The 2011 Honda Stateline is an attractive bike produced with intention of comfortable and impressive cruising. The design elements are largely retro in aspect with a low swooping body design that sits close to the ground for easy control and a confident ride. The chrome accenting brings to mind first-class materials, and as such, nothing is short of high quality on the 2011 Honda Stateline. The V-Twin engine that it comes equipped with provides plenty of throaty torque. It is a 1312-cc engine with a single overhead camshaft, liquid cooling, and an electric ignition. The transmission is a five-speed manual that produces smooth gearshifts.
The seat rests at 26.8 inches, which may make taller riders feel a bit crunched to the ground. However, the low saddle allows for shorter riders to drive with confidence, and the fenders are tight on the tires to produce a clean look. The Stateline can be equipped with anti-lock brakes for additional control over the vehicle, and the long list of accessories makes it easy to add style and storage throughout the bike. The forward controls and shifter are simple to use and comfortable for the driver to reach. The displays and controls are simple, and they include a large-sized speedometer with a turn signal indicator, a check engine light, temperature and oil pressure gauges, and a low fuel indicator.
Fuel injection means that the 2011 Honda Stateline has no choke issues and starts rather easily even when it is cold. The fuel capacity is 4.4 gallons, and the estimated fuel economy is a bit lackluster at 46 mpg. The acceleration could use some improvements, and the bike will struggle compared to some of the competitors. Despite the large engine size, the bike feels underwhelming. Turning and handling curves is not a problem, however, but the low positioning and ride of the bike make it easy to bottom out. The suspension will not absorb bumps very well, making this bike uncomfortable on rough roads. Overall, the Stateline is extremely attractive, and it appears to mean well, but it doesn't quite deliver as well as it should.