See photos of the 1984 Honda V65 Sabre (VF1100S) in the Retro Ride: 1984 Honda VF1100S photo gallery. Read the full report in the Retro Ride: 1984 Honda VF1100S.
- The cockpit view shows the mix of analog and LCD instrumentation, warning lights, non-locking pannier compartment on the left, locking compartment on the right and locking gas cap.
- The handlebar ends crowd the edge of the windshield, which makes for tricky maneuvering when you need to turn the bars to full lock and use the levers.
- The Sabre’s long wheelbase makes it more at home in sweeping turns than in tight, technical twisties.
- 1984 Honda V65 Sabre powerhouse.
- The V65 Sabre was probably the best sport-touring bike of the Asian bikes of 30 years ago, and maybe one of the best in the world. Hard bags that doubled as luggage were available, but lighter semi-rigid throw-over bags work well for most day trips.
- After 30 years, the Honda VF1100S is no longer near the top of the horsepower heap, but it does what it does well enough to remain an imposing machine for day trips or touring or just knocking around Wisconsin’s beautiful back roads.
- Despite having sport bike performance credentials, seating position is not a speed tuck, with low bars and rear-set footpegs; rather, pegs are amidships and bars are high enough to allow the rider to be only slightly leaned forward. The windscreen has an upward curved lip at the top and is easy to see over, but not through.
- To this day, if you can find one in good condition, the 1984 Honda V65 Sabre is a great ride, even after 30 years, but finding one in good condition is the trick.