Thank you for your feedback. I'm kind of pursuing your specific opinion on the machine. I'd really like some current owner feedback, like, "I love it," or "I loved it until I tried a Rubicon, and realized I should have bought a Rubicon from the get-go," or whatever. I was looking for validation of my current opinion on the Rancher through your feedback and experience.
With that said... I am strictly a trail rider, not necessarily mellow, but I ride at a bit of a brisk pace through very tight and twisty trails. Brisk for me is defined as speeds up to 20mph. Anything more and I would be wrapped around a tree. I've been riding since 1994, mostly utility style atvs, but we have a sport quad too. I don't go mudding. Not in the plans. We ride in national forests, and some other slightly more challenging terrain, but that is infrequent. Weekly riding is in the national forests here in the southeast US. I am an average sized male. One of the reasons to purchase another atv is to have it available for extended family to use. I could have bought a used, smaller ATV to accomplish this. But I have been wanting to buy a Honda for years. Now I have a reason and GREEN light to get another atv, so I am just going to get what I want. This way, I can enjoy it just as much as my sons or son in law. I wanted to gather opinions from current owners... trying to gauge buyer's remorse, or elation, whatever. I wanted feedback from someone who owns one to tell me they are completely happy, or advise me to spend more money and get something else, etc, etc.