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.