Honda Talon Review – 1000x and 1000R Spec, Top Speed, and Offerings

Honda Talon Review - 1000x and 1000R Top Speed

The Honda Talon is a powerhouse in UTVs. I love how well it performs on and off the road. There’s no wonder why the Honda Talon 1000 is a hot selling product in the market.

The Honda Talon 1000 comes in two different models, including R and X. They have a 999cc engine with a dual-clutch transmission system. The Honda Talon R has a superior 4-link suspension that enables it to perform better in some situations.

But what are the main features and functions of the Honda Talon? Is it worth investing in the Honda Talon and ignoring the long-established Polar RZR models? Let’s find out!

 About Honda Talon

The latest Honda Talon 1000 has major improvements from its predecessor. Every year Honda releases a new version of the Talon with new technologies.

Earlier, the Talon didn’t have any Fox Valve System. Honda added that in 2021 and the upcoming models will also have amazing technology. I will talk more about this technology in the later part.

Honda revised the shock adjustment system, and now it is even better. Other features, such as the high-performance transmission system, are still available in the Honda Talon 1000.

It has two drive modes and three shift modes, which change blazing fast. Plus, the 250mm hydraulic brakes can also stop the vehicle instantly. The Honda Talon comes with a zero ground clearance, which makes it a great choice for off-road adventurers.

The Honda Talon 1000R and 1000X have a cargo box capacity of 299 lbs. Moreover, the fuel capacity is 3 gallons, including 1.1 gallons in reserve.

 Honda Talon Specs & Features (1000x and 1000R)

  • Honda Tolon Engine 
  • 999cc
  • 105hp
  • 9,000 RPM

Both Honda Talon 1000 UTVs come with a parallel twin super powerful 999cc engine. The engine looks like two high-performance vehicle engines are joined together. The engine’s performance is similar to its superior design.

Honda calls the cylinder head layout design the Unicam. Here a single overhead camshaft directly opens the valve intake via a cam-on-bucket design. At the same time, the camshaft’s exhaust lobes open the exhaust valves by operating the forked rocker arms.

The system enables the Honda Talon to maintain tight valve control at high RPM. It also allows the engine to save a significant amount in size and weight. 

Besides, Honda’s complex PGM-FI engine mapping technology enhances the overall engine performance to a great extent.

The Pioneer 1000 UTV also uses the same engine as the Honda Talon. There is no doubt that the 999cc engine can provide a great driving experience.

The Honda Talon 1000’s liquid cool engine produces around 105 hp at approximately 9,000 RPM. The engine responds quickly to any requirements while driving and provides the best speed.

  • Honda talon top speed: Explore the maximum Range

When it comes to Honda Talon top speed, it creates pretty fun among the UTV enthusiasts. With good balance, HP and capability, it can beat any other UTV out on the range.

On average, the top speed of the Honda Talon is 75 mph. But depending on the make and model, the maximum speed range varies for both honda talon models. 

The Honda Talon air intake filter can cause some problems. The tires on the Talon can throw dirt and dust up into the air intake, which can then get trapped until it goes through the air filter. Honda Talon owners report getting anywhere from 75 to 100 miles between air filter changes. Some people add new, better filters or pre-filters to help extend the life of their air filter.

You will find slight changes of speed if you consider Honda Talon models, 1000R and 1000X. The top speed of the 2021 Honda Talon 1000X is 73 mph. On the other hand, the 2021 Honda Talon 1000R can go up to 74 MPH. 

  • Honda Talon Drivetrain (connects the transmission to the drive axles)
  • Dual-clutch automatic transmission

Do you hate general UTV’s CVT transmission system? Then you will love the dual-clutch transmission or drivetrain of the Honda Talon. It is a six-speed exclusive automatic transmission and direct drive system. 

This is an advanced technique, and it makes it possible to change the gears super fast. When shaft one is engaged, the second shaft is already prepared to take the upshift. The dual-clutch system reduces the trouble of changing gears physically and makes the change quickly.

  • Ignition switch of Honda Talon

The Honda Talon has a responsive ignition switch. It’s a three-position switch, including Off, On, and Start. I have found it pretty easy to control the switch, and it works fast.

Some users have faced starting issues with the Honda Talon, but troubleshooting the ignition switch quickly solves the problem. There’s nothing to worry about the ignition switch.

  • Honda Talon Tires & Brakes

The Honda Talon 1000 R & X uses Maxxis MU9H tires with great traction. The tires are specially tuned for Honda’s specifications, based on Coronado. It feels great to drive with such good quality tires. However, changing the tires to a 30 inches set will be a great idea if you have a plan to take your Honda Talon into the desert.

The cast aluminum non-beadlocks wheels are also of excellent quality. Beadlock wheels would have added extra durability, but the stock wheels were also satisfying.

