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The Honda V65 Sabre was a very smooth and powerful motorcycle with many useful features including anti-dive brakes, shaft drive, 6 speed transmission with overdrive and gear position indicator. The throttle response of the 121 horsepower 1100 cc V-four is fantastic, as is its exceptional low end torque and smoothness. The bike has seamless power and engine smoothness compared to in-line 4-cylinder bikes of the same era. This bike is extremely powerful and pulls hard at any speed. Even in overdrive the torque is utterly impressive. The Honda V65 Sabre was one of the fastest bikes of its time. The April 1984 Cycle Guide magazine reported 0-to-60 mph time of 3.1 seconds and 1/4-mile time of 10.857 seconds @ 125.65 mph. It was very similiar to the V65 Magna.
The VF1100S'84 V65 Sabre was sold in 1984 in one of two color schemes: Black with Pleiades Silver Metallic and Red or Black with Maroon and Silver. The Black and Silver bike had a red stripe; but the Black and Maroon had a silver stripe. The speedometer numbers were in increments of 10 ending in "0" (e.g., 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, etc.).
- Engine: Liquid-cooled 1098cc 90° V-4 DOHC
- Power: 121 hp
- Transmission: 5-speed plus overdrive sixth
- Clutch: Hydraulic one-way limited-slip clutch
- Drive: Shaft
- Suspension: Pro-Link™ rear suspension
- Wheelbase: 1590mm (62.6 in.)
- Dry weight: 245 kg (540 lb)
- Seat height: 820mm (32.3 in.)
- The serial number began 1HFSC170*EA000001.
VF1100S'85 V65 Sabre was sold in 1985 in one of two color schemes: Black with Monte Rosa Silver Metallic and Red or Black with Monte Rosa Silver Metallic and Blue. The blue or red colors were only in the stripes. The speedometer numbers were in increments of 10 ending in "5" (e.g., 35, 45, 55, 65, 75, etc.). The control levers had screw-type adjusters. The engine was a 1098cc DOHC 4-valve liquid-cooled V-4 linked to a 6-speed transmission and a shaft drive. The serial number began 1HFSC170*FA100001.
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