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2019 Honda Talon: Exploring Utah in Honda's first sport side-by-side

Honda enters the sport side-by-side segment with the 2019 Talon, which packs an 104-hp engine with a dual-clutch transmission and Fox shocks.

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In addition to building automobiles, Honda is well known in the powersport space for its motorcycles, scooters and ATVs. The 2019 Talon represents the company's first sport side-by-side.

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To look the part, the Talon's exterior is styled after Honda's CRF dirt bikes, with a high beltline and functional shrouds and side vents on the painted plastic bodywork.

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The painted plastic bodywork covers a one-piece, powder-coated frame.

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Inside the Talon's cabin, comfort is the focus with automotive grade, steel frame seats, tilting steering wheel, adjustable passenger grab handle and cup holders. 

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Powering the 2019 Honda Talon is a 999-cc inline two-cylinder engine making 104 horsepower.

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Bolting to the engine is a segment-exclusive six-speed dual-clutch transmission.

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With the I-4WD system, the Talon can operated in two- or four-wheel drive with torque-biasing front differential, brake-based traction control and hill start assist to make off-road adventures a bit easier. 

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Both the smaller Talon 1000X and larger Talon 1000R models feature adjustable Fox shock absorbers and come riding on 15-inch Maxxis tires.

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In addition to the body being slightly larger than the 1000X's, the 1000R's suspension features more travel.

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The 2019 Honda Talons are trickling into dealers now with the 1000X starting at $19,999 and 1000R beginning at $20,999. Neither price includes $940 for destination charges.    

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More looks at the 2019 Talon 1000X.

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2019 Talon 1000R

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2019 Talon

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2019 Talon 1000X

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2019 Talon 1000X

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