I read on one website that all of the top manufactures where asked to submit their best ATV in the 500 class for a shoot out. Honda's entry was their Rubicon. The results were has follows:
1. Was the Suzuki's 450 King Quad
2. CanAM 500
3. Polaris 500
5. Yamaha's 450 Grizzly
6. Artic Cat's 500
7. Honda' Rubicon
The what they said about the honda was "As for our last-place finisher, the Honda, there are several things that make the machine feel really dated, despite the GPS display next to the instrumentation.
The engine is smooth and without a hiccup, and it gets high scores in the areas of stability and handling thanks to flat cornering.
While it handles well in most trail conditions, the suspension and brakes are badly in need of an update, regardless of how many Rubicons are sold. It would also benefit from a driveline upgrade to a locking differential to pull it through what its bottom-of-the-class ground clearance cannot.
Contributing Editor Jerrod Kelley said it best: â€œA rider will have to weigh this quadâ€™s minuses (rough, small, slow, boring) vs. its pluses (name, reliability and tranny).â€
Personally I would not want more ground clearance if it makes me lose stability. All the guys I ride with who have Suzukis and Artic Cats and Polaris like how stable mine feels compared to theirs when they ride it.
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