Honda's VT1300 Stateline, Interstate, Sabre
Thursday, April 15, 2010
is introducing three new models based on its popular VTX1300. Yesterday we got a chance to be among the first to ride the 2010 Honda Sabre
, Stateline and Interstate. With these three models, Big Red hopes to offer a wider range of riders the experience of owning “custom bike styling” at an affordable price. With three different platforms
Honda introduced its 2010 VT1300 Series - the Interstate, Stateline and Sabre yesterday in Temecula, California. The fourth model showcases some of the 48 accessories the company has available for the platform. Check back next week for the our first ride report.
to choose from, Honda believes that there is enough variation in its VT1300 series to appeal to a wide demographic, from cruiser riders who prefer a sportier Pro- Street style bike to those looking to log serious miles on the open road.
All three are powered by Honda’s tried-and-true VTX1300 engine, a 52-degree, liquid-cooled V-Twin with a single-pin crankshaft, 38mm throttle body and dual balancers. The engine is tuned the same for all three models. The 1312cc powerplant features Honda’s Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) and fuel delivery is what you’d expect from a Honda, silky-smooth.
The first VTX was introduced in 2003 and sold almost 12,000 models. The 2003 VTX1300S was a classic-styled cruiser, featuring spoked wheels, floorboards, and traditional styling. In 2004, Honda amped up the platform with the introduction of the 2004 VTX1300C, equipping the new model with racy wheels, chopped fenders, and more custom-oreinted paint schemes. Honda would follow this up in 2005 with the introduction of the VTX1300R, its third derivative of the VTX platform. In 2008, Honda met the demands of riders who desired a VTX factory-equipped for the long haul with the release of the 2008 VTX1300 Touring which featured a windscreen, saddlebags, and a passenger backrest. Finally, in 2010, Honda shook things up entirely and slapped its VTX1300 engine in its first production chopper, the 2010 Honda Fury
This year, Honda’s giving cruiser riders the best of all VTX worlds with three new models. Yesterday we started in beautiful Temecula, California for a blast over the mountains to the fringe of the desert in Borrego Springs. How are the motorcycles similar and how do they differ? How’d the trio perform? Check back next week for the full First Ride report.
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