2014 Honda FourTrax Foreman 4×4 ATV Review

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2014 Honda Foreman

2014 Honda Foreman
Push the red button to engage the 2014 Honda Foreman’s four-wheel drive. Flip the switch to lock the diff.

What’s Good
New styling conveys purpose without skewing over-aggressive.

Honda “Phantom” Camo looks and works good, setting the Honda apart from licensed color schemes.

Push-button 4×4 and diff lock is easy, quick and seamless, working on the fly to deliver added traction.

Front disc brakes are powerful and deliver a good feel.

Center running light is switchable, putting light where you need it, when you need it.

Seat is all-day comfortable.

Digital clocks are clear and well-placed in your peripheral vision.

Front nerf bar wraps the entire front end and headlights, providing comprehensive protection.

New, 10.5-foot turning radius is impressively tight.

2014 Honda Foreman
Honda’s new, photorealistic “Phantom” camo lends the Foreman 3D deception.

What’s Bad
Cable-actuated rear brakes are weak, barely able to hold the Foreman on a steep hill.

Manual shift delivers clunky downshifts.

Reverse can be hard to select, requiring both hands and a foot.

The Price
The Foreman starts at $7,099. Electric shifting takes that up to $7,349, power steering costs $7,799 and having both will take that too $8,049. That’s a considerable premium over the 420cc, $5,199 Honda Rancher, but the Foreman adds size, power and standard 4×4.

2014 Honda Foreman
The 2014 Honda Foreman is fun, as well as useful.

The Verdict
Whether you’re hauling stumps, herding sheep, hunting pigs or just enjoying the ride, the new Foreman will be a more comfortable, more capable vehicle than before. Whether this size ATV suits your specific needs depends on how much you need to haul and what you plan on doing with it. It’s large enough to carry a full-grown wild pig on the load rack, powerful enough to push a snow plow, will go absolutely anywhere and is both comfortable and fun to ride.

RideApart Rating: 8/10

Gear
Helmet: AGV AX-8 Dual ($420, Highly Recommended)
Jacket: Alpinestars Lance 3L ($400, Highly Recommended)
Gloves: Racer Mickey ($116, Highly Recommended)

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  • Theodore P Smart

    When are the generator and/or outboard motor reviews coming?

    • Piglet2010

      You forgot lawnmowers and trash* pumps (which of course, Honda also makes).

      *A water pump that will pass a limited amount of mud and debris; not a POS pump.

  • Brian

    how does this compare to the CanAm Outlander? The 500CC V-Twin ( which I think is a Rotax motor IIRC) seems like it would provide some more low end grunt torque possibly for the more utilitarian nature of this type of vehicle.

    • http://Rideapart.com/ Curtis

      Good Question. The CanAm has a CVT (Continuiously Variable Transmission) and falls under the Sport Utility umbrella, this falls under Honda’s utility quad umbrella. The purpose of use changes a little.
      The Honda has a very low first gear for grunt work, and like Wes said, the 500 is a fun bike to work lower down in the rev range. I’m always suprised by how hard the 500s pull. Best advice if you’re shopping is to ride both so you can see what you like best. If you decide that you prefer a CVT to a foot shift, consider a Rubicon 500 as well.

  • Richard Gozinya

    For some reason ATVs scare the shit out of me. Known more people who’ve suffered debilitating injuries on them than any other form of transportation. I’m not talking about just people who really push the things, but really, really tame stuff. Like using them for light duty transportation on a small farm kind of stuff. One guy who went from being totally brilliant, PhD, really a great mind, to being a drooling zombie. And that just from a bad fall getting off of one.

    Four wheels are just wrong.

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      Wear a helmet, turns out they make them for a reason.

      • Richard Gozinya

        Yeah, there is that. But that was just one example of the weirdly severe injuries. It’s an utterly irrational fear, especially given the insanely stupid things I’ve done, and still do. But it’s still there.

    • Piglet2010

      You will fall a lot more off-road on a trail or dirt bike, but those do not have the crushing weight of a flipped ATV. And of course, despite having 4 wheels, they handle nothing like a car or light truck, which catches a lot of people out.

      • Richard Gozinya

        I know it’s an utterly irrational fear, but it’s still there. Part of it is because it was ingrained at such an early age, and part of it because a lot of them were doing such mundane activities. Also, the injuries always seem to be so much worse than what I and others I’ve known have experienced on motorcycles.

        And yeah, the four wheel thing makes people think they’re totally safe, very deceptive little beasts they are.

        • Piglet2010

          Yeah, if you want to be mostly safe off-road, get a vehicle with 4 (or more wheels), a roll cage, and seat-belts. But what fun is that?

          A Yamaha TW200 or other low-power, lightweight dual-sport is pretty safe off-road, even for someone with poor skills and talent, such as myself.