Alternate Seat Height Ground Clearance 152 mm 6. The seat was kept very low, at 28 inches, with the passenger seat being detachable. Do you have an opinion about the engine performance, reliablity, racing capabilities, touring capabilities, repair and maintenance cost, accident risk, etc? That referred to the motor's displacement in cubic inches; metrically, it packed a whopping 1098cc. Rear percentage of weight: 55. Until then, Japanese high-performance was defined by inline fours. However, Honda reported the same horsepower figures throughout the whole generation even though the actual dyno-proven, detuned, figures showed up lower than advertised. The all new frame was complemented by 41mm forks, dual shocks, and a single disc on the front.
It was expected to slow the Japanese onslaught and give H-D a leg up in the market. Storage is available in the panniers inside the fairing; one compartment locks with a key that is not matched to the ignition and the other compartment has a non-locking rotary closure button. The mini fairing had a two- tone color pattern. To this day, if you can find one in good condition, the Sabre is a great ride, even after 30 years, but finding one in good condition is the trick. Only thing wrong is missing one of the storage compartment covers in the fairing.
Disc with twin-piston caliper size 279 mm 11. The engine's downfall was premature camshaft wear in some early models in both the V45 and V65. Disc with twin-piston caliper Front brakes diameter: 274 mm 10. Dual disc with twin-piston calipers size 274 mm 10. Despite those imposing performance numbers, the Sabre is predictable, well-mannered and easy to ride.
Disc with twin-piston caliper Rear brakes diameter: 279 mm 11. The V-Four design had only been used a few times in the history of Motorcycles, most noteably by Matchless. This motorbike has been rated by 69 persons. The Sabres, especially the V45, were technology showcases for Honda. Buying a bike starts at Bikez Get a list of before you buy this Honda. Related bikes List for comparison of specs.
Engine: dohc 4-valve 90-degree V-four Displacement: 498cc Transmission: 6-speed Final Drive: Chain Cooling: Liquid Brakes: Single Disc-Front, Drum-Back 1982-1986 Honda Magna V45 Specs: The V-Four engine was very prominent in Honda's early 80's line-up, with the Interceptor's, Magna's and Sabre's. The only visible after market items are the foam hand grips and chrome horn. The powerplant featured liquid-cooling, twin-cam heads, a six-speed gearbox and a low-maintenance shaft final drive. Despite sharing a name, the v-twin Sabre has nothing in common with the V4-powered Sabre models. It shared its design with the and.
Heck, the Sabre can break the 55 mph speed limit in first gear! Much like its predecessor, however, the 700 Sabre wasn't universally admired. Also check out our at Bikez. After a little dickering on price, I acquired it. While Yamaha the and Suzuki the had both responded to the Hondas with V4 engines of their own. In the early 1980s, Japanese motorcycles were a thorn in ailing Harley-Davidson's side, and in 1983 H-D successfully lobbied for an International Trade Commission tariff to quell the overseas invasion of 750cc and larger motorcycles. The bike stood out from the crowd not only because of its record-shattering quarter-mile performance, but also because it was powered by a V-4 in a sea of inline fours.
They are augmented by a single disc brake with double piston caliper on the rear wheel. Honda did offer V-4 400s for the Japanese market in 1982, but the V65s raised the performance bar with a broad torque range combined with a serious top-end rush. With looks that suggest long runs down the highway, the Virago is really best suited to short jaunts in the country and works particularly well as a city cruiser. In 1988 it grew back to 750cc. Various mechanical and cosmetic changes were introduced over the years, but the basic core of the Magna remained the same. With four valves per cylinder, double overhead cams, liquid-cooling, four carbs and six speeds with shaft final drive, the V65 powerplant and powertrain was one of the most impressive performance packages Honda had ever put on the market. Like most of the anti-dive systems then on the market it was only marginally effective, and was really nothing more than a gimmick.
Back in the early half of the 1980s, the 1100 cc powerhouse used in the V65 Sabre and Magna models was the top of the Honda V-Four line. Early V45s suffered from cylinder head woes, but by the time the 700 Sabre came along those problems had been put to rest. Prices depend on country, taxes, accessories, etc. Suspension was almost sport-bike-taut, possibly to deal with the shaft drive effect. Looking through the windshield was apparently never really given serious thought. Period tests showed the new Sabre only.
Super clean and no leaks. You are also welcome to read and submit motorcycle reviews. Overall rating: Details below 85. Engine Type: 748cc liquid-cooled 90° V-4 Bore and Stroke: 70mm x 48. .
It had a chain drive. Power in 1983 was 105bhp, with torque of 68. The bullet nosed fairing has a smoke tinted windscreen and an up-turned top edge that does a nice job cutting wind turbulence for the rider, while allowing a good view over the windshield. A technological tour de force when introduced in 1982, Honda launched the V45 Sabre with great fanfare. Once you get over the stunning performance of a bike like the V65, you begin to notice the amenities, the quality of the ride and build quality—but twist that throttle good and hard for a bit and you are quickly reminded of what the bike is all about—even after 30 years! List of recent work done just this year.