2015 Honda Stateline
If there ever was a motorcycle that embodies everything I like about a cruiser, the Honda Stateline is that bike. Classy, elegant, and downright comfortable, the Stateline is what I want my cruiser to be like.
Don’t get me wrong; I still love me some Harley-Davidsons, and for the most part, Harley still builds some of the best cruisers in the business today. But I can’t just sleep on the Stateline, either.
It’s got that retro-progressive styling that looks sexy as heck. It’s got a good engine that can serve its purpose. It’s got a grocery list of advanced accessories that really brings out its new-age capabilties. And most of all, it’s got a pretty affordable price tag that won’t burn holes in your pockets.
I’m well aware that the cruiser market is incredibly competitive these days. A lot of motorcycle companies have put serious emphasis on being major players in the business. But for what it’s worth, the Stateline is probably one of the nicest cruisers to look at. I can’t get enough of it, and I have a feeling that I’m not the only with this kind of sentiment.
Click past the jump to read more about the Honda Stateline.
2015 Honda Stateline
Engine:Liquid-cooled 52° V-twin
Energy:Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI)
Part of what makes the Honda Stateliness such an ideal cruiser is due to its chopped dragster looks. The whole design of the bike is sleek and stylish, with splashes of old-school aesthetics and mixed with modern amenities. You want to talk about a cruiser that lives up to its name? The Stateliness fits the bill.
The long, neo-design fenders and the deep side valences create that retro-progressive look, allowing the bike to cater to a wide range of markets. I for one think that the Stateline is the rare kind of cruiser that young riders and old heads will agree on.
Up front, Honda configured the instrument panel in a streamlined manner, essentially clearing enough space for the handle bars without being too distracted by a cluttered panel. This makes it easier for riders to enjoy ride around town in peace.
Part of the Stateline’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.
Another on point feature of the Stateliness is its long-slung saddle, which not only adds to the bike’s classic styling, but also provides a plush and comfortable seat. Combine that with the bike’s seat height of 26.7 inches and you have a cruiser that really plays up to its description.
Good times all around, right?
|Seat Height||26.7 inches|
|Curb Weight||672 pounds (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel-ready to ride.)|
|Available Colors||Blue Metallic|
There’s something to be said for a bike with this much size boasting the kind of agility that the Stateliness provides. Extend some appreciation to Honda for fitting the bike with a sturdy suspension system that’s made up of a 41mm fork at the front and a single shock setup on the rear.
The bike also received a pair of silver-finish five-spoke wheels measuring 17 and 15 inches in the front and rear, respectively. The wheels are wrapped in a pair of big and meaty tires - 140/80-17 on the front and 170/80-15 at the rear - that also plays a part in emphasizing the Stateline’s cruiser credentials.
To keep the bike in line when running in full speed, the Stateline has been equipped with and front- and rear-disc brakes. A single 336mm disc/twin-piston caliper unit up front and 296mm disc/single-piston caliper setup in back were put in place, ensuring that the cruiser can slow down when need be.
|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|
|Rake||33° (Caster Angle)|
|Trail||118mm (4.6 inches)|
The Honda Stateliness is powered by 1,312cc V-twin engine that’s a load to handle on the road. Honda’s infamous for not revealing their bike’s output numbers, but I’m assuming that it’s got somewhere around 60 horsepower inside of it, right around the same number as the Honda Fury. All that power is then sent to the rear wheel courtesy of a five-speed transmission.
|Engine Type||Liquid-cooled 52° 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|
|Valve Train||SOHC; three valves per cylinder|
|Fuel Capacity||4.4 gallons|
|Emissions||Meets current EPA standards. Models sold in California meet current California Air Resources Board (CARB) standards and may differ slightly due to emissions equipment.|
|Mpg||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.|
Interested in owning a Honda Stateliness? If you are, it’s probably best to tell you that it costs $9,999. Every purchase of the Stateliness also entitles the owner to a one-year, transferable, unlimited-mileage warranty and an extended coverage that is available for any purchase of Honda’s Protection Plan.|