Looks like Honda will offer two-seat Talons with electronic suspensions
According to documents released by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), Fox Live Valve editions of the two-seat Honda Talon 1000R and 1000X have been approved for the 2021 model year. As well, the 2021 Honda Rincon will be producing far less emissions.
Honda debuted the Fox Live Valve suspension on the Talon 1000X-4 last year. As the name suggests, the Talon 1000X-4 Fox Live Valve model differed from the base model when it comes to the shocks. Fox Live Valve-equipped machines feature advanced electronic suspension that monitors variables like compression speed and throttle position 16 times per second. Based on the data, the system adjusts individual shocks accordingly.
The simple version is that the shocks (generally speaking) stay soft at lower speeds for more comfort and stiffen up at higher speed for better tracking. But many other variables are also considered with the goal of giving the driver the ideal suspension performance for any setting.
As for pricing, the Honda Talon 1000X-4 Fox Live Valve carries a $2000 premium over the base Talon 1000X-4, so you can expect the upcoming Talon 1000R Fox Live Valve to retail for about $22,999 and the Talon 1000X Fox Live Valve to sell for $21,999.
For those not entirely familiar with the Talon Sport UTVs, the Talon 1000X is 64 inches wide with an 87.6-inch wheelbase and a traditional three-link rear suspension. The Talon 1000R is 68.4 inches wide a 92.7-inch wheelbase and what Honda calls a 4+ link trailing arm rear suspension and slightly more suspension travel.
We suspect everything else on the two-seat Talons to stay largely untouched. This is still a new machine for Honda and the addition of the electronic suspension should be enough of a difference maker for the upcoming model year.
Each model will still come equipped with Honda’s 999cc engine that produces 104 horsepower. There is still no sign of a factory turbo option, but our fingers are crossed. Check out the CARB document here.
A Rincon with Improved Emissions
CARB documents also reveal that the 2021 Honda Rincon will have at least one change over the 2020. Reported exhaust emissions for carbon dioxide are listed at 2.2 G/KM, compared to 8.4 G/KM for the 2020 model. As both model years rely on a 675cc engine that produces 38 horsepower, we imagine the lower C02 was achieved with updated emission control devices. Hopefully we will learn more about this soon. You can read the CARB document here.