After racing the WORCS races for several years on dirt bikes, Donnie Bales thought it would be fun to try the UTV class. However, he noticed that half the cars often couldn’t finish a race, so he held off. When Honda came out with the Talon sport UTV, he figured Honda quality would give him the reliability he wanted for racing. With his IMG Talon WORCS racer, his main goal was to race the Talon, but he also wanted a machine that was fun to take to the desert or hit some trails.
HONDA RELIABILITY WITH MORE POWER
Donnie wanted to keep the Honda engine basically stock for reliability, but being a racer, he couldn’t leave it alone. He added HMF’s Performance Series dual full-exhaust system. Dynojet’s Power Vision 3 supplied the tune that took full advantage of the free-flowing exhaust.
BRACING FOR RACING
UTV racing can often be a contact sport, so Bales had IMG Motorsports make the Talon WORCS racer more impact-resistant. Heavy-duty bumpers and a heavy-duty cage make it battle ready. IMG also added PRP harnesses, window nets and the CBR radiator relocation setup. IMG also handled the final assembly on the car to make sure everything was race-ready.
SMOOTHING THE PATH TO THE FINISH
After one race, Donnie found the suspension was in need of tuning the stock adjusters couldn’t deliver. He enlisted the help of Race Tech to give the Honda a plush ride. Race Tech re-valved the stock shocks to offer more compliance and better bottoming resistance on big, high-speed impacts.
DRIVING THE RACE-PREPARED TALON 1000R
Thanks to the HMF dual exhaust, Donnie Bale’s Talon WORCS racer growls the moment you turn the key. The improved power lets it ignore the extra weight of the stronger cage, bumpers and larger than stock 30-inch Arisun tires on Raceline Ryno beadlock wheels. The Honda’s broad, usable power is still there with more top-end pull.
Smoother, more capable suspension makes the race-prepped Honda more comfortable and easier to control at low and high speeds. The re-valved suspension and larger tires both contribute to the Talon’s more comfortable ride. This mildly modified Honda has become the reliable race machine Donnie wanted. Also, it’s a more comfortable, capable machine for play riding on trails and in the desert.
TALON WORCS RACER BUILD SHEET
Race Cage and rear bumper $2995
Front Bumpers $299
General Assembly $3000
PRP Harness Seat Belts $139 x 2
PRP Window Nets $500 custom window nets and mounts
CBR Radiator Relocation set up $1000
Suspension- Re-Valve and Set up…$800
UHMW Skid Plate $508
XTC Power Products
3 Light Switches $6.95 a piece
Honda Talon Driver Side Switch Plate $24.95
Honda Talon Plug & Play Busbar Accessory $59.95
Baja Designs Lighting
Honda Talon Headlight Kit $1094.95
XL Racer Edition, Pair High Speed Spot $789.95
XL Pro, Pair Wide Cornering LED $698.95
RTL 30” Light Bar $499.95
Raceline Wheels & Tires
Wheels: Raceline Ryno’s 15×7 4/137 bolt pattern 5+2 offset $852
Tires: Arisun Aftershock 30×10-15 8plys $740
M3 Two Person Pumper with Hoses & Variable Speed Controller $486
Power Vision 3 -Flash Performance tunes via OEM diagnostic connector $399.95
Performance Series Dual Full Exhaust System $899.95
San Diego Powder & Protective Coatings
Powder Coating of all metal Pieces Prices vary on size, shape and colors.
Roll Cage $325
Honda Accessories Race Doors $749.95
Honda Accessories Nerf Bars $412.95
Custom Decals – Custom one off- -contact for pricing
All Balls Racing
Axles and other part Prototype – production coming soon