Big Red updates its flagship ATV
Honda has updated its flagship ATV for the 2015 model year. From the outside, the 2015 Honda Rincon looks very similar to its predecessor, but dig a little deeper and you’ll find Honda has made some significant changes.
The Rincon’s 675cc engine receives a new cylinder head for 2015. According to Honda, the twin-spark-plug cylinder head provides fast, clean, and efficient combustion. As well, Honda added an O2 censor and catalytic converter, so the Rincon will produce fewer emissions.
“All this adds up to a machine that gets greater fuel efficiency and range,” Honda says in a release.
Other changes include a new stator with neodymium magnets to provide more electrical power, which is particularly important if you plan on running accessories. New Maxxis tires are designed to offer superior traction and long life. Finally, the Rincon is now available in Honda’s new proprietary Honda Phantom Camo as well as red and green.
Beyond these changes, the Rincon retains the same familiar Honda features. A three-speed automatic transmission means no belts to slip or clutches to wear out. You can control the power with Honda’s electric shift program, which allows you to upshift or downshift with the push of a handlebar-mounted button.
The largest ATV engine in Honda’s lineup, the 675cc single-cylinder mill is a semi-dry-sump engine design. Compact and lighter-weight, the Foreman’s overhead-valve, semi-dry sump design creates an engine that’s shorter from top to bottom. According to Honda, that returns two big benefits: it enhances handling by lowering the engine’s center of gravity, and it also increases ground clearance.
The Rincon’s Independent Rear Suspension controls 8.0 inches of travel, while the front suspension doles out 6.9 inches of travel.
|2015 Honda Pioneer 500 Specs|
|Engine:||675cc liquid-cooled OHV semi-dry-sump longitudinally mounted single-cylinder four-stroke|
|Bore x Stroke:||102mm x 82.6mm|
|Induction:||Electronic fuel injection (PGM-FI), 40mm throttle bodies|
|Ignition:||Full-transistorized with electronic advance|
|Transmission:||Automatic with hydraulic torque converter, three forward gears, Reverse, and electronic controls|
|Driveline:||Direct front and rear driveshafts with TraxLok® and torque-sensitive front differential|
|Front Suspension:||Independent double-wishbone; 6.9 inches travel|
|Rear Suspension:||Independent double-wishbone; 8.0 inches travel|
|Front Brakes:||Dual hydraulic 180mm disc|
|Rear Brake:||Single hydraulic disc|
|Front Tires:||25 x 8-12 radial|
|Rear Tires:||25 x 10-12 radial|
|Length/Width/Height:||83.2 x 46.8 x 47.5 in|
|Curb Weight:||657 lbs|
|Ground Clearance:||9.2 in|
|Fuel Capacity:||4.4 US gal.|
|Turning Radius:||10.8 feet|
|Colors:||Red, Olive, Honda Phantom Camo|