I agree but good luck getting them to notice... Honda is not about ATV's anymore... They are about the racing scene with dirt bikes and quad's the only new improvement in the 500cc class in 8 years is power stearing... Then they give there new racing quad IRS... what the f*ck is that about, you can give a racing quad IRS but not the utility line?? And the rincon is a joke. Have you actually looked at the rear of this bike? It looks like some one crammed 10 pounds of sh*t in a 5 pound bag and left it there..the exaust design is awful and so is the suspension.I agree, a SRA certainly in an important feature on some bikes and for a lot of people this is the only way to go. However, there are a lot of people riding this machines now and everyones needs and wants are different. For me I need a machine that can plow snow do light yard work and be very corfortable on a long trail ride. I don't need, nor do I want, more than 500 cc of power and the Rubicon does nearly everthing that I require in a quad. However, I think that it would be a much better machine if it had IRS.
I don't want a Rincon, cause it does have low gear and just a 3 speed tranny.
I feel that Honda has a very good work machine in the Foreman and I don't think that they should change one thing on that bike. It is the perfect work machine, but to have another work machine in the 500 cc class that is very similar to the foreman in everyway except tranny and Liquid cooled is silly.
With it's auto tranny and the reputation of reliability the Rubicon has if they put IRS on this bike ( and maybe EFI) I would bet that it would be the best selling quad on the market. They would not beable to keep this thing on the showroom floor and the waiting list for a bike like this would be years. Once again, they HAVE a 500 cc work bike. A lot of Honda people are going to Yamaha, suzuki, Can Am ,Polaris and Artic Cat to get the 500cc Trail bike that they want. Most do not want to leave Honda but a lot of these people feel if Honda isn't willing to change than they have to.
The IRS system on the Rincon is second to none and it would work perfactly on the Rubicon.
The only thing the rubi is getting that I know of is fuel injection. I dont think they'll ever make it an IRS machine because it was designed with work in mind. The only other honda alternative is the rincon which is more reliable than the other big bores but still lacks the power of them.I hate to say it as well, I sometimes regret buying my 06 rubicon last year. It has been super reliable, but i can't keep up to my friends with the Kingquads and Polaris machines. It boils down to IRS and i get beat up and have to go much slower than they do. I am also way down on power compared to them. All of them call my quad the tractor because it can pull more than theirs, but i've been pulled out of mud holes by them because of my ground clearance. They ride me over this because i'm one of the only honda's in the hunting group, but i'm waiting for the day i have to tow one of them back to camp. So far it hasn't happened and my friend's Kingquad 700 has been super reliable just like my Rubicon, but he leaves me in the dust. Maybe Honda will update the Rubicon this year?? I sure hope so or i might be going Kinqquad 750axi or Grizzly for my next machine.
thats all i seem to hear on this forum latley is 800 this cvt that .....what everyea i know those big bores will crush us i just hate hearing it...... lol