Honda introduced what was then hailed as the closest thing to a chopper ever produced by a major manufacturer, the Fury in 2009 as an early 2010 model. For the 2010 model year Honda released three new motorcycles based on the Fury 1312 cc V-Twin engine and drivetrain with somewhat less radical styling. As a group Honda refers to them as the 1300 Custom line. With their stretched out frames they’re aimed directly at a younger rider than the rest of the Honda cruiser line. The Interstate, Stateline and Sabre are all back for 2013.
2013 Honda Interstate
Part chopper, part Pro-Street custom and flaunting retro cruiser attitude, the Interstate is designed to eat up the miles with long distance standard features like rider floorboards, hard leather saddlebags and a custom windscreen. Honda has actually used the Interstate name before, and each time it was given to a touring model. Honda marketed a Gold Wing Interstate from 1980 through 1996 and the name reappeared as the full dress version of the Valkyrie from 1999 through 2001.
The original Honda VTX1300 came out in 2003, following the introduction of the line with the VTX1800 in 2002. The Fury debuted in 2009 as an early 2010 model using an upgraded version of the VTX1300 powerplant and a new stretched-out chopper frame. The VTX1300 disappeared after the 2009 model year, replaced by the 1300 Custom lineup, including the VT1300CT Interstate.
For 2013 the Honda Interstate sports large, hard leather saddlebags, a custom full-size windscreen, and rider floorboards with heel-toe shifter. The frame is color-matched and the fork covers are matte black, further enhancing the custom look of the bike. A curved frame downtube, pullback handlebars, deep dish fenders and beefy 17-inch front tires give the Interstate a retro old-school look.
But the Interstate is also the beneficiary of Honda’s latest technological innovations. The 1312 cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, 52 degree V-Twin has a single-pin crankshaft, dual balancers and a three-valve (two intake, one exhaust) combustion chamber to deliver plenty of torque throughout the powerband.
Reliable, low maintenance shaft drive, cushiony, low-slung saddle, optional anti-lock brakes, a 4.4 gallon fuel tank and combined city/highway mileage of 46 mpg mean that the 2013 Honda Interstate is ready to roll on and on.
Riders can customize their Interstate with any of Honda’s long list of accessories, like custom grips, a smoked Boulevard windscreen, or passenger floorboards. Custom touring bags, plain, studded or fringed are also available, along with a front pouch with the same finish options. Styling options include a plain or studded tank belt, engine guard, chrome side covers, billet dipstick, fork nut covers, side cover, PIAA driving lights and braided throttle and clutch lines and brake hoses. Add to the comfort and convenience of a 2013 Honda Interstate with optional custom rider seat, low or tall backrest, rear carrier and a digital audio system.
2013 Interstate Specs
The Interstate is powered by a 1312 cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, SOHC with three valves per cylinder, 52 degree V-Twin with digital ignition and two spark plugs per cylinder. Compression ratio on the Interstate is 9.2:1. The bike has a five-speed transmission with shaft final drive. Front braking is provided by a single 336 mm disc with twin-piston caliper and in the back there’s a 296 mm disc with single-piston caliper. Anti-lock brakes are an option.
Front suspension is a 41 mm fork with 4 inches of travel. There’s a single rear shock with 3.9 inches of travel. The Interstate has a rake of 33 degrees (caster angle) and a trail of 4.6 inches. This is a long motorcycle, with a 70.3 inch wheelbase. And it’s heavy, with a ready-to-ride weight of 712 pounds. Honda offers a transferable, unlimited mileage, one year limited factory warranty and extended coverage with the purchase of a Honda Protection Plan. For 2013 the Interstate is available in Light Silver Metallic. Base MSRP on the Interstate is $13,240, with ABS the base MSRP goes to $14,240.
2013 Honda Stateline
Honda can’t say enough about the 2013 Stateline. Call it retro-progressive, or the merging of classic cruiser design and cutting edge technology, the Stateline represents a fresh look for cruisers. Sharing the 1312 cc powerplant and basic frame design with the rest of the 1300 Customs, the Stateline stands out with the lowest seat height, 26.7 inches, of the line. And the unique styling cues don’t end there.
The Stateline has old school, wide pullback handlebars, silver-finish five-spoke wheels, full valanced fenders front and back and blacked-out cylinder fins on the engine that set it apart from the rest of Honda’s cruiser lineup. The Stateline instrument panel is mounted on the tank, keeping a clean look in the handlebar area.
Many of the accessories listed for the Interstate will also work on the Stateline. Those listed specially for the Stateline include a clear tall windscreen, and 24-liter or 18-liter saddlebags, either plain or studded. Honda also offers a scorpion/flame detailed custom rider seat for the Stateline.
2013 Stateline Specs
The Stateline shares most specs with both the Interstate and the Sabre, including the engine, tranny, suspension and brakes. The Stateline also has optional anti-lock brakes. Fuel capacity and estimated MPG are the same on all three 1300 Custom models. The Stateline and Interstate also share tire size and rake and trail specs. The Stateline has the shortest wheelbase of the three models, coming in at 70.1 inches and the lowest seat height, 26.7 inches. Wet weight for the Stateline is 672 pounds. The warranty on the bike is the same as that of the Interstate. Honda offers the 2013 Stateline in Black. Base MSRP for the 2013 Honda Stateline is $12,150. The ABS option takes the MSRP to $13,150.
2013 Honda Sabre
How do you differentiate three motorcycles based on the same engine and frame of a fourth bike? That’s what Honda has managed to do with the 1300 Custom line, all inspired by the powerplant and chassis of the Fury. The 2013 Honda Sabre manages to stand out from the rest of the lineup with its combination of dragster and boulevard styling. The ergonomics of the Sabre are designed for performance and stunning looks.
The Sabre features a tall 21 inch front tire, shorty fenders front and back and aggressively low set handlebars. A tank mounted instrument panel, five-spoke cast wheels, slim radiator mounts, and clean, stripped down lines make the Sabre stand out from the rest of the line and other cruisers as well.
In addition to being able to accept most of the accessories that will fit the Interstate and Stateline, you can customize your Sabre with rider footpegs, a black and red front spoiler, spoiler LED accent lights and 18 liter saddlebags, either plain or studded.
2013 Sabre Specs
The Sabre uses the same 1312 cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, 52 degree V-Twin as its 1300 Custom stablemates. Five-speed transmission, shaft final drive, suspension and brakes are all shared with the rest of the line. Anti-locks are also available as an option. The Sabre has the same size rear tire, 15 inch, as the Stateline and Interstate, but a taller 21 inch front tire. It has the tallest seat height of the group, at 26.9 inches, and a 4.5 inch trail, compared to the 4.6 inches of the Interstate and Stateline. The Sabre is the lightest of the three, with a wet weight of 664 pounds. Honda gives new owners the same transferable, unlimited mileage limited factory warranty with an extended coverage option as the rest of the lineup. For 2013 the Sabre comes in black with a base MSRP of $12,250. ABS on the Sabre hikes the MSRP to $13,250.
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