2012 Honda Fourtrax Foreman Review ATV Illustrated

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Honda FourTrax Foreman 4x4

First Ride — One Foreman

Jerrod Kelley

unveiled the fifth generation Foreman ATV at its South Carolina facility in Florence. The redesigned was the first machine fully – from concept to production – in the United States. We took in the quad’s initial production, or Off” ceremony, at HSC prior to it at Carolina Adventure World a day

The 2012 model was built the average Foreman customer in according to American Honda’s Markofski. He explained that average buyer” puts a on the work capability of a machine, durability as the primary need, but likes to have a good This “person” is roughly 47 old, stands 6 foot and tips the scale at 200 pounds.

He a machine that’s dependable and

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Markofski the new Foreman’s redesign basically six months after the release of the generation model (gen. and was influenced by both dealer and feedback. Let’s take a in-depth look at this

Engine: Improved power and

EFI added

Suspension: Larger Rear end went from a setup to a swingarm with shock design.

Front brakes enhanced


Size Ergos: A tad longer, taller and heavier than year’s model. More

LCD display

Appearance: Bold to catch your eye, but enough to not alienate the Honda


Although the new Foreman’s displacement (475cc) and bore and remain the same, the machine essentially an all-new engine. longitudinally in the steel chassis, the is now liquid-cooled and fed via electronic fuel and a 36mm throttle body. It has new cases and cylinder head, compression, and all the changes resulted in 10 more power.

We found the single-cylinder four-… more fun on the bottom-end of the powerband. quick to expire, first and gears were snappy and respectable acceleration. Third offered a good balance torque and power and we rode in gear the majority of the time. gear on the machine is definitely the spot,” explained Markofski. can keep it in third gear for every situation. It’s ride ability begins!”

The does not feature a low range some of its competitors, but Honda’s OK that explained Markofski. gear is not really a trail gear. It’s a working and is for pulling and severe climbing. for that matter, is short and those are our two ‘working’ gears.”

At the end of the powerband, the Foreman was pleasing but not We dialed in both of these on the riding area’s open during our testing session. In around the sweeping gravel the Foreman produced its sportiest of the day and wasn’t afraid to slide its around the bend.

Markofski fourth gear as mellow and gear as giving off the sensation of We’d have to agree. OHV roads might be the only where you’d need (or more top-end power.

For the intended buyer (remember 47-year-old?) fifth-gear pinned it already.


The Foreman an all-new suspension that says is more comfortable and capable of work and play. the front and rear shocks are and now feature five-way adjustments for Travel was moderately increased on the to 6.9 inches.

Markofski said the offers a softer ride the first two inches of the initial He described the riding feel as like floating at that of …. “We wanted to go for more for the sit-down rider while traveling for recreating or working” Markofski.

The Foreman’s most significant change happened at the rear of the The old twin-shock rear end was replaced by a swingarm and a single shock. The new is three inches wider and the axle sits inside a for improved durability.

The new rear is much larger, holds oil and features a beefier spring. “We able to accomplish two things: a ride in the rear and less sag a load than with the setup.” declared Markofski.

give the new suspension a passing and we pushed it harder than the buyer likely will. probably why we noticed a bit of rear lift when cornering For example: when we rode the hard into a sharper turn, the inside left wheel would lift off the

We’re not sure if the body was a result of the rear setup, the shocks, the new Maxxis tires, or a of all three. Regardless, the four-wheeler controllable at all times and handling is predictable and fun.

Handling is improved on this model it’s outfitted with Power Steering (EPS). The works well to smooth hits and to produce all-day Honda says EPS comes play both for work and

Simple chores around the can be made simpler (operating a sprayer for example) with the and comfort that comes power steering.

This wears all-new Maxxis that are exclusive to Honda. are the same size (25 x 8-12, and 25 x 10-12, rear) as the Dunlop but have a new tread pattern. tire choice has everything to do traction as it does price and workload capacities and capabilities.

The which is mounted to aluminum performed well for us in the rocks, rutted trails and the occasional mud hole. They also did a job of balancing forward traction and sliding in 2WD.


New, larger, hydraulic front disc and a single rear drum up the Foreman’s stopping package. Up the disc brakes were up from a 180mm disc to This change not only the Foreman’s stopping power, but is a fit for those carrying the max capacity on the or pulling a full load of 850

Although many manufacturers gone to rear disc Honda retained the Foreman’s mechanical drum brake, we really appreciate that retained the separate front-and-rear brake controls unlike competitive machines. The larger disc brakes worked during our sporty rides the trees and seemed more than the rear drum.


