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Honda FourTrax Foreman 4x4

First Ride: 2012 FourTrax Foreman

May. 03, By Jerrod Kelley, Photos by Dawes, Video by Michael

To introduce its new 2012 ForeTrax Honda invited us to a press in South Carolina to check out updated ATV. It was a two-stage introduction that included a to the Honda of South Carolina where the Foreman is made, and a day aboard the new 500-class machine at Adventure World.

The Foreman has in the Honda family almost 25 and began as a 350cc model. said the 2012 FourTrax 500 is the fifth generation of the model and it is all new. The new Foreman will be in May with an all-new look and more features than yet it maintains its reputation as a hard-working and ATV.

Honda’s engineering focused on three key segments this redesign: appearance, and comfort. The manufacturer will offer four different of the Foreman, including two foot-shift and two Electronic Shift versions. The Foreman is also important to because it marks the first a machine was designed (from to production) and built in the US.

We were when it came off the line at Timmonsville, South Carolina, facility.

2012 Foreman

— New body styling a more aggressive look large oversized fenders for mud and splash protection.

— New LCD digital meter

— four-… engine

— compression ratio

— New injection system features a throttle body

— rear suspension system a new steel swingarm and a single shock (6.9 inches of

— Larger dual hydraulic disc brakes

New tires

2012 Pricing

4×4 foot —

Foreman ES 4×4 -$7,099

4×4 foot with EPS –

Foreman ES 4×4 with EPS

An all-new single-cylinder OHV four-… with a displacement of 475cc the Foreman. However, this is liquid cooled and features a 10 higher compression ratio 8:5.1 to 9:5.1), which its overall power. Honda a 6 percent gain in torque and 10 increase in horsepower.

American Kevin Aschenbach stated riders should notice low-end snap and, in a better hit off the bottom. But he said Foreman would feel responsive for other reasons,

With benefits like operating temperatures and added Aschenbach stated that cooling offers an ideal fit for the “Going to liquid cooling naturally going to be some of ‘well, now I have a radiator and to worry about,’ but the people understand with Honda it is tried-and-true and proven it’s not a game and is something we’ve a lot of time perfecting,” he explained.

In to the new cooling, the Foreman now features fuel injection with a throttle body. Along improved fuel efficiency, said the Foreman’s EFI system, better cold-weather starting, performance and you’re not going to about jetting from low to altitudes.”

The redesigned Foreman a quicker and more noticeable hit. However, we burned first and second gear quickly! Third gear to be the ideal spot on the 4×4, as we lug it in the slow-speed areas and rev it in other of the test trail.

This Honda isn’t as as some modern-day sport-utility we’ve ridden, but we were with fourth and fifth


The most noticeable was made to the Foreman’s rear It went from a dual-shock to a single-shock and steel swingarm The single shock is higher and offers five-way preload heavier spring rates and 7 inches of travel.

“The for the initial ride plushness is comfortable and more plush previous models,” Aschenbach “It’s such a hard-working that people use it so much, you to make sure that who is going to ride it all day, on the farm, ranch and trails is to be comfortable.”

And with working and Honda engineers had to offer a shock that offered a ride than previous yet also stayed true to the ethic of the machine, Aschenbach

An all-new steel swingarm is inches wider than the model and features a brace. said the brace was added to the swingarm rigidity with the machine to flex a little bit so it track straight and true – its line straight and remain And the rear axle is enclosed in an housing for added durability. The new front shocks are adjustable for and offer 6.7 inches of travel.

too were designed to offer an ride comfort (added especially at the initial part of the

The entire suspension package, five-way adjustable preload is important enough, but it was also comfortable. Sure, it was more than sporty, but it could smooth out the harshness of a trail. The are important for those who plan to use the for work.

Its 199-pound combined capacity (that’s 66 front and 133 will be assisted by Honda’s adjustable suspension and will people use the Foreman more In rugged, rocky terrain or riding sporty, the suspension be fully used as will the 7.6 of ground clearance.

