Are you ready for a Sport SXS that’s designed for high speeds and open terrain, chock-full of technical innovation and legendary quality no other brand can boast? Look no further than the Honda Talon, the minute you buckle in, you’ll be amazed. With 6 options available – 4 two seat models- and two -four-seat models—probably the most anticipated sport side-by-sides ever. They all share the same powerful, Talon-specific high-output engine, quick-shifting Automatic DCT Transmission, and exclusive i-4WD technology. Rider comfort? Nobody does it like Honda. Performance? We’ve built our reputation on it.
High revving horsepower
999cc Twin-Cylinder Engine
Fox Podium QS3 premium suspension
Auto 6-speed DCT Transmission with Honda’s exclusive i-4WD system
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Two and four-seater options
46mm throttle bore sizeComplementing the Talon’s potent camshaft specs, our engineers also gave the engine twin 46mm bores for more airflow and better breathing. You’ll feel it the first time you floor the throttle, and you’ll hear it too, with the Talon’s throaty intake roar.
Powerful 999cc twin-cylinder engineSport side-by-sides need power, and you’re sure to find the Talon 1000’s all offer plenty of it. The Talon’s 999cc liquid-cooled inline twin 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 the kind of refinement no other side-by-side can match. The Talon’s 999cc liquid-cooled inline twin uses the same proven Unicam® cylinder head design found in our championship-winning CRF450R motocrosser. That helps make the engine more compact, which lets us position it for optimal weight distribution and ground clearance.
Rubber-mount engine and exhaustSome of the most impressive Talon features are those you’ll never see. In addition to the suspension and ground clearance, we rubber-mounted the engine and exhaust system to insulate the cabin against excessive vibration We also gave them four engine mounts to add strength under high-performance driving operation.
High-capacity cooling systemRock crawling, deserts, dunes, and high-altitude operation can all challenge your side-by-side’s cooling system. That’s why we gave all our Talons a high-capacity system. Tested under some of the most arduous conditions we could find, you can rest assured your engine will remain calm, and collected when the going gets tough.
High lift, long duration camshaftGiving the Talon’s engine a camshaft with high lift and long duration helps transform the engine. Better breathing helps the Talon make more power, and keeps that power coming all the way to redline.
Oil-jet-cooled pistonsAnother invisible example of Honda’s race-winning engineering. Squirting oil up onto the underside of the Talon’s pistons help them run cooler and seal better. The combination lets the pistons lead an easier life and helps the engine make more power. The design also lets us use lighter pistons, for a faster-revving engine.
Tuned exhaustThe final part of the Talon’s balanced power equation: better breathing and more fuel delivery require an equally tuned exhaust system. The Talon delivers. Not only does it deliver some beautiful mechanical music, but it helps the engine deliver smooth, even power from partial throttle to wide-open running.
Automatic six-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT)The convenience of an automatic with the strength, control, and efficiency of a manual, Honda’s DCT lets you drive the way you want. Choose between manual mode or fully automatic. Plus, the addition of Sport Mode increases the fun, shifting at higher RPMs for a spirited, full-performance driving experience. DCT puts you in control as to what engine speed you want, and what gear ratio. Or you can let it do all the thinking for you. In addition, you also get genuine compression braking and a more efficient power delivery than a belt-driven CVT. The Talon’s positive automatic DCT gearbox gives you a far more connected feel with your side-by-side. The brain of the DCT, Advanced Transmission Logic, senses how you drive and adapts. Relaxed drivers get earlier shifts for a quieter ride at lower engine speeds. Sportier drivers will hold each gear longer for higher RPM shifts. And when going downhill, you get true engine braking. Now that’s a smart transmission.
I-4WDThe Talons showcase 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.
Launch modeThe Talon 1000×-4 FOX Live Valve is the only side-by-side with both an automatic transmission and a launch mode which is really easy to use: Just hold down the brake, press the Launch Mode switch, hold both paddle shifters back, floor the gas pedal, and release the paddles. Hold on tight, because you’re going to be feeling serious acceleration. The DCT automatically shifts up too, so you keep going through all the gears. Launch mode even features a special yaw control, so you launch straight and true.
