Honda is set to offer Australians even more choice in the Side by Side (SXS) segment with the introduction of the new Pioneer 500 in October this year.
To join the existing Honda SXS range, which includes the Pioneer 700-2 and Pioneer 700-4, the new Pioneer 500 is a smaller, narrower design developed for access to all those farm tracks and trails off-limits to larger machines.
Honda’s new Pioneer 500 has taken the best features of its full-sized SXS models and put them in a smaller package.
But the Pioneer 500 will still have ample space for a passenger and offer a rear carrier able to take up to 204kg of work or leisure gear.
At the heart of the Pioneer 500 is Honda’s longitudinally mounted 475cc four-stroke engine, which features electronic fuel injection and engine management system.
With a five-speed gearbox with reverse and a LOW first gear using an electric shift system featuring paddle shifters mounted on the steering column and independent rear suspension, selectable 2WD or TraxLok 4WD, there will be few places the Pioneer 500 won’t be able to go.
With a heavy duty 450kg towing capacity, the Honda Pioneer 500 will be at home doing the hard yards on the farm.
If the weather turns bad, an optional hard top roof, together with a full windshield, will protect passengers from the elements. There is also a large range of Honda accessories to further personalise the Pioneer 500
The Honda Pioneer 500 will be available in Red from October 2014 with a Manufacturer’s List Price of $14,499*.
Source: Honda Motorcycles