IN ITS FOURTH release of 2010 models, American Honda today announced three cruisers comprising a new 1300 Customs lineup. It also released information on a new Shadow roadster and the return of the ST1300. The announcement follows closely behind Tuesday’s unveiling of the 2010 CRF450R.
“These five streetbikes add even more excitement to our lineup for 2010,” Honda’s Bill Savino stated in a news release. “Four of these bikes are new V-twins that dramatically expand our line of cruisers. The Sabre, Stateline, Interstate and Shadow RS V-twins unveil new styling and functional variations for Honda buyers, and we’re excited about the new opportunities these machines present. The ST1300 continues to extend its reputation for long-haul performance with a sporting flair and it remains a popular choice among riders who live for the open road. This 2010 model year is shaping up very well, with lots of exciting options for Honda fans.”
Like all the new customs, the pro-street-styled Sabre is powered by fuel-injected 1300cc V-twin. The model is also available with anti-lock braking. The Sabre will come in black or candy red. The standard version ($11,799 MSRP) will hit dealerships in March; the ABS version ($12,799) in April.
Featuring long, low lines, the Stateline has fenders that arc downward in classic retro style. But Honda says the all-new rolling chassis and overall lines bring a fresh look to the class. The Stateline will be available with or without ABS in black or candy dark red. The standard model ($11,699) will be in dealerships in February; the ABS model ($12,699) in March.
The Interstate is the touring version with hard leather bags, a traditional windscreen and floorboards. It will be available in black and Pearl Blue. In dealerships-February. MSRP: $12,749.00
Compared to previous Shadows, the 2010 Shadow RS roadster’s higher pegs increase ground clearance. The bike is powered by a liquid-cooled 745cc V-twin with fuel injection. It will at dealerships in March in metallic gray and pearl white. In dealerships-March. MSRP will be $7,799. (No image was immediately available, but the bike is shown on the consumer website listed in the last paragraph.)
The 2010 ST1300 returns with its fuel-injected 1261cc V-4 engine, plus full-coverage bodywork, a three-way adjustable rider’s seat, a motor-driven adjustable windscreen, dual saddlebags and more. The ST is available with and without ABS in black. It will hit stores in March. Honda hasn’t determined retail pricing. (No image was immediately available, and the model does not yet appear on Honda’s consumer site.)
The CRF450 returns for 2010 with the following updates:
- Honda says new ECU programming improves off/on throttle control and allows improved starting.
- New engine auto decompression system with revised decomp pin shape and new decompressor weight/spring enables improved starting.
- New front fork oil seal, oil settings and valving contribute to improve control, fork action and balance.
- Rear shock features redesigned piston, high-speed compression adjuster and all-new valving for improved suspension action and enhanced machine balance.
- PGM-FI tuning connector is relocated behind radiator shroud for easier access.
More detailed information and images of Honda's model line can be found on www.powersports.honda.com.
Posted by Arlo Redwine