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TRX500 Rubicon DCT IRS EPS > Honda ATV & Side-by-Side Canada Main content
Engine & Drivetrain
Engine & Drivetrain
Chassis & Suspension
Chassis & Suspension
Additional Features
Additional Features
Engine & Drivetrain
  • Efficient, durable engine design
    Powerful liquid-cooled 475 cc engine is longitudinally mounted, allowing direct driveshaft alignment to both front and rear wheels for maximum drivetrain efficiency. Liquid cooling provides consistent engine operating temperature in extreme conditions for maximum power output and long engine life. Overhead-valve design provides compact engine dimensions for improved ground clearance while maintaining a broad, easy-to-use powerband. Rubber-cushion engine mounting and gear-driven counter-balancer reduce vibration.
  • Easy and efficient
    "Convenient electric starting, with an automatic internal-decompression system, gets you going quickly and easily. Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) system improves power delivery and throttle response, and increases fuel efficiency for extended range. "
  • Dual-Clutch Transmission
    Automatic Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT) provides the compact size and strength of a manual transmission with the convenience of an automatic transmission (plus no belts to slip, break or burn out). DCT features a dual-shift mapping program that automatically selects between two transmission shifting modes—either Cruise or Sport—for optimum shift timing depending on the rider’s pattern of throttle operation. During aggressive use, the Sport mode kicks in and holds the transmission in gear longer before shifting to deliver more aggressive performance. During more relaxed operation, the Cruise mode allows the transmission to shift up sooner for more casual performance and enhanced fuel efficiency. In addition to the fully automatic mode, the DCT transmission also allows riders to employ Honda's exclusive Electric Shift Program (ESP) for easy shifts with the touch of handlebar-mounted buttons. Dual-range sub transmission allows you to easily select between high and low range via a conveniently placed lever. The 5-speed Dual Clutch Transmission will operate fully within either range, ensuring that you can always select the correct ratio for the conditions. One-handed reverse shift mechanism allows you to select reverse without ever taking your hand from the handlebars.
  • Excellent drivability
    Super-heavy-duty automatic clutch with low-rpm engagement for excellent drivability and towing capacity.
  • Tackle any terrain
    " 2WD/4WD system offers three drive modes: 2WD; 4WD with torque-sensing front differential; and 4WD with locked front differential to optimize traction. The system also features a Speed Override mode that can be engaged when the front differential is locked to allow increased wheel speed under severe conditions, such as deep mud. "
  • Quiet operation, long-lasting performance
    A sub-chamber in the air cleaner reduces resonant noise for quieter operation. Stainless-steel exhaust system includes a USDA-qualified spark arrester/muffler designed for quiet operation without servicing for long-lasting performance.
  • Powerful output
    High output 470 watt alternator has extra capacity to help power electrical accessories and to keep personal electronics charged.
Chassis & Suspension
  • Strong and lightweight
    Durable double-cradle steel frame developed with Computer Aided Engineering is sturdy and lightweight for precise handling and a smoother ride.
  • Independent Rear Suspension, excellent handling
    Double-wishbone independent front suspension provides 185 mm (7.3 in.) of well-controlled travel, providing a sense of security and control over difficult terrain. Independent Rear Suspension (IRS) design with lower A arms and upper I arms features optimized stiffness for improved handling performance, and an ample 215 mm (8.5 in.) of travel. Durable wrap-around guards protect the rear suspension's lower A arms when rock crawling. Adjustable spring preload on all shocks allows suspension to be tuned to match varying loads and riding conditions.
  • Proven power steering
    This latest iteration of Honda's proven Electric Power Steering System (EPS) features even lighter steering effort and reduced kickback for enhanced comfort while maintaining a strong feeling of control.
  • Excellent traction
    Aggressively styled Maxxis tires provide excellent comfort and traction.
  • High quality
    Plastic CV joint boots on the front driveshafts are durable and tear-resistant. Plus, sealed steering-knuckle bearings for extended durability.
  • Excellent stopping power
    Inboard rear disc brake is mounted on the rear driveshaft, reducing unsprung weight and keeping the disc out of harm’s way in rugged conditions. Dual front hydraulic disc brakes with large 190 mm rotors provide strong stopping power. The brake calipers feature a built-in scraper system that removes mud and snow from inside the front wheel to help prevent build-up of debris between caliper and rim for consistent braking performance.
