2013 Honda Shadow Sabre VT1300CS Review

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2013 Honda Shadow Sabre VT1300CS
2013 Honda Shadow Sabre VT1300CS

2013 Honda Shadow Sabre VT1300CS Review

2013 Honda Shadow Sabre VT1300CS

Cuts like a knife…

Pro Street dragster or boulevard bad boy? How about a heaping dose of both? That’s the Sabre for you, a sleek, modern-day custom owing a sizable nod to the stripped-down styling of the Fury while also carving out its own, very unique place in the Honda Custom lineup. Just check out the crisp, clean lines, sporty, minimalist fenders, tall, 21” front tire, raked-out forks and low, aggressively set bars. And let’s not forget the brawny 1312cc 52º V-twin engine responsible for putting all this wickedly cool style in motion.

The 2013 Sabre. Stare all you like. Just don’t be surprised it’s not afraid to meet your gaze.

Here’s a pro-street-style cruiser that struts an aggressive look and offers the credentials to back it up: the Honda Sabre®. Featuring performance-oriented ergonomics that are both functional and comfortable, this is one tough ride cast in the classic role of a muscle-bound street rod. Thanks to a powerful 1312cc V-twin engine incorporating Honda’s sophisticated Programmed Fuel Injection, this is a bike that will take you down the meanest streets with performance that’ll turn heads.



2013 Honda Shadow Sabre VT1300CS Features and Benefits

NEW FOR 2013

– New Black color.

•Pro street styling

V-twin Harmony.

Packed with plenty of power and torque, the Sabre’s 1312cc, 52º V-twin engine boasts a single-pin crankshaft that helps deliver that inimitable V-twin pulse and sound.

Sharp-Dressed Man.

The Sabre simply screams Pro-Street style, from its short, sporty fenders and raked-out fork to its stripped-down, color-matched frame and dragster-like handlebars.

Brake Time.

A 336mm front and a 296mm rear disc brake ensure strong, progressive stopping power and control.

Additional Features

– Transferable one-year limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.

Honda Genuine Accessories†

– Custom Grips, Boulevard Screen (smoke), 18L Saddlebag (plain/studded), Saddlebag Bracket (18L), Touring Bag (plain/studded/fringed), Front Pouch (plain/studded/fringed), Tank Belt (plain/studded), Backrest & Pad (low/tall), Rear Carrier Mounting Bracket, Rear Carrier, Rider Footpegs, Front Spoiler (black/red), Front Spoiler LED Accent Lights, Custom Rider Seat (Scorpion/Flame), Chrome Side Covers, PIAA Driving Light, Braided Lines (Throttle Cable/Clutch Cable/Front Brake Hose/Rear Brake Hose), Digital Audio System, Audio Attach Kit, Master Cylinder Caps (fluted/V design/neo-retro), Billet Dipstick, Fork Nut Covers, Billet License Plate Frame (fluted/V design/neo-retro), Engine Guard, Passenger Floorboards

† WARRANTY: Because we’re so confident in the quality of each of our Honda Genuine Accessories, we’re pleased to offer one of the best warranties in the industry. One-year warranty begins on the day accessories are purchased by the customer.
•1312cc liquid-cooled 52 degree V-twin engine


2013 Honda Shadow Sabre VT1300CS Key Features

Trim Front and Rear Fenders – The close-fitting front fender along with the bobber-style rear give the Sabre a look all its own and set it apart from other models in our 1300 cruiser lineup.

Five-Spoke Cast Wheels – Silver-finish five-spoke wheels never go out of style, are easy to keep clean, and just plain look right on a sharp, contemporary cruiser like the Sabre.

Color-Matched Frame – The Sabre’s color-matched frame really gives this bike a finishing, custom touch.

Tank-mounted Instruments – Part of the Sabre’s super-clean look comes from mounting the instruments in a streamlined, modern tank nacelle. It completely opens up the handlebar area, yet still gives you all the information you need.

1312cc V-twin Engine – Powerful 1312cc, 52-degree V-twin engine with a single-pin crankshaft and dual balancers has plenty of torque, and the feel only a V-twin can deliver.

Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) – Forget about fiddling with a choke—the Sabre’s fuel injection system means no-hassle startups on cold mornings or at high altitudes, and optimal performance in any condition.

Three-Valve Dual-Plug Combustion Chamber

Shaft Final Drive – The shaft final drive is quiet, clean, and has been uniquely integrated into the overall design.

Low-Slung Saddle – Measuring in at a low 26.9 inches, the Sabre’s wide, plush, one-piece seat not only dials up the comfort level, but the bold, Pro Street styling as well.

Rear Disc Brake – Equipped with powerful disc brakes at both ends

Wide, Low-Profile Tires – Big, fat, and bad to the bone, the Sabre’s wide, low tires do more than just look good—they are the basis for the Sabre’s excellent handling—exactly what you’d expect from a Honda cruiser.



2013 Honda Shadow Sabre VT1300CS – USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $12,250 USD

Engine Type 1312cc liquid-cooled 52 degrees V-twin
Bore And Stroke 89.5mm x 104.3mm
Induction PGM-FI with automatic enrichment circuit, one 38mm throttle body
Ignition Digital with 3-D mapping, two spark plugs per cylinder
Compression Ratio 9.2:1
Valve Train SOHC; three valves per cylinder

Transmission Five-speed
Final Drive Shaft

Front Suspension 41mm fork; 4.0 inches travel
Rear Suspension Single shock; 3.9 inches travel
Front Brake Single 336mm disc with twin-piston caliper
Rear Brake 296mm disc with single-piston caliper
Front Tire 90/90-21
Rear Tire 170/80-15

Rake 33 degrees (Caster Angle)
Trail 115.0mm (4.5 inches)
Wheelbase 70.3 inches
Seat Height 26.9 inches
Curb Weight 664 pounds (includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel-ready to ride.)
Fuel Capacity 4.4 gallons
Mpg 46 MPG

Model Id VT1300CS
Emissions Meets current EPA standards. California version meets current California Air Resources Board (CARB) standards and may differ slightly due to emissions equipment.
Available Colors Black

Note Honda’s fuel-economy estimates are based on EPA exhaust emission measurement test procedures and are intended for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you ride, how you maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.

One Year Transferable, unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.




2013 Honda Shadow Sabre VT1300CS – Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: TBA CDN



2013 Honda Shadow Sabre VT1300CS – Europe/UK Specifications/Technical Details
European MSRP Price: See dealer for Pricing.
UK RRP: £TBA (Prices are recommended and inclusive of VAT @ 20% and delivery)



2013 Honda Shadow Sabre VT1300CS – Australia Specifications/Technical Details
Australia MSRP Price: $TBA AU



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