BIG RED ROUGH AND
ONDA’S all-new Multi Utility Vehicle the Big Red has hit the tough Aussie market and is already proving its mettle by taking on the country’s diverse conditions in its stride.
What sets the Big Red apart from other similar vehicles is Honda’s legendary build quality, safety features and ease of use.
All of this makes this MUV enjoyable whether you’re running a property, a worksite or heading to your favorite fishing or hunting spot.
The Big Red is simple to drive and delivers you confidence in its ability in some pretty tough off-road conditions.
When I had the opportunity to test it, I found the powerful four-stroke, fourvalve 675cc, single-cylinder engine provided a broad power band with plenty of grunt.
Power is fed directly through a shaft drive design, so there are no slipping belts to upset constant drive to the wheels.
Honda’s programmed fuel-injection system took care of fuel delivery and gave a nice crisp throttle
Hresponse and excellent fuel economy.
Under the bonnet there is a water-tight battery box and a high-mounted, well set back radiator to reduce the likelihood of mud, grass seeds or insects clogging the radiator fins.
On the day of the test, the conditions were wet and greasy with an abundance of deep, mud-filled potholes on the track.
The convenient, dash- mounted drive selector was easy to use and select the appropriate gear for the conditions.
There are three different, fully automatic drive modes — 2WD with open rear differential for sensitive terrain and lawns, 4WD with rear differential lock for rough conditions and 4WD with all-wheel differential lock, when you need that something extra.
The hydraulic brakes were excellent even when totally immersed in thick sloppy mud.
Honda has incorporated a balanced automotive-style design that ensures front and rear braking even in the event that one brake line fails for some unexpected reason.
The cab on Big Red is really roomy, with two of us in the cab it was not in the least bit cramped.
It also has comfortable rubber-mounted seats with adjustable backs designed to fit a wide range of body types and on the rough roads offered very decent cushioning.
There is a full, four pillar roll cage with plastic half-doors and quick-release netting on the either side covering the whole of the door opening thereby providing excellent protection.
You can also fit a full perspex windscreen. Keeping you inside the cage are three-point automotive style seatbelts.
As a work vehicle, The Big Reds tilting tray boasts a 227kg load capacity and features a steel frame for strength.
It also has a heavy-duty receiver-style hitch with 544 kg towing capacity.
Despite its size, it has a comfortable ground clearance that helped clear the upturned rocks, logs and fallen trees on the trail and where it didn’t quite have the necessary clearance the tough steel chassis easily slid over the obstructions.
We also had no problem entering or leaving some of the narrow creeks, the Big Red simply did not stop, even in reasonably deep water.
In the turns, hard on the gas, the backend is almost impossible to break loose; despite trying.
It corners flat and has almost zero body roll even when going hard.
This is a utility vehicle that can be pressed into hard work through the week and absolute fun for the weekend.
For more details, see Precision Motorcycles at 2 Berrimah Rd, Berrimah (Truck City complex) or phone 8984 4876.
Review: JIM GREEN of Precision MotorcyclesPhotos: AMY BRABIN