First Look- 2015 Honda Foreman Rubicon With IRS Hot
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. You 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.
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.
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.
New Headlight Pod
Honda Rubicon IRS
New Steel Front & Rear Racks
New Locking Front Diff Controls
Electronic Shift Controls
New Instrumentation Pod
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|
|Ignition||Full transistorized ignition|
|Starter||Electric with optional auxiliary recoil|
|Transmission||Five-speed with reverse|
|Driveline||Direct front and rear driveshafts with TraxLok® and locking front differential|
CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES
|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|
|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|
|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.|
FACTORY WARRANTY INFORMATION
|One Year||Transferable limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.|