Honda ATVs in our lives...the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Howdy ATV Brothers and Sisters,
Bounty Hunter here, like to introduce myself and our little family of Honda ATVs. My wife and I have been long-time Honda fans, starting with ATCs a long while back. We still have and use the two ATC 200Ms we own, they are like goofy little tractors that are surprisingly capable. Got a ATC 185, and an ancient ATC 90 that is affectionately called "Gorky". Its an ugly little ATC that still runs. Hondas are tough and durable.
The pride and joy of our little fleet are my wife's 1996 Honda Foreman, named "Chief", and my 2002 Honda Rancher named "Rocinante". Those guys are as basic as a utility quad can get, with the kinda old-school cool flavor. Both are full time 4x4 and no frills, Chief runs the stock Goodyear tires like it came with, while Rocinante sports 25" Kenda Bear claws with the wide 12.5" out back. Great traction in the sandy, rocky, snowy mountains where we live.
We mounted Warn winches on both, and wired them up using 4 guage wire to increase their efficiency and power. Roci has a little black winch saver donut to protect the fairlead, while Chief has an old tennis ball...yeah, way old school.
Both have Harbor Freight Apache storage cases on the rear racks, full of survival gear, recovery gear, and essential tools. Each has a 1/2" x 20' kinetic recovery rope, 4' tree savers, soft shackles, ATV snatch blocks, steel screw clevis, and various ropes. Important stuff to get a stuck ATV un-stuck and home (like last Saturday, Chief had to pull Roci 2 miles home after her engine quit with a fuel problem). Kinetic recovery ropes are the cat's a$$, makes towing easy on everyone and everything. We also pack survival gear just in case of emergencies, first aid kit, snake bite extractor, space blankets, knives, saws, fire starters, etc...in case a trip into the woods turns into overnight stay in the woods.
We customized a utility trailer to transport them when necessary, which makes their deployment quick and easy. We added folding ramps to both ends, so that Chief can drive right up through the trailer into the pickup bed, then Roci drives into the trailer and the ramps fold back straight up for transportation. Really fast to load and unload. Also like the new ratcheting tie-downs available at Tractor Supply...they work like a tape measure, the hook spools out and you just attach to the quad and crank it up.
We heat out house with firewood in the winter, so wood gathering on our 21 acres is important, or looking on the adjacent Forest Service property (with wood permit). We have poly trailers for the ATVs to haul chainsaws and gear, and wood back to the trucks. Makes a chore fun when ya got fun ATVs to get you there and back!
We are glad we found this forum, and see there are so many others that share a passion and a lifestyle that involves Honda ATVs, its fun reading what others have done, the modifications they have made, and the problems they encounter and fix. Rocinante is due for some repair on her front axels, all four boots are shot...torn and separated. It kinda seems like replacing the axels as a unit might be easier than just the boots, as the CV joints seem pretty worn. I will probably break out the maintenance manual shortly and get read up on doing that...and a search on this forum to see if others have some tips on that procedure.
So thanks for reading this introduction,
Ride Safe out there,