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
“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.
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.