2021 Honda Talon 1000X RTI Score

How does the Talon 1000X do on UTV Driver’s RTI test?

The Talon 1000X is made for life on the trail, but how does it handle the RTI test?Kevan Ray

The 2021 Honda Talon 1000X is built for trail duty. With its narrow 64-inch width, 12.7 inches of ground clearance, and 14.6 inches of front suspension travel, it’s a capable machine. Throw in a $19,999 base price, and you have a machine that’s right at home on the tight and technical routes we love on the East Coast. We recently aimed our base-model Talon 1000X at our ramp travel index test to find out what it offers in terms of articulation.

We’ve been pleasantly surprised by just where the base Talon will go, but the machine does have its limitations. The 15/16-inch rear sway bar is great for providing high-speed stability, but that benefit comes at the expense of articulation.

Off-road vehicles walk a thin line between articulation and stability.Kevan Ray

Still, the Talon 1000X managed to climb 44.75 inches up our 20-degree RTI ramp before lifting a wheel. Given the Talon 1000X’s 87.6-inch wheelbase, that nets the Honda an RTI score of 510.8. That’s not bad, especially given the Talon’s desert roots. Stay tuned for more tests, including the 2021 Yamaha Wolverine RMAX2 1000.

The Talon 1000X managed a respectable 510.8 on our ramp.Kevan Ray

2021 Honda Talon 1000X Specs

MSRP: $19,999
Engine: OHC, liquid-cooled parallel twin; 4 valves/cyl.
Displacement: 999cc
Bore x Stroke: 92.0 x 75.1mm
Compression Ratio: 10.0:1
Transmission: 6-speed automatic dual clutch
Fuel System: Fuel injection w/ 46mm throttle body
Steering: Electric power steering
Drivetrain: High/low subtransmission w/ 2WD and i-4WD
Front Suspension: Independent double wishbone, Fox shocks, 14.6 in. travel
Rear Suspension: 3-link trailing arm, Fox shocks, 15.1 in. travel
Front Brakes: Dual 250mm hydraulic discs
Rear Brakes: Dual 250mm hydraulic discs
Wheels, Front/Rear: 15 x 6.5 / 15 x 8
Tires, Front/Rear: 28x9-15 / 28x11-15
Length: 123.9 in
Width: 64.0 in.
Height: 75.3 in.
Wheelbase: 87.6 in.
Bed Capacity: 299 lb.
Towing Capacity: N/A
Seat Height: 28.0 in.
Ground Clearance: 12.7 in.
Turning Radius: 17.7 ft.
Claimed Wet Weight: 1,490 lb.
Fuel Capacity: 7.3 gal., including 1.1 gal. reserve
Warranty: 1 year
Availability: Now
Contact: powersports.honda.com

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