HOW DOES IT COMPARE?
The new Foreman, when combined
with Honda’s legendary reliability,
will still be a tough act to follow for
the workforce or utilitarian market.
With the new refinements to the suspension, chassis, EPS and body, it’s
going to make a name for itself in the
all-around, multi-use ATV market as
well. It is still a straight-axle machine,
which helps keep weight and cost
down, but it’s actually very comfortable to ride, and reasonably peppy
for a 500-class machine.
The new Foreman has achieved
its goal. It is still the Foreman that
ranchers and farmers have been
buying for years, yet it will do a better
job of satisfying the need for weekend recreation when it’s not hard at
work. Enthusiasts that find enjoyment
in conquering incredibly nasty and
challenging terrain will now have
the added advantage of diff-lock.
This in itself should prove a selling
point for a whole market segment of
potential Foreman owners. The new
Foreman’s more aggressive styling
should also help entice those looking for an all-around machine versus
the stereotypical ranch quad look of
years past. ❏