Foreman ES/FourTrax Foreman S
The 2003 Foreman ES/S feature TraxLok-Honda's switch-operated
2WD/4WD system--and a torque-sensing front differential
proven on the Rancher and FourTrax Foreman Rubicon.
These technologies, along with ESP (Electric Shift
Program) on the Foreman ES showcase Honda's legendary
performance, technology and durability with unmatched
ease of operation.
Features & Benefits
TraxLok(tm) enables the rider
to shift between 2WD and 4WD with the simple
push of a switch. Quiet operation and smooth
engagement are key features of the system.
Torque-sensing front differential
provides power to the wheel with the most traction
while reducing steering effort.
TraxLok is easily engaged by
pushing a switch on the right handlebar. An
electromagnetic mechanical clutch unit (EMCU)
located on the center of the propeller shaft
engages 4WD with a quiet two-way roller clutch.
Unlike mechanical designs, TraxLok ensures smooth
operation by employing a magnetic switching
mechanism that engages when front and rear wheel
speeds vary by less than 6 mph.
ES model features ESP(tm) (Electric
Shift Program) for push-button upshifting and
downshifting. The rider shifts simply and precisely
with the press of the upshift or downshift button
mounted on the left handlebar. An onboard electronic
control module (ECM) monitors information from
four sensors-engine rpm, countershaft speed,
shift drum angle, and shift spindle angle-to
control the speed of the electric shift motor's
gear and clutch engagement. Gear engagement
speed varies according to rider style: The transmission
shifts more quickly when riding style turns
sporty. A neutral lockout at speeds greater
than 2 mph ensures available engine braking
when descending hills. To ensure smooth shifting,
the transmission cannot be shifted from neutral
to first gear or reverse gear at engine speeds
above 3000 rpm. ESP is not battery-dependent,
operating whenever the engine is running. Should
the rider ever need to shift manually, the Foreman(r)
ES is also equipped with an auxiliary shift
lever in the tool kit.
Powerful, rugged, OHV air-cooled
433cc engine is longitudinally mounted for improved
Overhead-valve design offers
a wide, easy-to-use powerband and compact engine
Rubber-cushion engine mounting
and gear-driven counterbalancer reduce vibration.
Integral electric carburetor
heater system improves driveability and ensures
smooth operation in cold conditions.
Snorkel-type air intake system
is specially designed for water crossings.
Closed crankcase vent system
safeguards against engine oil contamination.
USDA-qualified spark arrester/muffler
is constructed of stainless steel.
Super-heavy-duty automatic clutch
with a low, 1750-rpm engagement point for excellent
driveability and towing capacity.
Five-speed transmission with
reverse includes an ultra-low first gear.
Maintenance-free shaft drive
with a torque-sensing front differential routes
power directly from the longitudinally mounted
engine without inefficient directional changes.
Convenient electric starter,
with auxiliary recoil starter and an automatic
internal decompression system.
Wet sump with large, 3-quart
High-flow oil cooler with cooling
fan helps control engine temperatures.
CD ignition with electronic
advance for excellent performance and reliability.
Powerful, 326-watt AC generator.
Reusable foam air filter.
frame and suspension provide an exceptional
7.7 inches of ground clearance.
front suspension uses Showa shock absorbers
to give 5.9 inches of travel.
Steel swingarm and dual Showa
rear shock absorbers give 5.9 inches of travel.
Rugged, large-diameter, 25 x
8-12 front, 25 x 10-12 rear tires provide added
ground clearance while maintaining precise handling.
Tires designed for the Foreman
ES/S provide excellent traction and durability.
Steering mechanism design features
light effort and a tight turning radius of 11.5
Dual sealed front hydraulic
drum brakes and sealed mechanical rear drum.
Engine design produces low emissions
and meets California Air Resources Board (CARB)
off-road emissions standards.
Large cargo racks front and
rear allow payloads of 66 and 133 pounds respectively.
Heavy-duty trailer hitch with
towing capacity of 850 pounds.
Large, lightweight plastic fuel
tank with 3.2-gallon capacity.
Fuel gauge is standard equipment.
Unique rear-opening storage
compartment allows access when rack is loaded.
Triple-headlight system with
single 45-watt upper light and dual 25-watt
Multi-function LCD digital meter
tough and waterproof,
featuring large readouts for gear position,
4WD indicator, speedometer, odometer, tripmeter,
and hourmeter/clock. Meter housing includes
LED lights for reverse, neutral, and oil temperature
Waterproof accessory socket
provides 12-volt, 10-amp power with a built-in
Uniquely designed floorboards
on the ES allow the rider's feet to grip the
footrests while keeping mud and debris away
from the rider's feet.
Standard over-fenders give excellent
Thickly padded seat provides
Large mud flaps keep dirt and
debris off of the rider.
guards help prevent damage to boot covers.
Durable, comfortable, easy-to-use
Keyed ignition switch for added
Easy-to-use parking brake.
Top-mounted choke lever for
Handlebar switches, controls
and warning labels use internationally approved
ISO graphic symbols.
Standard tool kit includes a
tire pressure gauge.
G.V.W.R. is 1102 pounds TRX450FE
/ 1089 pounds TRX450FM.
Assembled in Timmonsville, South
Transferable six-month limited
Ownership includes one-year
complimentary Membership in the Honda Rider's
Club of America(tm). Benefits include discounts,
travel benefits, roadside assistance and much
more. For HRCA(r) details, call 1-800-847-HRCA.
TRX450FE (with ESP) / TRX450FM
Engine Type: 433cc air-cooled
OHV longitudinally mounted single-cylinder four-stroke
Bore and Stroke: 90mm
Carburetion: 32mm CV
Ignition: CD with electronic
Starter: Electric with
Transmission: ESP five-speed
with reverse (TRX450FE) / Five-speed with reverse
Driveline: Direct front
and rear drive-shafts with TraxLok and torque-sensing
Suspension Front: Independent
double-wishbone; 5.9 inches travel
Suspension Rear: Swingarm
with dual shocks; 5.9 inches travel
Brakes Front: Dual sealed
Brakes Rear: Sealed mechanical
Tires Front: 25 x 8-12
Tires Rear: 25 x 10-12
Length: 77.3 inches
Width: 45.3 inches
Height: 45.0 inches
Seat Height: 33.6 inches
Ground Clearance: 7.7
Wheelbase: 50.2 inches
Turning Radius: 11.5
Dry Weight: 595 pounds
(TRX450FE) / 582 pounds (TRX450FM)
Fuel Capacity: 3.2 gallons,
including 0.7-gallon reserve
Colors: Olive, Yellow,
Recommended for riders 16 years
of age and older.