a great job keeping you in the right
gear and giving you proper power
at all times. However, if you want to
ride aggressively, the transmission is
not quite perfect. It sometimes hunts
for gears and doesn’t shift exactly
when you want it to. However, that’s
where the fun of shifting comes back
into your life. In three-speed manual
mode the Rincon can put a huge
smile on your face. Power is instant
and shifts are quick. We like knowing
we can have low-end grunt in tough
situations, and first gear provides that
well. The machine is no racer, but is
probably the most sporty 4x4 Honda
makes. It is very impressive to have a
machine that can cruise when needed, then offer the thrill of shifting also
In the early years Honda used aluminum A-arms in the rear and upper
aluminum ones in the front. It helped
keep weight low and contributed to
a great-handling machine. In 2015
Honda swapped the aluminum out
with steel. It really didn’t add much
weight, fortunately. In the same year,
they also outfitted the engine with
some smog stuff, such as an O2 sensor, dual spark plugs and a catalytic converter. Most 4x4s have some
of these components now. In total
these changes added 9 pounds to the
Dual steel A-arms up front provide 6. 9 inches of movement, and out
back travel is just a bit more at an
even 8 inches. The single coil shocks
on each corner are non-adjustable.
Overall measurements put this 4x4 a
little narrower than some and make it
one of the tallest out there. A respectable 9. 2 inches of ground clearance
is found underneath, and the handlebar height tops out at 47. 5 inches.
More importantly, the width measures
46. 8 inches and the wheelbase is 50. 8.
Honda uses 25x12 tires mounted on
great aluminum-rolled edge wheels.
Sitting in the saddle of the Rincon
you don’t feel cramped, but every-
thing is close. The handlebars are
narrow, and even the footwells feel a
bit smaller than on other machines.
The compactness does lend itself to
tight woods riding, however. The
fenders are shaped as to not rip apart
when you hit a rock or scrape along
a tree. Headlights are receded so
they don’t get grabbed, either. We like
how the footpegs have a little meat to
stand on, but are not overly aggres-
sive and uncomfortable.
The Rincon is pretty much the
only 4x4 ATV not offered with an
Honda replaced the upper aluminum
A-arms in front with steel ones. We
don’t like the way it affected handling.
It seems to give a rougher ride than on
older models. The shocks are non-adjustable, so all you can do is play with
air pressure to affect the ride.
Honda’s Rincon still lacks the option of electronic power steering. The steering is
not heavy, but after riding quads with EPS for over five years now, going without it
is not preferred.