WHEN WILL HONDA GET IN THE GAME?
One of the most frequent emails and questions we receive from our viewers and readers is regarding Honda’s seeming unwillingness to get competitive in the big bore ATV market.
In 2015 Honda brought the media out to ride its new Pioneer 1000 with a 999cc longitudinally mounted Unicam parallel twin engine featuring Dual Clutch Transmission and paddle shifters. This powerful engine was a huge step forward for Honda and proved the company’s commitment to the Big Bore Utility Sport UTV class.
Like you, we’re seriously wondering when Honda will tuck a 1000 under the seat of the Rincon. Currently, the existing 680 in the Rincon is Honda’s biggest bore engine in its ATV lineup putting itself in competition only with Yamaha’s 708cc single (which is another article in itself) giving Can-Am, Polaris and Arctic Cat free run of any consumer interested in power.
The Rincon’s bodywork hasn’t changed in a decade either and compared to competitive models and even models in Honda’s own lineup appears dated.
We’d like to see a new Rincon 1000 boasting the beefier bodywork of the Rubicon, and DCT to get the company on track with competitive models like the Sportsman 1000 XP and Outlander 1000.
Further to this, Honda needs to jump into the pure sport side-x-side category with an offering that’s as aggressive as Yamaha’s YXZ1000R. This unit could feature a sport tuned exhaust, long travel suspension and the same 1000 mill and paddle shifters found in the Pioneer. The TRX 450 dominated the pure sport ATV race circuit and it’s about time Honda rekindles that competitive spirit with a pure sport UTV offering.
There’s really no telling what Honda will do in the next little while, but one thing we’d like is for the company to start giving the market what it wants instead of telling the market what it wants.
UPCOMING DIRTTRAX AIRTIMES
LATEST VIDEOS View All
2018 Can-Am Maverick Trail Review
October 20, 2017
Can-Am makes its leap into the 50-inch wide Side-x-Side marketplace as Mike Lester is here ...
In-Depth Look: 2018 Yamaha Wolverine X4 SE
October 13, 2017
AJ gives us a closer look at the all-new 2018 Wolverine X4.
ITP SxS Tire Products
October 11, 2017
Luke gets help from ITP Tires as he gives you the low-down on what you should consider when ...
Top Gear View All
October 16, 2017
DiamondBack HD Truck Cover
Want to get the most out of your truck? Then you need a DiamondBack Truck Cover.
Ask Motorhead View All
April 18, 2017
WILDCAT TRAIL VS. WILDCAT SPORT
Would you be happier with a Wildcat Trail or would you go for a Wildcat Sport if you had your choice?
Headlines View All
October 18, 2017
Yamaha Supports Motorized Outdoor Recreation
More than $150,000 Awarded in Q2 Expanding Access and Recreation Opportunities Throughout the U.S.