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Load Bearing Surface Need to get some serious gear into or out of the field? A 850-pound towing capacity and rack capacities of 66 pounds up front, and 133 pounds in the rear, make the Rubicon into a virtual pack horse for hauling gear. Adjustable dual shocks al- low you to optimize suspension performance for various load conditions. Ride Review Once out on the trail the Honda’s mellow power, easy hook up and seamless shift- ing, in either ESP mode or push button automatic, make it a pleasant experience for work- ing or playing. The electric shift option, makes it even simpler to operate over the course of a long days riding or working. Tight, standing at a stop turns are much easier to execute, with the easy electric power as- sist steering system. The power output feels muted, but in reality, it honks along quite nicely, never over revving or being stuck in a gear too tall, or too short. We found ourselves using the ESP shift option giving us a fully auto- matic transmission for most circumstances, but having the option of using the push button shifter to engage a higher or lower gear was an asset when the situation required it. Suspension wise, the Ru- bicon offers up a soft and pleasant ride, just as long as you don’t overly push it on a whooped out trail. You can get it to bottom out and bounce but aggressive trail speeds and ex- tremely rough terrain at speed, is not what this machine was primarily designed to do. Braking action was judged very good, even with the drum brake rear wheel system, and the single piston front disc brakes were responsive and had plenty of stopping power to haul down the units somewhat hefty wet weight of 640 lb. Conclusion A very good overall mid- sized 4x4 ATV. The Honda Ru- bicon, with its power assist steering, is an easy-to-ride, great handling, strong running, do-it-all utility and play 4x4 that will take you most any- where and get you back. For years to come. That’s saying a lot. In this age of disposable, mass produced machinery, the Honda Rubicon will offer you a quality product that lasts. While DIRT ILLustrated \\\\\\ Vol. 1 + Issue 3 + Page 106 the MSRP of $8699 is relatively steep for its class, it does offer a reliable product that gets the job done.And will continue to do so for years on end. That’s not such a bad deal, after all. Specifications: 2013 Honda FourTrax Foreman 4x4 Rubicon * with Power Steering Engine Engine Type: 499cc liquid-cooled OHV dry- sump longitudinally mounted single-cylinder four-stroke Bore And Stroke: 92mm x 75mm Induction: 36mm constant velocity car- buretor Ignition: CD with electronic advance Starter: Electric with auxiliary recoil Drive Train Automatic Transmission: Fully automatic hydrome- chanical, continuously vari- able with electronic controls Driveline: Direct front & rear driveshafts with TraxLok® and torque- sensitive front differential