We like storage compartments, and
so do all utility machine owners. The
Foreman has two opportunities to carry
items, big and small.
No matter where you want to go riding, the underside of this machine is
well-protected. Splash protection for the
rider is equally as impressive.
Honda uses a similar button to activate
2WD, 4WD and 4WD with diff-lock as
Yamaha and Suzuki do. Once set, it’s
hands-free and you know you have all
four tires clawing their way through the
On the back end of the Foreman, a solid-axle single-shock swingarm moves 7. 3
inches. If independent rear suspension
is a must, Honda’s Rancher and Rincon
switch into a fully locked front end
when conditions get ugly.
Capping off the Foreman is an
all-new look. The new aggressively
styled bodywork is designed as much
for performance as it is for looks. The
new body features more mud protection and ease of maintenance. For
example, a one-piece tank/side cover
is removed without tools to access air
intake, electrical components, engine
and fuel tank.
WHAT DO YOU GET?
You still get the workhorse all
Foremans are known for. In fact,
rack-hauling capacities have been
bumped up 33 percent to a total of
264 pounds, but now it just handles
better and is more comfortable to ride.
A stellar 475cc longitudinally placed
engine takes advantage of direct
driveshaft alignment versus conventional setups that bleed horsepower.
Options for ESP or conventional man-
ual shifting and even fuel injection
with new mapping for 2014 are more
assets of the machine. The Foreman’s
new mapping takes feedback from
an oxygen sensor to improve power
delivery, throttle response, emissions
and fuel economy. The new Foreman
also features a super-heavy-duty
clutch to handle the increased towing
capacity, and the tougher-plastic CV
boots improve long-term durability.
WE LIKE DIFF-LOCK
Honda has been the lone holdout
when it came to offering a locking
front diff. In average riding or work-
ing situations, we agree that it might
not be 100 percent necessary, but we
don’t test machines for average-type
trails. We like to push machines
through less-than-optimal conditions
and gnarlier-than-average terrain.
We think this accelerates a true test
on a machine, and we also believe
that many of our readers might push
their 4x4 ATVs into similar situations,
whether intentionally or by chance.
In these extremely technical, rocky
or slippery situations, a manual-lock-
ing front differential has proven to
be an asset in every occasion. We’ve
complained about the lack of it in
past Honda tests, and now they have
it. Whether it had anything to do
with our editors griping or not, the
only important thing is that it’s here
and it works well. The new system
still features the TraxLok 2WD/4WD
option, and now when in 4WD, you
simply flip a switch with your thumb
to activate a locked differential mode.
This gives equal power to both front
We love the mid-sized 4x4 class. Most
of them, like the Honda Foreman, have
the ability to get you anywhere without
all that extra size or horsepower that
sometimes gets you in trouble with the