Click photos to enlarge. They make great desktop wallpaper.
– 2013 Honda FourTrax Foreman Rubicon TRX500FA Review
2013 Honda FourTrax Foreman Rubicon TRX500FA
Ready. Rugged. Reliable: Rubicon…
Some smart guys aren’t very strong. And some strong guys aren’t exactly brain surgeons. Then there are those who break out of the stereotypes. And in the world of ATVs, that’s the Honda FourTrax Foreman Rubicon. Its engine is a real powerhouse that delivers tons of torque. But the longitudinal layout and exclusive Hondamatic transmission makes smart use of that power and makes sure it all gets applied to the job at hand. From the tightest mountain trails to the wide-open desert, the Honda FourTrax Foreman Rubicon has what it takes, and you’ll never have to work overtime at the controls.
•499cc Liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke engine
•TraxLok Selectable 2WD/4WD
There’s a very good reason the FourTrax® Foreman® Rubicon™ has gained an iconic reputation for its off-road prowess: It has earned its cred the hard way, through years of real-world use. Its unique continuously variable Hondamatic automatic transmission with true engine braking has proven to be efficient, maintenance-free and extremely rugged. This automatic transmission can be set in different modes for maximum performance or maximum torque, as well as in Electric Shift Program (ESP®) mode that gives the rider push-button control. Add in a torque-sensitive front differential along with Honda’s TraxLok® selectable 2WD/4WD system plus the option of Electric Power Steering (EPS), and it’s easy to see why the Rubicon remains a favorite among riders who demand an especially capable ATV.
2013 Honda FourTrax Foreman Rubicon TRX500FA Key Features
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.
Electric Power Steering – Honda’s Electric Power Steering features sophisticated torque sensors that measure how much force you’re applying and then tailor how much extra assist you need.
Accessories as tough as the ATVs they’re on – When you’re riding the best ATV on the planet, only the best accessories will do—Honda Genuine Accessories. These accessories are designed specifically for your Honda vehicle and feature the same quality and durability you’ve come to expect from Honda.
The Amazing Hondamatic – There’s no other automatic like it on any ATV. Even Hondas. You get an almost infinite choice of gear “ratios” thanks to its continuously variable design.
Honda Genuine Accessories – Winch Kit, Rear Swingarm Guard, Frame Skid Plate, A-Arm Guards, Soft Rack Bag (front and rear), Cargo Box (front and rear), Fender Bag, Outdoor Cover (XXL), Recoil Starter Kit, Aluminum ATV Wheels (front and rear)
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.
2013 Honda FourTrax Foreman Rubicon TRX500FA Features and Benefits
TraxLok – TraxLok is a shift system that lets you select either two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. Two-wheel drive gives you lighter steering on flat ground, while four-wheel drive maximizes traction when you need it. Choosing between them couldn’t be easier, and you get the best of both worlds.
Triple Headlights – The Rubicon features three headlights, two mounted on the front fenders and one on the handlebar. The 45-watt handlebar light moves with the bar to illuminate the area you choose. All three use multi-reflector lenses for superior light distribution.
Electric Shift Program (ESP) – Upshifting or downshifting is easy and fast—just push one of two handlebar-mounted buttons. ESP is a huge advantage when riding in heavy boots or if your boots are covered in mud or snow because you don’t have to fuss with a conventional left-foot ATV shift lever.
Electric Power Steering (EPS)
Accessory Power Outlet – The Rubicon comes with a 12-volt accessory outlet as standard equipment. That makes it easy to run or recharge your electronics (cell-phone charger, GPS, etc.) out in the woods or on the jobsite. An optional rear-mounted outlet is also available as a Honda Genuine Accessory.
Front Adjustable Suspension – Adjustable dual shocks allow you to optimize suspension performance for various load conditions.
Semi-Dry-Sump Engine Design – Compact and lighter-weight, the Rubicon’s overhead-valve, semi-dry sump design creates an engine that’s shorter from top to bottom. That returns two big benefits: it enhances handling by lowering the engine’s center of gravity, and it also increases ground clearance.
Hondamatic Transmission – A continuously variable design, the Hondamatic is probably the smoothest automatic you’ll ever ride. You get total control, a smooth ride, and plenty of power: a win-win-win situation!
Towing Capacity – Got a tough job to tackle? No problem—the Rubicon is up to the task. With a generous 850-pound towing capacity and rack capacity of 66 pounds up front and 133 pounds in the rear, the Rubicon is ready to double as a pack mule when you need to carry a load. (Hitch ball shown sold separately.)
Rear Adjustable Suspension – Adjustable dual shocks allow you to optimize suspension performance for various load conditions.
2013 Honda FourTrax Foreman Rubicon TRX500FA – North American Specifications / Technical Details
USA MSRP: $7,999 USD
Canadian MSRP: See dealer for pricing
Engine Type 499cc liquid-cooled OHV dry-sump longitudinally mounted single-cylinder four-stroke
Bore And Stroke 92mm x 75mm
Induction 36mm constant velocity carburetor
Ignition CD with electronic advance
Starter Electric with auxiliary recoil
Available Colors Automatic
Transmission Fully automatic hydromechanical, continuously variable with electronic controls
Driveline Direct front and rear driveshafts with TraxLok® and torque-sensitive front differential
CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES
Front Suspension Independent double-wishbone; 6.7 inches travel
Rear Suspension Swingarm with dual shock absorbers; 6.7 inches travel
Front Brakes 180mm front discs with single-piston calipers
Rear Brakes Sealed mechanical drum
Front Tires 25 x 8-12
Front Tires 25 x 10-12
Length 83 inches
Width 46.8 inches
Height 46.4 inches
Wheelbase 50.6 inches
Seat Height 33.9 inches
Ground Clearance 7.5 inches
Curb Weight 640 lbs. (includes all standard equipment, required fluids and a full tank of fuel-ready to ride)
Fuel Capacity 4.0 gallons, including 0.7-gallon reserve
Towing Capacity 850 pounds
Model Id TRX500FA
Emissions Meets current California Air Resources Board (CARB) off-road emissions standards.
Available Colors Red, Olive, NaturalGear™Camo
Note No operator under age 16. Honda recommends that all ATV riders take a training course and read their owner’s manual thoroughly.
FACTORY WARRANTY INFORMATION
One Year Transferable limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.
Specifications, appearance, and price of product are subject to change without notice.