When it comes time to work, you can
count on the Rubicon. The Hondamatic
makes it smooth and capable for any
job. It towed easily for us.
radical cambers, but if we do
encounter them, the Honda works
great. Fuel economy is around 30
mpg, so the 4-gallon tank will break
100 miles pretty easily for most riding
conditions. And don’t worry if your
ride runs late; with two headlights in
the fenders and another up higher on
the handlebar, the Rubicon lights are
nothing short of amazing. We can’t
think of a single trail that we would
do in the daytime and not at night in
the Rubicon—the lights are that
good. Top speed is around 60 mph,
but if you care about that number,
you are probably looking at the
wrong quad already. When trails
start to get whooped out, the Rubicon
starts to feel like you have the wrong
tool for the job. This is a fun 4x4, but
not really a sporty one.
Stay inside the design envelope
while having fun, and you will
amaze your friends while hunting,
hang with the best in the slow, technical, and dazzle folks at the farm.
Honda designed the Rubicon to get
the job done, protect the rider and
last a good long time. Keep that in
mind and it will reward you. Look at
the online forums and look at mud
videos and hunting videos on
YouTube; you will soon see that
Rubicon riders are loyal, in love with
their machines, and they are not
afraid to use them and use them
hard. We look at the choices Honda
made and continues to make with the
Rubicon, and now we understand.
You think Honda doesn’t have the
capability to add travel? The compa-
ny has IRS quads, so why not here? It
would be a tool for a different job. ;
As you would expect from Honda, the
controls and gauges are very nice. The
digital readout tells you when it is time
to change the oil.
Quick trail running is easily inside the
performance envelope of the Rubicon.
It is very nimble with light steering. The
CG is low for a 4x4, so it is comfortable
sliding a bit.