2013 Honda Interstate Review


The 2013 Honda Interstate touring bike is a blend of styles, making it quite the eye catching ride. It is part chopper yet part pro-street custom while flashing a retro cruiser attitude. It is designed to spend hours on the road with its long distance features such as rider floorboards, hard leather saddle bags and a custom windscreen.

The 2013 Interstate sports a 1312cc 52-degree V-Twin engine which delivers a roaring 74 horse power. Complementing this powerful, dominant engine is a liquid cooling system, PGM-FI fuel injection system with automatic enrichment circuit, compression ratio of 9.2:1, and a five-speed transmission with shaft final drive. The five-speed, shaft drive transmission not only helps deliver all the power the engine has to offer but it is also a very low maintenance and reliable part of the bike. This should be a nice added peace of mind when riding during a long trip. All of these components of this bike work collectively to give the rider all the power and torque needed for city and long distance riding.

To battle the woes of bumpy roads, the 2013 interstate sports a 1.6 inch diameter telescopic front fork with 4inches of travel and a rear twin sided swing arm with 3.9 inches of travel. This gives ample amount of cushion in the suspension to combat what roads may throw at a rider while enduring long distance riding. In addition to this forgiving suspension, the 2013 Interstate has several other superficial parts to it that make riding the bike something you may not want to end. The interstate sports large, hard leather bags for plentiful storage capacity, a custom full-size windscreen to help protect the face from potential hazards on the road, rider floorboards and a heel-toe shifter to give maximum comfort and minimal strain on the legs.

This bike is a great example of what a touring bike should look like and offer for a comfortable long-distance ride. It gives the rider everything one could ask for.

New For 2013

  • A powerful 1312cc, 52-degree V-twin engine with a single-pin crankshaft and dual balancers has plenty of torque, the feel only a V-twin can deliver.
  • Programmed fuel injection (PGM-FI) system to prevent any time spent fiddling with a choke to get the bike started on a cold day or at high altitudes. This offers the best performance in any condition.
  • A five-speed, shaft drive transmission helps deliver the power from the 1312cc engine to the wheel but it is also a very low maintenance and reliable engine component.
  • Leather overlaid protective hard saddlebags with a choice of plain, studded, or fringed.
  • Matte black fork covers because a custom bike can't lack style, something the Interstate illustrates very well.
  • A custom windscreen for a nice stylish addition to keep the wind and weather at bay providing the rider and passenger with supreme touring comfort.
  • Full-size floorboards fulfill this must need accessory by every long-distance rider. These large and open floorboards come with vibration-absorbing rubber inserts to give an even more stress free ride.
  • New light silver metallic color along with the previous year's choices. Combining the choice of color and the many other choices of accessories truly makes this bike more personalized than others.

2013 Honda Interstate Specs

  • Model: Interstate
  • Engine Type: V-twin, four-stroke, 1312cc
  • Bore and Stroke: 3.53 inches and 4.11 inches
  • Compression ratio: 9.2:1
  • Valve Train: Single Overhead Camshaft
  • Induction: PGM-FI with automatic enrichment circuit, one 38 mm throttle body
  • Ignition: Electric
  • Transmission: five-speed
  • Final Drive: shaft
  • Fuel Capacity: 4.4 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: 46 miles per gallon
  • Brakes (Front): Single hydraulic 13.2 inch disc with twin-piston caliper
  • Brakes (Rear): Single hydraulic 11.7 inch disc with single-piston caliper
  • Suspension (Front): 1.6 inch diameter telescopic fork with 4inches of travel
  • Suspension (Rear): twin sided swing arm with 3.9 inches of travel
  • Wheelbase: 70.3 inches
  • Rake: 33 degrees
  • Trail: 4.6 inches
  • Seat Height: 26.8 inches
  • Curb Weight: 712 pounds
  • Tires (Front): 140/80-17
  • Tires (Rear): 170/80-15


  • Custom grips that give the rider more options for style and/or functionality.
  • Boulevard smoked screen that helps dim down horizon sun glare and adds a slight amount of mystique.
  • Plain, studded, or fringed touring bag to give an added amount of storage for long distance riding or quick errands around town.
  • Low or tall backrest & pad for added comfort to the rider and passenger.
  • Passenger floorboard which is a very comfortable addition when riding with a passenger on the back.
  • Custom rider seat and chrome side covers to let the rider choose how he or she should personalize the bike to match their style.
  • Braided throttle cable, clutch cable, front brake hose, rear brake hose braided lines that not only have functionality by keeping all the necessary hose lines out of harm's way but also keeping spectator's eyes away from gaudy hose lines and focused on the beauty of the bike.
  • There is also a choice of an added antilock braking system and a digital audio system.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Honda Interstate

  • V Star 1300
  • Harley-Davidson Road Glide
  • Harley-Davidson Street Glide
  • Moto Guzzi California 1400
  • Suzuki Boulevard C90T B.O.S.S.