Honda STX 1300 Pan European

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F ather, hear my confession; I am way 40 and still love motorcycles. My ways are (mostly) done and I to hurt or be hurt by any bike I Statistically, I’m the perfect sport-touring owner. Until recently, the suspects offered thin Even though I own a Harley, the tribes rumbling around on flamed V-twins seem a cliquish.

Ja, und most Beemers my blood, mein Herr. Big Gold Wing? Sorry, no pastel jumpsuits in my riding

My fantasy touring setup is an 4 cylinder MV Agusta works with lights, MMM Editor Platinum Amex card, and a of red bungee cords. Fate has squashed some discs in my rendering the race-rep riding impossible, so I was delighted to test a breed of sport touring Featuring great ergos and engineering, it’s stylish, downright sprightly and carries as stuff as a small condo.

honed to near-perfection for over a meet the Honda ST 1300.

The and I got off to a rocky start. I dislike motorcycles and admire silver Black bikes? Invisible at too hard to keep clean.

is elegant and has a lower accident it up in the NHSTA statistics. The TV chopper have sucked the historical out of black. Black motorcycles don’t do it for me unless words Vincent, Norton or Ducati on the gas tank.

So what color was test bike? “Any you want”, the nice Honda man “as long as it’s black.” our only color for 2006. on the black ST’s black I peevishly cycled the adjustable up and down for a while, before away with the loaner.

Our test was peachy. My riding and stellar OC HazBeens club Kerry Nicholson mapped out a trip, dismissing Nevada in a then nicking Utah on our way to There we decamped in a trendy ski and enjoyed MMM’s opulent vacation retreat. After a few bubbling in the hot tub and gorging on $38 expense steaks, we slithered over 10,000-foot passes along mountain roads.

Maintaining illegal speeds made work of Northern New Mexico’s plateaus, and then a side into Arizona delivered us at the Canyon. We finished with a dash home, dizzy too much freedom, and hung from endless partying. if you read this, CALL Eleven days, twenty hundred miles and two bikes; one the crusty black Honda.

The ST 1300 is a liter-and-a-third of spirited V-4 highly effective linked ABS unobtrusive shaft drive and a five-speed gearbox. It’s a long, fully-faired touring that weighs half a ton but thinks it’s a sport on twisty roads. Kerry I the beast at warp speed all day and halfway through the night.

Our maintenance program over miles of hard, fast was one oil check and adding two pounds of air to the tire. Period. If you do need Honda’s legendary dealer is second to none.

The platform has around since 1990; as the ST 1100 with gear-driven then undergoing a major and size bump in 2003 to the ST Factory specs say 118 bhp/87 ft. torque, using chain-drive overhead cams, pushing 4 per cylinder. Purring quietly town, the exhaust note into an aggressive, resonant as the revs rise to an 8500-rpm

Thanks to twin counterbalancers, delivery is silky smooth and

The ST uses Honda’s Programmed Injection (PGM-FI) system. 36mm throttle bodies from a 7.7-gallon two-level If you believe the LCD readout, our ST averaged 40 mpg.

With a near-300 range, my … consistently numb long before the needed gas. It’s a to how sophisticated motorcycles have that we could ride sea level to over 10,000 trusting onboard systems to everything running at peak A carbureted bike would need re-jetting to cope so many mountains.

But our shaftie suffered from an apparent of lean surge and drivetrain in some gears. This the throttle into an on/off Clutch feathering and a super-sensitive hand helped, but the problem is one of a few imperfections in this machine.

Internet ST message boards revised fuel pressure or ECU software re-mapping to solve the albeit at the expense of voiding factory warranty.

I vote for By ditching the mechanical cable the engine to my glove, our case of the could theoretically be fixed a few lines of revised ECU code. control, anti-theft locking and a setting to keep the engine over-revving when loaning bike to friends could be benefits.

Power flows a 5 speed gearbox made as to perfect as I’ve ever Clutch action is excellent, and controllable. My personal ST 1300 was the shaft drive’s transparency pushed hard.

The ST’s rear end is a beefy swing arm linked to a monoshock. adjustable for spring rebound via a knob protruding through the left fairing. The shaft with admirable neutrality. was no wiggle, abrupt standup or ends; just controllable and good feedback.

The big ST isn’t a bike and doesn’t handle one.

The 1300’s chassis the engine as a stressed member, the V-4 powerplant in a box-section frame a reassuringly thick cast steering head. The 45mm cartridge front forks do anti-dive technology, but aren’t The bike’s running gear high levels of confidence, all my boneheaded attempts to make it

Which brings us to storage; the saddlebags swallow 35 liters per and the optional top-box with for pillion riders gulps 45 more. The bags have handles and come off or go on in a flash. One key everything; ignition, fork bags. The gas tank is steel and magnetic tank bags. The features two molded-in side roughly the size of a compact car box.

While the left-hand locks, the right doesn’t. Be both conduct engine and will cook a TV dinner it’s toasty outside.

A central speedometer and smaller dominate the instrument panel. info is displayed on a right-side LCD Engine coolant reads to 222 F, after which it flashes

Howling across the Mojave at 104є ambient, the coolant cool, so no worries there. Two meters, activated by flip-levers on the track distance. The fuel display can be switched to show mpg.

There is a dial to headlight aim. A nice but Kerry rightly points out hard to worry about angle if you can’t feel fingers. Our tester didn’t heated grips; big mistake. We for hours in cold rain at so my hands froze into claws.

Soaking my gloves in and igniting them was my first but accessory heated grips- and neat Hondaline ST items are available.

My take on the ST’s is, distinctive, without being There are few straight lines or angles; everything is faired, or otherwise smoothed into wind-tunnel submission. Very of the engine is exposed, save for the covers. Mirrors are a love/hate The low mounting that makes for visibility, but they are part of the fairing and define the width of the in an unyielding manner.

