2008 Honda FourTrax Foreman Rubicon/FourTrax Foreman Rubicon GPScape Features & Benefits

The FourTrax Foreman Rubicon comes by its popularity honestly, courtesy of its continuously variable Hondamatic transmission, TraxLok 2WD/4WD system, torque-sensitive front differential and sophisticated GPScape navigation capabilities.

New for 2008

  • New White color joins Red, Olive and NaturalGear™ Camouflage on the TRX500FA.

Unique Features

  • Integrated GPScape® (see Technology Section)
  • Honda's first liquid-cooled four-stroke ATV engine is a single-cylinder 499cc overhead-valve design that provides tremendous torque and dependable power.
  • Hondamatic transmission is a continuously variable, hydromechanical design that eliminates belts altogether. It is compact, quiet, maintenance-free and very rugged. The Hondamatic features true engine braking, unlike conventional belt-drive designs.
  • Torque-Sensitive Front Differential (see Technology Section)


  • TraxLok® selectable 2WD/4WD system (see Technology Section)
  • 20-watt integrated carburetor heater for reliable cold-weather starting.
  • Liquid-cooled overhead-valve single-cylinder 499cc four-stroke engine is mounted longitudinally in the frame, allowing direct driveshaft alignment to front and rear wheels for improved drivetrain efficiency.
  • Camshaft is located adjacent to the cylinder head, reducing engine height. Together with the external engine-oil tank, engine height is further reduced for a low center of gravity and excellent handling.
  • Four-valve cylinder head utilizes two short pushrods to provide a broad powerband for optimum performance and engine efficiency.
  • Standard high-flow oil cooler ensures optimal engine lubrication under difficult operating conditions.
  • Rubber-cushion engine mounting and gear-driven counterbalancer reduce vibration.
  • Integral electric carburetor heater system improves driveability and ensures smooth operation in cold conditions.
  • Stainless steel exhaust system provides superior corrosion resistance.

Hondamatic Automatic Transmission

  • The Hondamatic transmission utilizes variable hydraulic pressure and mechanical torque amplification to provide seamless job-handling power and excellent acceleration. Engine power drives a hydraulic pump. The pump, in turn, drives a hydraulic motor with variable fluid capacity. Utilizing pump and motor pistons and a variable-pitch motor-side swash plate, hydraulic capacity and pressure are varied, producing continuously variable output speed. In addition, torque is increased as output-shaft speed is reduced.
  • Dash-mounted knob switches to one of three electronic shifting programs: D1 for maximum performance, D2 for maximum torque and ESP™, Honda's exclusive Electric Shift Program (see Technology Section). D1 and D2 modes provide continuously variable transmission output; ESP allows the rider to "shift" the Hondamatic with the touch of a thumb using two push-buttons mounted on the left handlebar.
  • The Hondamatic is extremely efficient, with operating efficiencies ranging from 75-81 percent in full-reduction mode and from 87-92 percent when input and output speeds are the same (1:1 ratio).
  • The Hondamatic is fully sealed, compact and maintenance-free, with no belts to wear out and replace.
  • The Hondamatic features true engine braking, unlike conventional belt-drive designs.


  • 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 of debris between caliper and rim and ensure consistent braking performance.
  • Brake pads feature thick, long-wearing material with improved mud durability, feel and control. An internal scraper gives audible warning when pad life is low.
  • Rugged frame and suspension provide 7.5 inches of ground clearance.
  • Independent double-wishbone front suspension uses premium shock absorbers to provide 6.7 inches of suspension travel for a plush, comfortable ride.
  • Steel swingarm and dual rear shock absorbers provide 6.7 inches of suspension travel for superb comfort and compliance.
  • Powerful single piston caliper front hydraulic 180mm disc brakes and sealed rear mechanical drum.

Additional Features

  • Water-resistant storage is integrated into bodywork.
  • Engine design produces low emissions and meets California Air Resources Board (CARB) off-road emissions standards.
  • Multi-function LCD digital instrumentation is compact, tough and waterproof, featuring large readouts for Hondamatic transmission modes, gear selector position, speedometer, fuel gauge, odometer, resettable tripmeter and hourmeter/clock. Instrument housing includes LEDs for Reverse, Neutral and temperature warning indicator.
  • Waterproof accessory socket provides 12-volt, 10-amp power with a built-in temperature-type fuse.
  • Digital fuel gauge.
  • Thickly padded seat provides all-day comfort.
  • Uniquely designed floorboards allow the rider's feet to grip the footrests while keeping mud and debris away from the rider's feet.
  • Standard over-fenders give excellent mud protection.
  • Powerful 361-watt AC generator.
  • Triple headlight system with single 45-watt upper light and dual 30-watt lower lights with multi-reflector lenses for optimal light distribution plus a 21-watt stop- and taillight.
  • Large front and rear cargo racks are rated at 66 and 133 pounds, respectively.
  • Unique rear-opening storage compartment allows access when rack is loaded.
  • Constant-velocity-joint boot guards help prevent damage to boot covers.
  • Triple skidplates.
  • Assembled in Timmonsville, South Carolina.
  • Transferable one year limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.

Available Accessories

  • Flag Kit.
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