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Has anyone heard any rumurs about honda making the foreman with IRS!? I did here of an Artic Cat 950cc from a local dealer.





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i kinda doubt it cuz they market the foreman and the work horse and the rincon as the sport utility. Without the SRA the foreman wouldn't haul as much or anything
 

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I think the Foreman should keep the SRA.If they're going to sell another model with IRS it should be the Rubicon or Rancher.
 

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I completely agree. The SRA is almost the trademark of the Foreman. I have heard alot of guys say that IRS is really not as stable as you might think, especially in steep trail situations.
 

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look at the kawiasaki atv models. there best model IMO is the 650 Prairie it was brought out as a work horse. now look at the 650 brute. same motor, same gearing etc but it has IRS. Honda should have the option for an IRS or SRA model. kinda like how they offer ES/S, 2wd/4wd machines. sure 4wd and ES are alittle extra cash at the dealer but its worth it in the long run.

even if they dont do that, they should run a test trail in there 2008 line up, offer an IRS model , and if IRS takes off and the sales of the foreman go up a certian percentage they should keep the IRS. but if IRS is proven bad on the Foreman, in mid 2008-2009 they will just cut there loss and go back to the old reablie SRA.
 

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Honda is not going to do anything to lose money. If the new rancher takes off I can see them putting irs on it, but if you want a irs before long a honda foreman will be the only one with it. I think the side by sides are taking over the "work horse" title of fourwheelers and fourwheelers are taking a recreational vehicle role.

It would be nice to find a website that has actual atv sales to see who is really leading the industry and what models are out selling what.
 

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i agree honda should have two of the same bike but one have IRS. it would be nice if they would put lower gears in the rinny and then make a SRA model, that would be a really nice bike. BTW, 350hondaman kawasaki makes two brute force 650's one has SRA and one has IRS but the one with the IRS is not the same as the SRA at all. the IRS model has some better and more high performance parts in the motor and that makes it faster and more powerful than the SRA. i just wanted to let you know that there are two 650's, im not trying to sound smart or anything i just wanted to let you know.
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I agree.

I agree that the side by sides are taking over as work horses. I love my honda foreman and honda products. But I must tell the truth. There are getting left behind as far as higher ccs, IRS models, Diff Locks, and engine upgrades. Maybe there sitting back watching the other guys so they can step in an make a bad ass machine!!


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I don't know what they're doing, but I went from raptor to foreman, and like them both. But it's kinda embarrassing when a blaster beats you. And you twice his engine size. Why couldn't they take the 450R motor detune it down to like 35-38 horsepower, and then you'd have a workhorse that would pull it's own a$$ outta it's own way. I also like the IRS idea too. A buddie has a the bombardier 500 max xt. 12" of ground clearance. I'd love to have something like that for ground clearance in the foreman. Instead of bottoming out on ruts and rocks and other stuff. Haha, sorry to rant and rave, but just my .02
 

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long story short, you can throw an SRA bike into a corner a hundred times harder than an IRS bike due to the fact of the body roll on the IRS. Why do you think raptors, 450r's and everything (except polaris) in the sport bike catergory is straight axle, you want ground clearance look at Arctic Cat and Can-am big irs bikes with big ground clearance numbers, I think they should go for the IRS option on the foreman/rubicons so that if you are buying the quad to work ont he farm and whatnot you can still have the option of the straigh axle and if you are going to ride mud and water you have the option of the big GC numbers of the IRS. my
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Every IRS atv I've seen can't haul a load like a SRA. The IRS models really sag when loaded and the rear tires go extremely negative camber.I will always buy an SRA over an IRS model.
 

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my next bike will be an IRS but I dont use my quad for work. I just ride it and mud with it and all that stuff.
 

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QUOTE ("dacheez17":3dnaamt8)
I don't know what they're doing, but I went from raptor to foreman, and like them both. But it's kinda embarrassing when a blaster beats you. And you twice his engine size. Why couldn't they take the 450R motor detune it down to like 35-38 horsepower, and then you'd have a workhorse that would pull it's own a$$ outta it's own way. I also like the IRS idea too. A buddie has a the bombardier 500 max xt. 12" of ground clearance. I'd love to have something like that for ground clearance in the foreman. Instead of bottoming out on ruts and rocks and other stuff. Haha, sorry to rant and rave, but just my .02
it's all in the gearing the foreman may have a bigger motor but it is geared lower so it can work causing it to be slower. a blaster may have a smaller motor but the gearing is much higher causing it to be faster.
 

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I'll take SRA over IRS any day; had them both and the SRA just feels better to me.
I agree I've had both the IRS is just to sloppy handling and the body roll is nasty when going around a sharp turn...I like a quad that you can control by shifting your body weight you won't get that with the IRS...
 
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