By Bryan Harley, Cruiser Editor

Cruisers, touring bikes and more back for 2013

Honda Motorcycles revealed its 2013 cruiser motorcycles today, ranging from its popular mid-range Honda Shadow to its touring-capable Interstate. The 2013 Honda Rebel marks 27 years in production without many changes to its classic styling during that span. Why mess with a recipe that’s been good for a claimed 140,000 units sold? The Honda Shadow cruiser line, available in four variations in 2013, has been around since 1983, selling more than a proclaimed 250,000 units. Four 2013 Honda VT 1300 models are back for 2013, the larger displacement VT/VTX1300 line good for over 129,000 models sold to date, according to Honda PR.

One motorcycle that’s been helping fuel sales the last couple of years from Honda's VT1300 line is its raked-out Fury. The 2013 Honda Fury (MSRP $13,390 – $14,390 ABS) continues to sport a 3.4-gallon tank with distinctive lines mounted high on the backbone, opening up the space above the engine and the tubular frame. A 21-inch tall front hoop is kicked out at a 38-degree angle, the chopper-esque dimensions balanced by the 200mm wide rear. A big 336mm disc with twin-piston calipers anchors the front while the single-piston arrangement on the rear clamps down on a healthy 296mm disc. ABS is an option that can be added for an extra $1,000. The 45mm front fork sports 4 inches of travel while the single shock on the rear has five-way spring preload adjustability. Its five-speed gearbox is smooth and reliable, and the Fury handles much better than you’d expect for a bike with such a heavy rake. And while factory custom chopper manufacturers have been dropping like flies, the Honda Fury continues to sell well enough to continue making it back into production since its 2010 introduction. It helps that the Fury’s price point hasn’t jumped up much since its release, the 2013 MSRP of $13,390 only $391 more than the 2010 Honda Fury.

The 2013 Honda Shadow 750cc cruiser line consists of four models, from the low-slung Aero to the blacked-out Phantom. Where the 2013 Honda Aero features full fenders, spoked wheels and chromed 2-into-2 exhaust, the 2013 Phantom sports a beefier fork, a blacked-out 745cc engine, frame, rims and handlebars to go along with chopped fenders. The 2013 Shadow Spirit 750 has the lowest seat height of the bunch at 25.7 inches and a taller 21-inch front wheel, while the 2013 Shadow RS has a flatter seat; higher-set footpegs; shorter, more upright bars; and a smaller 2.6-gallon peanut-shaped tank.

The 2013 VT1300 line includes four varieties, all powered by Honda’s liquid-cooled 1312cc V-Twin fed by Programmed Fuel Injection. The 2013 Sabre is the brawniest of the bunch with its trimmed-down fenders and five-spoke cast wheels. The 2013 Stateline is more traditionally dressed in longer, valanced fenders and a meatier 140mm front tire (compared to the 90mm front on the Sabre), while the 2013 Interstate comes road-ready with a removable windscreen, floorboards and saddlebags. The Stateline is the most affordably priced with an MSRP ranging from $12,150 – $13,150 while the 2013 Sabre is priced comparably from $12,250 – $13,250. The touring amenities of the 2013 Interstate bump the MSRP on the final VT1300 model up to $13,240 – $14,240.

For riders looking to customize their Honda cruiser, be sure to check out the long list of Honda Genuine Accessories.