Thursday, January 24, 2008

Reviews of the popular Honda Foreman and Rincon

Already have my March issue of ATV Rider, and on page 60 you'll find a nice review of the 2008 Honda Rincon 680. Although virtually unchanged since 2006, they had this to say..

"A complete package with the ability to conquer just about anything...climbs up and crawls back down the steep ridges time and time again...Superb handling in a nimble 4x4 chassis"

At about the same time, read a review in February Dirt Wheels magazine on the power steering with foot shift configured model of the 2008 Honda 500 Foreman where they...

"have come to love the ease of use of Honda's power steering option, and feel this feature will be standard equipment on most larger size sport utility quads in the future"

Flip to page 92 for the details there. But one quick side note - maybe it is just me but the reviews in ATV Rider seem to be more in depth and more fun to read than Dirt Wheels despite (or maybe because of) the volume of coverage in Dirt Wheels.

Anyway, one thing I was personally surprised about with the Rincon, were the things missing in order to turn it into more of a workhorse. I've always had this perception of Honda utility quads being a good fit around the farm or ranch. But before you can do any towing, you'll need to purchase an accessory tow-hitch. While a low-cost, simple install - I'm not sure why they make you mess with this. More troublesome is the fact that the 2008 Rincon still has no "low range gear" like most others. First gear does have lots of torque, but might not be enough for extreme work.