HONDA REPORTS CHANGES COMING TO 2023 TALON LINE UP
Produced to 2022 model-year specifications, the Talon “S” lineup includes the configuration options offered last year: R and X two-seater versions (the former aimed at high-speed rough terrain, the latter excelling at nimble changes of direction), as well as an X four-seater. All three of these configurations are offered in both standard and FOX Live Valve trim levels, making for a total of six great “S” series options, all of which tout comfort-focused enhancements that were applied for the 2022 model year.
In the same announcement, Honda revealed that additional 2023 Talon sport side-by-side versions—more information on which will be released later this year—will feature significant updates aimed at improving comfort and convenience. Among the changes will be upgrades to suspension, styling, cabin comfort, accessory integration and more.
First off you will see new Showa shocks on non live valve versions, stronger Kenda tires, full doors and a shorter wheelbase on the R models. There is still no word of a wider (now shorter) 1000R four seater. Check out the Assault Talon HCR-3 we built last year.
For example, non-FOX Live Valve versions will come with new Showa shocks with updated tuning to improve ride comfort and rebound control while maintaining resistance to bottoming. Wheelbase on the R versions will be reduced to allow a tighter turning radius and better maneuverability on tight trails, and a new electric power steering unit will offer better performance in all areas, while also adding a return-to-center function. Updates to the ignition mapping will smooth the transition from deceleration to acceleration, and the dual-clutch transmission’s Sport mode will also work in low range, helping with aggressive driving or when carrying loads. New full-coverage doors will provide better mud and water protection to the driver and passengers, and will incorporate convenient cup holders and storage pockets. Stylish new aluminum wheels will have eight pairs of V-spokes, and new Kenda tires with thicker sidewalls will improve resistance to pinch flats. A new ground will also be added at the front of the vehicle to simplify wiring for accessory installation. New colors will be available for all versions as well.
2023 Talon 1000S Series
Aimed at expanding product availability, the new 2023 “S” series of Honda Talons tout all of the improvements applied to the platform for 2022, including a meter location that maximizes visibility; long shift paddles for easy manual gear changes while steering; good mud protection via seat sealing; optimized ignition timing for smooth transitions from deceleration to acceleration; eye-catching styling; optimized i-4WD and a pre-wired switch panel to facilitate installation of electronic accessories. In addition to these S versions, updated Talons will be offered for the 2023 model year, with details to come later.
- Talon 1000XS: Pearl Orange
- Talon 1000XS FOX Live Valve: Matte Blue Metallic
- Talon 1000XS-4: Matte Abyss Black
- Talon 1000XS-4 FOX Live Valve: Pearl Red
- Talon 1000RS: Matte Abyss Black; Pearl Orange
- Talon 1000RS FOX Live Valve: Matte Abyss Black; Pearl Red; Tonic Yellow Pearl
- Talon 1000XS: $20,099
- Talon 1000XS FOX Live Valve: $22,299
- Talon 1000XS-4: $22,199
- Talon 1000XS-4 FOX Live Valve: $24,199
- Talon 1000RS: $21,099
- Talon 1000RS FOX Live Valve: $23,299
- Talon 1000XS: March
- Talon 1000XS FOX Live Valve: March
- Talon 1000XS-4: February
- Talon 1000XS-4 FOX Live Valve: April
- Talon 1000RS: February
- Talon 1000RS FOX Live Valve: February
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