We’re very impressed with the Honda Talon 1000R. The engine and dual-clutch transmission (DCT) are especially impressive, with great acceleration, perfect automatic gear selection, smooth shifting and overall performance. Also, it’s as smooth as the best CVT-driven machines but without a belt to break or replace; however, there is a lot of room for improvement in the suspension and creature-comfort departments, and the HCR/Vent Racing Honda Talon covers them all. We have explored the Rugged Radios Talon 1000R build (October 2019) and Shock Therapy and other aftermarket shock mods (January 2020), So, here’s the report on the first 72-inch long-travel suspension for the Talon 1000R.

HCR/Vent Racing Honda Talon
HCR Racing has built the first 72-inch-wide long-travel suspension kit for the Talon 1000, and Vent Racing’s Trucker race cage enhances the Honda’s lines and cabin comfort. BFG’s KR2 32×9.5R15 A/T tires on WER Legend beadlock rims add strength, handling and flat protection.

The HCR Racing Dual-Sport LTS kit used on the HCR/Vent Racing Honda Talon includes four high-clearance A-arms with tie-rod extensions, rear upper A-arms and trailing arms, four radius-rod links with 120-inch wall thickness, four RCV axle bars, and two rear-brake lines plus hardware. For snag-free riding in ruts, the high-clearance trailing arms add 1.75 inches of ground clearance, and the boxed LTS arms have an internal honeycomb design with TIG welding. Because the arms are made of proprietary alloy, they have 30-percent more strength than chromoly, laser-cut construction, and CNC-machined chromoly mounting points for added strength. Gull-wing front arms use the OEM ball joints to maximize low-speed steering ease and smooth travel.

HCR/Vent Racing Honda Talon
While the HCR LTS rear arms use the OEM mounting points, they are longer than stock to add wheelbase and boxed with internal fins for much more strength. They utilize the OEM shocks and anti-sway bar links and add 1.75 inches of clearance.

HCR’s Dual-Sport LTS kit adds 3.3 inches of wheelbase, 3.6 inches of width, and roughly an inch more travel using the stock Fox Podium 2.5 QS3 piggyback shocks. Kit travel is 18.7 inches front and 21.1 inches rear. With the added leverage of the HCR arms, the Fox QS3 shocks’ ride quality is improved without re-valving costs. The Dual-Sport LTS Talon kit is $5,499.99 with raw finish; powdercoating with 10 color choices or clear is another $250.

HCR’s long-travel Talon kit adds almost 2 inches of ground clearance for rock crawling, and the build’s BFG 32-inch tires add another 2 inches. We’ve even tested with 35-inch STI tires, and the Talon 1000R turned them with authority. Articulation is also improved.

HCR Racing also has trailing arm mud flaps for $249.95 a pair. They protect the powder-coat finish on the trailing arms and the rear hubs and brakes. Also, the LTS kit is designed to work on the Talon 1000R. If you buy the 1000X with plans to upgrade to this kit, you’ll have to upgrade the shocks as well. Shocks for the 1000X are shorter and don’t have crossover rings.

HCR/Vent Racing Honda Talon
HCR’s dual-sport long-travel suspension kit adds 4 inches of width, 3.3 inches of wheelbase (96 inches) and an inch of front and rear travel. It works with the OEM 1000R shocks to improve ride quality.

Vent Racing fabricated the Trucker cage for the HCR/Vent Racing Honda Talon; two-seat Trucker cages are $2,450–$2,500, and they’re made with .095-inch-wall DOM tubing that’s inert-gas welded with billet machined connectors and cups to ensure strength. They’re wider than OEM cages and come with a .080-inch 5052 aluminum roof with counter-sunk 1/4-inch fasteners. Cages and roofs are powder-coated flat black, gloss black, blue, red, orange or white. HCR also went with the optional polycarbonate 1/2 windshield ($200) and a curved, single-row, 42-inch, LED light bar ($375).

Trinity Racing’s Stage 5 Talon dual exhaust has 304 brushed stainless-steel mid pipes, aluminum mufflers, 6061 billet tips and brackets, USFS spark arrestors and significant power and torque gains. The dual exhaust comes with a two-year warranty; slip-ons are $649.99, while full systems are $899.99. HCR’s radius rods are adjustable for toe and camber.

HCR also went with more comfortable PRP GT suspension seats and four-point harnesses; GT/SEs start at $1,117.00 a pair and can be customized with 60 color choices, air lumbar support ($75), pockets ($50-$55), 70-ounce hydration bags ($80) and even heating ($175). PRP’s 5.2 harnesses are $129 each. For rolling stock, HCR went with BF Goodrich 32×9.5R15 T/A KR2 tires ($283 each) on Walker Evans Racing Legend bead-lock racing wheels ($265 each).

To improve cabin comfort, HCR went with PRP’s GT/SE suspension seats, which are wider and provide more support and comfort than the Talon seats. PRP four-point harnesses add security with comfort to the equation. The passenger T-bar needs no improvement.

We got a chance to put the HCR Racing Talon 1000R through its paces at Glamis Dunes and on the rocks and dunes at Utah’s Sand Hollow State Park. The LTS kit adds stability and more control on the whoops of Sand Highway and on dune G-outs. Trail speeds and ride quality are improved for a faster, smoother ride in all conditions. The LTS kit does add about 15 pounds to the Talon, or about 3.75 pounds per corner, but it is also much stronger for racing through the dunes or desert. The taller, 32-inch BFGs also improve ride quality and traction, and the front-width rear tires help the Talon pivot better. The WER beadlock wheels let us air down for the dunes without fear. Also, the Trinity Racing dual exhaust gives the Talon faster acceleration and a hearty growl; it runs like the ECU has been flashed!


HCR Racing, LLC.

630 N. 800 W.

Cedar City, UT. 84721

(888) 928-RACE (7223)

(435) 865-9280


[email protected]

Vent Racing

Freeport West Industrial Park

F-7 Sec 3A

Clearfield, UT 84106

(801) 614-0114


See UTV Action’s shootout between the Honda Talon, Yamaha YXZ1000R and Kawasaki’s KRX1000 here: https://utvactionmag.com/video-honda-talon-1000r-vs-kawasaki-teryx-krx1000-vs-yamaha-yxz1000r/

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