2011 Honda Sabre Review


Somewhere between the naked bike and the stylized chopper sits the custom cruiser. This class of motorcycles has been hit-and-miss amongst buyers as it toes a fine line between overly aggressive and under-performing. Most bike makers seem to build theirs in color schemes that scream power or intimidation. Honda went the middle road with this middle cruiser sitting between the Stateline powerhorse and the Interstate luxury liner. Balancing the menacing look of the chromed out customs with the softer but dynamic appearance that electric blue can give, Honda created the Sabre.

With minimalist styling, a 33-degree rake and a long wheelbase, the 2011 Honda Sabre definitely says custom. For the rider, this results in a slightly hunched, but not uncomfortable position on the low-slung seat, reaching over the long tank to the stubby, raked bars. Controls and dashboard are laid out with this position in mind, however, making for an ergonomic feel and the far forward, adjustable foot pegs help give balance to the ride.

The 2011 Honda Sabre flows forward, with its huge 21-inch, five-spoke wheel and front tire leading the way. Sitting on the bike, the rider feels and hears the impressive engine curdling and roar whereas the tuned mufflers and pipe positioning spares onlookers from an onslaught of decibels. A comfortable, powerful, sporty and attention-getting ride sums up the excellent design of the Sabre.

New For 2011

  • New all-electric blue finish, including the frame, to contrast with the judicious use of chrome for all-around intimidation in style
  • New 1312-cc V-twin with improved timing and balance ratios to take a tried-and-true performer and make it even better
  • Honda branded sticker on rear fender placed atop clear coating for easy removal for those who prefer to go incognito
  • Very short saddle position allows easy balance at a stop for even the shortest of riders

2011 Honda Sabre Specs

  • Model: Sabre VT1300CS
  • Engine Type: 1312-cc, 52-degree V-twin
  • Bore and Stroke: 3.52 x 4.11 inches
  • Compression ratio: 9.2:1
  • Valve Train: Single overhead cam (SOHC), tri-valve
  • Induction: PGM-FI on throttle body
  • Ignition: Digital with 3D mapping
  • Transmission: Five-speed
  • Final Drive: Shaft
  • Fuel Capacity: 4.4 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: 46 miles per gallon
  • Brakes (Front): Single disc, twin-piston caliper
  • Brakes (Rear): Single disc, single-piston caliper
  • Suspension (Front): Fork with four inches travel
  • Suspension (Rear): Single shock with 3.9 inches travel
  • Wheelbase: 70.3 inches
  • Rake: 33 degrees
  • Trail: 4.5 inches
  • Seat Height: 26.9 inches
  • Curb Weight: 659 pounds
  • Tires (Front): 90/90 21-inch
  • Tires (Rear): 170/80 15-inch


  • Anti-lock brakes for added safety on the road, giving more stopping power and better slowing on slick surfaces
  • Leather front pouch for added cargo space, hanging just below the headlamp
  • Custom rider and passenger seat replacements with Flame, Tribal, or Vector design to accentuate the owner's style
  • Optional Boulevard windscreen and mounting frame for smoother riding at highway speeds
  • Full, custom Honda cycle cover for all-weather protection indoors and out
  • Trim accents including Allen Bolt inserts, custom clutch cover, custom grips, a license plate frame, and a sissy bar addition for pensive passengers

Key Competitors For The 2011 Honda Sabre

  • Kawasaki Vulcan 900
  • Yamaha V-Star 1100
  • Honda Fury
  • Harley-Davidson Super Glide
  • Victory Custom Cruiser