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First Look: Honda Pioneer and Pioneer-4

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First Look: Honda Pioneer and Pioneer-4

One of the only things more fun than piloting a SxS is having the capability to bring along three other people to enjoy the experience. With the recent announcement of Honda’s new 2014 Pioneer line of SxS’s, this feat is now completely possible. Available in either a two seat or four seat version, the Pioneer is a substantial improvement over Honda’s previous Big Red SxS. Both machines are built on the same chassis with the same dimensions, but the Pioneer-4 raises the bar with Honda’s innovative stowable rear seats. Since it’s priced at only $1,700 more than the two-seat Pioneer, there is little doubt this model will gain the attention of new buyers.

The Engine

Powering the Pioneer is Honda’s venerable 680cc liquid-cooled, fuel-injected power plant that’s been utilized heavily in the Rincon and Big Red. With its automotive-style, three speed transmission and torque converter, the Pioneer shifts like a car. With no belts to get wet, it will work perfectly in environments where riders have to traverse streams or standing water.

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