Honda has launched updated versions of its market leading Fourtrax 420 and Foreman 500 ATV ranges.
Available to buy now, these models have benefited from a number of enhancements to deliver improved performance, usability and versatility, while the Foreman 500 has received an engine upgrade and been renamed the Foreman 520.
The first change is an all-new forward/reverse skip switch for Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) and Electric Shift (ES) models, offering easier and quicker shift in and out of reverse with just one lever. This fully electronic operation is perfect for applications such as snow ploughing or yard clearing, where constant shifting between forward and reverse is required.
DCT models also get a new manual-override system, allowing the operator to manually change gear even when in automatic drive, with the transmission reverting back to fully automatic mode after a few seconds. Such capability gives more control of speed and power than ever before, ideal for upshifting on descents or downshifting into corners.
A further change for DCT and ES models is a new shift map which monitors engine RPM in real-time during shifting, rather than just before shift, delivering much smoother transition between gears.
All models also benefit from an integrated front-mounted 1.9-litre utility box with weatherproof cover, designed to keep personal items and tools safe and protected from the elements. The new box is easy to access from the riding position for added convenience and usability.
Newly engineered front and rear cargo racks on all models provide greater surface area for carrying larger loads.
All models get new guards covering the full-length of the suspension arms, providing comprehensive coverage of the driveshaft and outboard CV joints, for even further trademark Honda durability.
The Foreman 500 has been renamed the ‘Foreman 520’ thanks to an engine upgrade. The new engine delivers 518cc up from 475cc on the outgoing model. With updated mapping the TRX520 delivers stronger low-mid range power and torque, for quicker acceleration and better ascent. Other changes for the Foreman range include the addition of 50 watt LED lights, and a new front bumper and grille.
Honda’s Fourtrax 420 and Foreman 520 ATVs set the standard in the utility market and are built-for-purpose and developed using Computer Aided Engineering at Honda’s R&D facility in Ohio. Both ranges feature a longitudinally-mounted liquid-cooled engine to deliver smooth power to the rear wheels, and a double-cradle steel frame for exceptional durability and handling. All models also offer Honda’s own Traxlok system, allowing the operator to quickly switch between the ‘go-anywhere’ traction of 4WD and the increased manoeuvrability and lighter steering of 2WD.
The Fourtrax 420 is the UK’s best-selling ATV, a mid-sized all-rounder with class-leading power and ability, offering a towing capacity of 385kg. It’s bigger brother, the Foreman 520, is the ultimate workhorse, a heavy hitter for hard work and hauling big loads and offers a towing capacity of 600kg.
These new models are available now from Honda’s UK network of Authorised Dealers and also benefit from the addition of Datatool, the state-of-the-art tracking equipment, free-of-charge. The TQA-approved TrakKING Adventure package uses GPS chip set technology to offer theft protection, instant notifications and full journey history logging. The only cost to the customer is a nominal monitoring subscription of £9.95 per month or £109 for a year (incl VAT).
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