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Honda concept: 2010 Sabre 'Switchblade'

Slick concept bikes based on the new VT1300 cruiser

HONDA ARE testing the water with factory custom concepts.

Honda's American R&D arm has revealed three concept bikes based on the VT1300 range in an effort to show what customisers can achieve with the firm's latest cruisers.

It's not the first time the firm has done this and in the past similar efforts have led to production machines, notable the crazy Valkyrie-based Rune, which originated as one of three design studies which originally appeared as show bikes.

Here's what Honda have to say about the 2010 Sabre “Switchblade” (Pro Drag):

Taking the 2010 Sabre, designer Edward Birtulescu (Honda R&D Americas) conceived Switchblade. 

A racing inspired cruiser that took styling cues from Formula1 and MotoGP.  With one look you know that Switchblade is fully committed to precision and performance.  Full Carbon fiber dress, racing 3 way adjustable suspension and a single sided swing arm with a 535 chain conversion optimize the single focus of this design, speed.  Switchblade has a mass centralized proportion to reinforce this super sport assault.

Specs:

- Stock frame, VT1300cc engine & tank
- 3way fully adjustable sport suspension
- Carbon fiber custom bodywork & spec seat
- 535 Chain conversion (Before shaft drive)
- Single sided swing arm conversion
- Racing spec calipers & rotors
- Carbon Fiber 18” rear wheel - Front wheel 21” carbon fiber
- Onboard GPS laptimer & data acquisition unit
- Oversize Billet Top and lower bridge
- Air/Box/cleaner Conversion

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