Electric power steeringStandard equipment on all Talon models, our Electric Power Steering system helps eliminate bump steer through rocky and rutted terrain, which reduces fatigue. What makes it even better is the added assist you get when you need it most, like when you’re in 4WD, driving at lower speeds, or manoeuvring over rough conditions. Plus, the system is specially tuned to give you the right amount of feedback for sport-driving.
Paddle shiftingSteering column-mounted paddle shifters add a serious dose of performance in every drive. In Manual mode, they let you shift without ever taking your hands off the steering wheel, and in Automatic mode, they let you override the current gear with a quick up or downshift, holding that gear for several seconds before returning to Automatic mode.
Hill start assistNeed to stop on an uphill? Honda’s Hill Start Assist automatically holds your Talons in position while you move your foot from the brake pedal to the accelerator—there’s no roll-back drama. It even works on the downhills, too!
2WD/4WD shift on the flyWant to access as much traction as possible? Put it in i-4WD. Need maximum power at all four wheels? i-4WD eliminates the need for traditional locking differentials. Want to use 2WD for lighter steering or specific terrain? The Talons let you do it all, and the best part is, you can do it all with the push of a button.
Relentless durabilityWhen it comes to strength and toughness, the Talons lead the way. The oversized 87mm CV joints, beefy 39.7mm prop shafts and strong U-joints are all built to survive the loads that low-speed rock crawling can generate—and which cause driveline failures in so many other side-by-sides.
That premium Honda feelThe 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. Each of the different models offer varying suspension options.
Fox QS3 shocksAll of the Talon models offer premium, FOX Podium shocks! The Talon 1000R has 2.5 shocks front and rear with QS3 quick adjustors on all four corners. The Talon 1000X and 4-seater 1000X models boast 2.0 shocks up front and 2.5 shocks out back (with QS3 quick adjustors on all four corners) while the Talon 1000×-4 FOX Live Valve showcases our new FOX Live Valve suspension with 2.5 shocks front and rear.
Independent front suspensionAll Talon models offer dual A-arm suspension which gives you 450mm (365.76mm – FOX Live Valve) of travel in the front. Pair that with stellar ground clearance and you begin to understand two reasons why the Talons handle so well and are so comfortable in rough terrain.
Talon 1000R: 4+ link rear suspensionOn the Talon 1000R, Honda’s 4+ link rear suspension is one of the secrets to its superior handling. Controlling wheel geometry is difficult with so much travel, but with the Talon 1000R’s suspension, even with 508mm of travel, the rear-wheels’ toe varies only 0.3 degree throughout entire stroke for better chassis stability under extreme suspension deflection.
Talon 1000X 2 and 4-seater suspensionOn the Talon Xs, Honda’s 3-link trailing-arm rear suspension is one of the secrets to their superior handling. All 3 of the Talon 1000X’s (2 and 4-seater models) feature 383mm of rear-wheel travel for a smooth ride and superior control.
Wide wheelbaseThe Talon’s wheelbase gives a super smooth ride, plus excellent control in whoops and through rough terrain. The Talon 1000R runs a 2355mm wheelbase, the Talon 1000X a 2226mm and the 4-seater’s offer a 2956.56mm wheelbase.
Fox live-valve 2.5 shocksOnly available on the Talon 1000×-4 FOX Live Valve, these shocks incorporate FOX’s automatically-adjusting Live Valve technology. The shocks are constantly changing their compression damping (each shock independently, in real time). You get less roll in corners, a smoother ride through whoops and more resistance to bottoming—a deluxe ride overall.
High-performance disc brakesA high-performance side-by-side needs high-performance brakes. The Talon’s power, chassis and suspension travel helps take these side-by-sides to the next level. Front and rear they feature 250mm discs, with 34mm twin-piston callipers in front and 34mm single-piston callipers in the rear. Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) optimizes front and rear braking power under dynamic chassis conditions in two-wheel drive.
Skid platesOff-road driving is a tough pursuit, and Mother Nature can be harsh. Not to worry—we have your Talons covered. Literally. Generous skid protection armours vulnerable undercarriage and suspension components.
Front bumperHere’s something you can see and experience for yourself. The Talon’s standard front bumper offers a degree of vehicle protection some other side-by-sides lack. This smart design doesn’t compromise performance, because it’s designed to slide smoothly over obstacles in rough approach conditions, enhancing off-road clearance and manoeuvrability while still offering good protection.
