Sure it’s fun to have a stylin’ ride, but it can be even better yet when high style merges with the ability to rack up big miles–and that’s what the 2011 Honda Interstate™ VT1300CT is all about. Check out those stylish hard leather bags that offer ample storage space and that big, traditional windscreen; we’re talking all-day riding comfort and convenience that will carry you through that long, long getaway. Because when you’re aboard one of the coolest rides around, sometimes you just don’t want the ride to end.
Don’t say we didn’t warn you—one look and you won’t be able to tear your eyes off the gorgeous Interstate custom. Like its equally stunning Stateline stable mate, this 1312cc V-twin is the ultimate expression of progressive retro cruiser styling, with one big difference: It’s built to go the (long) distance, with touring features like floorboards, roomy leather-clad saddlebags, and a custom windscreen.
So we won’t mind if we catch you staring. In fact, we fully expect it.
Cross-town or Cross-country, this bike’s made to cruise.
The Interstate is a looker, a stunner—first and foremost. Better still, since this is a Honda, you know the beauty runs much more than skin deep, showcasing engineering and innovative features like that beefy 1312cc 52º V-twin with Programmed Fuel Injection and smooth, maintenance-free shaft drive. A plush, deep-dish saddle, full-size floorboards and a custom touring windscreen make all-day cruising a breeze, while roomy saddlebags let you pack enough for … well, that’s completely up to you.
With its potent 1312cc, 52º V-twin, the Interstate delivers strong low- and mid-range torque, ample passing power, and a pulsing exhaust note that is downright hypnotic.
No matter where, or how long, your ride takes you, the Interstate will get you there in style and comfort, thanks to spacious saddlebags, full-size floorboards and a large, custom windscreen.
A 336mm front and a 296mm rear disc brake ensure strong stopping power and control.
New for 2011
•Dark Red Metallic color joins Black.
•Optional ABS and CBS will be available – color TBD.
Touring equipped. Room to stretch out. Windscreen and saddlebags. Floorboards and fork covers.
1312cc liquid-cooled 52-degree V-twin – Powerful 1312cc, 52-degree V-twin engine with a single-pin crankshaft and dual balancers has plenty of torque, and the feel only a V-twin can deliver.
Full sized floorboards – A must-have for every long-distance machine: large, roomy floorboards, with vibration-absorbing rubber inserts, to keep your size-12 dogs relaxed all day long.
Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) – Forget about fiddling with a choke—the Interstate’s fuel-injection system means no-hassle startups on cold mornings or at high altitudes, and optimal performance in any condition.
Front and Rear Disc Brakes – Equipped with powerful stoppers at both ends—a single 336mm disc with twin-piston caliper up front and 296mm disc with single-piston caliper in back—the Interstate excels at reeling in the mph.
Hardcover Saddlebags – Roomy and built with stylish leather overlaying a protective hard case and cover, the Interstate’s saddlebags are big enough to pack for a long trip—and durable enough to take it.
Shaft Final Drive – The shaft final drive is quiet, clean, and has been uniquely integrated into the overall design.
Low-Slung Saddle – Measuring in at a low, easy-to-get-the-boots-down-when-stopping 26.7 inches, the Interstate’s wide, cushy seat not only enhances the comfort level, but the styling as well.
Chrome Fork Covers – Custom bikes can never have too much style, as the Interstate illustrates perfectly with its brilliant, eye-catching chrome fork covers.
Windscreen – The stylish custom windscreen keeps wind and weather at bay, ensuring both rider and passenger cruise in ultimate touring comfort.
Three-Valve Dual-Plug Combustion Chamber
Heel-Toe Shifter – A handy, and old-school cruiser-style, heel-toe shifter is paired with the floorboards to make shifting through the gears a simple toe or heel tap away.
MSRP – $TBA USD
Engine Type: 1312cc liquid-cooled 52° V-twin
Bore and Stroke: 89.5mm x 104.3mm
Compression ratio: 9.2:1
Valve Train: SOHC; three valves per cylinder
Induction: PGM-FI with automatic enrichment circuit, one 38mm throttle body
Ignition: Digital with 3-D mapping, two spark plugs per cylinder
Final Drive: Shaft
Suspension Front: 41mm fork; 4.0 inches travel
Rear: Single shock; 3.9 inches travel
Brakes Front: Single 336mm disc with twin-piston caliper
Rear: 296mm disc with single-piston caliper
Optional ABS and CBS will be available – color TBD
Tires Front: 140/80-17
Wheelbase: 70.3 inches
Rake (Caster angle): 33.0°
Trail: 118.0mm (4.6 inches)
Seat Height: 26.8 inches
Fuel Capacity: 4.4 gallons
Estimated Fuel Economy**: 47 mpg
Colors: Dark Red Metallic, Black
Curb Weight* 712 pounds
*Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel–ready to ride.
**Honda’s fuel-economy estimates are based on EPA exhaust emission measurement test procedures and are intended for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you ride; how you maintain your vehicle; weather; road conditions; tire pressure; installation of accessories; cargo, rider and passenger weight; and other factors.
Meets current EPA standards.
Models sold in California meet current CARB standards and may differ slightly due to emissions equipment.
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