring an adequate oil supply in all operating conditions.
Unique torque-sensitive front differential provides superior traction compared to a conventional limited-slip design, and reduces torque steer substantially for less steering effort.



– Dual front disc brake calipers feature a patented built-in scraper system to remove mud and snow from inside the front wheel to help prevent build-up of debris between caliper and rim and ensure consistent braking performance.

– Brake pads feature thick, long-wearing material with improved mud durability, feel and control. Pads feature internal scraper that gives audible warning when pad life is low.

– Rugged frame and suspension provide 190 mm (7.5 inches) of ground clearance.

– Steering mechanism design features light effort and a tight turning radius of 3.3 metres (10.8 feet).

– Suspension calibrated specifically for Canadian trail conditions, offering improved comfort and control. Canadian Trail Edition features different suspension springs, different spring rates, different rebound and compression damping settings, as well as revised front to rear balance. Together these suspension settings provide improved ride, handling and control in Canadian trail conditions.

– Independent double-wishbone front suspension uses premium adjustable shock absorbers to provide 170 mm (6.7 inches) of suspension travel for a plush, comfortable ride.

– Steel swingarm and dual rear adjustable shock absorbers provide 170 mm (6.7 inches) of suspension travel for superb comfort and compliance.

– Attractive, large-diameter 12-inch aluminum wheels reduce unsprung weight for excellent ride and handling.

– Tough, large-diameter 25 x 8-12 front, 25 x 10-12 rear tires for precise handling.


Additional Features

– GPScape is contained within the standard meter assembly and features storage for up to 100 waypoints, digital compass function indicating travel direction and an automatic compensating clock. When travelling or returning to a designated waypoint, GPScape will tell the rider distance and direction from present location.

– Water-resistant storage is integrated into body work.

– Engine design produces low emissions and meets California Air Resources Board (CARB) off-road emissions standards.

– Multi-function LCD digital instrumentation is compact, tough and waterproof, featuring large readouts for Hondamatic transmission modes, gear selector position, speedometer, fuel gauge, odometer, resettable tripmeter and hourmeter/clock. Instrument housing includes LED lights for Reverse, Neutral and temperature warning indicator.

– Waterproof accessory socket provides 12-volt, 10-amp power with a built-in temperature-type fuse.

– Large, lightweight plastic fuel tank with 15-litre capacity, including 2.5-litre reserve.

– Digital fuel gauge.

– Snorkel-type air intake system is specially designed for water crossings.

– Thickly padded seat provides excellent comfort.

– Uniquely designed floorboards allow the rider’s feet to grip the footrests while keeping mud and debris away.

– Standard over-fenders give excellent mud protection.

– Reusable foam air filter.

– Quiet spark arrester/muffler.

– Powerful 361W AC generator.

– Tough 12-amp-hour maintenance-free battery.

– Triple headlight system with single 45W upper light and dual 30W lower lights with multi-reflector lenses for optimal light distribution plus a 21W stoplight and taillight.

– Large front and rear cargo racks are rated at 30 kg (66 pounds) and 60 kg (133 pounds), respectively.

– Heavy-duty trailer hitch with towing capacity of 385 kg (850 pounds).

– Unique rear-opening storage compartment allows access when rack is loaded.

– Constant-velocity-joint boot guards help prevent damage to boot covers.

– Durable, comfortable, easy-to-use controls.

– Keyed ignition switch for added security.

– Triple skid plates.

– Easy-to-use parking brake.

– Top-mounted choke lever for simple operation.

– Standard tool kit includes a tire-pressure gauge.

– GVWR is 504 kg (1,111 pounds).

– 1 year, transferable limited warranty.




2009 Honda TRX500FG CTE Canadian Trail Edition Rubicon – USA Specifications
American MSRP $0 USD

Mdoel Not available in the USA


2009 Honda TRX500FG CTE Canadian Trail Edition Rubicon – Canada Specifications
Canadian MSRP $10,099 CDN

Engine Type Liquid-cooled longitudinally mounted single-cylinder four-stroke

Displacement 499 cc

Bore & Stroke 92 mm x75 mm

Compression Ratio 9.2:1

Valve Train OHV, 4 valves

Fuel Delivery Single 36 mm CV carb

Transmission Fully automatic electronically controlled hydromechanical CVT with selectable ESP and reverse

Final Drive 2WD/4WD; direct front and rear driveshafts with switchable 2WD/4WD and torque-sensing front differential

Front Suspension Independent double-wishbone with adjustable hydraulic shocks; 170 mm (6.7 inches) travel

Rear Suspension Swingarm with dual adjustable hydraulic shocks; 170 mm (6.7 inches) travel

Tires 25×8 – 12 front; 25×10 – 12 rear

Brakes Front dual 180 mm hydraulic discs; rear sealed mechanical drum

Length 2,108 mm (83 inches)

Width 1,188 mm (46.8 inches)

Ground Clearance 190 mm (7.5 inches)

Seat Height 861 mm (33.9 inches)

Wheelbase 1,285 mm (50.6 inches)

Curb Weight 287 kg (633 lb) including required fluids and full tank of gas – ready to ride

Fuel Capacity 15 litres, including 2.5-litre reserve

Colour Red