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Howdy friends,

Those who've seen my posts know that I am blessed to live in a place where my 2016 Honda Rancher 4x4 DCT EPS is street legal and can be used as a vehicle. I have been doing some lawn improvement in my back yard, and I had to run over and pick up some sod at the sod farm, which is about 12 miles round trip (6 miles one way). On one trip I decided to film with the GoPro and share with ya'll.

We sure love our Honda Rancher!

 

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Good work creed, you'd be lost without your rancher!
How do you get on with tyre pressures? You haul a lot of things I see, do you alter pressures to suit your load or just run pressures as per manufacturers specifications?

I run 1.2 psi front and 1.6 rear in the mud park and manufacturers specifications around the farm on the harder ground.
 

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MAN I wish we could drive on roads like that legally, would really justify owning an atv, by getting WAY more use out of it

I"D for sure again, have DOT tires however LOL
 

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Good work creed, you'd be lost without your rancher!
How do you get on with tyre pressures? You haul a lot of things I see, do you alter pressures to suit your load or just run pressures as per manufacturers specifications?

I run 1.2 psi front and 1.6 rear in the mud park and manufacturers specifications around the farm on the harder ground.
Howdy Sam! In the sand I run 3.5-4.0 psi. Normal trail riding I run 4.5 psi. Hauling this load I bumped it up to 5.5 psi.
 
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MAN I wish we could drive on roads like that legally, would really justify owning an atv, by getting WAY more use out of it

I"D for sure again, have DOT tires however LOL
My tires are about bald. I am still deliberating on tire type. I do very mixed riding, and there is no tire that fits all perfectly...so it's going to be a tough decision.
 

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you lucky guy, lol, just as Mrbb said it would be nice to.....can't ride um on pavement hear ether.....
 

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you lucky guy, lol, just as Mrbb said it would be nice to.....can't ride um on pavement hear ether.....
Believe me...I know how you feel. I spent '04 - '15 living in Utah and I couldn't ride them on the street up there either. There are small towns where it's allowed, but even then you have to meet very demanding street legal requirements. Here in rural AZ, the requirements are easy, and LE doesn't care either way. But I am legally registered for the street and insured. It's just my motorcycle.
 

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Tags, turn signals, brake lights, and, insurance, is what i was talking about with a bud of mine today.ah......he has all that and at a pretty pennie .......Polaris side by side......... Is all that required in AZ ? On just atvs ?
 

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I guess we're lucky also in the UK, we can use ATV's in the road with similar rules and regs you stated above @jay10. The only snag is it's extremely difficult to road register an old ATV, anything after about 5/6 years old is pretty much impossible. If you buy new it costs £120 extra to have it registered.
@creed82 are you allowed to carry a passenger on AZ roads? It's illegal here for us.
 

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I guess we're lucky also in the UK, we can use ATV's in the road with similar rules and regs you stated above @jay10. The only snag is it's extremely difficult to road register an old ATV, anything after about 5/6 years old is pretty much impossible. If you buy new it costs £120 extra to have it registered.
@creed82 are you allowed to carry a passenger on AZ roads? It's illegal here for us.
Yes, if you meet a couple of equipment requirements. It's very common here to see folks cruising the streets two-up on ATVs. In fact, I took my wife on a date tonight with the Rancher and we rode together down to the local "Sonic", picked up a large custard, then cruised out into the hills to enjoy it together under the stars. Between you and me, my Rancher may not exactly meet those requirements, but law enforcement around here really doesn't care. So I'm good! If they ever say anything, I'll install an extra set of pegs for the passenger and an affixed seat, and then I'm positive I'd be legit.
 

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Tags, turn signals, brake lights, and, insurance, is what i was talking about with a bud of mine today.ah......he has all that and at a pretty pennie .......Polaris side by side......... Is all that required in AZ ? On just atvs ?
BEYOND THE EQUIPMENT MY RANCHER CAME WITH FACTORY, such as headlights, brake light, etc... Here in AZ they require:

1. A horn. I installed a cool/inexpensive road bike horn that is battery operated and so doesn't tie into the bike's electronics. I still haven't replaced the batteries after a year, and it works great!

2. A rear view mirror. I use one from Maverick Advantage - in fact, my Rancher is featured on their website if you look at their ATV mirrors, my YouTube video review is there.

3. The license plate be lit at night...however you want to make that happen. Around here, nobody worries about that requirement, and the taillight often illuminates it anyways.

4. Liability insurance. Not very expensive for a Honda Rancher.

No turn signals required. I use hand signals. Which is easy with my DCT AUTO tranny.
 
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I'm pretty sure UK law goes by manufacturers recommendations, if it states no pillions on the fender plate then that's it, no passenger.
It sucks really as some of the bigger ATVs are more than capable of carrying another person. A big factor into this though is the younger generation going out and buying Raptors getting their buddy to hop on then blasting down the road and crashing. Unfortunately, as it usually is, the minority ruin these things for the majority of us.
 

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I'm pretty sure UK law goes by manufacturers recommendations, if it states no pillions on the fender plate then that's it, no passenger.
It sucks really as some of the bigger ATVs are more than capable of carrying another person. A big factor into this though is the younger generation going out and buying Raptors getting their buddy to hop on then blasting down the road and crashing. Unfortunately, as it usually is, the minority ruin these things for the majority of us.
I think you are exactly right on both counts. My Rancher is easily capable of hauling my whole family, wife + 4 kids...and not being a dummy, I keep the speeds and everything in check. But in our day, companies have to minimize and protect themselves from liability. So be it.
 
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