First Look- 2015 Honda Foreman Rubicon With IRS

First Look- 2015 Honda Foreman Rubicon With IRS Hot

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2015 Honda Rubicon

Honda has been extremely busy this year, and for that matter, the last couple of years. New products keep spewing out of Honda like a geyser of powersports heaven. In the last two years alone Honda has released the Pioneer side-by-side and the Pioneer 500. Now they have turned their attention to the ATV market, and their Foreman and Rancher lines. Honda sells more ATVs than anyone else, with a whopping 37% of the market. 2015 Honda RubiconYou didn’t see that one coming did ya? For 2015 Honda has added more depth to its offerings by offering models to cover any core need an ATV rider has. Specifically, Honda has updated the Foreman Rubicon lineup to offer independent rear suspension; so the Foreman Rubicon still is a “worker” but now offers a comfortable ride for those day-long adventures on the trail. The addition of IRS on the Foreman Rubicon merely scratches the surface of the massive overhaul of the Foreman Rubicon that 2015 brings. In the January-February issue, we have a full review of this redesigned Honda ATV, so be watching for that.

The laundry list of items updated on the 2015 Honda Foreman Rubicon comes in somewhere between a grocery list for two weeks and a Christmas list if you have 10 kids. In other words, it is a BIG list.
The styling has been updated making the Foreman Rubicon look “blockier”, embodying a more serious and rugged air about it. There “New” list includes a new frame, new rear brake, new steel bumpers and racks, new muffler, new more powerful light and light pod, new air cleaner, new handgrips, new reverse lever, new beefier engine power, new thicker seats and more. It is safe to say there is a lot of “new” in the new 2015 Foreman Rubicon. Even bigger changes include a a new transmission setup for those who want an automatic transmission.

2015 Honda Rubicon

The Independent Rear Suspension (IRS)

The dual clutch transmission, or DCT for a proverbial short acronym, can be set to fully automatic, or the rider can manually “shift” with the electronic push-button shifter. The DCT transmission also sports a dual-range, with a “Drive” range and “Low” range for when things get particularly crazy.

2015 Honda Rubicon Dual Range Transmission

The dual-range transmission shifter.

There are newly developed Maxxis tires, and of course the IRS setup with competitive and comfortable travel numbers. At the end of the day, all of the “New” in the 2015 Foreman Rubicon   is to make it a comfortable and enjoyable day-long trail ATV. Not to “spoil” our upcoming review, but Honda has succeeded in making the Foreman Rubicon a fantastic ATV for a comfortable day on the trail. 

2015 Honda Rubicon New Headlight Pod

New Headlight Pod

2015 Honda Rubicon IRS

Honda Rubicon IRS

2015 Honda Rubicon New Steel Front & Rear Racks

New Steel Front & Rear Racks 

2015 Honda Rubicon New Locking Front Diff

New Locking Front Diff Controls

2015 Honda Rubicon New Electronic Shift Controls

Electronic Shift Controls

2015 Honda Rubicon New Instrumentation Pod

New Instrumentation Pod

Related Links

Honda Foreman Rubicon Website



FourTrax Foreman Rubicon 4X4 Specs



Engine Type 475cc liquid-cooled OHV longitudinally mounted single-cylinder four-stroke engine
Bore And Stroke 92.0mm x 71.5mm
Induction PGM-FI
Ignition Full transistorized ignition
Starter Electric with optional auxiliary recoil 


Clutch Manual
Transmission Five-speed with reverse
Driveline Direct front and rear driveshafts with TraxLok® and locking front differential


Front Suspension Independent double-wishbone; 7.28 inches travel
Rear Suspension Independent dual-arm; 8.46 inches travel
Front Brakes 190mm hydraulic discs
Rear Brakes 170mm hydraulic disc
Front Tires 25 x 8-12
Front Tires 25 x 10-12 


Length 84.5 inches 
Width 47.4 inches 
Height 48.6 inches 
Wheelbase 50.9 inches
Seat Height 35.8 inches 
Ground Clearance 9.4 inches
Curb Weight 677 lbs. (includes all standard equipment, required fluids and a full tank of fuel-ready to ride)
Fuel Capacity 3.9 gallons, including 1.3-gallon reserve
Towing Capacity 1322 pounds


Model Id TRX500FM5F
Emissions Meets current California Air Resources Board (CARB) off-road emissions standards. 
Available Colors Red, Olive
Note No operator under age 16. Honda recommends that all ATV riders take a training course and read their owner's manual thoroughly.


One Year Transferable limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.

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