“One of the Honda has always stood by is our rating is conservative,” Aschenbach “We may have a number like and that’s something we feel is the limit for still maintaining all our and stability standards. It’s to up the rack cargo capacities to oftentimes is maybe an unrealistic — and I think some of the manufacturers do to lure people on the sales — and creates something that meet our internal Honda standards.”

Honda addressed area for both work and by beefing up the Foreman’s front Disc brakes up front in size from 180mm to “Along with the increased we’re increasing the brake It will stop with a load of towing and a full of rack capacity and will not a soft brake feel,” stated.

Honda FourTrax Foreman 4x4

However, the rear configuration remains because said its stopping power has to be very effective.

The Honda new 25-inch Maxxis tires (25 x 8 -12 25 x 10-12 rear) that happy to supply traction on roads and on the trail. Aschenbach the tire an exclusive design for Honda that features a between the right comfort, sidewall for work capabilities and the traction for overall durability. We ran the in creeks, on hard pack, turns and in aggressive power and were pleased with it.

Electronic Power Steering the handling on the Honda. Although ATVs have never difficult or overly heavy to EPS lightens the task, especially in situations, long rides or in situations. This is especially for those who use their machine for slow-speed working situations sprayers for example). However, it was appreciated while playing in the climbs during our test

The Foreman is very predictable and stable even when to its limits. We never felt out of on the Honda nor did we have to overcompensate to it aggressively. Sometimes, we could the outer rear wheel to off the ground during hard but the quad remained controllable.

Honda’s engineering team put a lot of on the Foreman’s ergonomics. For 2012, the widened and raised the Foreman’s to produce a more comfortable and riding impression. Even noticeable than the bars is the new face and fenders.

“Appearance from a sport-utility look to a aggressive look with new higher stance and wider said Aschenbach. “It definitely the machine a lot bigger, tougher

He also mentioned the Foreman has wheel clearance, improved mud and protection and is larger than the Rubicon or the Rancher ATVs. A seat material was meant to add yet not sacrifice durability and also the ride triangle. Along the full floorboards, a rider both comfortable and protected.

The new multi-function LCD digital meter is and rugged. It features large for fuel gauge, gear speedometer, odometer, tripmeter, and oil change reminder. LED lights for neutral, oil temperature and front indicator are also included.

A TraxLok 2WD/4WD manual (a design borrowed from the replaced the previous Foreman’s 4WD switch. The system is very to use and gets the job done. It also the somewhat archaic reverse

Again, it’s effective and to use (once you understand it), but an old school setup.

We’re that Honda is one of the few makers to a foot-shift transmission (also on the Foreman) as well as its ESP design. reported that both ESP and shifting are popular among its for different reasons. We didn’t get to the new machine with a foot-shift but we did ride an ESP model.

The electronic shifting is good for most but we’d prefer to shift our foot when riding

Other positive features on the include twin storage (front left fender and cargo box), front and brake levers, 12-volt, accessory socket provides 850-pound tow rating, triple and headlight pod for directional lighting, brake scraper and shaft


Overall, the Honda Foreman offers a comfortable package and improved It handles a little differently too previous Foreman ATVs, but it remains predictable. Aschenbach all manufacturers must weight with features and benefits redesigning products.

“It’s something that we want to keep at an attractive point for all the buyers and not price out of that unit because such a good-selling model,” he “You want to balance the with the proven [items]. The and reverse system have worked well. Adding EPS and liquid cooling adds so you have to pick and choose you can and can’t update.”

According to Honda’s research has shown a utility model from 5 to 10 ago was meant strictly for utility, now that utility and that are blending together. “Our aim was to more work capability and go along the advancements and the additional who is going to use this for hard on the farm, but yet is still going it] to perform while on trails,” he

We think the 2012 Foreman is a in the right direction and would call it the best Foreman to It’s a familiar-but-improved package offers more comfort and and should appease both and dealers alike.

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


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