It looks like Honda has come out swinging with the announcement of two versions of their long awaited Talon 1000R SXS. Pricing will be available in January with an early Spring on sale date. Honda tells us they will be competitively priced with other normally aspirated SXS’s in the market so expect them to be around $20,000.
They will both be powered by a 999cc, single cam, dual cylinder engine with four valves per cylinder and fuel injection. Horsepower is listed at 104. The engine transmission is similar to what’s found on the Pioneer 1000 or Hondas Africa Twin Adventure motorcycle with dual clutches and a six speed gearbox with a hi-low sub transmission. The dual range transmission basically gives it 12 speeds which will be perfect for rock crawling, tight woods or open desert trails. Drivers will be able to shift using paddle shifters or let the machine do it automatically. The machines have different rear suspension systems and a wheelbase that is either slighter shorter or slightly longer than a 90” RZR XP.
This is the 64 inch wide version meant to take on the rocks or tighter wooded trails. It has a three link rear suspension with 15”inches of travel. Dual A-arms up front and 14.6” of travel is found here. Fox Podium, three position shocks are used on all four corners. This machine is 123.9” long, 64” wide and 75.3” tall with an 87.” wheelbase. The X will be available in Pearl Red/Metallic Grey, and Metallic Grey/Metallic Blue. Lastly, the X has a curb weight of 1490 pounds.
Hondas version of long travel brings the Talon to 68.4” wide and gives it 17.7” inches of front suspension and 20” of travel in the rear which is comparable with a RZR XP. The rear suspension is a stronger 4-link design and all four shocks are Fox 2.5″ Podiums with the QS3 compression and crossover adjusters. The R will be available in Pearl Red, and Pearl Green. Finally, the R has a curb weight of 1545 pounds.
Both machines will use the same 28X9-15 front and 28X11-15 tires. Unfortunately the wheels have a very different offset front and rear so wheel companies will have to build accordingly. The gas tank is rather small at 7.3 gallons. On the good side, in our testing of the Pioneer 1000, it gets much better gas milage than most machines like it. Full window nets look to be standard equipment. The rear cargo bed capacity is rated at 299 pounds. There is no turbo or four seat option available as of now but Honda tells us this is the first of many Sport SXS announcements.
For the average trail rider anywhere in the country, they will find the Honda Talon a great choice. The sand guys or racers may shy away until a turbo option is available. We can bet there is still a ton of current dirt bike owners will use this machine to finally jump in and enjoy the sport of UTV riding. With the reliability we have seen from Honda over the years and the fun we had on the initial test drive, we can’t wait to put some more miles on both Talon models in different parts of the country soon. The giant has awoken and we expect even bigger things to come out of Honda in the Sport SXS market. This may only just be the beginning.
SPECS: 2019 Honda Talon 1000R…1000X
Engine type…Liquid-cooled, Uni Cam, Parallel Twin, 4-stroke…Liquid-cooled, Uni Cam, Parallel Twin, 4-stroke
Bore x stroke…92mmX75.15mm…92mmX75.15mm
Lubrication system…Wet sump…Wet sump
Additional cooling…Auto fan…Auto fan
Induction… 46mm EFI (x2)… 46mm EFI (x2)
Starting procedure…Turn ignition switch w/brake on…Turn ignition switch w/brake on
Type…Paper pleat..Paper pleat
Access…Behind panel in bed…Behind panel in bed
Transmission…Dual-range w/reverse…Dual-range w/reverse
Reverse procedure…Move range selector to “R”…Move range selector to “R”
Drive system…Selectable 2WD/4WD w/auto diff lock …Selectable 2WD/4WD w/auto diff lock
Fuel capacity…7.3 gals…7.3 gals
Claimed wet weight…1545 lbs…1490lbs
Bed weight limit… 299lbs…299lbs
Frame…Steel round tube
Front…Dual A-arm w/prel./comp.-adj. shocks/17.7”…Dual A-arm w/prel./comp.-adj. shocks/14.6”
Rear…IRS 4-link Trailing-arms w/prel./comp.-adj. shocks/20.1”…IRS 3-link Trailing-arms w/prel./comp.-adj. shocks/15.1”
Front…Hydraulic discs/left-side pedal…Hydraulic discs/left-side pedal
Rear… Hydraulic discs/left-side pedal… Hydraulic discs/left-side pedal
Parking…Lever on console..Lever on console…Lever on console..Lever on console
Front…2 LED hi/lo headlights w/accents…2 LED hi/lo headlights w/accents
Rear…Dual LED brake/tail lights…Dual LED brake/tail lights
Instrumentation…Digital or analog Speed/odo/trip/hour/rpm/fuel/gear/clock/2WD-4WD…Digital or analog Speed/odo/trip/hour/rpm/fuel/gear/clock/2WD-4WD
Colors…Pearl Red/Pearl Green…Pearl Red/Metaliic Grey, Metallic Grey/Metallic Blue
Minimum recommended operator age…16…16
Suggested retail price…$TBA…$TBA