Welcome the New Honda Talon S Models to the 2023 Talon family, in a move intended to satisfy high demand for the popular sport side-by-sides by increasing inventory availability at Honda Powersports dealers nationwide. Produced to 2022 model-year specifications, the Talon “S” lineup includes the configuration options offered last year: R and X two-seater versions (the former aimed at high-speed rough terrain, the latter excelling at nimble changes of direction), as well as an X four-seater. All three of these configurations are offered in both standard and FOX Live Valve trim levels, making for a total of six great “S” series options, all of which tout comfort-focused enhancements that were applied for the 2022 model year.
Honda also revealed that additional 2023 Talon sport side-by-side versions—more information on which will be released later this year—will feature significant updates aimed at improving comfort and convenience. Among the changes will be upgrades to suspension, styling, cabin comfort, accessory integration and more.
For example, non-FOX Live Valve versions will come with new Showa shocks with updated tuning to improve ride comfort and rebound control while maintaining resistance to bottoming. Wheelbase on the R versions will be reduced to allow a tighter turning radius and better maneuverability on tight trails, and a new electric power steering unit will offer better performance in all areas, while also adding a return-to-center function. Updates to the ignition mapping will smooth the transition from deceleration to acceleration, and the dual-clutch transmission’s Sport mode will also work in low range, helping with aggressive driving or when carrying loads. New full-coverage doors will provide better mud and water protection to the driver and passengers, and will incorporate convenient cup holders and storage pockets. Stylish new aluminum wheels will have eight pairs of V-spokes, and new Kenda tires with thicker sidewalls will improve resistance to pinch flats. A new ground will also be added at the front of the vehicle to simplify wiring for accessory installation. New colors will be available for all versions as well.
“In just five years since the Talon family’s introduction, Honda’s sport side-by-sides have grown increasingly popular with customers, resulting in impressive demand,” said Brandon Wilson, American Honda Manager of Sports & Experiential. “We recognize the importance of product availability, and we’re happy to address that goal with the Talon ‘S’ series, which presents a unique opportunity to get more vehicles to our eager customers. At the same time, we continue to refine the platform, and we’re excited to improve the Talons even more for the 2023 model year. The Talon family has always been about enjoying outdoor recreation with family and friends, and these moves should bring that experience to more customers.”
2023 Talon 1000S Series
Aimed at expanding product availability, the new 2023 “S” series of Honda Talons tout all of the improvements applied to the platform for 2022, including a meter location that maximizes visibility; long shift paddles for easy manual gear changes while steering; good mud protection via seat sealing; optimized ignition timing for smooth transitions from deceleration to acceleration; eye-catching styling; optimized i-4WD and a pre-wired switch panel to facilitate installation of electronic accessories. In addition to these S versions, updated Talons will be offered for the 2023 model year, with details to come later.
- Talon 1000XS: Pearl Orange
- Talon 1000XS FOX Live Valve: Matte Blue Metallic
- Talon 1000XS-4: Matte Abyss Black
- Talon 1000XS-4 FOX Live Valve: Pearl Red
- Talon 1000RS: Matte Abyss Black; Pearl Orange
- Talon 1000RS FOX Live Valve: Matte Abyss Black; Pearl Red; Tonic Yellow Pearl
- Talon 1000XS: $20,099
- Talon 1000XS FOX Live Valve: $22,299
- Talon 1000XS-4: $22,199
- Talon 1000XS-4 FOX Live Valve: $24,199
- Talon 1000RS: $21,099
- Talon 1000RS FOX Live Valve: $23,299
- Talon 1000XS: March
- Talon 1000XS FOX Live Valve: March
- Talon 1000XS-4: February
- Talon 1000XS-4 FOX Live Valve: April
- Talon 1000RS: February
- Talon 1000RS FOX Live Valve: February