Sleek and stylish, the 2011 Honda Interstate is an attractive cruiser motorcycle that offers plenty of comfort and strong mechanics. Starting with an elegantly energetic fork and fairing assembly, the motorcycle gathers itself into a deep chest and narrow waist that recalls the lean athleticism of a greyhound. The 1312-cc, V-twin, four-stroke engine gives this bike a deep, powerful voice and presence, but supplies moderate power, topping out at 74 horsepower at 5000 rpm and generating 91 lb-ft of torque at 3500 rpm. Third gear is the best passing gear at 55 miles per hour, while at speeds above 60 miles per hour; fourth gear provides the optimal horsepower.
Braking is strong, clean, and comfortable, but the base model of the 2011 Honda Interstate lacks anti-lock brakes. Maneuverability ranges from good on the highway to fair at lower speeds, with floorboard contact with the road surface nearly inevitable on sharp turns due to low ground clearance. The 2011 Interstate is at its finest on the roads it is named for, with open spaces and wide curves. Low speed maneuverability is the weakest point of this motorcycle. Parking requires some care also, since the bike tends to lean over quite far. The 712-pound curb weight becomes quite noticeable in the motorcycle’s handling in first gear.
The 2011 Honda Interstate offers a smooth yet powerful ride, while remaining frugal with gas expenditure. The motorcycle is mechanically solid and highly reliable also, making it well adapted to regular driving. The seat is somewhat different from other motorcycles, requiring some mental flexibility to grow accustomed to, but is very comfortable for both short and long haul riding. The large windscreen and optional passenger floorboards, along with other details, make this cruiser even better adapted to touring.