Honda Foreman

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The Honda Foreman was originally introduced in 1987 as a rebrand of the 1986 Honda FourTrax 350 with a 350cc engine, 4wd, and a front limited slip differential.[1]


In 1995 Honda went to a longitudinal engine position to help simplify the powertrain along with allowing it to lower the center of gravity. A new engine was offered up as well in the form of a new overhead valve design. [1]


Being the flagship ATV for Honda, for 1998 Honda moved to a 450cc engine and for the first time offered an automatic transmission. The manual shift version continued on in the Foreman S while the electric shift automatic was badged the Foreman ES (Electric Shift Program (ESP)). The automatic was able to be manually shifted as well via a simple push button arrangement.

For 1998 this was enough for the Foreman to be awarded ATV of the Year by ATV Magazine. [1]


Now sporting a 500cc motor and a continuously variable transmission (CVT[2]) the Foreman Rubicon is introduced. This builds off the previous platform of the Honda ESP system allowing full automatic shifting or manual push button operation. Additionally the new CVT transmission was heralded as being maintenance-free and full sealed while being more refined than more traditional belt drive units while still allowing engine braking.


For 2005 there was a major redesign of the Foreman with a completely new engine and frame design. Additionally there were more powertrain options available as well with the introduction of a 2wd model. The 4wd models got more sophisticated with TraxLok and a torque sensing from differential. A new 475cc OHV engine was offered with a new "super-heavy-duty" automatic clutch and a new dual oil-cooler system. Front disc brakes along with new shocks and updated styling were also baked into the latest release.[1][3]

Starting in 2007 electric power steering (EPS) is offered for the first time.

In 2009 a new 5 speed automatic is offered.


For 2012 the Foreman was once again redesigned with a completely new body, new 475cc OHV engine with higher compression and new EFI system, new rear suspension, larger front discs, and a new dashboard setup.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Honda's Foreman: A Proud Lineage Of Hard-Working Machines". Honda Powersports Newsroom. 2004-11-22. Retrieved 2022-11-30.
  2. "Continuously variable transmission", Wikipedia, 2022-11-06, retrieved 2022-11-30
  3. "The New-Generation Honda Foreman". Honda Powersports Newsroom. 2006-12-14. Retrieved 2022-11-30.

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