One of the key distinctions between the Honda Talon and other UTVs is that they run a transmission without a drive belt. Unlike those “rubber band” bikes, the Honda Talon uses a DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission), which doesn’t use a belt. This is great for those that aren’t fans of belt drive systems, and with a Honda Talon, you won’t need to constantly replace your drive belt all the time for $150 a pop. Some have brought up concerns about this type of system, stating that fixing wet clutches on the trail will be much more difficult than fixing belt-driven machines. But with the dependability that Honda is known for, this hasn’t been an issue as of yet. You don’t need Honda Talon drive belt replacements if the Talon doesn’t use a drive belt, and you won’t have to deal with the awful noise that comes from the driveline and front differentials of belt-driven machines. Instead, you’ll get an innovative way to deliver power more efficiently than belt-driven side-by-sides with comparable horsepower.
The main issue with UTVs that use a drive belt is the noise level. The XRC by Can-Am, for example, has a low cockpit, and places the drive belt right behind the driver’s head. Not only is this loud and annoying, but it also requires a good deal of maintenance. Ditch the old-school CVT system and live the no-belt life with a Honda Talon DCT. Not only will you not have to worry about a Honda Talon drive belt, but you’ll hardly have to use your brakes because the engine braking is phenomenal — and you don’t have to give it gas to get the Talon to engine brake either. Without a drive belt, you have instant power on demand by downshifting, and of course no funky clutch to deal with. Put those drive-belt buggies to shame with a Honda Talon. And while you’re at it, get all the accessories you need here at Everything Honda Offroad.