By now you’ve heard all about the Honda Talon, but if you want to find out how it stacks up to the competition while also watching it tear through the desert, have we got the video for you.
The new Talon will be offered in two flavors, the 1000X and 1000R. The X model offers less suspension travel is aimed at peak handling performance, while the R is meant for the desert racer needing to swallow up bumps. This will probably also mean that the X is slightly less expensive than the R, though pricing has yet to be announced.
Suspension travel for the R is superior thanks to FOX 2.5 shocks, good for 20.1-inches of travel in the back and 17.7-inches up front. The X model gets a little less travel from FOX 2.0 shocks, measuring 15.1-inches of travel in the rear and 14.6-inches in the front.
Powering the machine is a 999cc twin cylinder engine that makes 104 horsepower.
Ground clearance measures in at 12.7-inches for the X model, while the R sits at 13-inches. Weight is a little different between the models as well, with the R tipping the scales at 1545 pounds while the X weighs in at 1490 pounds.
The wheelbase comes in at 92.7-inches for the R model and 87.6-inches for the X.
The most direct competition to this machine is the Polaris RZR XP1000, so lets take a look at the specs. The Polaris gets 110 horsepower, 16-inches of travel up front and 18-inches in rear. Weight comes in at 1,448 pounds, ground clearance is a full 14-inches and the wheelbase is 90 inches, right between the two Honda models.
The Yamaha YXZ 1000 is also a great competitor for the Honda Talon, packing 112 horsepower, 16.2-inches of travel up front and 17 in the rear. Weight measures in at 1561 pounds in the Yamaha, making it the heaviest here by a little.
The final question surrounding the Talon is the price, and we have wagered a guess. But you’ll have to watch the video to find out what that is!