2016 Honda FourTrax Foreman 4x4 ES

Ready For The Biggest Jobs. And The Biggest Adventures.

The ATV that gets the job done.

You probably have a go-to person in your life—someone that you can count on in a pinch, the one you can count on when you need something done, done right, done now, and done without excuses. On the jobsite or the shop floor, it’s probably the shop foreman. And in the world of all-terrain vehicles that’s the Honda Foreman.

The Honda FourTrax® Foreman® has long been the workhorse of the ATV world, the machine smart riders look to when big jobs or big adventures call. Strong, rugged, famously reliable and able to do it all, the Foreman is the boss of both ranch and trail.

Its proven fuel injected 500-class engine offers excellent power and fuel efficiency. The strong chassis offers a long suspension stroke for better handling and a smoother ride, perfect for rough terrain. Find yourself in a less than ideal situation? The front differential lock will help maximize front-end power. And finally, all of these features are wrapped up in some tough, aggressively styled bodywork and some new color choices for 2016 that further set Foreman apart from the competition.

Recommended for riders 16 years of age and older. Honda recommends that all ATV riders take a training course and read their owner's manual thoroughly.

Standard Features

  • TRAXLOK: Our rock-solid system lets you choose either 2WD or 4WD, giving you the freedom to choose between lighter steering (in 2WD) and maximizing available traction (in 4WD) when you need it most.
  • INDEPENDENT ASSIST LIGHT: The 45-watt assist light now runs independently of the headlights so you can turn it on when you need it, and turn it off when you don’t.
  • DIGITAL METER: In addition to the basics, the Foreman’s instrument panel offers extra information: a clock, water temperature gauge, our “maintenance minder” system and indicator for our electronic differential lock.
  • ELECTRIC SHIFT PROGRAM (ESP): Upshifting and downshifting has never been this easy: With Honda's ESP system, you get the ease of an automatic with the strength of a conventional transmission. To shift up or down all you have to do is push one of two handlebar-mounted buttons. Since there's no foot-shift lever, ESP is also a bonus when riding in heavy or mud/snow-covered boots.
  • EASY-TO-USE REVERSE LEVER: Need to back up to load your ATV or get out of a tight spot on the trail? The Foreman sports a special reverse lever mechanism that’s designed to be simple to use. Its intuitive design makes it quick and easy to operate.
  • POWERFUL ACG OUTPUT: An alternator offering extra output means the Foreman is capable of handling more of your accessory power needs.
  • STYLING: The Foreman’s body styling is not only aggressive, it’s functional. It features a tank and side covers that come off in one piece and without using any tools. That means quick and easy access to the engine.
  • COMFORTABLE SEAT: A plush seat and open rider triangle (Bars/Seat/Pegs) teams up with the suspension to really treat you right. Superior ergonomics have always been a Honda priority, and the Foreman is no exception. With thicker, softer foam, it’s more comfortable than ever.
  • SUPERIOR CARRIER CAPACITY: With strong, steel carriers front and rear, and with both offering increased capacity than earlier models, the Foreman is ready to carry what you need.
  • SWINGARM SUSPENSION: The Foreman’s 4x4 rear swingarm with it’s solid axle provides superior capability for towing and hauling. Its long suspension stroke and plush seat let you tackle your favorite trail or the toughest chores in comfort all day long.
  • SEMI-DRY-SUMP ENGINE DESIGN: Compact and lighter-weight, the Foreman's overhead-valve, semi-dry-sump design creates an engine that's not only shorter from top to bottom, but one that enhances handling by lowering the center of gravity and increasing ground clearance.
  • FUEL INJECTION: By incorporating an oxygen sensor into the system, the Foreman delivers both better fuel efficiency and lower emissions. The ECU instantly adjusts the fuel injection mapping to match riding conditions for maximum fuel efficiency. The result: more time on the trail and more money in your pocket.
  • ELECTRONIC DIFFERENTIAL LOCK: When you’re in 4WD mode, and you need to get the power to both front wheels, you can just flip the switch on our electronic differential lock to maximize available traction. The vehicle display will tell you when the diff lock is fully engaged.
  • 35W HEADLIGHTS: Your exploring or work doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. Powerful twin headlights offer better illumination down the trail.
  • STYLING: The Foreman line's bodywork gives it a tough look. But it does more than just look good: it's designed to last, despite the scrapes and dings of the job or the woods, and to help protect you from mud and other debris.
  • LIQUID COOLING: Our time-tested Honda engine is liquid-cooled to provide more consistent operating temperatures and more power than a comparable air-cooled motor. This adds up to better performance and longer engine life.
  • EMISSIONS: Meets current California Air Resources Board (CARB) and EPA off-road emissions standards.
  • WARRANTY: One Year transferable limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.

General Information

Manufacturer Honda
Model Year 2016
Model FourTrax Foreman 4x4 ES
Model Code TRX500FE1G
Color Olive



Front - Dual hydraulic 190mm disc

Rear - Sealed 160mm mechanical drum


Front - 25 x 8-12

Rear - 25 x 10-12


Length 82.8 inches
Height 48.0 inches
Width 47.4 inches
Weight 630 pounds (includes all standard equipment, required fluids and a full tank of fuel—ready to ride)
Ground Clearance 7.5 inches
Wheelbase 49.9 inches
Turning Radius 10.5 feet
Seat Height 34.2 inches


Transmission Five-speed with Reverse
Drive System 4x4


Engine 475cc liquid-cooled OHV longitudinally mounted single-cylinder four-stroke
Displacement 475 cc
Bore x Stroke 92mm x 71.5mm
Compression Ratio 9.5:1
Fuel Capacity 3.9 gallons, including 1.3-gallon reserve
Ignition Full-transistorized type with electronic advance
Starting Electric with optional auxiliary recoil
Clutch Automatic
Fuel System Keihin® 36mm throttle body



Front - Independent double-wishbone; 7.28 inches travel

Rear - Swingarm with single shock; 7.28 inches travel


Additional Colors Red, Orange, Honda Phantom Camo®