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.
Honda's first liquid-cooled four-stroke ATV
engine is a single-cylinder 499cc overhead-valve
design that provides tremendous torque and dependable
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
Extensive weight-saving measures keep the FourTrax
Foreman Rubicon's dry weight at 600 pounds.
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
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
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
Convenient electric starter, with auxiliary recoil
starter and an automatic internal decompression
Solid-state CD ignition with electronic advance
for excellent performance and reliability.
Stainless steel exhaust system provides superior
Closed crankcase vent system safeguards against
engine oil contamination.
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
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.
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
Attractive, large-diameter 12-inch aluminum wheels
reduce unsprung weight for excellent ride and handling.
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.
Engine design produces low emissions and meets
California Air Resources Board (CARB) off-road emissions
Multi-function LCD digital instrumentation is
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
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
Twin-headlight system features 30-watt halogen
bulbs with multi-reflector lenses for optimal light
distribution. Rear lighting features twin 5-watt
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.
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.
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
Front: Independent double-wishbone;
6.7 inches travel
Rear: Swingarm with dual shock absorbers;
6.7 inches travel
Front: Triple-sealed hydraulic drum
Rear: Sealed mechanical drum
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
Colors: Red, Olive, Yellow