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2015 Honda TRX500 Rubicon IRS

Comfort and utility

Starting at $9,099 *

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A perennial best-seller in the competitive 500 cc category, Honda knows a thing or two about what customers want in a mid-sized ATV. Honda introduces a full line of Independent Rear Suspension (IRS) models. The IRS models lean slightly more toward the trail-use end of the spectrum and come equipped with a number of comfort and convenience items aimed squarely at the recreational buyer. Three different versions of the manual transmission Independent Rear Suspension models are available so riders can select the one best-suited to their budget or taste. Strong utility capability in a machine that is all-day comfortable out on the trails, the TRX500 Rubicon IRS has you covered.
Engine/Drivetrain

Standard

  • Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) system improves power delivery and throttle response, and increases fuel efficiency extending range.
  • Powerful liquid-cooled, 475 cc single-cylinder OHV four-stroke engine is longitudinally mounted allowing direct driveshaft alignment to both front and rear wheels for maximum drivetrain efficiency.
  • Liquid cooling provides consistent engine operating temperature in extreme conditions for maximum power output and long engine life.
  • Overhead-valve design provides compact engine dimensions for improved ground clearance while maintaining a broad, easy-to-use powerband.
  • Rubber-cushion engine mounting and gear-driven counter-balancer reduce vibration.
  • Convenient electric starting, with an automatic internal-decompression system.
  • Rugged transmission features manual (foot) shift with automatic clutch.
  • All new one-handed reverse shift mechanism allows the rider to select reverse without ever taking his hand from the handlebars.
  • Super-heavy-duty automatic clutch with low-rpm engagement for excellent drivability and towing capacity.
  • 2WD/4WD system now offers three drive modes: 2WD; 4WD with torque-sensing front differential; and 4WD with locked front differential to optimize traction. The system also features a Speed Override mode that can be engaged when the front differential is locked to allow increased wheel speed under severe conditions such as deep mud.
  • Air cleaner sub chamber reduces resonant noise for quieter operation.
  • Stainless-steel exhaust system includes a USDA-qualified spark arrester/muffler designed for quiet operation without servicing for long-lasting performance.
  • High output 470 watt alternator has extra capacity to help power electrical accessories and to keep personal electronics charged.
CHASSIS/SUSPENSION

Standard

  • Sealed steering knuckle bearings for extended durability.
  • Durable double-cradle steel frame developed with Computer Aided Engineering features increased stiffness and reduced weight for precise handling and a smoother ride.
  • Adjustable spring preload on all shocks allows suspension to be tuned to match varying loads and riding conditions.
  • Inboard rear disc brake is mounted on the rear driveshaft reducing unsprung weight and keeping the disc out of harms way in rugged conditions.
  • Double wishbone independent front suspension offers 185mm of well controlled travel providing a sense of security and control over difficult terrain.
  • All new independent rear suspension (IRS) design with lower 'A' arm and upper 'I' arm features optimized stiffness for improved handling performance. Comfort is also enhanced with 215mm of travel.
  • Durable wrap-around guards protect the rear suspension's lower 'A' arms when rock crawling.
  • New, aggressively styled Maxxis tires offer improved comfort and traction.
  • Plastic CV joint boots on the front driveshafts are durable and tear-resistant.
  • Dual front hydraulic disc brakes provide strong stopping power. The brake calipers feature a built-in scraper system to remove mud and snow from inside the front wheel to help prevent build-up of debris between caliper and rim to ensure consistent braking performance.
Transmission

Standard

  • Five-speed transmission with automatic clutch, reverse and ultra-low first gear
  • Final Drive : 2WD/4WD; direct front and rear driveshafts with switchable 2WD/4WD and torque-sensing front differential
Additional Features

Standard

  • The fuel pump derived from Honda automobile technology is mounted in the fuel tank for better heat isolation and increased filter life.
  • Bold new bodywork offers excellent mud protection while giving an rugged functional appearance.
  • Twin-headlight system features 35-watt headlights with focused light distribution for improved visibility after dark. Top assist 50-watt light operates independently of front headlights allowing it to be turned off while carrying a load on the front carrier.
  • Clever one-piece tank/side cover design requires no tools for removal providing quick access for maintenance.
  • Full function meter assembly gives the dash a modern look while providing information needed at a glance. The meter display includes speed, odometer, trip meter, fuel gauge, coolant temperature, clock, gear position indicator, 4WD indicator and even a Maintenance Minder system that notifies when it is time for service.
  • Substantially larger and thicker than the seats found on more utility focused models the IRS 500's seats provide all day comfort.
  • Textured seat cover is cooler on hot days and provides a more secure feeling especially against synthetic riding gear materials.
  • Half waffle style hand grips similar to those found on Honda's off-road motorcycles offer improved comfort while maintaining a secure grasp in wet or muddy conditions.
  • All steel, full sized front bumper wraps around the headlights improving protection and adding to the 500's aggressive appearance.
  • All-new front and rear steel tube carriers feature large steel plates and additional tie-down points for improved load security. Load capacity for the large front and rear carriers is 45 kg (99 pounds), and 85 kg (187 pounds) respectively.
  • Heavy-duty trailer hitch with 600 kg (1,322-pound) towing capacity.
Other Specifications

Standard

  • WIDTH : 1,205 mm (47.4 in.)
  • Warranty : 12 months, unlimited mileage, freely transferable warranty; extended coverage available with Honda Plus
  • Tires : Front: 25 x 8 - 12 Rear: 25 x 10 - 12
  • Curb Weight : 308 kg (679 lb)
  • Fuel Capacity : 14.7 liters, including 4.9-liter reserve
  • Colour : Olive, Red
  • Length : 2,147 mm (84.5 in.)
  • Ground Clearance : 239 mm (9.4 in.)
  • Seat Height : 909 mm (35.8 in.)
  • Wheelbase : 1,292 mm (50.9 in.)

Optional

  • 54" Plow Kit by WARN
  • Heated Grips
  • Windscreen
  • Rear Bumper
  • Aluminum wheel
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