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Yesterday the little lady and I cruised out to Pala for a stroll thru the casino and a little time @ the 21 table. Nice sized Indian casino just up the road - a short but winding hop heading east on the 76 off the I-15 here in northern San Diego county. Great day for a ride on a hi 70's/low 80's day - windows down, music up, enjoying the blacktop twisties thru the valley.

Found myself unexpectedly clipping along, negotiating a series of switchbacks at much higher than posted speed. By the time I realized my overspeed condition, it was too late to hit the brakes as the turn to the right was pretty tight, followed immediately with another tight turn in the opposite direction. What to do?

With no special rubber, suspension or anything else to "improve" factory configuration, I chose a combo of engine deceleration and lite feathering of the gas to maintain pace and keep it fun. I'm no race car driver but I do know a little about how average full sized 2WD PU's handle. The RL ain't no average PU. She stayed flat in the turns, remained composed, and instilled a sense of security (I'm intentionally avoiding the noun "confidence" here) in the driver.

On the other hand, the presence of lateral G force and absence of wheel in hand caused the little lady to white knuckle the chicken bar and seek support in the center console arm rest. As we exited the twisties, I was grinning - it took a few seconds but she eventually joined me in that reaction - and managed to exclaim: "that was fun!"

Makes me wonder if car reviewers and everyday Joe detractors of the 1st and 2nd Gen RL have any appreciation of this aspect of the RL.

For my needs, this PU is the perfect blend of utility, comfort, sport and reliability. Whether it's visually appealing is subjective. But MAN! That doesn't stop people from emoting about the RL's "ovaries". Comments here and under the recent MT article seem to focus exclusively on cosmetics - and some are downright visceral. One even demanding that others "admit" the Gen2 is a "wuss" truck.

Others are free to worry about how they look when someone sees them behind the wheel of any given vehicle. But if driving is important, the RL seems to be pretty much a member of a single class - and I'm confident Gen2 will be an evolution of the positive attributes of Gen1.

I look forward to driving one.
 

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Yesterday the little lady and I cruised out to Pala for a stroll thru the casino and a little time @ the 21 table. Nice sized Indian casino just up the road - a short but winding hop heading east on the 76 off the I-15 here in northern San Diego county. Great day for a ride on a hi 70's/low 80's day - windows down, music up, enjoying the blacktop twisties thru the valley.

Found myself unexpectedly clipping along, negotiating a series of switchbacks at much higher than posted speed. By the time I realized my overspeed condition, it was too late to hit the brakes as the turn to the right was pretty tight, followed immediately with another tight turn in the opposite direction. What to do?

With no special rubber, suspension or anything else to "improve" factory configuration, I chose a combo of engine deceleration and lite feathering of the gas to maintain pace and keep it fun. I'm no race car driver but I do know a little about how average full sized 2WD PU's handle. The RL ain't no average PU. She stayed flat in the turns, remained composed, and instilled a sense of security (I'm intentionally avoiding the noun "confidence" here) in the driver.

On the other hand, the presence of lateral G force and absence of wheel in hand caused the little lady to white knuckle the chicken bar and seek support in the center console arm rest. As we exited the twisties, I was grinning - it took a few seconds but she eventually joined me in that reaction - and managed to exclaim: "that was fun!"

Makes me wonder if car reviewers and everyday Joe detractors of the 1st and 2nd Gen RL have any appreciation of this aspect of the RL.

For my needs, this PU is the perfect blend of utility, comfort, sport and reliability. Whether it's visually appealing is subjective. But MAN! That doesn't stop people from emoting about the RL's "ovaries". Comments here and under the recent MT article seem to focus exclusively on cosmetics - and some are downright visceral. One even demanding that others "admit" the Gen2 is a "wuss" truck.

Others are free to worry about how they look when someone sees them behind the wheel of any given vehicle. But if driving is important, the RL seems to be pretty much a member of a single class - and I'm confident Gen2 will be an evolution of the positive attributes of Gen1.

