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Honda Introduces New ATVs

Dan Miller
By  Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
The Rincon is one of three 2017 ATV models from Honda. It's a small sized vehicle with a 420cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected engine. (Photo courtesy of Honda)

Early in the new marketing year, Honda Powersports has rolled out three, model-year 2017 ATVs. The FourTrax Rancher and FourTrax Rincon ATVs will be available next month. The Honda FourTrax Recon will hit showrooms in July.

Here's a quick rundown of each.

RANCHER

The FourTrax Rancher ATV was first introduced in 2000 and is Honda's best-selling ATV. The 2017 Rancher, with its 420cc liquid-cooled, fuel-injected engine, offers buyers the options to match the machine with their performance expectations. Customers are able to choose between Independent Rear Suspension (IRS) or swingarm, Automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) or standard gearbox, Electric Power Steering (EPS) and standard, and 4x4 or two-wheel drive.

For 2017, two new colors have been added -- black for the 4x4 Automatic IRS EPS and Shale Blue for the 4x4 Automatic EPS.

The Rancher has 7.2 inches of ground clearance and 3.9 gallons of fuel capacity.

Prices range from $5,299 for the base Rancher, up to $7,999 for the Rancher with the dual clutch transmission, independent rear suspension and electric power steering. Phantom Camo is an additional $450.

RINCON

The FourTrax Rincon is the largest ATV Honda builds, weighing in at 657 pounds and powered by 675cc liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, four-stroke engine. It has a ground clearance of 9.1 inches and has long range with 4.4 gallons of fuel on board.

The Rincon sports fully independent rear suspension, radial tires and an automotive-style, beltless three-speed automatic transmission that can also be shifted manually.

For 2017, the Rincon is available in a new black color option, in addition to red and Honda Phantom Camo.

The base price for the Rincon is $9,299. The Phantom Camo version is priced at $9,749.

RECON

The Recon is Honda's small-sized, economically priced ATV. It runs on 229cc, air-cooled, four-stroke engine. The Recon has five speeds with reverse.

Its light weight (434 pounds) and small footprint (75 inches long, 40.7 inches wide, and 31.2 inches up to the seat) make the Recon an easy vehicle to maneuver in tight situations. It has a turning radius of 8.5 feet, compared to the Rincon, which has turning radius of 10.8 feet.

The Recon, with a base price $4,049 is available in two configurations: one with Electric Shift Program technology (a $250 option) and one with a manual-shift transmission.

Electric start is standard with both versions. The Recon is sold in red and green.

(AG)

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