News 2012 Honda Sabre (ABS) | Preview

2012 Honda Sabre (ABS) | Preview

2012 Honda Motorcycle

One glance at the 2012 Honda Sabre and it’s easy to see aggressive styling was the direct approach of the designers.

But although muscular, the Sabre’s pro-street styling doesn’t mean hard-on-the-body ergonomics; the Sabre was designed to provide a classical feel paired with comfortable ergos.

Regarding the VT1300 CS’s monster 1312 liquid-cooled, 52-degree twin, Honda says: “add an impressive V-twin engine complete with Honda’s sophisticated Programmed Fuel Injection, and you’ll be rolling down the meanest streets with a bike that’s as tough as it looks: the 2012 Sabre.”

For 2012, the Honda Sabre is only available in one color: Ultra Blue Metallic.

Following are the specs, color option and MSRP for the 2012 Honda Sabre.

2012 Honda Sabre Specs:

  • Model: VT1300CS / VT1300CS ABS
  • Engine Type: 1312cc liquid-cooled 52° V-twin
  • Bore and Stroke: 89.5mm x 104.3mm
  • Compression ratio: 9.2:1
  • Valve Train: SOHC; three valves per cylinder
  • Induction: PGM-FI with automatic enrichment circuit, one 38mm throttle body
  • Ignition: Digital with 3-D mapping, two spark plugs per cylinder
  • Transmission: Five-speed
  • Final Drive: Shaft
  • Suspension Front: 41mm fork; 4.0 inches travel
  • Rear: Single shock; 3.9 inches travel
  • Brakes Front: Single 336mm disc with twin-piston caliper
  • Rear: 296mm disc with single-piston caliper
  • Optional ABS and CBS (VT1300CS ABS)
  • Tires Front: 90/90-21
  • Rear: 170/80-15
  • Wheelbase: 70.3 inches
  • Rake (Caster Angle): 33°
  • Trail: 115.0mm (4.5 inches)
  • Seat Height: 26.9 inches
  • Fuel Capacity: 4.4 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: 46 mpg
  • Curb Weight: 664 pounds (VT1300CS) / 679 pounds (VT1300CS ABS)

2012 Honda Sabre Color Option / MSRP:

  • Ultra Blue Metallic / $12,250
  • Ultra Blue Metallic ABS / $13,250

Availability: January 2012

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling.

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