I look forward to driving one.
It IS interesting that this (superior handling) aspect of the Ridgeline has never really been touted too much by Honda. You'd think a side by side slalom course times comparison might be boast-worthy. But I guess that's not something that typically gets compared on trucks... so hasn't really come to mind. Could be a distinctive differentiation however. (Speculative on my part.... I'm not thinking Taco, Frontier, or any full size could stay with the RL in this contest)
 

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It IS interesting that this (superior handling) aspect of the Ridgeline has never really been touted too much by Honda. You'd think a side by side slalom course times comparison might be boast-worthy. But I guess that's not something that typically gets compared on trucks... so hasn't really come to mind. Could be a distinctive differentiation however. (Speculative on my part.... I'm not thinking Taco, Frontier, or any full size could stay with the RL in this contest)
I am reading and some guy says well
it's not an F-250. I say crap he done added 100 to an F-150.
 

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One of the things I was happily surprised by when I test drive the Ridgeline was the handling. The F150's, Silverados and Rams I had tested all handled like trucks. The Ridgeline was more like a car.
I had to turn around in a parking lot the other day and what I thought was going to ba a 3 point turn turned out to be a demonstration in the awesome turning radius of the truck. The more I drive it the more I like it.
 

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Yesterday the little lady and I cruised out to Pala for a stroll thru the casino and a little time @ the 21 table. Nice sized Indian casino just up the road - a short but winding hop heading east on the 76 off the I-15 here in northern San Diego county. Great day for a ride on a hi 70's/low 80's day - windows down, music up, enjoying the blacktop twisties thru the valley.

Found myself unexpectedly clipping along, negotiating a series of switchbacks at much higher than posted speed. By the time I realized my overspeed condition, it was too late to hit the brakes as the turn to the right was pretty tight, followed immediately with another tight turn in the opposite direction. What to do?

With no special rubber, suspension or anything else to "improve" factory configuration, I chose a combo of engine deceleration and lite feathering of the gas to maintain pace and keep it fun. I'm no race car driver but I do know a little about how average full sized 2WD PU's handle. The RL ain't no average PU. She stayed flat in the turns, remained composed, and instilled a sense of security (I'm intentionally avoiding the noun "confidence" here) in the driver.

On the other hand, the presence of lateral G force and absence of wheel in hand caused the little lady to white knuckle the chicken bar and seek support in the center console arm rest. As we exited the twisties, I was grinning - it took a few seconds but she eventually joined me in that reaction - and managed to exclaim: "that was fun!"

Makes me wonder if car reviewers and everyday Joe detractors of the 1st and 2nd Gen RL have any appreciation of this aspect of the RL.

For my needs, this PU is the perfect blend of utility, comfort, sport and reliability. Whether it's visually appealing is subjective. But MAN! That doesn't stop people from emoting about the RL's "ovaries". Comments here and under the recent MT article seem to focus exclusively on cosmetics - and some are downright visceral. One even demanding that others "admit" the Gen2 is a "wuss" truck.

Others are free to worry about how they look when someone sees them behind the wheel of any given vehicle. But if driving is important, the RL seems to be pretty much a member of a single class - and I'm confident Gen2 will be an evolution of the positive attributes of Gen1.

I look forward to driving one.
Exactly, been all over the twists and turns of East TN and Western NC, best handling and stable vehicle I have owned. Paired with the OEM Michelins it is about as good as it gets. Hoping the GenII reacts the same.
 

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... turned out to be a demonstration in the awesome turning radius of the truck.
If comparing to an aircraft carrier or a Greyhound bus, yes the RL has an "awesome" turning radius. Let's face it, a tight turning circle the RL does not have. It still gets the job done, though.

As far as the handling of the RL, it's certainly one of my most favorite features. I usually drive very conservatively. I have no need to get anywhere all that fast anymore, but every now and then when I'm on a twisty road I like to see what the ol' girl has to offer. Even on the 10-year-old original suspension parts with over 150k miles on them, it still handles like a dream in the turns. Similar to O-6's experience, I've been in situations where tight turns have crept up on me out of nowhere. My brain was saying, "brace for impact" but the truck was saying "this is gonna be fun!" She stays planted and grips the pavement unlike any other factory truck on the road. Obviously, the truck has its limits, but they are quite a bit higher than any full-size truck.
 

