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As the R and X share 85% of their components, one of the main areas where things are different is with the suspension setups. Hondaprokevin has given us an exact breakdown of the two different configurations.
The front suspension is a double-wishbone design with a balance of rigidity and tuned flex for maximum precision. The 1000X has 14.6 inches of front-wheel travel; the 3 Link rear system has a high-positioned trailing arm for improved ground clearance and provides 15.1 inches of travel.

The Talon 1000R’s double-wishbone front suspension provides 17.7 inches of front-wheel travel; at the rear, a 4+ Link suspension design limits toe change to only 0.3 degrees through the entire 20.1 inches of stroke, for excellent alignment control.
 

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Even though the suspension setup is better in the R, I do feel like more people will be leaning towards the X as a trail machine. They've been set fairly close in price so I guess it will depend on where you plan on taking the Talon.
 

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Even though the suspension setup is better in the R, I do feel like more people will be leaning towards the X as a trail machine. They've been set fairly close in price so I guess it will depend on where you plan on taking the Talon.
it will depend on what sort of trail riding you need it tailored to which is my case comes down to agility (the X)
 
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