2016 Honda TRX500 Rubicon Deluxe


TRX500 Rubicon Deluxe



A perennial best-seller in the competitive 500 cc category, Honda knows a thing or two about what customers want in a mid-sized ATV. Complementing their extensive lineup of models with enclosed axle swingarm rear suspension, Honda has a full line of Independent Rear Suspension (IRS) models. While both groups effectively straddle the line between recreation and utility, the IRS models lean slightly more toward the trail-use end of the spectrum and come equipped with a number of comfort and convenience items aimed squarely at the recreational buyer. In addition to the IRS system with its plush, well-controlled 215 mm of travel, the series also features thicker, broader seats, a roomier riding position, a clever new reverse selection mechanism, innovative high comfort handgrips and aggressive tires. Increased rack and towing capacities, a locking front differential and increased alternator output will be appreciated by recreational and utility riders alike, and the Rubicons bodywork is sure to turn heads on the trail and on the job site. Two different versions of the manual transmission Independent Rear Suspension models are available so riders can select the one best-suited to their budget or taste.

The TRX500 Rubicon IRS variant features manual steering and a foot-shifted auto-clutch manual transmission for riders who prefer a more basic machine or for cost conscious fleet buyers. The TRX500 Rubicon Deluxe adds the luxury of electric power steering (EPS) and a unique styling package. The deluxe package includes lightweight aluminum wheels, red-painted shock springs, red-painted suspension arms and a unique black colour scheme to complement the aggressive bodywork. Strong utility capability in a machine that is all-day comfortable out on the trails, the TRX500 Rubicon IRS series has you covered.

TRX500 Rubicon IRS Series - Comfort and Utility

EPS - Electric Power Steering - Reduces steering effort and also reduces handlebar kickback when wheels are deflected by obstacles, improving comfort and control.

IRS - Independent Rear Suspension- Rear wheels are able to travel up and down through their range of motion independently from each other, allowing them to more accurately follow terrain, improving traction, comfort and control.

  • Powerful liquid-cooled, 475 cc single-cylinder OHV four-stroke 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.
  • Convenient electric starting, with an automatic internal-decompression system.
  • Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) system improves power delivery and throttle response, and increases fuel efficiency extending range.
  • Rugged transmission features manual (foot) shift with automatic clutch.
  • One-handed reverse shift mechanism allows the rider to select reverse without ever taking his hand from the handlebars.
  • Super-heavy-duty automatic clutch with low-rpm engagement for excellent drivability and towing capacity.
  • 2WD/4WD system now 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.
  • Air cleaner sub chamber 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.
  • High output 470 watt alternator has extra capacity to help power electrical accessories and to keep personal electronics charged.
  • Durable double-cradle steel frame developed with Computer Aided Engineering features increased stiffness and reduced weight for precise handling and a smoother ride.
  • Double wishbone independent front suspension offers 185mm of well controlled travel providing a sense of security and control over difficult terrain.
  • Independent rear suspension (IRS) design with lower 'A' arm and upper 'I' arm features optimized stiffness for improved handling performance. Comfort is also enhanced with 215mm 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.
  • Aggressively styled Maxxis tires offer improved comfort and traction.
  • Plastic CV joint boots on the front driveshafts are durable and tear-resistant.
  • Sealed steering knuckle bearings for extended durability.
  • Inboard rear disc brake is mounted on the rear driveshaft reducing unsprung weight and keeping the disc out of harms way in rugged conditions.
  • Dual front hydraulic disc brakes provide strong stopping power. The brake calipers feature a built-in scraper system to remove mud and snow from inside the front wheel to help prevent build-up of debris between caliper and rim to ensure consistent braking performance.
Additional Features
  • Deluxe package includes aluminum wheels, red painted shock spring and suspension control arms and unique black bodywork. (*Deluxe Model only)
  • Together the lightweight aluminum wheels are 3.8kg lighter than the steel wheels they replace. (*Deluxe Model only)
  • Bold new bodywork offers excellent mud protection while giving an rugged functional appearance.
  • 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.
  • Clever one-piece tank/side cover design requires no tools for removal providing quick access for maintenance.
  • The fuel pump derived from Honda automobile technology is mounted in the fuel tank for better heat isolation and increased filter life.
  • Full function meter assembly gives the dash a modern look while providing information needed at a glance. The meter 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 is time for service.
  • Substantially larger and thicker than the seats found on more utility focused models the IRS 500's seats provide all day comfort.
  • 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: Five-speed with automatic clutch, reverse and ultra-low first gear
  • 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 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: 311 kg (686 lb.) including required fluids and full tank of gas - ready to ride
  • Fuel Capacity: 14.7 L, including 4.9-L reserve
  • Colour: Black
  • Warranty: 12 months, unlimited mileage, freely transferable warranty; extended coverage available with Honda Plus



Engine Type
Longitudinally mounted single-cylinder 4-stroke
475 cc
Bore x Stroke
92 mm x 71.5 mm
Engine Cooling
Fuel System
PGM-FI electronic fuel injection


Front Suspension
Independent double-wishbone with adjustable hydraulic shocks
Front Travel
185 mm (7.3 in.)
Front Brake Type
Dual 190 mm hydraulic discs
Front Tires
25 x 8 - 12
Rear Suspension
Independent dual arm with hydraulic shocks
Rear Travel
215 mm (8.5 in.)
Rear Brake Type
170 mm hydraulic disc
Rear Tires
25 x 10 - 12


Dry Weight
Curb Weight: 311 kg (686 lb.)
Fuel Capacity
14.7 L, including 4.9-L reserve
Ground Clearance
239 mm (9.4 in.)
Machine Dimensions (LxWxH)
2,147 mm (84.5 in.) x 1,205 mm (47.4 in.) x 909 mm (35.8 in.)
1,292 mm (50.9 in.)

Drive Train

Final Drive
2WD/4WD; direct front and rear driveshafts with switchable 2WD/4WD and torque-sensing/locking front differential
Five-speed with automatic clutch, reverse and ultra-low first gear


12 months, unlimited mileage, freely transferable warranty; extended coverage available with Honda Plus

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