Honda have confirmed that the Talon 1000R, a top of the line Sports SXS designed for high performance in open terrain, and powered by a variant of the 999cc parallel twin that powers the Africa Twin, will be arriving in Australia around the middle of 2019.
Honda’s highly anticipated Talon offers a new level of off-road excitement to sport side-by-side driving, with the brand drawing on countless hours of development, in both two and four-wheel design and racing, to push the envelope.
The Talon 1000R is designed to excel where bump absorption and high-speed tracking are the priority, featuring a 999cc parallel-twin engine and one-piece frame, double-wishbone front-suspension layout and a 4+ Link rear configuration. The shocks are Fox Podium QS3 units that have 449mm and 510mm of suspension travel, front and rear – respectively.
The Talon features a six-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) with high-low sub-transmission and automatic and manual modes, Ignition Feedback Control for faster gear changes and on-the-fly changing between 2WD and 4WD via dash-mounted switch that operates at any engine speed.
Intake and exhaust are tuned for performance, with piston oil jets to ensure a consistent engine temperature and engine longevity as well as an oversized radiator and fan, again all considerations tailored to providing optimum performance.
Packed with the brand’s newest technologies, the Talon includes Honda’s I-4WD, introduced on the Pioneer 1000 LE, and the off-road brake traction control system (BTCS), which has been specifically adapted to sport side-by-side this application. The system manages the amount of slip between left and right front wheels, applying torque to the wheel with greater grip.
The system also incorporates an Electronic Brakeforce Distribution system (EBD), which strategically applies braking force to optimise stability under braking, minimizing rear-chassis lift when in two-wheel drive. The Talon also has Hill Start Assist (HSA) and a largest in-class driveshaft and robust U-Joints for maximum impact survival and torsional strength.
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