This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Honda VT1300 series of motorcycles, which were called the Honda Sabre, the Honda Interstate, the Honda Stateline, and the Honda Fury (still in production in the US as of 2021).
The VT1300 replaced the VTX1300, which was carburettor-fed.
All of these motorcycles were based around the same engine: a fuel-injected 1,312 cc 52-degree V-twin engine that’s water-cooled and drives the rear wheel through a shaft drive. They differed slightly in riding position and in accessories.
- Honda Stateline VT1300CR: Entry level cruiser in the VT1300 line
- Honda Sabre VT1300CS: A bobber/chopper, intended for looking cool. Sleeker, with higher seat and lower bars
- Honda Interstate VT1300CT: Bags and a windshield, for touring
- Honda Fury VT1300CX: An alternative chopper, with lower seat and higher bars
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What you need to service your Honda VT1300 Fury, Sabre, Interstate or Stateline
If you’re servicing your Honda VT1300, then you’ll need the following replaceable items. You don’t need to maintain a chain, but you still do need final drive oil!
|Part||Honda VT1300 spec|
|Oil||Honda recommends SAE 10W-30, JASO T 903 standard MA, such as Pro Honda GN4 10W-30. Or Shell Rotella T6 if you’re feeling adventurous. Use a torque wrench to tighten the bolt to 30 Nm (22 lb-ft).|
|Oil filter||Honda’s standard part number for the oil filter is 15410-MFJ-D01 (used on many Hondas). You can also use Hiflopro HF204RC for the oil filter. Use a torque wrench to tighten it to 26 Nm (19 lb-ft).|
|Air filter (OEM)||The OEM air filter part is 17213-MFR-670. You can also use the K&N alternative air filter, whose part number is HA-1310, which is often more available.|
|Spark plugs||Use NGK spark plug part DCPR7E. Use a gapping tool to set the gap to 0.8-0.9 mm.|
|Final drive oil||Many final drive oils are fine, as long as you change it (the usual problem), using Pro Honda Shaft Drive Oil.|
|Brake fluid||You can use many brands, but Honda recommends Honda DOT 4.|
|Coolant||Use Honda Long-life Coolant, which is based on ethylene glycol with appropriate additives.|
|Grease||Stock up on lithium soap-based grease and silicon grease to keep pivots and moving parts lubricated and protected.|
Honda VT1300 series Maintenance Schedule
Below is the maintenance schedule for the Honda VT1300 motorcycles.
All trim levels of the Honda VT1300 (Fury, Sabre, Interstate, and Stateline) shared the same platform of a liquid-cooled V-twin engine with a shaft drive, and so maintenance for all of them is the same.
Guidelines on difficulty per the manual:
- * (one asterisk): Should be serviced by your Honda dealer, unless you have the proper tools and service data and are mechanically qualified.
- ** (two asterisks): In the interest of safety, we (i.e. Honda) recommend these items be serviced only by your Honda dealer.
- I: inspect and clean, adjust, lubricate, or replace, if necessary
- C: clean
- A: adjust
- L: lubricate
- R: replace
- At higher odometer readings, repeat at the frequency interval established here.
- [F] Service more frequently if the motorcycle is ridden in unusually wet or dusty areas.
- [FT] Service more frequently if the motorcycle is ridden often at full throttle or in the rain.
- [2Y] Replace every 2 years, or at indicated odometer interval, whichever comes first. Replacement requires mechanical skill.
|x 1000 mi||0.6||4||8||12||16||20||24|
|x 1000 km||1||6||12||18||24||32||40||Note|
|Air Cleaner (K&N HA1310)||R||R||[F]|
|Spark Plugs (NGK DCPR7E)||I||R||I||R||I||R|
|Engine Oil (as indicated, or every 12 months) — Pro Honda GN4||R||R||R||R|
|Engine Oil Filter (HF204RC)||R||R||R||R|
|Engine Idle Speed||I||I||I||I||I||I||I||*|
|Secondary Air Supply System||I||I||I||*|
|Evaporative Emission Control System||I||I||*|
|Final Drive Oil (Lucas Oil 80W-90)||I||I||R|
|Brake Fluid (Honda DOT 4)||I||I||R||I||I||R||[2Y]|
|Brake Pads Wear||I||I||I||I||I||I|
|Brake Light Switch||I||I||I||*|
|Nuts, Bolts, Fasteners||I||I||I||I||*|
|Steering Head Bearings||I||I||I||I||**|
Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Honda VT1300
The Honda VT1300 Sabre has the following tyres and tyre sizes standard, plus the following recommended tyre pressures.
|Front||90/90-21M/C 54H||33 psi (225 kPa , 2.25 kgf/cm )|
|Rear||170/80-15M/C 77H||33 psi (225 kPa) up to 90kg weight|
36 psi (250 kPa) over 90kg
About the Honda VT1300 motorcycle range
The Honda VT1300 range of motorcycles has been a mainstay of Honda’s cruiser range since they launched in 2009 — a “middleweight” cruiser. Honda sold many tens of thousands of them during their lifespan.
They’re unique in that they come out of the Honda factory with beautiful, custom-like design — they’re very head-turning with a high-quality finish that even sportbike riders (or non-motorcyclists) can’t help but admire.
The VT1300 came in a variety of configurations, but they all shared a strong 1312cc 52-degree fuel-injected 3-valve-per-cylinder SOHC V-twin engine.
The engine in the VT1300 has same basic block as the VTX, but the VT series got fuel injection. Power goes to the ground through a five-speed transmission and a shaft drive, keeping maintenance low, apart from final drive oil changes.
Unusually for a cruiser, the VT1300 bikes also have optional ABS. They all also shared a lot of bling, chrome, and head-turning style, no matter which trim level you got.
Honda makes a mixed bag of cruiser motorcycles, from the retro-futuristic NM4 Vultus to the Valkyrie Rune, a motorcycle just too beautiful to actually ride. The VT1300 series are in the middle somewhere — very nice to look at, but also ultra-reliable and wonderful to ride.
The family of VT1300 motorcycles is quite diverse. There’s the Stateline, which is a muscle cruiser, the Interstate, the tourer, and the Sabre, the boulevard naked.
The VT1300 cruisers are no longer in active development, but they’re still a favourite for those looking for a reliable metric cruiser. In the US as of 2021 you can still buy the Fury new.
Manual for the Honda VT1300 motorcycle range
The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the Honda Fury in 2020, and compared to manuals from 10 years ago — you can see screeshots from them all above (for the Fury, Interstate, Stateline, and Sabre).