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rbrous9
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Zachary
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Honda 420 vs 500
Conventional wisdom of the OB help a brother out. WWYP (what would you pick). All bikes have low hours. What is the reason for your pick? What are your thoughts on the 420 vs 500?

2014 Honda Rancher 420 elec shift. $4200
2015 Honda Foreman 500 manual shift. $5k
2013 Honda Foreman 500 manual shift $4300


oleyeller
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re: Honda 420 vs 500
420

reasons
-price
-elec shift


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MC5601
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re: Honda 420 vs 500
have a Recon, a Rancher, and a Rincon. My favorite of the 3 has to be the Rancher. This machine is the perfect size for maneuvering through the woods and has plenty of power to get you wherever you want to go. The Rincon is a beast but it is much heavier and a little less maneuverable. If I were to get one bike that was good at everything it would be a Rancher 4X4 electronic shift.


REB BEER
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I’d go with the rancher too. I have an older foreman and my buddy has a newer rancher and his is much quicker and feels like it has more power. I honestly have no idea what someone would be doing with a 4 wheeler that would require more power than a 4x4 420 wouldn’t do.


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Homey the Clown
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I don't think I'd ever need a 500. I currently have a 2014 250, and I ride three deep on that bitch through the red mud in Whiteville all the time. I prefer a lighter bike mainly because if I bog it, its much easier to get it unbogged. However I've yet to bog it in 3 years. So with all of that being said, if this bike will be used for hunting, and you don't weight +280lbs, I'd go with the 420. Its lighter, and has enough power to pull a 10 foot trailer around if needed.


GeauxTime9
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re: Honda 420 vs 500
Stay away from electric shift, just something else to go wrong.

I'm still rocking a 2002 Rancher 350 and that thing ain't showing no signs of slowing down.


rbrous9
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re: Honda 420 vs 500
I have a 2007 420 2wd and I keep getting stuck in a sandy creek bed. Time to upgrade to a 4wd. Thanks for the input. I think I’ll stick with 420.


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Bolivar Shagnasty
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Stay away from the electric shift. It is just something else to tear up......and probably will. Had a couple of hunting buddies that both had issues with the electric shift. Once the bike would get warm/hot (riding quite a bit on work days,etc) The shifter would not work properly. Once the bike cooled down, it work again. Both guys has similar issues.


Butta
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Member since Dec 2012
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re: Honda 420 vs 500
I had a 2006 foreman 4x4 with ES. Had problems with reverse, two honda atv dealers and an atv shop in Echo couldn't ever fix it for good. The reverse sensor kept going bad and needed replacing. I liked the light on the handle bars. I should have got it with manual shift. I traded it in, with no reverse on a 2012 420 4x4 manual shift. it was a good atv, but sold it to get a buddy's barely used 2014 polaris ranger 570 mid size when I talked him into getting a crew cab ranger.


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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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Foreman 500 at $5k is a good deal


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Homey the Clown
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I aint had a lick of problems with my electric shift. My bike stays with red mudd caked on all hunting season. Ive put it through rice fields with two people multiple times. People say to stay away from water with electric shift, but it hasnt given me any issues thus far. For every bad story i hear about electric shift, i hear 10 stories about them working just fine.


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Bionicknee
Member since Jun 2014
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I'm 72 yrs old and have ridden Honda's, everything from a 90 3 wheel to my current 2008 500 rancher. The Rancher has electric shift and power steering(great for ole goats like me). Don't let anybody scare you off from electric shift, mine has performed flawlessly thru water over the rack and arse deep mud,.
Just be sure you get the manual shift pedal with it in case you do have electrical problems. Pop on manual pedal and keep on rolling. Good luck..


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KillTheGophers
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re: Honda 420 vs 500
Just say no to electric shift - I am in rice fields and electric shift hates rice fields


I love my 500 - has never failed me.

I can load 4 grown men and gear and travel a mile to the blind - no issues
This post was edited on 12/29 at 12:20 pm


Rando
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None of the above?

Post 2014 Hondas have o2 sensors that fail and one piece exhaust systems that rot.

If you're dead set on a Honda, and god knows why you would be, the 420 is the way to go. Not an ES model.


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FLAK88
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re: Honda 420 vs 500
Both have as much horsepower as the average riding lawnmower.


Rando
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quote:

Both have as much horsepower as the average riding lawnmower.




My mower has a bigger motor than my grizzly

Only buy old Hondas

New yamaha.


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Homey the Clown
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quote:

electric shift hates rice fields


Well mine sure doesnt. My bike stayed in flooded rice fields since i bought it a few years ago. Zero issues. Like i said earlier, for every one bad story i hear about ES, i hear 10 good ones.


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MSG
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re: Honda 420 vs 500
My Honda rancher 420 was stolen two years ago. Still sad about it.


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MSWebfoot
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I have seen the ES fail in a creek. Dude spent 30 minutes trying to get the shift lever in just to restart the bike. As far as I know, Hondas still won't start in gear without some modification.
That 500 is a beast. We had my buddy's loaded with 4 guys and a sled full of decoys.


bamaswallows
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I just bought a slightly used 420 4x4 2016 with electric shift and Fuel Injection. Love it - Fuel Injection is a game changer. Would actually rather foot shift so I can free up my left hand to hold a beer or gun on the way to stand, but electric shift hasn't failed me at all. The newer ones (post 2014 I think I was told) don't have issues with electric shift that have been mentioned on here.


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