Re: Rincon vs. Foreman
I own a 1998 Foreman 450ES and a 1987 Fourtrax 250X. I have about 4000 miles on my foreman and never had any problems. I remember, almos five years ago, when I first rode my foreman: I just could not believe the quality of this machine. I was thinking that Honda created another perfect machine. I really love my foreman, it rides great all year around. I'm from Canada and I do lots of riding in the winter in temperature as cold as -40. Both of my Hondas are always riding without a glitch even in that weather. Just when I thought that it could not be better, my honda dealer made me an offer that I couldn't refuse. He let me use is Rincon for the weekend. I picked it up yesterday and I drove it last nite and all day today. I just got back in the house. I put 95 miles on that machine which is already at 815 miles. WHOWWWW, this quad is awesome. The torque is unbelievable, the suspension is making the ride so different. The transmission is working flawlessly, even though the temperature was at -35 F which is almost -100 deg F (windchill factor) when you are travelling at 30 mph. Today, I was riding in tight & bumpy wooden trails, on frozen lake and in up to 18 inches of snow. The tranny has only three speeds but the engine has such a wide powerband that the quad feels strong at any speed. I just love that Rincon. It is very well built like any Honda products. I raced two years on the pro circuit with my 250X and I like it when I can go fast. With the Rincon, I can do this. All I had to do was to select the 2 wheel drive and the tranny in manual mode and it felt as fun as riding my 250X. This machine is has powerful as a moose but as agile as a deer. The Baja 1000 race result is there to prove it. If you wish to do lots of riding I recommend the Rincon for its agility and its confort. But if you wish to use your quad for work also, I recommend the Foreman 450 ES, because of its extra rack space. Believe it or not, I carried half a bull moose on the rear rack of that Quad. I'm happy that both of your choice are Hondas. Like you said, you want your ATV to last twenty years. Well, you can't go wrong with Honda. No other manufacturer has a better reliability record. My 250X is now 16 years old and it is still riding strong. Even though, it had been ridden very hard on the racing circuit.
I wish you good luck with your decision.
I just can't wait until tomorrow morning, I'll get dress warm again and go burn some more gas!!