When Honda decided to redesign
and update the Foreman for 2014,
they started with in-depth customer
surveys looking for current Foreman
owners’ feedback. “What would you
change about your Foreman?” This
was the key question, and the majority answered, “Nothing.” Although this
is a great answer, Honda’s goal with
the new Foreman is to keep its current customer base happy, but also
to reach into and appeal to a broader ATV market. The Foreman as we
know it is a great ranch, farm and
hunting machine, and it will definitely
still get you anywhere you want to go.
It’s just not the plushest, most comfortable or fun option for recreation.
When surveying the Foreman customer base, the vast majority were
farmers and ranchers. In order to
please a larger market, Honda’s
development team also spent a lot
of effort finding out what was important to the recreational ATV customer.
Honda’s goal for the new Foreman
was to strive for the best possible
handling and comfort without taking
away from the true working characteristics of the Foreman, like its
impressive rack and towing capacity.
The more aggressive utility ATV riders and mudders also wanted a diff-lock option.
What isn’t? The 2014 Foreman
is completely redesigned from the
ground up. Honda developed a
completely new double-cradle steel
frame that wraps around the engine.
According to Honda, it is 20 percent
stiffer to give more precise handling
and even increase load-handling
characteristics, all while cutting
5 pounds off of last year’s chassis
design. The new chassis also features
redesigned front and rear suspension components and new adjustable
shocks that give the new Foreman 7. 3
inches of travel at each end.
At the rear end, the Foreman gets
a new enclosed-axle-type swingarm
to further enhance chassis strength
and rigidity. This new design features
a sturdy, heavy-duty sleeve over the
rear axle, which allows the swingarm
to support more of the rear-wheel
loads. This new swingarm design also
relocates the sealed mechanical drum
brake into the right rear wheel for protection and greater ground clearance.
The new 2014 Foreman is also the
first Honda ATV to feature a selectable, locking front differential. This
Foreman can still be ridden in 2WD
or 4WD with its torque-sensing front
differential, as well as the option to
The Foreman is available with a foot shifter or an electronic thumb shifter to operate the five-speed transmission. The center display is feature-filled yet relatively
We have been telling the people at Honda for years that their 4WD quads needed
a locking front differential; this year they finally listened. Expect the feature to
migrate to other Honda models in the near future.