2010 Honda VT1300 Interstate, Stateline and Sabre Comparison Rider Magazine

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Honda VT 1300 CT Interstate

2010 Honda VT1300 Stateline and Sabre Comparison

2010 Honda VT1300

Last year when introduced the 2010 Fury as an release model, it mollified who were “furious” about outrageous prices for unreliable—and unrideable—custom choppers. Why shouldn’t the rider be able to buy a cool-looking ride without having to out a second mortgage? For 13 grand you can now that “custom chopper” a 71.2-inch wheelbase, a bare frame that plunges down, down and a raked end.

All backed by Honda and an army of dealers who can supply and accessories.

That’s my theory, about how the Fury got its name—nobody at has actually told me that any connection with the Fury and mollifying furious riders. But the are that since the long and low of the VT13VX Fury has been embraced, as has the popular VTX1300 from whence the Fury was three new VT1300 custom have arrived on the scene. scene was in Temecula, California, we were invited to test the new VT1300 Sabre, Stateline and models.

The three new VTs are powered by the 1,312cc, liquid-cooled, SOHC, 52-degree V-twin that’s hanging out in the VTX1300 since On the Fury, and now the VT1300 additions, the has been tossed in exchange for PGM fuel injection with a throttle body and an automatic circuit. Our test Interstate up easily every time, needs about 30 seconds to up on 40-degree mornings before it can be smoothly away.

The Sabre’s flat, pullback offers more leverage for steering through corners.

the three are based on the same each sports its own personality. The has muscular styling with fenders, a skinnier front and a flat, pullback handlebar places your arms forward and closer to your than the other two; calls the styling “radical.” The positions your arms with a big, wide the engine is blacked out and the bike has a look with deep, fenders.

The Interstate is basically a model that’s been with a windscreen, rider leather-covered saddlebags, a larger pedal and a heel-toe shifter. brakes are available for the Sabre and while Honda has chosen not to them for the Interstate to keep all of the priced under $13,000.

Our ride in Temecula covered 130 miles of meandering two-lane a carpet of yellow wildflowers in bloom and even a tribe of clustered on the side of the road. Our rumbled along a variety-pack of and long, sweeping turns some tight stuff in, so we could get a good overall for the differences in the bikes. Then we 520 miles on Rider’s test

Clutch-lever pull and shifting the five-speed transmission is easy and as is finding neutral. There’s a pleasing thunk as you change augmenting the big-bike feel the VT series’ single-pin crank and sounds.

As is the norm with cruisers, (and floorboards in the case of the will be clattering along the in the twisties if you’re a spirited The torquey engine pulls the smoothly and strongly through turns. Fork rake has reined in 5 degrees from the 38, so getting around a turn far less effort, yet you still to put a little muscle into through tighter stuff.

In I preferred the Sabre’s flat, bar that required less to steer as it placed my arms in to my body. It also made me more connected to the bike, the trade-off was that the Sabre’s 90/90-21 front tire when running over seams, as opposed to the other front 140/80-17s that the course.

There’s also of a reach to the Sabre’s bar, and hopping off the Interstate with its where you can move your around, the far-out-there footpegs a noticeable stretch. The Sabre my body in a “C” position with my outstretched, while the other two me in a more upright stance.

The and Interstate’s handlebars offer a relaxed, pleasant feel for long of limb, and when along on the highway there’s no or pressure in my shoulders. With my placed low and wide, it is reminiscent of an signaling “Safe!” There’s a span of 34 inches between the measured straight across.

The grips are big as well, and I kept on the bright switch when for the turn signals with my hands. As for seating on the Interstate, Bill Stermer (6 feet) and I (5 10 inches) found the ergonomics and the seat plush enough to it conducive to long stays, Road Test Editor (6 feet, 1 inch) says it his hips back so he sits on his after a while creating a in his ….

Greg also noted the handlebar banged his knees feet-up-on-the-floorboards full-lock U-turns. at full lock, all three a wide turning radius.

from the rear you can see how long and the VT1300s are with their stretched tanks. Reach to the handlebar over the long might not be the best setup for a rider who is 5 feet tall arms to match his or her stature. The is the lightest of the three with a 664 pounds wet. Our test weighed in at 716 pounds ready to our fully fueled Fury that three times weighed in at 663 pounds.

The down-low and low seats (26.9 inches on the 26.8 on the other two) make the VTs manageable at parking-lot

The VT1300 Interstate and Rider Managing Editor Donya overlooking Borrego Springs off

The VT1300s have inherited Fury’s looonnng wheelbase. slightly shorter, but not by much, knocking about an inch off the 71.2 inches. No matter how you it, that’s a long distance axle to axle.

If it weren’t for the VT’s 5.1 inches clearance, a luge with could fit in between. Coincidentally, we ran our test Fury on the Jett dyno for our October 2009 torque was exactly the same as the at 71.2. That would be at rpm, and max horsepower was 56.0 at rpm.

Our Interstate did not get time on the though we’d expect output to be similar.

Suspension are handled by a 41mm fork 4.0 inches of travel and a single with 3.9 inches travel. cruising down the highway and over small bumps, the feels well composed. bumps and potholes, however, are and speed bumps pop me out of the Interstate’s

A slight vibration comes the grips, and I can feel the pulsing of the on my right knee where it against the air-cleaner cover; of this is bothersome since I the way it reminds me that I’m riding a To keep costs down, and as well, most of the VT’s are chrome-colored plastic.

All three house tanks with an speedo with numbers on the side.

Single discs and rear, with a twin-piston in front and a single-piston in the rear, stop the VT1300s. The Interstate is not with ABS, and though the lack much of a bite first applied, when kick in they have a strong feel that the Interstate smartly.

The Interstate’s tall windscreen is a blessing. It blocks straight-on well, keeping the rider’s relatively still. Airflow up alongside the tank causing an which blows up through the of my full-face helmet.

On the chilly I’m starting out on, this blast of air is unwelcome, though I’d suspect on really hot days it would be a excellent feature. Could be the also makes the bike slightly at speed in long because the Stateline held its well through the corners. At moment I very much that windscreen because I through a swarm of bees on the way to work.

They bounced off and to the big windscreen, and when I pulled up the road to inspect myself I two bees out of my braid and one off my fleece gaiter—who knows how many still be with me without windscreen.

The Interstate’s leather-covered have a hidden release at the back that makes them easier with two They’re tiered on the inside, and enough to stuff in a lightweight jacket, though they do not The bags have 4-inch and are plastic lined, which the contents warm and dry—literally, I picked up a rotisserie-cooked whole and then rode 20 minutes in the rain.

The bike was also outside in an hour-long rain and the stayed dry inside. To take off the windscreen and saddlebags, you need time and tools to remove a of bolts.

An accessorized version of the Interstate a backrest, rack and passenger added.

This trio of lean and mean cruisers so mean after all. The are comfortable, have good torque and decent turn-in and for bikes with such They also look with their extended ends and custom styling. Our averaged almost 40 mpg, is pretty darn good for a “custom.” At the intro, Honda had one of each model for us to sample some of the optional 48 accessories for the VT1300s.

So you can customize your and the possibilities are endless. With so choices, these bikes make many furiously

Frame: Tubular-steel double

Wheelbase: 70.3 in.

Rake/Trail: 33 in. (4.6 / 4.5)

Seat 26.8 in. (26.8 / 26.9)

Front: 41mm telescopic, no 4.0-in. travel

Wet Weight: 716 (claimed 672 lbs. / 664 lbs.)


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