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Howdy friends,

You know how it goes. You hook up with a new riding buddy, plan a 30-mile loop ride, and somewhere along the way you've got to establish who's top dog. :) In this case, as far as acceleration and top speed go, we're pretty dang close. My Rancher seems to get to top speed a little faster, but his Foreman has a 3-4 mph faster top speed. Overall the Rancher is definitely snappier, and the power steering really makes the ride more enjoyable.

He is the original owner of his yellow 2006 Honda Foreman 500 4x4 ES. It's all stock/original and it has approximately 1300 miles on it with 280 hours. He and I are the same height/weight.
I'm the original owner of my red 2016 Honda Rancher 4x4 DCT EPS. It's all stock/original and it has approximately 2047 miles on it with 245 hours.

I love these Hondas.

 

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Despite the 55cc advantage the foreman has, the older air cooled engine actually produces the EXACT same HP as the 420AT, but the EFI will always win as far as throttle response, and it's more consistent. Now, the Foreman we know is geared much lower than the DCT/AT in 1st gear, but IIRC the Foreman actually has a slightly higher 5th gear than the 420, thus a higher top speed. As far as weight goes between the two machines, the 420 would be about 15lbs heavier (curb weight) so pretty comparable.
 

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Despite the 55cc advantage the foreman has, the older air cooled engine actually produces the EXACT same HP as the 420AT, but the EFI will always win as far as throttle response, and it's more consistent. Now, the Foreman we know is geared much lower than the DCT/AT in 1st gear, but IIRC the Foreman actually has a slightly higher 5th gear than the 420, thus a higher top speed. As far as weight goes between the two machines, the 420 would be about 15lbs heavier (curb weight) so pretty comparable.
Yep. It's funny, whenever we switch rides he tells me the Rancher is more fun, a little more playful. No insult to his Foreman, he loves it too. But I can tell the wheels are turning and he's considering upgrading to a newer EFI Honda.
 

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Cant wait until our trails open back up, looks like fun :D
 
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I wonder which speedo is more accurate? It looks like they both top out at about the same speed. The rancher is definetly a little peppier and the DCT makes for a near seamless shift, no wonder Ferrari likes them so much lol


Anyway, nice video, thanks for sharing Creed.
 

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I wonder which speedo is more accurate? It looks like they both top out at about the same speed. The rancher is definetly a little peppier and the DCT makes for a near seamless shift, no wonder Ferrari likes them so much lol


Anyway, nice video, thanks for sharing Creed.
Of course! Yes, they are seriously neck and neck, seems like more who gets the jump, but the Rancher is definitely more responsive/snappier and seems to rev up better.
 

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Good job creed, great video
 

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Good job creed, great video
Thanks, SamUK. Before I bought my Rancher I watched as many videos as I could find on the new Rancher. I figure these videos are 1) fun to watch, and 2) they inform the buyer.
 

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there is I see only 1.5 hp difference between a NEW rancher and a Foreman, so they should be close, gearing I gather is the bigger difference than power between the two
 
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