The Honda 2019 Talon 1000 Is Here

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INTRODUCING THE ALL-NEW TALON 1000R AND TALON 1000X

After months of rumor, speculation and photo leaks, Honda has made it official. Meet the 2019 Honda Talon 1000 sport performance Side-by-Side:

They’re the sport side-by-sides you’ve been waiting for. The best-built, best-engineered vehicles in their class. Machines that take rider comfort, balanced performance and build quality to the next level. Full of technical innovation and infused with Honda DNA. The new Honda Talon 1000R and Talon 1000X, two of the most anticipated vehicles in the off-road world.


The new Talon 1000X is an excellent choice for anyone who wants to do it all. Both the Talon 1000X and the Talon 1000R share the same powerful, high-output engine, Automatic DCT Transmission, and I-4WD technology package, but the Talon 1000X is 64 inches wide and has an 87.6-inch wheelbase. It also uses a three-link rear suspension, which makes it a natural for owners who prioritize maneuverability and quick handling.

The Talons are powered by a 999cc liquid-cooled inline twin that delivers the kind of powerful torque and quick-revving horsepower you’d expect from a flagship sport model, but is equally responsive in lower revs and in the critical midrange too. Set longitudinally in the chassis and managed by Honda’s sophisticated PGM-FI engine-mapping system, it delivers maximum refinement.

The Talon’s 999cc liquid-cooled inline twin uses the same proven Unicam cylinder head design found in their championship-winning motorcycles. That helps make the engine more compact, which lets us position it for optimal weight distribution and ground clearance.

Getting that power to the ground will be a six-speed automatic Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT) with high/low subtransmission. Two drive modes with 2WD and I-4WD. Three shift modes (standard, sport, manual w/ paddle shifters).

The Talon’s refined, high-performance chassis forms the basis for its superior handling and stability. From there we add long-travel independent front and rear suspension and generous ground clearance. Plus, the Talon 1000R gets premium, FOX Podium 2.5 shocks with QS-3 quick adjusters on all four corners.

Oversized 87mm CV joints, beefy 39.7mm propshafts and strong U-joints are all built to survive the loads that low-speed rockcrawling can generate—and which cause driveline failures in so many other side-by-sides.

The new Honda Talon 1000R showcases the second generation of our exclusive I-4WD system, specifically tuned to respond quicker and capable of delivering even more drive force. Think “I” for “Intelligent,” because that’s exactly what it is. An industry-first brake-traction control system for side-by-sides, it simplifies operation, increases drivability and optimizes traction. Using proven, advanced technology from Honda’s automotive division, you get the benefits associated with a locked front differential with none of the downsides. That means it maintains front-wheel traction even if one wheel wants to spin on ice or mud or if it’s in a hole. But at the same time, you get the lighter steering, better tracking at high speeds, tighter turning radius, and reduced kickback associated with unlocked front differentials. Special software tunes the I-4WD system for sport use.

Check the official video here.

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