2022 Honda Talon debuts with a big list of improvements


Honda has revealed the 2022 Talon lineup for the U.S. market, with the base MSRP starting at $20,099. The sport side-by-side is offered in two-seat and four-seat versions and in a total of 6 variants:

Variant MSRP
Talon 1000X $20,099
Talon 1000X FOX Live Valve $22,299
Talon 1000R $21,099
Talon 1000R FOX Live Valve $23,299
Talon 1000X-4 $22,199
Talon 1000X-4 FOX Live Valve $24,199

For those wondering, the ‘FOX’ in the name suggests that the particular variant is getting FOX Live Valve 2.5 shocks front and rear. The system automatically adjusts damping on each wheel independently, reducing bottoming, pitch and roll. The differences between X and R models are dimensions and suspension travel; the R measures slightly bigger with a bit more ground clearance and also boasts additional suspension travel.

But anyway, what’s new for 2022? Well, Honda has very kindly shared a list:

  • Relocated meter: The meter is now relocated directly behind the steering wheel for improved visibility, and an extended sun visor reduces glare. The background color is now different as well.
  • Switch panel: To hook up electrical accessories, a new pre-wired switch panel now replaces the meter’s old location.
  • Under-seat storage: The four-seat variants get a new storage space under the driver seat for keeping items like tools, jackets, snacks, beverage bottles and more. A cargo net keeps contents in place during adventurous driving.


  • Reshaped paddle shifters: For better ergonomics, the steering-column-mounted shift paddles have been extended by over half an inch on top and by more than an inch on the bottom, while matching the contours of the previous outer edge.
  • Improved mud protection: The floor area around all seats get rubber sealing to keep the driver and passengers from mud and water.
  • Revised ignition timing: For smoother transitions from deceleration to acceleration, ignition is momentarily retarded to reduce engine torque and shock.
  • i-4WD upgrade: To speed up reaction time and improve performance with larger aftermarket tires, the i-4WD system has been retuned for a more-aggressive torque transfer.
  • Launch control: Launch control is now standard on all Talon variants.
  • Updated styling: There are a few subtle styling revisions with a new front bumper and new graphics.

All six Talons are powered by a 999 cc Unicam parallel-twin liquid-cooled engine featuring a 270-degree cross-plane crankshaft. The engine is coupled with a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The power and torque figures were never disclosed, but it appears to be the same powertrain that powered the older Africa Twin, which means, there’s about 65.5 kW (89 metric hp) and 93 Nm (69 lb-ft) of torque.

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