❏ Honda’s flagship Rincon has only
seen one major improvement in its
life, and that was back in 2006. In that
model year the liquid-cooled engine
mated to a three-speed transmission,
increased from a 650cc mill up to a
whopping 675cc. In addition, EFI was
also added. In total those cc numbers
do seem small, but for the 90 percent of 4x4 riders out there, speed is
not a number-one priority. However,
smooth riding, getting the job done
and power are. Furthermore, the
65-mph top speed this machine is
capable of hitting is plenty fast for
any quad weighing over 600 pounds.
Specifically, this Honda weighs 657
pounds with its full 4.4-gallon gas
tank. This is actually the lightest big-bore 4x4 ATV you can buy. Second to
that, the new Yamaha Kodiak 700 is
just 4 pounds heavier. The Rincon is
one of a very few quads that are not
available with power steering.
The Rincon’s powerplant is the most
unique item on this machine, and it
has never been copied by another
manufacturer. Instead of using a common CVT engine, the Rincon has a
three-speed manual. Again, this is different than a typical manual tranny.
No clutch is needed, and you can shift
with a push of a button or let it shift for
you in auto mode. When you ride at
a casual pace, the transmission does
We like the small compact racks on the
Rincon, but wish it has larger enclosed
storage for loose items. This small
fender box is all that is offered.
Seven inches of travel and 8 inches
out back help the Rincon handle well
over the bumps and jumps. It doesn’t
have as much body roll as the other
big-bore 4x4s offered.
The Rincon is easy to service. Most
service points like drain plugs and filters can be accessed without tools.