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2019 Honda Talon DCT Review

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Honda is looking to change the game with the implementation of their dual clutch transmission that was first seen on their touring bikes. With three distinct driving modes to choose from and both high and low subtrannies, the 2019 Talon is looking to be just as capable at rock crawling as will be in and out of whoops. With shifts that are smooth, seamless and quick, this DCT enables a more connected feeling between the foot pedals and power delivery.

Similar to the Pioneer 1000, the automatic has a shift mapping set at select RPMs. In Sport mode, however, the mapping is altered and you can run the RPMs much higher before the machine automatically shifts gears. In manual mode, you have full control over the shifting and the paddle shifters can also be used to override the default presets.

Sport mode is where most drivers will spend their time, as it holds gears longer for better use of the available power and downshifts earlier, increasing engine braking. This will come in handy when trying to slow down the Talon in tight corners when hammering down trails.

The Honda-built gearbox is the first of its kind in this segment and its already yielding some great improvements. A DCT provides a more natural feel when lifting off the throttle, which is something that most of its CVT- based rivals do not have.

Honda claims that this new transmission shifts 50% faster than the similar unit that’s found in the Pioneer and many will be glad to see a fully automatic mode in addition to the manual operation. This is a common complaint about the YXZ1000R as some people don’t want to shift every time they head out on the trail.

The Talon addresses many of the shortcomings found in key competitors and we hope that rival brands follow in its footsteps. Nothing has been left to chance on this machine and it has all the right features to help make it a top seller in the industry.
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My favorite aspect of the Talon by far and the easiest way to justify getting the Talon over any of the current sports sxs' already available. I'm willing to bet that if the Talon sees good sales for launch that many of its competitors will be going dual clutch for their next gen models.
Hopefully in the long term this transmission won't turn out to be a dud because even on the automotive end Honda runs into transmission issues quite often. Some outright avoid them and buy Toyota's instead.
Not having to row your own gears will make the Talon the go to machine for anyone looking to hop in and drive. I agree that navigating gears while tailriding can actually hamper the experience, at least for me. Bye bye belt drives.
The operation of the transmission and intelligent AWD look good enough in the video's and the testers generally give them good marks, but the real test will come with some large tires and some serious rock crawling and mudding.
For the average trail rider I think it will be great.
But lets get some miles on with the hard core bunch.
And lets see some more trail video's from someone, anyone.
I wonder if Honda has plans to go crazy with its open air off road vehicle concept (revealed at SEMA) because that with next-generation tech, can eventually rub off on our talons to an extent
Speaking of transmissions,,,,, my Talon has very noisy gears they whine all the time and the pitch will vary with speed,,,, it is annoying and this can not be right.
The dash looks old-school.
Haven’t read anywhere how it compares to Maverick X 3 Turbo or can Am Sport RC any other competitor. And, you cannot drive it before you buy!
I ride with friends and one actually thought the whine was a turbo. After the first few days of driving and a bit over 100 miles I am getting used to the noise and love the transmission shift points and direct drive via the clutch. Makes a bit of a noise at shift change but used to it now. Hope it does better in water than many of my friends with belt drives. So far all is good -- time will tell.
My question is DUST penetration: how have the owners dealt with that as an item?

Secondarily, what is available as an after market item for holding a mini I pad for gps usage? It seems the dash is lacking when it comes to that.
I too am looking for in cab dust control. As far as the I pad mount, I would say to get an actual GPS. They are made to handle the jolting around and dust better than your phone or I pad. I personally made an aluminum bracket for a Garmin gps base that actually wires up and charges the GPS while in the base. I didn’t want to drill any new holes in my brand new toy, so I siliconed it between the steering wheel and the left side of the gauge cluster. It fits nicely and is easily usable.
Shoot us a picture of that DIY mount when you have time. Just got my X last week and was looking for GPS mount options thx.
Mine is the same way I’m taking back to the dealer ship on the 14th to find out y
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