2009 Honda Big Red Review

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2009 Honda Big Red Review

by Howard J. Elmer, Photography by J. Elmer Honda, Dec. 03,

With the growing popularity of it has always been a matter of Honda would bring out its own – not if. Instead the real question was kind of side-by-side would it be?

The Honda Big Red is the answer and after my ride in Quebec I can tell you as utility minded as it could be. It’s large and wide an imposing stance. Look at the it is 114.7 in long, 64 in wide, has a clearance of 10.3 in and has a crushing weight (with all fluids of 1431 lbs.

This MUV vehicle) won’t fit in the back of pickup and it won’t scoot narrow ATV-sized trails.

The obvious thing I saw at the Big Red introduction was it’s not going to be raced – but I sense that’s the point. is big on safety and unlike some of the that the competition (Yamaha and in particular) have released it want anything to do with a faster side-by-side.

For power Big Red uses a slightly version of the Rincon ATV powertrain features a 675cc fuel four-valve engine. This feeds power to the ground a shaft drive design (no are used) and a three-gear automatic It has a 2WD and an AWD setting – with the AWD locking the when it detects slippage.

setup is capable but it certainly was not In fact this engine is the that Honda builds for its and the company has stated that it build a larger one. So, the Big Red’s weight this is fully utilized.

I didn’t a chance to tow or to load the dump box so I comment on how it will handle chores – but I do have experience this powertrain and while the are long, first and second handle the max loads – just not quickly. Again though, I that is what Honda

As with all side-by-side designs the are modeled after an automobile; a steering wheel, gas and brake and a dashboard mounted shifter allows the driver to shift drive, neutral, and reverse. The is simple and intuitive – anyone can use it any real training.

The cab on Big Red is really owing to its width. It also has seats with adjustable designed to comfortably fit a wide of body types and on rough offers decent cushioning. The cage on this MUV is a four-pillar, steel tube (41.3mm-diameter or Occupant Protection Structure

Keeping you inside the cage are retracting (locking) seatbelts; half-doors and quick-release netting on the side covering the whole of the opening. The reasoning here is – even if Big Red rolls you stay the protection of the roll cage your arms and legs without these features a tendency to fall outside a crash and get crushed.

Other features of the cab include the rubber floor under the gas (which helps prevent any punches on the throttle), quickly seats for access to the engine the oil fill and dipstick is located the driver’s seat), and well foot rests for both and passenger. Big Red also comes a maintenance–free battery and shaft drive. Access to the air filter is as as lifting the tilt-bed, where the air filter box is located.

By now you’ve out that Big Red is all about work if you use it to get to a favorite fishing hole or a moose out of the bush) and to that end it a tilt bed measuring 33 by 52 by 10 inches. In a standard size pallet can fit in the and there are several tie-down to safely secure your This tilting bed is rated to (500 lbs and features quick handles on both sides of the

A progressive action strut system makes dumping a task. Also, Big Red is rated to tow lbs with its heavy duty receiver style hitch.

you and your load is a steel built on a fully independent and rear suspension, with disc brakes and that track. During my test in Northern Quebec I had a chance to the Big Red (like a rental car) on a cleared section of logging Despite its size it has a comfortable clearance that helped the upturned rocks and logs on the – and where it didn’t the steel slid over the obstructions.

In the hard on the gas – the backend is almost to break loose — trying. It corners flat and has zero body roll, in it drives a bit like a truck.

Keeping the accelerator pinned for of this ride showed off how tough this Honda was but the of this section also a serious pain in the neck; one I Honda doesn’t intend – not its outlook on safety. The seatbelt mechanism on the three-point belts up every time I hit a bump or

This caused some through the bumpy sections of the as every time it locked against my neck I’d have to on the belt several times to get it to Of course this does not when traveling at low speeds or on terrain, but it was annoying and I brought it to the engineer’s attention.

On the other Big Red has good foot rests help hold you in your — acting like a for your body especially the rougher sections of the trail without it, I am sure I would been thrown around a lot

If you have loads to haul and to do have a look at Big Red – after all Big and it’s Red, what do you need to know.


Honda the MSRP for this MUV is $11,399 and available at Honda dealers

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