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worst of the 500 class

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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: “A rider will have to weigh this quad’s minuses (rough, small, slow, boring) vs. its pluses (name, reliability and tranny).â€
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I've said it before and I'll say it again... had a Polaris 350 4x4 and a Honda 200 Fourtrax when my kid was little. Honda was slow and rode like a wagon. Polaris was fast and smooth. After 4 years, Polaris was worn out and Honda kept on going.
Rode bikes all weekend, put Honda up and worked all week on Polaris to fix what I broke on the weekend. Quality far inferior to Honda. I suspect it still is. Polaris dealer was very shady, Honda dealer still in business after 20 years. Glad to be back on a Honda!:happy
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