Additional Features
  • Rugged design, convenient access
    Bold bodywork offers excellent mud and debris protection. Clever one-piece tank/side cover design requires no tools for removal, providing quick access for maintenance.
  • Strong visibility
    Twin-headlight system features 35-watt headlights with focused light distribution for improved visibility after dark. Top assist 50-watt light operates independently of front headlights, allowing it to be turned off while carrying a load on the front carrier.
  • Automotive technology
    The fuel pump derived from Honda automobile technology is mounted in the fuel tank for better heat isolation and increased filter life.
  • Intuitive display
    Full-function instrumentation gives the dash a modern look while providing information at a glance. The display includes speed, odometer, trip meter, fuel gauge, coolant temperature, clock, gear position indicator, 4WD indicator and even a Maintenance Minder system that notifies when it’s time for service.
  • All-day comfort
    Substantially larger and thicker than the seats found on more utility focused models, the Rubicon's seats provide all-day comfort. Textured seat cover is cooler on hot days and provides a more secure feeling, especially against synthetic riding-gear materials. Half-waffle-style hand grips similar to those found on Honda's off-road motorcycles offer improved comfort while maintaining a secure hold in wet or muddy conditions.
  • Purpose built
    All-steel full-sized front bumper wraps around the headlights, improving protection and adding to the Rubicon's aggressive appearance. The bumper also features an integrated mount for an accessory winch.
  • Cargo ready
    Front and rear steel-tube carriers feature large steel plates and additional tie-down points for improved load security. Load capacity for the large front and rear carriers is 45 kg (99 lbs.) and 85 kg (187 lbs.) respectively.
  • Powerful towing
    Heavy-duty trailer hitch with 600 kg (1,322 lbs.) towing capacity.
  • Multi-functional
    A host of optional accessories allow you to tailor your Rubicon to your needs.
Colours
Red Rubicon 500 DCT IRS EPS
Red
2018 Rubicon 500 DCT IRS EPS
MSRP starting from $10,799
Olive Rubicon 500 DCT IRS EPS
Olive
2018 Rubicon 500 DCT IRS EPS
MSRP starting from $10,799
Camo Rubicon 500 DCT IRS EPS
Camo
2018 Rubicon 500 DCT IRS EPS
MSRP starting from $11,299
Colours
Red Rubicon 500 DCT IRS EPS
Red
2018 Rubicon 500 DCT IRS EPS
MSRP starting from $10,799
Specifications
Engine & Drivetrain
Engine Type
Liquid-cooled longitudinally mounted single-cylinder 4-stroke
Displacement
475 cc
Bore & Stroke
92 mm x 71.5 mm
Compression Ratio
9.5:1
Valve Train
OHV, 2 valves
Fuel Delivery
PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Transmission
Fully automatic, five-speed, Dual-Clutch Transmission with Selectable Electric Shift (ESP) plus Dual-range sub-transmission and reverse
Power Steering
Standard
Final Drive
2WD/4WD; direct front and rear driveshafts with switchable 2WD/4WD and torque-sensing/locking front differential
Front Suspension
Independent double-wishbone with adjustable hydraulic shocks; 185 mm (7.3 in.) travel
Rear Suspension
Independent dual arm with adjustable hydraulic shocks; 215 mm (8.5 in.) travel
Tires
Front: 25 x 8-12 | Rear: 25 x 10-12
Brakes
Front: dual 190 mm hydraulic discs
Rear: 170 mm hydraulic disc
Length
2,147 mm (84.5 in.)
Width
1,205 mm (47.4 in.)
Ground Clearance
239 mm (9.4 in.)
Seat Height
909 mm (35.8 in.)
Wheelbase
1,292 mm (50.9 in.)
Curb Weight
327 kg (721 lbs.) including required fluids and full tank of gas—ready to ride
Fuel Capacity
14.7 L, including 4.9 L reserve
Colour
Red, Olive, Close Range Camo
Warranty
12 months, unlimited mileage, freely transferable warranty; extended coverage available with Honda Plus
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Warranty
Honda Plus Warranty

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Unlimited mileage and freely transferable. Extended coverage available with Honda plus.

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