In 2009, famed Japanese automaker Honda released two separate models of its Interceptor, each with unique specifications to meet the varying needs of the customer base. But while the 2009 Honda Interceptor Base and 2009 Honda Interceptor ABS have slightly different features, each provides a smooth and comfortable ride once the wheels hit the road.
The 2009 Honda Interceptor is one of the flashiest bikes on the market, thanks to its sleek, black, plastic sporting frame. With a weight of 540 pounds and a wheelbase of 57.4 inches, this is one of the bigger bikes on the market and it is definitely designed for experienced, adult riders. A seat height of 31.7 inches gives the driver a pristine view of his or her surroundings, while an extra passenger seat allows a companion to hit the open road too.
Once the 2009 Honda Interceptor hits the pavement, its presence is felt immediately, thanks to one of the most powerful engines found on any motorcycle anywhere. The bike comes equipped with a fuel-injected, DOHC, four-cylinder engine, with an 11.6:1 compression ratio and 2.84 x 1.89 bore and stroke. A six-speed manual transmission allows the driver to navigate in and out of traffic at a pace and speed that is both easy and comfortable.
Of course, with as much power as the engine creates, the 2009 Honda Interceptor's suspension and steering allow the driver to remain in control, even while cruising at top speeds. The bike has a 1.7-inch front adjustable fork preload, with a telescopic fork front suspension and aluminum single-sided swing arm suspension in the rear. A single shock absorber helps the rider maintain control of this motorcycle, even under harsh road conditions.
Beyond the suspension and steering, the 2009 Interceptor's wheels and tires help to make for a smooth ride. The Interceptor is equipped with a pair of two tubeless aluminum wheels, as well as a 180/70 ZR17 rear tire, which measures slightly larger than the 120/70 ZR17 tire in front, helping to provide a well-balanced ride. With dual disc front brakes and disc brakes in the rear, drivers can make quick and efficient stops when riding at top cruising speeds.
Also, for those riders looking for a bike that has a little class to go along with its comfort, the 2009 Honda Interceptor is built for them. This motorcycle comes with a number of exclusive standard features, including exterior guards and covers, as well as a clock, fuel gauge, tachometer, temperature-warning gauge, and trip odometer. Standard under-seat storage allows the rider to store extra supplies for those especially long trips. Standard front and rear fenders provide one more safety component to protect riders.
Speaking of safety, if you’re looking for one additional feature to enhance your riding experience, go beyond the Interceptor Base to Honda’s other 2009 model, the Interceptor ABS. While specs on the bike are essentially the same, the Interceptor ABS does offer a revolutionary anti-lock brake system, which gives riders an extra layer of protection and peace of mind when hitting the open road.