2011 Honda Big Red MUV Review

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2011 Honda Big Red MUV Review

by Matthew Elmer, Jan. 06,

Honda ’s new 2011 Big Red doesn’t to be changed until you take a look at the unit’s updated We were given this during the press introduction in Lake, Calif.

Cosmetically the thing we noticed as we approached the new was the updated single bench rather than the former bucket seats. Despite the seat the passenger capacity for the Big Red has not changed despite commonly the wider seat with the to seat three people. seat is made from black rubber and dense foam and has an adjustable back for additional passenger comfort.

a simulated track built for us we was to test out this claim. a full load in the rear bed of 1000 pounds (an increase of 500 from the previous generation ) we the unit on an uphill incline of 35 followed by a decline of 35 degrees. In situations the parking brake the unit in place with no at all.

You were more to have the Big Red slide down the than having it roll.

Getting into that new is now easier thanks to the new roll-up on either side of the cab. release clips allow you to the nets up and out of the way. Doing while standing outside the is uncomplicated and, with the new clips on the nets, this from a sitting position is as well.

This design is an over the last generation the nets couldn’t be entirely without tools and a bit of a hassle. I was a hassle to have to get in and out the old Big Red with the in the way.

Aside from the cosmetic differences there been some mechanical as well. One thing that unchanged was the engine. The 675cc single cylinder Honda puts out plenty of power for or trail-riding.

Attached to this is Honda’s automotive-style automatic which offers three gears and a single reverse This set-up uses a torque converter and an ECM (electronic module) to monitor engine and choose optimum gear

The gears felt “long” we were driving the Big Red around the in southern California. They to shift a lot later than we them too but an engineer reminded us with the three gears is to be expected. However, low-end was still plentiful and the motor downshift when you stepped on the to make up for the wider powerband.

The 2011 Big Red has increased it’s capacity to 1,500 pounds had a 1,300-pound trailer on hand to let us this power. With the behind me the unit didn’t to even struggle when or manoeuvring around the trails.

the load in the trailer nearing the curb weight of the machine we a little worried about the capabilities while traveling at The 200mm hydraulic discs and rear combined with the pattern on the Maxxis Big Horn brought the unit to a safe with little or no sliding.

The had one Big Red loaded up with the new 2011 of 1,000 pounds and after our drive with the trailer we had an idea. Approaching the engineers we and half jokingly asked if we hitch the trailer up to the unit the fully loaded bed and take it out for a After sharing some concerned glances amongst other they told us to “go for

We shifted the unit into with more than a few eyes on us and rolled down the From the standpoint of power we that the unit accelerated and the load almost unnoticed from hearing the engine harder and the transmission shifting (both of which were One surprise was that the steering affected the way we had anticipated.

We felt confident enough to get the up to a respectable 20 mph on the road/trail portion of the facility.

The couple of bumps and in this trail portion us a bit. We were worried bottoming out the suspension when at higher speeds. Much to our the independent double-wishbone suspension variable-damping shock absorbers and 7.1 of travel in the rear (5.9 on the front) ate up the bumps even the full load weighing it

We’ve driven MUVs trailers before so we knew to expect when hitting the with this load the Big Red. The trailer pushed the slowing action and caused the end to slide a little sideways. We did do one stop to feel the unit’s and aside from a bit of a slide we that if you keep steering the slide the Big Red was able to get stopped and quickly.

At no point were we worried pushing it too far. The ROPS over protection structure) on the Big Red is to meet the requirements of OSHA safety and health administration).

we brought the unit back to the area we brought up an interesting with the engineers. When a number of slow-speed turns we that thanks to the unit’s turning radius of 13.8 we were able to jack-knife the going forward. This was extremely tight turns you normally have to make a trailer but it’s something to – If you crank the wheel you’re to rub your tires on the trailer

Operating the Big Red was very simple ergonomically designed controls in the The dashboard features two levers for between forward, neutral, and as well as 2WD, 4WD, and a locked differential 4WD mode. A digital gauge is located above the steering column and the driver information such as gear position, and parking activation warning.

Keeping you to the seat are the automotive style ELR (emergency locking retractor) belts and ergonomically placed which help brace the on bumpy trails. Other in the cab include a 12V power outlet for and a lockable waterproof glove

Other accessories can be put on the Big Red strait out of the Some of the units on our test came equipped with accessories so we got a good idea of how they worked. Optional windshields, and half-windshields give the Big Red the of a fully enclosed cab and provide protection from the elements.

The option was excellent for keeping out of your face while and the roof provided a well break from the sun for both our and the black rubber seat.

of the utility accessories were available for us to test. Front and bumpers protect the unit damage and optional spotlights more light when working or riding at night. rails that are attached to the assist dump bed floor you with additional points to down cargo.

Also for the bed is an optional gear bag sized to fit in the area directly behind the cab so it limit your ability to the unit at the rear with the tailgate.

Back on the trail the of the 2011 Big Red made manoeuvring for our group. Overall dimensions of 114 long, 64 inches wide, and inches tall made through rocky hills and forest sections simple. ride was also possible the unit’s 10.3 inches of clearance for getting over rough sections without hung up or damaging the under

A steep side-hill portion of the let the Big Red show off its low center of gravity and riding stance. We took the loaded unit across section of the trail and were to find that aside a little slipping of the rear the unit felt solid on the incline. This was quite a with the lake looming down the hill below us.

The update on the Big Red focused on beefing up the impressive machine with payload capabilities and increased capacities. Overall we feel this unit is ready to on a farm or property but the rider still go out and have some fun on the when the work is done.

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