Plus, the i4WD technology from Honda is impressive. It’s a smart computer technology with individual wheel sensors to track and control the traction of all the wheels.

  • Suspension for Honda Talon 1000X and 1000R
  • 4 link suspension
  • 3 link suspension

The suspension is the main difference between Honda Talon 1000X and 1000R. The Honda Talon 1000R uses a 4-link rear suspension, while the 1000X includes the usual 3-link suspension.

However, both models use A-arm suspension up front. The 1000X produces an amazing travel distance of 17.7 inches, while the Honda Talon 1000R produces 20.1 inches of travel.

Even though there is a slight difference of mere 3.4 inches in travel distance, I was surprised by the performance of both suspensions. They both travel well through rocks and small bumps with good speed while maintaining a smooth landing.

The wheelbase of X is also shorter than the R. A 5.1 inches smaller wheelbase enables Honda Talon 1000X to have sharper turns. The X is great for narrow trails. If trial size is not an issue, you can enjoy the extra travel distance with the R.

The Honda Talon uses Fox Live Valve Shocks. You can adjust the compression damping pretty quickly with these valve shocks with QS3 adjusters. I have found that the system is pretty efficient for smooth control of turning, braking, cruising, or jumping.

  • Honda Talon’s Dimensions & Capacities
  • 9” x 64.0” x 75.3” ( X )
  • 9” x 68.4” x 75.6” ( R )
  • 2 seats/4 seats

Although the Honda Talon X has slightly less width than the R, there is not much of a visible difference. Both the UTVs look similar and like both of their sizes.

The Honda Talon comes with a seating capacity for two people. A four-seater version of the Honda Talon is also available in the market.

The seats are comfortable, and two/or four people can easily get inside the vehicle to drive and have fun. The adjustable features of the driver seats make them more comfortable. You can lock the position of the seats in any direction you want.

  • Exterior Design: Honda Talon R and X

Both the Honda Talon R and X have an attractive exterior design. The 1000R has only one color available, which is metallic grey. 

On the other hand, the Honda Talon X comes in two color variations. They are Metallic Grey/Metalic Blue and Pearl Red/Metalic Grey.

Personally, I love the combination of Metalic Grey and Metalic Blue of the Honda Talon X. All the colors look great in the sunlight.

Honda Talon Advantages and disadvantages

There is no doubt that the Honda Talon 1000 is one of the best utility vehicles available in the market today. The powerful engine with an improved suspension design makes you fall in love with the UTV.

It is a quality vehicle, and I love the fact that it allows me a lot of control while driving. I can adjust everything according to my needs and go on adventurous trips.

The Honda Talon competes against some other top UTVs in the market, including the Polaris General, Yamaha RMAX, and Can-Am commander. 

If you ask me whether you should ignore these models to purchase the Honda Talon, I will say, of course, you should.


  • The Honda Talon goes at a maximum speed of 75 mph, which is quick and of the best in the market.
  • The ergonomics and finishing are fantastic. It looks awesome and feels comfortable to drive the Talon.
  • It has a great fuel economy that saves you a lot of costs.
  • The shift functions fast and is reliable.
  • The power steering points in the right direction, making your driving experience smooth and fun.
  • It drives with ease between the rocks.


  • No turbo engine version is available.
  • The transmission system often requires troubleshooting.

Honda talon UTV price  

Honda Talon 1000R and 1000X come at a reasonable price. Considering the performance of the vehicle, it is one of the best UTVs in this price range.

TALON 1000X$19,999
TALON 1000R$20,999
TALON 1000X-4$21,999

Summary (Honda Talon Review) 

Driving the Honda Talon is pretty exciting. You can not deny that it is even comparable to some other higher-end UTVs. At first, people doubted Honda with its Talon 1000 lineup. But over the years, Honda Talon has proved that it is as great as other established UTVs in the market.

Both the 1000 R and X performed superbly during the review. The Honda Talon 1000R offers longer suspension travel and a wider offset in the front. It makes the vehicle best for speedy drive and hitting big bumps.

Honda Talon 1000X, on the other hand, has closer front wheels with shorter suspension travel distances. It allows you to control the vehicle with ease, and you get precise actions.

In short, whether you are driving in the middle of a desert or in the mountains, Honda Talon offers great efficiency. The superior suspension with great traction, the vehicle can go through anything in the Dune. 

It has some problems, but no vehicle is trouble-free. Comparing its positive and negative sides, I will say it is definitely worth it to get a Honda Talon 1000. Now, the decision is up to you. 


I'm Jason and in my blog, I nearly talk about everything about UTVs. Working as a Mechanic love to test out UTVs and all their accessories. Love enjoying my work and my blog.

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