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2016 Honda TRX500 FOREMAN

The tough one

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Honda's hardest working ATV is popular with both commercial fleet buyers and recreational riders who are looking for a basic, yet capable, machine. The TRX500 Foreman has all the componentry needed to get the job done or tackle the toughest trails without the luxury features that drive up cost and complexity. The durable steel chassis is just as well thought-out with oversized steel racks front and rear that offer multiple tie down options for maximum load versatility. Tough as it is, the TRX500 Foreman is surprisingly comfortable with adjustable, long travel-suspension at both ends and a broad plush seat for long days in the saddle.


  • 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 five speed transmission with ultra-low first gear features manual (foot) shift with automatic clutch.
  • Stainless-steel exhaust system includes a USDA-qualified spark arrester/muffler designed for quiet operation without servicing for long-lasting performance.
  • Dual front hydraulic disc brakes and sealed mechanical rear drum brake for strong stopping power.
  • Super-heavy-duty automatic clutch with low-rpm engagement for excellent drivability and towing capacity.
  • Rubber swingarm pivot bushings yield increased low-speed ride comfort and increased durability.
  • Rear brake is located inside the right rear wheel for improved durability and increased ground clearance.
  • 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.
  • Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) system improves power delivery and throttle response, and increases fuel efficiency extending range.
  • 2WD/4WD system 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, which allows increased wheel speed under severe conditions such as deep mud.
  • Powerful AC generator has generous capacity with 481 watts of output.
  • Double-cradle steel frame developed with Computer Aided Engineering offers increased stiffness and reduced weight for precise handling and a smoother ride.
  • Front and rear suspension both feature 185 mm (7.3 in.) of travel for a plush, controlled ride.
  • Adjustable spring preload is featured on all shocks to allow suspension tuning to match varying loads and riding conditions.
  • Enclosed-axle type swingarm with optimized stiffness for improved toughness and durability, and excellent handling performance.
  • Rugged steel frame and long-travel suspension offer increased ground clearance of 191 mm (7.5 in.).
  • Plastic CV joint boots are durable and tear-resistant.
  • Steering knuckle bearings are sealed for extended durability.
  • 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/locking front differential
Other Specifications


  • GROUND CLEARANCE : 190 mm (7.5 in.)
  • WIDTH : 1,205 mm (47.4 in.)
  • Warranty : 12 months, unlimited mileage, freely transferable warranty; extended coverage available with Honda Plus
  • Tires : 25 x 8 - 12 front; 25 x 10 - 12 rear
  • Length : 2,103 mm (82.8 in.)
  • Full-length synthetic lower skidplate with integrated front brush guard.
  • Heavy-duty trailer hitch with 385 kg (848-pound) towing capacity.
  • Attractive bodywork offers excellent mud protection while giving an aggressive, modern look.
  • Twin-headlight system features 35-watt headlights with a carefully focused light distribution pattern for improved visibility after dark. Top assist light operates independently of front headlights so it can be turned off while carrying a load on the front carrier.
  • One-piece tank/side cover allows easy access (no tools required) for maintenance.
  • Fuel pump derived from Honda automobile technology is mounted in the fuel tank for better heat isolation and offers increased filter life.
  • Seat padding is thick and soft for all-day comfort.
  • Load capacity for front and rear carriers is 40 kg (88 lb), and 80 kg (176 lb) respectively.
  • A host of optional accessories allow you to tailor your TRX500FM to your needs.
  • Curb Weight : 287 kg (633 lbs.) including required fluids and full tank of gas - ready to ride
  • Fuel Capacity : 14.7 litres, including 4.9-litre reserve
  • Colour : Red, Olive, Orange
  • Seat Height : 869 mm (34.2 in.)
  • Wheelbase : 1,268 mm (49.9 in.)
  • Full function meter assembly gives the dash a modern look while providing the information needed at a glance. The meter even includes a Maintenance Minder system that notifies when it is time for service.
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