Honda Foreman 500 4X4
No matter what your task
or chore, Honda's 500 Foreman 4X4 is a tough machine to beat. Packed with
features like a beefy 475cc engine, TraxLok 2WD/4WD, and sporty
styling, the Forman takes convenience even further with Honda's exclusive
push-button Electronic Shift Program (ESP). Powerful and rugged... workhorses don't get much better than this.
We lived with the
Foreman for a week and clocked up over 100kms on the quad, and never did the
Forman even utter a whimper.
We took it to Wild Thing
Raceway and played there a while. Throwing it around corners, over ramps,
through water, sloshy mud and dry sand, and it took everything in it's stride.
OK, it' doesn't have the
acceleration or top speed of a sports quad like the TRX450R, but we had hours of
fun. And we took it for a 30km cross-country ride to Klip River and back, also
having loads of fun - over rocky sections, through water, mud, more water and
lots of thick river-sand.
And after all the riding
it finally dawned on me why Honda calls it the 'Foreman'... It's the boss. Never
letting anything get it down, never flinching, not even for steep inclines, deep
dongas, muddy marshes or fast tarred surfaces. The FORMAN laughs at obstacles,
taking everything we threw at it with ease.
We had the Foreman
for a week and really put it through it's paces, on the track...
and over rough terrain, we could not fault the Honda. It's tough.
No matter what the
terrain, the Foreman inspired confidence. The 500 (475cc) engine gives powerful performance matched with exceptional
economy and easy cold starting.
The motor is mounted
longitudinally for maximum drivetrain efficiency and the great stability,
handling and balance that makes the Honda feel just right.
Plus it's got packing
racks front and rear and three storage compartments for tools etc. It's got
great lights (even a brake light), a hooter, speedometer, trip-meter, fuel gauge
and clock. It's even got an auxiliary power plug for whatever you might want to
So... the Foreman has
almost everything needed on a utility quad. If you want anything more you might
as well get yourself a Hummer (at ten times the price and less than half the
while the Foreman
is excellent as a workhorse, it's also great fun to ride
The Foreman gives
total confidence, offering superb stability and handling
along with the huge pulling power from it's air-cooled 475cc engine,
combining a manual shift with big engine performance for heavy-duty jobs in all
environments. Enhanced safety and durability comes from dual front disc brake
callipers with a patented built-in scraper system, ensuring consistent braking
||475cc air-cooled dry sump longitudinal
OHV 4-stroke single cylinder
|Bore and Stroke
||92.0mm x 71.5mm
||CD with electronic advance
||Electric with recoil backup
||5 fwd/1 rev - auto clutch with manual
||4wd Direct drive-shafts AP front
limited-slip differential with TraxLock switchable 2wd/4wd
||Independent double-wishbone 170mm
||Swingarm with single shock 170mm
||180mm dual sealed discs with integral
||Sealed mechanical drum
||25 x 8-12
||25 x 10-12
|Max. laden weight
||491kg (including rider)
||Coverage of defects in materials and
weather, the Foreman was able the perform it's task
Foreman is no slouch, capable of speeds of over 90kph
words by Dylan
Slater, photos by Kenn
Thanks to Wild Thing Raceway for the use of their
to Joeline Dobrowski and her team at Honda South Africa for the ride,
Dylan and I thoroughly enjoyed the powerful,
versatile 500 Foreman workhorse.