The 2019 Honda Talon is one of the most exciting side-by-sides to hit the market in 2019, and we’ve secured a Talon 1000X for a few weeks to find out what this machine is really all about.
The Talon is Honda’s first entrant into the sport side-by-side category and it takes a different approach than most other units on the market thanks to its dual-clutch automatic transmission, a rarity in a world dominated by belt-driven CVTs. This also means that the Talon arrives with a proper transfer case, allowing all six forward ratios to be used with reduced gearing for the optimal power output.
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In Canada, Honda decided to only offer the Talon in one flavour, the 1000X. The X model is slightly skinnier than the R (64-inches compared to 68.4-inches), a little lighter and it offers slightly less suspension travel. Honda says that the X is more focused on tight handling and performance, rather than eating whoops out in the open desert like the R is.
We had a chance already to ride the Talon out in the open at Sand Hollow State Park in Utah, but now we can see how this machine handles our tight forested trails. And the biggest question is, what would you like to see?
Let us know in the comments below what you would like us to test out on the new Honda Talon 1000X. We’re living with this rig for nearly a month, so we have the time to properly put it to the test.