ATVSource.com | Calendar | ATV/UTV Forums | ATV/UTV Reviews | ATV/UTV News | ATV/UTV Product Reviews | ATV/UTV Racing | ATV/UTV Trails | ATV/UTV Videos

Articles
ATV Bone
Machine Reviews
Press Releases
Product Reviews
Racing
Trailheads
Videos
Manufacturers

» Arctic Cat

» ATK/Cannondale

» Can-Am

» E-Ton America

» Honda

» Kasea

» Kawasaki

» KTM

» Polaris

» Suzuki

» Yamaha

ATV Clubs
Calendar
Classified Ads
Forums


 

Honda

FourTrax Foreman Rubicon

The FourTrax Foreman Rubicon(r) with the revolutionary Hondamatic transmission is the king of ATVs. Honda's largest and most powerful ATV features a continuously variable automatic transmission that provides quiet, maintenance-free operation in a compact, rugged design. Riders seeking a reliable automatic transmission with the power and durability of a Honda will find the FourTrax Foreman Rubicon to be the most versatile ATV available anywhere.

Features & Benefits

New for 2002

• Yellow color joins Red and Olive.

Unique Features

• Honda's first liquid-cooled four-stroke ATV engine is a single-cylinder 499cc overhead-valve design that provides tremendous torque and dependable power.
• Hondamatic(tm) transmission is a continuously variable, hydro-mechanical design that eliminates belts altogether. It is compact, quiet, maintenance-free and very rugged. The Hondamatic features true engine braking, unlike conventional belt-drive designs.
• Full-time four-wheel drive and a unique torque-sensing, limited-slip front differential provide superior traction compared to conventional limited-slip designs and reduces torque steer substantially for less steering effort.
• Extensive weight-saving measures keep the FourTrax Foreman Rubicon's dry weight at 600 pounds.

Engine/Drivetrain

• Liquid-cooled overhead-valve single-cylinder 499cc four-stroke engine is mounted longitudinally in the frame, allowing direct drive-shaft 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 center 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 assures 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 light weight 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.

Hondamatic Transmission

• 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 maximum torque, and ESP(tm), Honda's exclusive Electric Shift Program(tm). 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 transmission is compact and maintenance-free, with no belts to wear out and replace.
• The Hondamatic is fully sealed and impervious to external contamination.
• 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.

Chassis/Suspension

• Rugged frame and suspension provide an exceptional 10 inches of ground clearance.
• Steering mechanism design features light effort and a tight turning radius of 10.8 feet.
• Independent double-wishbone front suspension uses premium shock absorbers to provide 6.7 inches of suspension travel for a plush, comfortable ride.
• Steel swingarm and dual rear shock absorbers provide 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 provide added ground clearance while maintaining precise handling.
• Triple-sealed front hydraulic drum brakes and sealed rear mechanical drum.

Additional Features

• 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, odometer, resettable tripmeter and hourmeter/clock. Instrument housing includes LED lights for reverse, neutral and temperature warning indicator.
• Waterproof accessory socket provides 12-volt, 12-amp power with a built-in temperature-type fuse.
• Large, lightweight plastic fuel tank with 3.7-gallon capacity, including 1.0-gallon reserve.
• Fuel gauge is standard equipment.
• Snorkel-type air intake system is specially designed for water crossings.
• Thickly padded seat provides all-day comfort.
• Uniquely designed floorboards allow the rider's feet to grip the footrests while keeping mud and debris off of the rider's feet.
• Standard over-fenders give excellent mud protection.
• Reusable foam air filter.
• USDA-qualified spark arrester/muffler.
• Powerful, 330-watt AC generator.
•Tough, 12-amp-hour maintenance-free battery.
• Twin-headlight system features 30-watt halogen bulbs with multi-reflector lenses for optimal light distribution. Rear lighting features twin 5-watt taillights.
• Large front and rear cargo racks are rated at 66 and 133 pounds respectively.
• Heavy-duty trailer hitch with towing capacity of 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 skidplates.
• Easy-to-use parking brake.
• Top-mounted choke lever for simple operation.
• Handlebar switches, controls, indicator lights and warning labels use internationally approved ISO graphic symbols.
• Standard tool kit includes a tire pressure gauge.
• Optional flag kit.
• G.V.W.R. is 1111 pounds.
• Transferable six-month limited warranty.

Available Accessories

• Flag kit.

Specifications

Model: TRX500FA
Engine Type: 499cc liquid-cooled OHV dry-sump longitudinally mounted single-cylinder four-stroke
Bore and Stroke: 92.0mm x 75.0mm
Carburetion: 33.5mm CV
Ignition: DC CDI
Starter: Electric with auxiliary recoil
Transmission: Fully automatic hydromechanical, continuously variable with electronic controls
Driveline: Direct front and rear drive-shafts with torque-sensing limited-slip front differential
Suspension

Front: Independent double-wishbone; 6.7 inches travel
Rear: Swingarm with dual shock absorbers; 6.7 inches travel

Brakes

Front: Triple-sealed hydraulic drum
Rear: Sealed mechanical drum

Tires

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

Length: 81.6 inches
Width: 46.6 inches
Height: 47.0 inches
Seat Height: 33.9 inches
Ground Clearance: 10.0 inches
Wheelbase: 50.9 inches
Turning Radius: 10.8 feet
Dry Weight: 600 pounds
Fuel Capacity: 3.7 gallons, including 1.0-gallon reserve
Colors: Red, Olive, Yellow


Share This Talk About This In Our Forums