THE HONDA TALON 1000R-4 FOX LIVE VALVE IS HERE

Three other Live Valve editions are also arriving at dealerships now along with the TALON 1000R-4 FOX LIVE VALVE By the staff of Dirt Wheels

With the new Talon 1000R-4, you can take your friends on any trail with a 68-inch width, 17.7 inches of front-wheel travel, 20.1 inches of rear shock travel and 13.2 inches of ground clearance.

“Better late than never,” says Honda fans waiting for a stretched, four-seat version of Honda’s 68-inch wide-track Talon R side-by-side. Until now, a four-seat Talon could only be had in the 64-inch-wide X-model. Honda recently announced the 2023 late-release four-seater, which will come standard with Fox Live Valve suspension. Also included in the announcement was the new Talon 1000X-4 Fox Live Valve, Talon 1000R Fox Live Valve two-seater, and the Talon 1000X Live Valve two-seater. Non-Live Valve editions will be announced later, according to Honda.

Honda claims the complete line of late 2023 Talons was developed and is being produced in the United States. The engine, based on the same one that powers Honda’s Africa Twin adventure motorcycle, is essentially the same, along with the 6-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) and i4WD system. Drivers can still select between automatic shifting, sport automatic (higher-rpm shift points) or manual shifting with paddle shifters. Launch mode also comes standard on all Talon Live Valve models. 

As seen on the new 2023 Honda Talon 1000R-4 pictured here, full-coverage doors are now standard equipment on all Live Valve Edition models and include window nets.

From the front, you can see the Talon 1000R has a wider stance for better handling over open desert trails, sand dunes and any place where finding the top of sixth gear is an option.
The Talon 1000R-4 and 1000-X4 come with a full-coverage and easily removable two-piece roof, and the rear bed on all Talon models can handle up to 299 pounds of cargo.
Tire sizing hasn’t changed since the Talon’s beginnings as a new 2019 release, but Honda switched tires from Maxxis 6-plies to Kenda 6-plies on all late-release 2023 models.
At 64 inches wide, Honda’s Talon 1000X is the better choice for tighter trail use. The narrower stance gives up some suspension travel, but weight drops below 1800 pounds, a solid number for a four-seater.

IMPROVEMENTS ACROSS THE BOARD

There are some improvements from the 2022 model year (and 2023 S-models released with the same 2022 specifications earlier this year). Late 2023 models get a new and improved electric power-steering unit, updated ignition mapping, full-coverage doors (no opening at the bottom to allow debris into the cab floor), new aluminum wheels and improved electronic accessory integration. You also have your choice of Pearl Red or Matte Navy Blue colorways. 

The wheelbase on the two-seat Talon 1000R Live Valve has also been shortened by 2.7 inches to improve handling and decrease the turning radius by just under 2 feet. Another change worth noting is that Honda switched tires from Maxxis 6-plies to Kenda 6-plies on all late-release 2023 models, but tire sizing remains the same. Contact  power sports.honda.com.

The wheelbase on the 2023 two-seat Honda Talon 1000R Live Valve has been shortened by 2.7 inches to improve handling. The change also decreases the turning radius by just under 2 feet.
Drivers can still select between automatic shifting, sport automatic or manual shifting with paddle shifters. Launch Mode also comes standard on all Talon Live Valve models.

Honda’s complete Talon fleet gets the power to the ground with Honda’s 6-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission (DCT), unlike the belt-driven CVT used in most other side-by-sides.
All 2023 Live Valve models (1000X shown here) get an improved electric power-steering unit, updated ignition mapping, new aluminum wheels and improved electronic accessory integration.

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