I am the proud owner of a 2016 Honda Pioneer 100-5 that I absolutely love but absolutely don't ride enough. It's way to large for any of my local riding areas and, therefore, requires I take a nice long trip in order to ride. Having 2 small children and a busy work schedule makes it difficult to get out and ride the way this machine deserves. So, I'm considering switching to a Honda ATV. Save a little money and get more use out of it.
I have been scouring the forums and looking at as much information as I can for anything that relates to the 2015 + Rubicon's and Rincons. I havent looked at ATV's in about 8 years as I have been on UTV's so I feel WAY behind. I see a lot of standard information on both but I haven't found much in the realm of real world comparison or reviews that will help me determine what is best for my riding style or interests. So I'm hoping this is where some of you can help me out.
My Riding Style/ATV uses: I love trail riding and really enjoy the process of making my way through difficult areas. I don't like having to worry about whether or not my machine is capable. (With the Can Am I owned, I was always concerned with water getting into the CVT. Drove me nuts because the CVT intake was right behind the left front tire.) There are times when I need to cross a stream or water on the trail but I don't go out looking for the deepest hole I can find. I enjoy and look for more technical sections like climbs, rocky areas, etc... I like going through muddy sections if they are part of the trail but I'm not one to go looking for it. Also, I'm not a speed person. I have had motorcycles etc... and I'm done with having to go fast. Most of the riding I do is under 30 mph.
Around the house, I typically use ATV's/UTV's for yard work. Pulling a small trailer with grass clippings or yard waste etc... And then plowing in the winter. So whichever machine I get needs to be a solid plow machine.
Okay, so I rambled a bit above. Here are some specific questions I have.
1. Rubicon vs. Rincon: Is one more capable than the other? Do they have different targeted audiences/purposes?
2. Rubicon Vs. Rincon: In terms of reliability, which one is more solid?
3. I see the Rubicon has two trans options. I have a DCT in my pioneer and like it just fine. But I was also very happy with my foot shifting formeman S (2005 that I should have never sold). Is this just personal preference or is one more capable than the other? (I read one article that said "we give the nod to the DCT" for low end power.)
4. On my pioneer, the DCT downshifts for me, even when in manual mode. Is it this way on the Rubicon DCT? I really hope not
I realize I went a little overboard for a first or second post. I have an issue with over analyzing everything when it comes to toys
I appreciate any feedback you guys can give in regards to these machines. Thanks in advance.