Honda announced today a new “S” series for the 2023 Talon family, in a move intended to satisfy the 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.
In the same announcement, Honda 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.”
Also included in today’s announcement is the 2023 Pioneer 1000 family, which receives updated colors for the new model year. Offering customers a wide range of options to best suit their needs, Honda’s flagship multipurpose side-by-side continues to offer workhorse ability and inspiring performance.
The Pioneer 1000 Trail is equipped for fun two-track adventures, while the Pioneer 1000 Forest is outfitted for pursuing other outdoor interests such as hunting or fishing. The Pioneer 1000 Deluxe touts impressive versatility, and the Pioneer 1000 EPS is a great value-focused option. All four trim levels are offered in three-seat and five-seat configurations, the latter featuring Honda’s QuickFlip® seating arrangement. (Extending customers’ Pioneer 1000 options even more is the 2023 Pioneer 1000-6 Deluxe Crew, a six-seat version introduced last August.)
With an ever-expanding scope of work, the Pioneer 1000 leads the way when it comes to well-rounded performance. From adventurous trail rides to running job sites and ranches, Honda’s flagship multipurpose side-by-side is remarkably capable of adapting to the task at hand.
In addition to the Pioneer lineup’s endless versatility, customers can count on the unmatched durability, quality and reliability of Honda’s flagship multipurpose side-by-side—designed and manufactured in the USA. With seating configurations and trim levels for any application, Honda’s Pioneer 1000 continues to be the king of “works hard, plays hard.”
From the sporty Trail and adventure-ready Forest options, to the versatile Deluxe and value-focused EPS versions, Honda’s flagship multipurpose side-by-side has something for everyone. Each member of the Pioneer 1000 family is powered by a 999cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine and comes with a high-tech, Honda-exclusive automatic DCT gearbox, while the Trail and Forest versions feature Honda’s i-4WD system (“intelligent four-wheel drive”).
Produced in the USA, all Talon and Pioneer side-by-sides continue to offer Honda’s legendary durability, quality, and reliability. For more information on Honda's new "S" lineup, be sure to check out Honda's website.