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2012 Honda FourTrax Foreman 4x4 ES TRX500FE
2012 Honda FourTrax Foreman 4×4 ES TRX500FE

2012 Honda FourTrax Foreman 4x4 ES TRX500FE
2012 Honda FourTrax Foreman 4×4 ES TRX500FE

2012 Honda FourTrax Foreman 4x4 ES TRX500FE
2012 Honda FourTrax Foreman 4×4 ES TRX500FE

2012 Honda FourTrax Foreman 4x4 ES TRX500FE
2012 Honda FourTrax Foreman 4×4 ES TRX500FE

2012 Honda FourTrax Foreman 4x4 ES TRX500FE
2012 Honda FourTrax Foreman 4×4 ES TRX500FE

– 2012 Honda FourTrax Foreman 4×4 ES TRX500FE

2012 Honda FourTrax Foreman 4×4 ES TRX500FE Review

Built to work – even harder.

Over the years, the FourTrax® Foreman® series of 4×4 ATVs have proven themselves to be hard-working partners that also know more than a thing or two about recreation. For 2012, the Foreman line of ATVs boasts a brand-new liquid-cooled 475cc single-cylinder OHV four-stroke engine that’s powerful enough for taking on those extra-tough jobs. The introduction of a new fuel injection system with 36mm throttle body for instant throttle response, consistent performance at high altitude, and hassle-free cold-weather starting adds to the Foreman’s performance package. New rugged and tough looking body work adorn the rolling chassis that has been re-engineered as well, featuring an all-new and lighter rear suspension system incorporating a single, high-quality shock for increased comfort, precision and work capabilities, plus a shorter wheelbase for agile handling and a tighter turning radius. Add to that Honda’s renowned Electric Shift Program (ESP®) that delivers push-button convenience for shifting, plus the option of Electric Power Shifting (EPS), and you’ve got one of the strongest, hardest working rides available today.

Honda’s Foreman family of all-terrain vehicles have always been the machines to count on when you need an ATV that’s not afraid to take on the tough jobs. And this year they’re better than ever: Stronger, smarter, even harder working, whether it’s around the ranch, factory, or your favorite trail.

How can that be? Because in addition to four-wheel drive and Honda’s innovative Electric Power Steering, the Foreman line now features Honda’s Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI). That means you get more efficient fuel delivery, easier starting in cold conditions, and less maintenance. While we were at it, we gave the Foreman a new look too, with new, aggressively styled bodywork, plusher suspension, and a more comfortable seat.

So tackling those tough jobs just got a whole lot easier if you hire the right Foreman to take charge of your jobsite.

Fuel-Injected Performance

The Foreman’s new fuel-injection system means you’ll get an ATV that works harder, with better fuel management and plenty of power and torque for those tough jobs.
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A whole new look.

The Foreman line’s new bodywork gives it a tough new look. But it does more than just look good: It’s still designed to last, despite the scrapes and dings of the job or the woods, to help protect you from mud and other debris, and to keep looking good as long as you own your Honda.
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Works hard. Rides easy.

The better your new Foreman rides, the shorter your workday will seem. That’s why we gave our 2012 Foreman line a plusher suspension, better ergonomics, and a new, softer seat. It all adds up to a Foreman with a more comfortable ride that is looking out for number one—and that’s you

High-Tech Industry.

Sure, they’re rugged and reliable, but Honda Utility ATVs are also built to make your life easier, whether you’re working the back 40 or your favorite trail, and we achieve this with some of the most revolutionary technology in the industry. Like Electric Power Steering, designed with torque and speed sensors to reduce steering effort (and rider fatigue) when the going gets tough. Independent Rear Suspension (IRS) that allows both rear wheels to move independently, helping you maintain traction and control even in rough terrain.

And there’s a transmission for every type of use. Our continuously variable, fully automatic Hondamatic™ transmission (available on the Foreman Rubicon), is the smoothest ATV transmission you’ll ever experience. The three-speed Honda Automatic transmission (an automotive-style torque converter) is available on our FourTrax Rincon. And the Rancher AT has the Honda automatic dual-clutch, five-speed transmission, which features one of the slickest- and quickest-shifting gearboxes on dirt.

And this is just for starters, as our feature-packed machines are all built with the same purpose in mind: to work and play hard so you don’t have to.

Our engineers work hard, so you don’t have to.

The new Foreman line is a great example of how smarter is better. The combination of this year’s new fuel-injection system and revised suspension team up with such proven Foreman features as our solid rear axle for better towing performance, Honda’s exclusive longitudinally mounted engines for superior driveline efficiency, and Honda’s unmatched reputation for durability, quality, and reliability.

Important Safety Information
Recommended for riders 16 years of age and older. Honda recommends that all ATV riders take a training course and read their owner’s manual thoroughly.



2012 Honda FourTrax Foreman 4×4 ES TRX500FE Features and Benefits:

New for 2012

– All-new liquid-cooled 475cc single-cylinder OHV four-stroke engine with a higher compression ratio delivers plenty of hard-working power.

– New fuel injection system features a 36mm throttle body and provides instant throttle response, consistent performance at high altitude, and hassle-free cold-weather starting.

– All-new rear suspension system combines a new steel swingarm design with a single high-quality rear shock absorber to produce 6.9 inches of supple, well-controlled travel.

– New, larger 196mm dual front hydraulic disc brakes.

– New multi-function LCD digital meter is compact, tough and waterproof, and features large readouts for fuel gauge, gear position, speedometer, odometer, tripmeter, hourmeter and oil change reminder. Meter housing includes LED lights for Reverse, Neutral, oil temperature and front differential indicator.

