The FourTrax Foreman series is one of the most impressive 4x4 ATVs offered by Honda, and for 2012, the Foreman has received a brand-new liquid-cooled 475cc single-cylinder OHV four-stroke engine that is powerful enough to take on those extra-tough jobs. The ATV also has a new body styling that is tough, rugged, and more aggressive featuring large oversized front and rear fenders for exceptional mud and splash protection.

The introduction of a new fuel injection system with 36mm throttle body for instant throttle response, consistent performance at high altitude, and hassle-free cold-weather starting adds to the Foreman’s performance package. New rugged and tough looking body work adorns the rolling chassis that has been re-engineered as well, featuring an all-new and lighter rear suspension system incorporating a single, high-quality shock for increased comfort, precision, and work capabilities. The ATV also has a shorter wheelbase for agile handling and a tighter turning radius. The 2012 Foreman has received a softer seat and more open rider triangle (Bars/Seat/Pegs) that, when combined with the new suspension, will offer better ride quality.

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  • 2012 Honda FourTrax Foreman 4x4 ES
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New for 2012

  • All-new liquid-cooled 475cc single-cylinder OHV four-stroke engine with a higher compression ratio delivers plenty of hard-working power.
  • New fuel injection system features a 36mm throttle body and provides instant throttle response, consistent performance at high altitude, and hassle-free cold-weather starting.
  • All-new rear suspension system combines a new steel swingarm design with a single high-quality rear shock absorber to produce 6.9 inches of supple, well-controlled travel.
  • New, larger 196mm dual front hydraulic disc brakes.
  • New multi-function LCD digital meter is compact, tough and waterproof, and features large readouts for fuel gauge, gear position, speedometer, odometer, tripmeter, hourmeter and oil change reminder. Meter housing includes LED lights for Reverse, Neutral, oil temperature and front differential indicator.
  • New body styling with a tough, rugged and more aggressive look featuring large oversized fenders front and rear for exceptional mud and splash protection.

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  • Revolutionary Electric Power Steering (EPS).
  • Electric Shift Program (ESP) provides the convenience of push-button shifting.
  • TraxLok® selectable 2WD/4WD system.
  • Large cargo racks front and rear allow payloads of 66 and 133 pounds, respectively and feature an improved design for easier lashing of cargo.
  • Heavy-duty trailer hitch with towing capacity of 850 pounds.
  • Unique, rear-opening storage compartment allows access when rack is loaded.
  • Waterproof accessory socket provides 12-volt, 10-amp power with a built-in fuse.
  • Water-resistant left-side glove-box compartment.
  • Triple headlight system with single 45-watt upper light and dual 30-watt lower lights with multi-reflector lenses for optimal light distribution plus an LED brake light/taillight.
  • Uniquely designed floorboards allow the rider’s feet to grip the footrests while keeping mud and debris away.
  • Assembled in Timmonsville, South Carolina.
  • Transferable one-year limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.
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Engine Drivetrain

  • Liquid-cooled 475cc single-cylinder OHV four-stroke engine is longitudinally mounted in the frame allowing direct driveshaft alignment to front and rear wheels for improved drivetrain efficiency.
  • USDA-qualified spark arrester/muffler is constructed of stainless steel.
  • Super-heavy-duty automatic clutch for excellent driveability and towing capacity.
  • Convenient five-speed transmission with Reverse.
  • Maintenance-free shaft drive with torque-sensing front differential routes power directly from the longitudinally mounted engine without inefficient directional changes.
  • Powerful 416-watt AC generator.
  • New pre-filled GYZ16H 16-Ah battery.
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  • Rugged frame and suspension provide an exceptional 7.6 inches of ground clearance.
  • Independent double-wishbone front suspension uses new, high-quality shock absorbers to provide 6.7 inches of travel while a new steel swingarm design produces 6.9 inches of rear wheel travel.
  • Rugged, large-diameter Maxxis 25 x 8-12 front, 25 x 10-12 rear tires provide added ground clearance while maintaining precise handling.
  • Large 196mm dual front hydraulic disc brakes and sealed 180mm mechanical rear drum.
  • Dual front disc-brake calipers feature a patented built-in scraper system to remove mud and snow from inside the front wheel to help prevent buildup between caliper and rim to ensure consistent braking performance.
  • Brake pads feature thick, long-wear material with improved mud durability, feel and control. Pads have an internal scraper that gives audible warning when pad life is low.
What do you think?
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  (728) posted on 06.6.2011

Honda is indeed doing good in this APV Market C0ompetition. But I think Yamaha still has the best one. I agree that raptor is more easy to navigate and cooler than FourTrax Foreman.

  (580) posted on 06.6.2011

It’s great to know that this one features a uniquely designed floor boards. In that way, it allows the riders feet to grip and footrests. And as rider, you are ensure that mud and debris will keep away from you.

  (1211) posted on 05.26.2011

hmm, between this one and the Yamaha Raptor, I would probably choose the latter. It’s not that the FourTrax is bad, I just love the Raptor’s looks and handling.

  (395) posted on 05.18.2011

Good thing that they are using LCD displays for the instrumentation panels of this ride. It can be quite hard to look at old dials if you have this running on rough terrain.

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