Honda VT1300 Interstate, Stateline & Sabre — Motorcyclist Magazine

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Honda VT 1300 CT Interstate

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They Is it too good to be true?

We say: Or is it too to be good?

They say: Is it too to be true? We say: Or is it too true to be

Pardon me while I eat crow. in our March issue, I wrote, are …. Ask Honda about the Granted, nothing has been in great quantities lately due to the

But contrary to what I wrote-which was on what a few dealers told Fury was actually the best-selling cruiser of 2009. That’s of like racing for second, Harley-Davidson’s continued domination of the ranks, but Big Red has reason to be proud, and I corrected.

The question now is: Will the Fury to sell as well in 2010? Or has initial, pent-up demand for an mass-produced chopper been Honda isn’t sitting waiting to find out, launching no fewer than new versions. The VT1300CT Interstate is a equipped touring bagger; the Stateline is a traditional fat-fendered and the VT1300CS Sabre is a Pro Street

The first two names make sense, but back in the ’80s was a V-4 standard called the Sabre the cruiser version was called the maybe Honda should resurrected that name

Although based on the Fury, all get a new frame with curving a redesigned subframe and a steel than aluminum) swingarm. and low, with 33 degrees of 4.6 inches of trail, a seat than 27 inches above the and a 70-inch wheelbase, there’s no their chopper roots.

Highest priced of the VT1300 family at $12,749, the Interstate is equipped for touring. Bike here is outfitted with luggage rack, passenger and floorboards, digital audio engine guard and acres of

Highest priced of the VT1300 family at $12,749, the Interstate is equipped fo

The engine is the same 1312cc, SOHC, 52-degree with two spark plugs and valves per cylinder: two intake, one Liquid-cooled, it hides its radiator the aforementioned downtubes, the upper hose concealed beneath the valve cover. Spent exit via a double-barrel shotgun while motive power its way to the rear tire via a five-speed and shaft drive.

The differences are in the details. The Sabre is a Fury with a drag bar and a rear tire instead of a The Stateline substitutes a 17-inch wheel for the Fury’s 21-inch And the Interstate adds a windshield, and floorboards.

Honda’s Combined System with ABS is a $1000 on the first two but strangely not on the third; the marketing department was adamant keeping the price below

The U.S. press was invited to the VT1300 line in Temecula Wine Country northeast of San just as the wildflowers were in April. Because the Interstate is the significantly different model, focus on it here.

First thing you notice you throw a leg over the saddle is you don’t have to throw a leg it at all-you kind of just over and plop down. You note the near-90-degree bend in legs, in spite of having feet flat on the floor.

The wide, pullback handlebar the old controls falls readily to cliché. The single-crank V-twin at the touch of the button, settling a potato-potato cadence that’s not Harley, but not far removed. Pull in the cable-actuated clutch, snick the into first, let the lever out and the chugs smoothly away.

Dual counterbalancers quell vibes, but still let through V-twin character.

Predictably, its radical chassis geometry, the is prone to chopper flop at speeds. Once above 15 however, the steering settles and the bike steams full-speed Only in corners does the end feel funky, the tire in and pushing, albeit far less a traditional chopper-only Honda manage that.

This tendency is much less on the Interstate or Stateline than on the or Sabre, incidentally, thanks to the use of a fatter (if not phatter) 140/80-17 But you’ll run out of cornering clearance before you run out of grip.

Honda VT 1300 CT Interstate
Honda VT 1300 CT Interstate
Honda VT 1300 CT Interstate
Honda VT 1300 CT Interstate
Honda VT 1300 CT Interstate

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