This Deluxe model
gets aluminum wheels
with Maxxis tires
wrapped around them.
steering helps the
Honda turn easier.
on ATVs, but this machine
has a reasonably sized
compartment in the rear.
(Below) The rear uses independent suspension for a smooth ride.
Each side has 8. 5 inches of wheel travel. (Bottom left) The dual-clutch transmission is manually shiftable through convenient
buttons on the handlebar. (Bottom right) The Rubicon has a Drive
mode (high gear) and a low gear for when the going gets tough.
Low gear is helpful if you get the machine stuck or need to crawl
slowly over rocks.
by Electronic Power Steering. The
steering feel is smooth and fluid, yet
occasionally can feel twitchy when
cornering. We tested the Rubicon on
the softest suspension settings that it
comes with out of the factory, so if you
plan to ride it hard, you might want to
stiffen the shocks up a little. The suspension does provide a smooth ride,
but don’t expect to be able to hit desert
whoop sections at high speeds or plan
on big jumps.
The hydraulic disc brakes are strong,
and having a separate front brake lever
is a big plus when compared to other
ATV companies opting for a joint front
and rear brake lever. If you have smaller hands, the levers can be a little hard
Honda chose 25x8-12 front and
25x10-12 rear tires mounted on aluminum wheels for the Deluxe model. The
Maxxis tires ride well and don’t cause
too much bounce out on the trail, and
they provide good traction in many different types of terrain.