I purchased a 2011 Honda Rubicon with power steering and must say I am not disappointed. I use it primarily as a work/hunting machine more than play.
It has towed my 4x8 trailer filled with firewood without pause in ESP LOW 1 range and despite it being a solid rear axle machine, it does pretty well in my heavily wooded acreage with rocks and stumps. I can't wait to see how it plows my driveway in the winter.
It is pretty quick to get up and go but it tops out around 50 mph. The gas mileage on it was less than expected but I suspect it's because I frequently haul the trailer and wood splitter to the woods.
The engine has loads of torque for a 500cc mill. The quality is top notch and the ride is better than my '95 Honda 300 that I still own. I feel though that Honda could've used better tire selection with this very capable machine and maybe an on/off switch for the handlebar light.
So if your looking for a long term workhorse that can have some fun and is one seriously heavy duty piece of equipment, the Rubicon is it. Sidenote - it has pulled my 23' tent trailer out of my barn and it weighs 3,100 lbs.
Upgrades/Accessories: None. I would like to have an LED lightbar to provide more light in my work area in the shorter fall days.
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