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O-6 this is precisely why I bought an RL. I owned a 93 Dakota with a V6 that I had put 225000 miles on with out putting a dime into it other then maintenance so when the time came I test drove an 06 Dakota. Unlucky for the Dakota I had driven a Ridgeline first. Everything I drove after that seemed downright clumsy. I was and still am a weekend warrior so the towing and load capacity were just fine. Also why I prefer the Bridgestone Allanza Plus tire over the Michelin. I feel on my truck the handling is more precise
 

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This is probably THE reason I bought my RL. It rides and handles as a vehicle should. It does not ride and handle like all the other trucks out there. I won't go into what made my decision for me...but let's just say...try driving another truck, on a gravel road, that was washboards on a corner...and then drive a RL at the same speed around that same corner. Enough said.

Also, talking about the RL handling...wasn't there something about the RL's handling...when it first came out...something about the RL could out slalom an Accord?
 

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Now I know why my first day driving to work, taking Valley Center Dr, going thru the s-turn, at the same speed (about 40) I always had in my '97 Civic, I didn't total it within the first 50 miles of ownership. This is about the flattest s-turn I've ever been in and at the time the asphalt was totally in desperate need of replacement.

Thank You Gary Flint, and the Honda of old.
 

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The RL is simply lower, wider and has better suspension than any other truck. The body and frame rigidity certainly helps, too. The steering is a bit on the heavy side with decent feel. You know what the front tires are doing and how the truck is handling the road. Whereas most other trucks are a bit bouncy and have mountains of body roll, the RL stays planted. Can it out-corner an Accord? I don't really think so. My wife's 05 V6 sedan is truly awesome to throw around. Lots of fun for a family sedan. If I were to put both through the same course, I think the RL would give the Accord a run for its money, but it wouldn't be able to keep up. I do remember Joe talking about when the Gen1 truck was first coming out. He went to Honda's test facility where the RL was subjected to some punishment. One test was 1000lbs. being strapped in the bed and the truck taking an extremely sharp turn at an extremely high speed. It didn't tip over or lose traction. Nonetheless, most RL drivers will NEVER push the RL to its limits. It's just nice to know those limits are REALLY far away from normal driving.
 

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The RL is simply lower, wider and has better suspension than any other truck. The body and frame rigidity certainly helps, too. The steering is a bit on the heavy side with decent feel. You know what the front tires are doing and how the truck is handling the road. Whereas most other trucks are a bit bouncy and have mountains of body roll, the RL stays planted. Can it out-corner an Accord? I don't really think so. My wife's 05 V6 sedan is truly awesome to throw around. Lots of fun for a family sedan. If I were to put both through the same course, I think the RL would give the Accord a run for its money, but it wouldn't be able to keep up. I do remember Joe talking about when the Gen1 truck was first coming out. He went to Honda's test facility where the RL was subjected to some punishment. One test was 1000lbs. being strapped in the bed and the truck taking an extremely sharp turn at an extremely high speed. It didn't tip over or lose traction. Nonetheless, most RL drivers will NEVER push the RL to its limits. It's just nice to know those limits are REALLY far away from normal driving.
RL might fare better against Accord if you DID strap 1000 lb. onto each one ! HA !
 

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One test was 1000lbs. being strapped in the bed and the truck taking an extremely sharp turn at an extremely high speed..
Nope... not strapped in at all... They where Bags of lead that flopped around in the back, on my test run all where piled up on the passenger side with my 250+ weight on that side too!! & still doing 70mph through the S turn coarse. :surprise:

Read the Link ...
http://www.ridgelineownersclub.com/...my-impressions-roc-eoc-meet-long-even-me.html
 

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Nope... not strapped in at all... They where Bags of lead that flopped around in the back, on my test run all where piled up on the passenger side with my 250+ weight on that side too!! & still doing 70mph through the S turn coarse. :surprise:

Read the Link ...
http://www.ridgelineownersclub.com/...my-impressions-roc-eoc-meet-long-even-me.html
Yes!!! It had been years since I'd read that post. Being that the load wasn't even secured makes it even that much more impressive!
 
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