– New body styling with a tough, rugged and more aggressive look featuring large oversized fenders front and rear for exceptional mud and splash protection.



– Revolutionary Electric Power Steering (EPS).

– Electric Shift Program (ESP) provides the convenience of push-button shifting.

– TraxLok® selectable 2WD/4WD system.

– Large cargo racks front and rear allow payloads of 66 and 133 pounds, respectively and feature an improved design for easier lashing of cargo.

– Heavy-duty trailer hitch with towing capacity of 850 pounds.

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

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

– Water-resistant left-side glove-box compartment.

– Triple headlight system with single 45-watt upper light and dual 30-watt lower lights with multi-reflector lenses for optimal light distribution plus an LED brake light/taillight.

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

– Assembled in Timmonsville, South Carolina.

– Transferable one-year limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.


Engine Drivetrain

– Liquid-cooled 475cc single-cylinder OHV four-stroke engine is longitudinally mounted in the frame allowing direct driveshaft alignment to front and rear wheels for improved drivetrain efficiency.

– USDA-qualified spark arrester/muffler is constructed of stainless steel.

– Super-heavy-duty automatic clutch for excellent driveability and towing capacity.

– Convenient five-speed transmission with Reverse.

– Maintenance-free shaft drive with torque-sensing front differential routes power directly from the longitudinally mounted engine without inefficient directional changes.

– Powerful 416-watt AC generator.

– New pre-filled GYZ16H 16-Ah battery.



– Rugged frame and suspension provide an exceptional 7.6 inches of ground clearance.

– Independent double-wishbone front suspension uses new, high-quality shock absorbers to provide 6.7 inches of travel while a new steel swingarm design produces 6.9 inches of rear wheel travel.

– Rugged, large-diameter Maxxis 25 x 8-12 front, 25 x 10-12 rear tires provide added ground clearance while maintaining precise handling.

– Large 196mm dual front hydraulic disc brakes and sealed 180mm mechanical rear drum.

– 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 buildup between caliper and rim to ensure consistent braking performance.

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


Honda Genuine Accessories

– Winch Kit, Cargo Boxes (Front/Rear), Soft Rack Bags (Front/Rear), Fender Bag, Frame Skid Plate, Front A-Arm Guards, Rear Swingarm Guard, Auxiliary Light Interupt Switch, Recoil Stater Kit, Storage Cover

† WARRANTY: Because we’re so confident in the quality of each of our Honda Genuine accessories, we’re pleased to offer one of the best warranties in the industry. One-year warranty begins on the day accessories are purchased by the customer.

2012 Honda FourTrax Foreman 4×4 Options & Pricing:

Honda’s line of FourTrax Foreman ATVs give you what you want, without breaking the bank. In terms of hard-working value, the Foreman line is unbeatable, offering proven features like powerful 475cc overhead-valve engines with fuel injection, TraxLok® selectable 2WD/4WD, and a dependable five-speed transmission. Sick of fighting ruts, rocks, and sidehills? Then get a Foreman with Honda’s revolutionary Electric Power Steering (EPS)—the smartest, most innovative power steering you’ll ever experience on an ATV. Our push-button Electric Shift Program (ESP) is a big boost when you’re wearing winter boots covered with mud. And best of all, they feature our new styling for 2012.

FourTrax Foreman 4×4
MSRP $6,899*

Features & Options
– Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI)
– 475cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke engine
– TraxLok® selectable 2WD/4WD

FourTrax Foreman 4×4 ES
MSRP $7,099*

Features & Options
– TraxLok® selectable 2WD/4WD
– 475cc liquid-cooled fuel-injected engine
– Electric Shift Program

FourTrax Foreman 4×4 with Power Steering
MSRP $7,499*

Features & Options
– TraxLok® selectable 2WD/4WD
– 475cc liquid-cooled fuel-injected engine
– Electric Power Steering

FourTrax Foreman 4×4 ES with Power Steering
MSRP $7,699*

Features & Options
– TraxLok® selectable 2WD/4WD
– 475cc liquid-cooled fuel-injected engine
– ESP and EPS





2012 Honda FourTrax Foreman 4×4 ES TRX500FE – USA Specifications
US MSRP*: $7,099 USD

Model: TRX500FE / TRX500FPE (with EPS)

Engine Type: 475cc liquid-cooled OHV longitudinally mounted single-cylinder four-stroke

Bore and Stroke: 92mm x 71.5mm

Compression Ratio: 9.5:1

Induction: Keihin 36mm throttle body

Ignition: Full-transistorized type
with electronic advance

Starter: Electric with optional auxiliary recoil

Clutch: Automatic

Transmission: ESP five-speed with Reverse

Driveline: Direct front and rear driveshafts with TraxLok and torque-sensitive front differential

Front: Independent double-wishbone; 6.7 inches travel
Rear: Swingarm with single shock; 6.9 inches travel

Front: Dual hydraulic 196mm disc
Rear: Sealed 180mm mechanical drum

Front: 25 x 8-12
Rear: 25 x 10-12

Length: 83.7 inches

Width: 47.4 inches

Height: 47.1 inches

Seat Height: 34.7 inches

Ground Clearance: 7.6 inches

Wheelbase: 50.4 inches

Turning Radius: 10.5 feet

Fuel Capacity: 4.0 gallons, including 1.2-gallon reserve

Colors: Red, Olive, Natural Gear™ Camouflage

Curb Weight*: 628 pounds / 644 pounds

*Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel-ready to ride.

Meets current CARB and EPA off-road emissions standards.

Recommended for riders 16 years of age and older.



2012 Honda FourTrax Foreman 4×4 ES TRX500FE – Canadian Specifications
Canadian MSRP* $TBA

Model may not be available in Canada