I test drove it today. I do not understand something. It kicks like a mule, with loud bang, every time it shifts gears, matter not in Auto or in Manual mode.
Sales guy told me "it's just new". That's what his techs told him. When inquired, he also told me they been selling those since 2014 and didn't even have one come back for repairs yet.
So what is that I am missing? Does it go away in few weeks or something? I'd like to have side by side, that's about right price range. I'd rather not go with quad.
They shift hard when new or when they are cold (first use of the day). Once they get broke in and the clutch gets adjusted they are better but you still notice it being a manual transmission. It's nothing to worry about and they do get better with use.
I believe you are pretty observant. Mine shifted pretty much as you described. I think the clutches need to break in because after about 50 miles mine shifted completely different. I enjoy shifting manual and speed control with the throttle is excellent.
There is a clutch adjustment and the service guy told me that the adjustment procedure is in the manual. I had that same adjustment in my previous Rancher with push button shifting. Believe me, you will love the P5, its a great machine, its a Honda. How many of those old 3 wheeler are still running around and parts are not an issue for those old machines. Chet
Gary, Tell that lady that she has a warranty. If it's not shifting right, get it into the dealer to correct.
This is the second Honda that I have had with electric shift. I beat the crap out of the Rancher and the guy that bought it still has it and has no issues. My 2018 Pioneer 500 is auto and paddle shift. I really like to use the paddles because I can control the speed and power level much better. I just love the control of the speed by the throttle. I use the brake very little.
Wife and I just rode a trail that is all rock and steep up and down. Going up in first gear 2-3 mph without shaking us apart.
Same down hill without using the brake for speed control. Such a great machine.
I hope to see her this winter so I can ask her how the 500 is shifting with some miles on it I'm very curious myself. I talked to the dealer were I bought my bruteforce he sells Honda also and said that's just the way they shift.
If you read the following threads, it needs to break-in. I have 200 off road miles on mine and the hard shift ended at 50 miles and I just adjusted my clutch before deer hunting and it is smooth. Keep in mind it is an electric shift and even that function has calmed a lot. It's a Honda and I can't say enough great things about this machine. I have no issues, at all, and love my Pioneer 500.
Buy it, put bigger 26" tires on it and your be happy