Honda is finally making their debut in the sport UTV market with not one, but two models of the all-new Talon, a machine redefining the standard of the industry.

Two Talons Together

Separate in style but equal in quality, the Talon 1000X and 1000R are equipped with the same power-plant and frame, but offer different wheelbases and suspension to accommodate for different riding styles. The 1000X model will be 64 inches wide and 87.6 inches long, while the 1000R will be 68.4 inches and 92.7 inches, their size differences optimizing them for their riders’ preferred terrain.

Factory View of the Talon

An especially exciting feature of the upcoming models is the Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT), a mechanical wonder that allows for two automatic modes (drive and sport) in addition to a manual mode. The models also contain the first ever brake-traction control system, a design that increases drivability and traction. This means that front-wheel traction can be maintained even if one of the wheels were to spin or get stuck. These innovations, when paired with the independent double wishbone front suspension, and 999cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine, make the Talon the newest player in the sport side-by-side market.

The Blue Talon X

Pricing won’t be released until January and the machine won’t be sold until Spring 2019, but the Talon’s specs have already piqued our interest. More details can be found in the press release below or on Honda’s website.

The Talon Family in Action


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Honda Press Release

During a special event held in conjunction with Honda’s Automobile Division, and coinciding with the L.A. Auto Show, American Honda today confirmed its entry in the sport side-by-side segment, unveiling the all-new Talon 1000X and Talon 1000R models.

For decades, Honda has set the standard for high-performance dirt bikes with its CR and CRF lineups, and more recently the Pioneer family has introduced unmatched capability to the multipurpose side-by-side category. Now, Honda’s highly anticipated Talon models marry the two worlds, bringing a new level of off-road excitement, precision, performance and quality to sport side-by-side driving. Drawing on countless hours of collaborative development in both two- and four-wheel design and racing, as well as automotive and motorcycle manufacturing knowhow and safety expertise, the Talons push the envelope of what is possible in a production sport side-by-side.

Aware that a single offering would be a compromise for some conditions and driving styles, Honda developed two versions of the Talon, each of which works across a broad array of conditions but specializes in a different area of the off-road spectrum. The two vehicles share a common frame and engine but have wheelbases and suspension configurations that are designed to shine in different applications. Both models function at a high level in a wide variety of terrain types, bringing a new level of control, style and refinement to a sport side-by-side market that is hungry for innovation, reliability and an improved driving experience.

“For some time now, our customers have told us they’re ready to purchase a high-performance sport side-by-side from Honda, and I’m particularly pleased that we’re now able to offer them not one, but two all-new models,” said Chuck Boderman, Vice President, Motorcycle Division at American Honda. “We know that many sport side-by-side enthusiasts own Honda powersports products of other types or have a strong emotional connection with our brand. Now, the Talon 1000X and Talon 1000R—both U.S.-developed and -produced sport side-by-sides that are uniquely capable and incredibly reliable—connect these worlds.”

Pricing information will be announced in January.

At 64.0 inches wide, the Talon 1000X is maneuverable and precise. Its 2.0-inch body Fox Podium Quick Switch 3 shocks (QS3) have 5/8-inch shafts and combine with the double-wishbone front-suspension design and 3 Link rear system to offer suspension travel of 14.6 and 15.1 inches, front and rear. The one-piece frame retains consistent geometry even when pushed under the hardest loads, for a controlled, confidence-inspiring ride. A performance-tuned 999cc four-valve Unicam® parallel-twin engine works with Honda’s high-tech, geared Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT), which offers two automatic modes (Drive and Sport), plus Manual with steering-column-mounted paddle shifters. Honda’s I-4WD, the powersports industry’s first and only brake traction control system, manages the amount of slip between the front wheels in four-wheel drive, and electronic brakeforce distribution strategically optimizes brakeforce to the most effective wheels during braking in two-wheel drive. Hill-start assist temporarily holds the vehicle in place when stopped on an ascent, simplifying the process of resuming motion. As a package, the Talon 1000X is incredibly agile and sure-footed, yet it performs admirably in a broad range of applications.

  • Colors: Pearl Red/Metallic Gray; Metallic Gray/Metallic Blue
  • Availability: Spring 2019
  • For More Info: Visit Honda’s Press Site
  • Riding

    TALON 1000R
    Designed to excel when bump absorption and high-speed tracking are the priority, the Talon 1000R shares 85% of its parts with the Talon 1000X, including the entire 999cc parallel-twin engine and one-piece frame, yet it diverges when it comes to vehicle width (68.4 inches—4.4 inches wider than its sibling), wheelbase (5 inches longer than the X) and suspension arrangement. The Talon 1000R has a double-wishbone front-suspension layout and a 4+ Link rear configuration, while the shocks are 2.5-inch body Fox Podium QS3 units that have 17.1 and 20.1 inches of front and rear suspension travel, respectively, or 2.1 and 5 inches more than the 1000X. The combination results in remarkable performance in diverse situations, but is particularly impressive in high-speed, rough conditions.

  • Colors: Pearl Red, Pearl Green
  • Availability: Spring 2019
  • For More Info: Visit Honda’s Press Site
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