2012 Honda MotorcycleOne 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
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
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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at email@example.com and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
So on that note, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!