2011 Honda Interstate Review


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.

New For 2011

  • Improved fuel-injection system with programmed fuel injection (PGM-FI) makes high-altitude and cold-weather starting much easier
  • More comfortable, wider seat to make long hours spent on the road more comfortable for the rider and passenger of this touring motorcycle
  • Shaft final drive is quieter and functions more smoothly, while being integrated into the overall look of the bike
  • Larger saddlebag capacity to carry more necessary items for long trips
  • Expanded floorboards for greater comfort and convenience while journeying
  • Vibration-absorbing rubber inserts make the feet more comfortable during long hauls
  • Custom windscreen for greater wind and rain protection

2011 Honda Interstate Specs

  • Model: 2011 Honda VT 1300CT Interstate
  • Engine Type: 1312-cc V-twin four-stroke
  • Bore and Stroke: 3.53 inches and 4.11 inches
  • Compression ratio: 9.21:1
  • Valve Train: Single overhead camshaft
  • Induction: Liquid
  • Ignition: Electric
  • Transmission: Five-speed manual
  • Final Drive: Shaft
  • Fuel Capacity: 4.4 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: 47 mpg
  • Brakes (Front): Hydraulic, 13.2-inch disc
  • Brakes (Rear): Hydraulic, 11.7-inch disc
  • Suspension (Front): 1.8-inch telescopic fork (without adjustments for compression damping, rebound damping, or spring preload).
  • Suspension (Rear): Twin-sided swing arm (without adjustments for compression damping, rebound damping, or spring preload).
  • Wheelbase: 70.3 inches
  • Rake: 33 degrees
  • Trail: 4.6 inches
  • Seat Height: 26.7 inches
  • Curb Weight: 712 pounds
  • Tires (Front): 140/80 R17
  • Tires (Rear): 170/80 R15


  • Cycle cover to keep the 2011 Honda Interstate safe from rain and sun, plus dust while being stored indoors
  • Digital audio system to enhance the listening and communication experience of riders and passengers alike.
  • Passenger floorboards can increase the comfort and stability of someone riding on the Interstate
  • Saddlebag mounting brackets boost the carrying capacity and general utility of the motorcycle, whether the saddlebags are Honda or from another firm.
  • Leather saddlebags come in either plain or studded format for a clean or dramatic look
  • Alternative synthetic leather saddlebags are less costly and more humane
  • Backrest and pad are available in either low, or high and narrow, to add more support to the lower back on long rides.
  • Boulevard screen offers low-profile wind and gravel protection, with a scratch-proof finish to ensure years of use

Key Competitors For The 2011 Honda Interstate

  • Victory Cross-Country Base
  • Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Nomad
  • Harley-Davidson Dyna Glide Super Glide Custom
  • Harley-Davidson Softail Fat Boy
  • Suzuki Boulevard C50T