2010 Honda Stateline & Interstate First Ride – Motorcycle USA

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2010 Honda Stateline Interstate First Ride

The 2010 Stateline features valanced fenders, wide retro-styled pullback handlebars and a blacked-out engine.

While the Sabre bears Honda’s torch for a factory bike with custom appeal it initiated with the Fury, the Stateline and Interstate lean more to the classic cruiser side of styling. Dynamically, the bikes are mirror images, with the only thing separating the two being the Interstate’s slew of touring accoutrements. But even though the pair dons a more traditional look, they still are styled much sportier than previous VTX models.

Let’s start with the Stateline. At first glance, it’s hard to differentiate it from the Sabre. But closer inspection reveals that its valanced fenders swoop down much more than the Sabre’s.

The larger palette of the rear fender allowed Honda to deck it out with a larger, more triangulated taillight. While its downtubes feature the same curvature as the Sabre’s, a frame cover in the steering head eliminates a little of the open-aired nature of its pro-street sibling. Take a gander at its front wheel and you’ll notice that it’s much thicker and smaller, measuring in at a chunky 140mm wide and 17-inches tall.

The bars are also positioned much differently. According to Bruno Conte, Senior Designer for Honda RD Americas, the handlebars are 25mm higher, 62mm wider, and pull-back an extra 81mm. The seat is also wider.

The other most noticeable difference is in the engine compartment, as the Stateline’s mill has received the blacked-out treatment. It also is available with the optional Combined Braking System (CBS), which links the rear brake to the front and engages one piston of the twin-piston caliper, along with ABS.

The leather-wrapped bags on the 2010 Interstate have a combined 22-liters of volume and a hidden latch system. The dual exhausts (below) on the VT1300 cruisers puts out an impressive growl.

Bodywise, the 2010 Interstate is a mirror image of the Stateline. It too has the larger, swoopy fenders, a meaty 140mm, 17-inch front wheel, and the blacked-out engine treatment. But there are differences. The upper portion of its 41mm fork is wrapped in chrome covers.

The transition to touring machine includes a windscreen, 22-liter capacity leather-wrapped saddlebags, full-size floorboards, a heel-toe shifter and larger brake pedal. The fixed bags feature a hidden locking system and an adequately sized rectangular-shaped storage area. And while you’d think that out of all three of the VT1300 Series that should have ABS as an option it’d be the touring bike, it’s not available on the Interstate.

When questioned about this fact, the only reason Honda offered was that it wanted to keep all the bikes under that magical $13,000 threshold, and the Interstate lists just below that at $12,749.

Firing up the Stateline, the first thing that’s immediately noticeable is its contrasting rider triangle compared to the Sabre. The bars are noticeably wider and higher. The reach to the foot controls is the same, but the seat is a little wider, and the combination positions me in a more relaxed upright riding posture.

The extra sweep to the bars gives the illusion that the cockpit is smaller. The speedo sits even lower in my line of sight and is difficult to see.

The launch from a standstill is facilitated by the seamless fuel delivery of the PGM-FI. The powerband delivers good low- and mid-range torque, but lacks a little up top. Coming around a bend and over a rise, a California Department of Transportation truck painting a white stripe has traffic backed up. Our group doesn’t see it until we come blasting over the rise, resulting in an emergency braking situation.

The 336mm big front disc with a twin-piston caliper has the feel but not a very aggressive bite. I mash the single-piston caliper on the 296mm disc on the rear, and granted the brakes don’t lock up easily, but the combination still isn’t providing enough power to bring a 672-lb bike to a halt for my liking. The front is the better of the two, and the back definitely is a little soft.

2010 Honda Stateline Specs

Engine – 1312cc liquid-cooled 52° V-twin

Bore/Stroke – 89.5mm x 104.3mm

Compression Ratio – 9.2:1

Induction – PGM-FI with automatic enrichment circuit, one 38mm throttle body

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