The Foreman has a slightly feel to it and definitely a taller Comparison photos show it wider and taller than the Overall, the total changes increased the Foreman’s weight by two pounds, to 626 pounds.

Weight has really been a concern for

The new seat contributes to the ergonomics and well with the bodywork. We liked the tank cutouts let riders hug the tank with legs and sit comfortably. The seat’s and material have been as well, and height is about a inch taller than models.

A new handlebar position was added to the Foreman. In fact, engineers targeted this Triangle (handlebar to foot to seat relationship) as one area to the machine’s comfort levels. primarily done through the the bars [around an inch]. Not are they higher, but they are a wider to give a more feel,” explained Markofski.

Honda FourTrax Foreman 4x4

This goes for both a or standing position and it’s why uses a special floorboard

“Every floorboard has a foot peg in and that’s kind of unique to Markofski explained. “It helps the maintain control. For example, climbing it helps the rider their feet. Instead of on a flat floorboard, you can move feet and ankles for improved nice!” We can verify this is far superior for solid footing and and we really wish other would take note.

Two key features found on the Foreman are the lever and TraxLok differential You can find reverse by compressing a red “R” button by the parking brake on the side of the bars. Once you do pull the lever and then down into reverse

To get out of gear, shift up and you’re on way. It’s incredibly for back and forth work plowing snow, and when we the Rancher engineering team this design a few years they explained it was because the department wanted a three process that never the riders hands off the bars. a pity!

Regardless, once you do it a few you’ll get the hang of it, and probably to dislike it as much as we do. This actually improves the shifting on about every other

We really like the cable-actuated TraxLok system however. The lever (located on the left center section of the tank) straight from the Rancher and shifting in and out of 4×4 easy. simple and it works every


We like the new-look It seems stouter and offers a appearance. Honda described the new as going from a sport-utility to an aggressive-utility finish.

We’re not sure what that but it must involve looking a bit than in year’s past. In our it seems as though the new Foreman less like the Rubicon and like an enhanced Rancher. is not a bad thing, as the Rancher is a very model and has always delicately both its utility and recreation

The refurbished Foreman also improved mud-and-splash protection. The triple headlight configuration single handlebar-mounted pod light was and is a feature we’ve always Twin storage areas — one the rear rack and another the left front fender also saved and are much

Tubular front and rear remain standard as does weight capacities (66 pounds and 133 front and rear, respectively).

A waterproof, multi-function LCD digital was added to the Foreman. It includes for fuel, gear position, odometer, tripmeter, hourmeter and oil reminder. Also included are LED for reverse, neutral, oil temperature and a differential indicator.

The 2012 also features a few convenience to cater to its hard-working owners. includes a 12-volt DC outlet, air box with foam filter, kit, A-arm and CV boot as well as a large front


Four models available in the Honda Foreman and Honda assured us it’s the customers and dealers want. It in either Honda Red or Olive Honda’s exclusive Natural camouflage is also available as a choice and usually includes a up charge.

Our test session involved Foremans outfitted Honda’s Electronic Shift (ESP). We like the system for the part and understand it, but the selectable on the Rancher AT would be a better fit in our We’d like the ability to between going fully or shifting with ESP. that said, we are extremely that Honda has retained its manual shift (with clutch) Foreman models for who don’t want or need

There’s just something foot shifting a 4×4 quad that takes us to the early days of ATV riding.

to Markofski, the foot-shift and ES models are popular. “People on the work prefer both, depending on their need is. For example, a who uses a sprayer needs a free to operate the sprayer and the so he’s foot shifting,” he “Then some guys in real muddy conditions and say the foot shift gets up and clumsy so they prefer the Shift Program.”

On the recreation Markofski stated that ESP riders keep the engine in its spot. However, he also there’s a need for foot-shift for recreational riders. “In the Southeast, it’s very wet, are guys who will not ride but a foot shift machine and want the most basic

The New Foreman

The fifth generation FourTrax Foreman builds on all has worked on previous models and is an all new design. With four to pick from there is for every need whether on the or the trail and we’ll soon put one to at both.

Honda FourTrax Foreman 4x4
Honda FourTrax Foreman 4x4
Honda FourTrax Foreman 4x4
Honda FourTrax Foreman 4x4
Honda FourTrax Foreman 4x4

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