Accessory charging socketsNeed to charge up a phone or nav system while you’re on the go? No problem: we gave the Talons two dedicated 12-volt charging ports, one located in the front and the other for rear-seat passengers.
4-SEATER TALON MODELS ONLY
Driver and passenger proctectionThe Talon’s Occupant Protection Structure uses large-diameter tubing, and meets ROHVA’s rollover protection standard. The standard-equipment hard doors and quick-clip side nets help keep debris from entering the cabin. Auto-style three-point seatbelts are equipped with an emergency locking retractor mechanism, to help optimize passenger security. (The Talon seats are also four-point compatible for competition use.)
Painted bodyWhy paint and not colour-moulded plastic? Because the Talon’s painted body parts resist scratching better, and we know that where you’re going to be driving this side-by-side, you won’t want to slow down for a little brush by the side of the trail. Plus, they just look better—the first time you see a new Talon in person, we’re sure you’ll agree.
Painted frame and R.O.P.SThe Talon 1000×-4 FOX Live Valve features a special colour-matched painted frame and Roll-Over Protection Structure that set it apart visually and help make this new side-by-side stand out wherever you go.
Recovery hook pointBuilt in to the Talon’s chassis design, this attaching point makes it easy to secure your Talon for transport, and also makes it easy to hook up a recovery strap when your buddy with some other brand of side-by-side gets stuck. Make them buy you lunch as a payback.
Front and rear weight balanceExhaustive testing shows that for serious sport driving, a slight rear weight bias is best. That’s why we set the Talons up with 44 percent of their weight over the front, and 56 percent over the rear. Uphill, downhill, over whoops and in g-outs, the Talon just flat-out works.
Adjustable driver seatHonda has a ton of data and experience on seats, thanks to our auto division. And while just about every sport side-by-side has an adjustable driver’s seat, only the Talon gets it this right. Designed to fit a wide range of operators, it also locks positively in position without wobble, helping make you feel more connected to the vehicle.
Front passenger T-grab handleYour front passenger needs a solid way to hold on, but it took the Honda Talons to get this feature right. The “T” handle up front is quick adjustable, but just as important it adjusts solidly and rattle free.
Integrated inner door handleAnother “small” detail, but one you and especially your passengers will come to appreciate. All doors feature an integrated inner door handle, another example of the focus Honda has put on comfort and convenience. You’ll use them dozens of times each weekend, and wonder why all side-by-sides aren’t built this way.
LCD displayThe multi-function LCD dash display is large enough to host loads of information, like speed, fuel level, engine speed, transmission mode, fuel gauge, coolant temperature, trip information and more. It even includes a clock, so you’ll always know when it’s time for some fun.
Door netsA small detail? Not when you’ve wrestled with some other designs or aftermarket add-ons out there. On the Talons, our door nets are standard equipment on all four doors. They latch and unlatch quickly and easily. Performance counts, and we’ve made it easier to protect yourself and your passengers from the elements.
Large cargo bedLunchtime? We’re on it. The Talon’s cargo bed sits up high, out of harm’s way and where it’s easily accessible. It has a 135kg capacity (that’s a lot of burgers) and features six strong tie-down points.
Generous secure cup holdersHey, we’re out here to have a good time, and who wants to be thirsty? And that means taking something to drink with you. The 2-seater Talons feature two cup holders in the front of the vehicle. The 4-seater models have 4: two in front, and an additional two in the rear.
Passenger seating: 4-seatersThe Talons feature stadium seating for the rear passengers: compared to the front seats their seats are set almost three inches higher and two inches closer to each other, which gives those passengers a much better field of view. They’re not just looking at a pair of helmets in front of them—they get to enjoy the ride like everyone else. Forget about first class and coach—everyone rides first class here. They also get a full-width grab bar to hang onto and the rear seats are designed for full-sized human beings. The rear cabin features plenty of leg- and elbow room, and generous headroom for wearing a helmet too.
2× 250mm discs
2× 250mm discs
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3 Link trailing arm
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Overall Height (mm)
Overall Length (mm)
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92 × 75.15
10 : 1
DCT 6-speed with reverse
28 × 9 – 15
28 × 11 – 15