They simply look too to scratch or knock off, we did neither during our test.

310mm discs in front and a 316mm rear rotor stopping. Calipers go triple at both ends, while the uses both linked ABS and technology. My freeway brake was uncomfortably real; near I lost concentration while the car stopped too short.

Fighting off I yanked the front brake h-a-r-d, praying for a thin of traction. The Honda’s systems in and everything came to a rapidly halt. No wavering, no jerking or just 1,000 pounds of shook-up rider stopped

The ST is so good I can’t “dis” it in any way. Kerry I were in a subtle psychological duel to see ride it on any given day. I the bad-back card; he upped the by reminding me who paid for dinner the before (invariably it was him.) I about needing storage for more cheap souvenirs. He to stop timing my photo to the millisecond.

We each got ample time, and both of us loved the ST

Back at home, I was surfing web site and saw photos of the ’07 Honda ST Oooh, come to Daddy you my eyes dilated and wallet began to itch. It is painted sophisticated silver.


The ’06 Honda ST-1300 is an impeccably sport-touring monster that is of eating up big miles each and day under any riding conditions. I first saw it at the Honda press I found nothing remotely about it, save the windscreen. on that later.

In fact, at glance the bike looked and boring, sitting upright in black.

Wheeling it into the sun against the other brightly striped and race-ready Hondas, did to change the impression. If not for the knowledge of the 11 and 2,700 miles yet to come those cool saddlebags to all my gear) I might have a twang of regret at our chosen

Looks (or a lack thereof) can be deceiving! The truth is that is simply nothing there to from the joy of the ride, because the of this bike is so smooth, so that the bike does all of the big for you. It took 15 miles to put to all preconceived notions about weight and center of gravity. The off the lot was a bit of fun as I found out just how tight the train backlash was.

My friends got to watch my head back and forth like a learning to drive a stick. I got used to that, it was pure fun there on out. 25 miles the freeway, cruising ahead of my (why are they dawdling?) I down to find that I was 70 but traveling 90. The bike is so comfortable it is easy to get tricked into you didn’t intend.

Honda ST 1300 Pan European

Looks be — I was going to have a getting to know this

I shared my11-day trek 6 western states with my friend, Brian Day from the OC By the 40th mile of day one, the and I were fast friends. The day, we crossed the desert to Las We reached temps of 104 degrees and I am to report that Honda has a bang up job of fixing airflow from engine heat.

versions were reported to be between bake and broil on the The ’06 hardly rates mentioning. with the windscreen in the fully position, the rider sits in a air pocket.

The ST-1300 seems to perfected the marriage between the performance of its big V-four and the ergonomic that make a sport into a sport-tourer. The bike otherworldly when you first it up; kind of a Star Trek-meets-the-Jetsons of whirring, but get on and up to speed and that is replaced by a throaty growl puts a steady head of on from about 1,300 rpm to 8,500 rpm redline. No … nothing in the power band to a hiccup, just an ever-increasing of power through the gearbox.

Day 8 us coming off the mountains, chasing the night at unrelentingly high across the high desert of New Mexico. I came over a and with 15 miles of clear ahead of us I passed Brian as though he were standing We cruised along unhindered for 100 miles or so to our evening destination.

bike is too heavy, too big to “point and through the twisties. It is more of a and double-click.” When in the mountains, the eats up pavement and spits out behind it, inspiring rider

We spent a great deal of at altitude in the mountains of Utah and Whether up the mountains in switchbacks or the hills through sweeping the only sound I heard was giggling inside my helmet. feels confident and simple.

The linked braking combined ABS allows you to grab a hand or of brake and come to a smooth regardless of weather or surface.

I was impressed with the touring of the bike, especially the spacious These are set about 2” narrower the front of the bike, so getting the big through tight spaces is with a minimum of worry. I was able to pack 5 days of clothes and extra weather into the two saddlebags and a small bag.

The saddlebags were easy to remove and just as to put back on. I was able to go from room to the road in less 5 minutes. They carry small suitcases and with the of some small bungee I was even able to open on the road and not lose my gear.

Our turned homeward in Aspen, We financed the second half of the hawking MMM T-shirts to the rich in Aspen. $50 a shirt makes for dinners on the road. Thank Victor!

The adjustable windscreen? May I say that I love it, love it, it! With about 10 inches of (no snickering here), it allowed me to whatever riding environment I in any riding conditions.

With the all the way up I could ride aggressively into the triple digits my helmet face shield all the way up. No and no tears, just a nice with cool breezes and a full of adrenaline. The cockpit gives a great deal of in a compact space.

In direct gauges can be difficult to read but is a minor complaint.

There are a few negatives about this I would really love it if the pegs were adjustable so on long rides my default position was not quite so penguin I found it odd that on a touring that is this well-engineered and at price tag did not come standard cruise control. I mean, is another 50 bucks in cost on a bike?

While the windscreen a great job of protecting the rider, protection does not extend all the way out to the In cold weather, my mitts got quickly and the wind chill them that way.

Head pass, near was our fallback ride out of the mountains being chased into submission by a massive winter one afternoon. After holing up in overnight, the options were few and 12,000 feet through snow on a road with areas sans guardrails, or feet with snow and ice on the but guardrails galore. Um, Bob, take the route with the please!

While the pain of frozen does keep you from asleep, it also keeps the in the teeth a bit more than I have liked. Note to it is fine to have an adjustable but if your fingers are too frozen to at the control, what’s the use? note to Honda: heated

This would be a very and inexpensive fix that should be a feature on a front-line sport

The Honda ST-1300 performed in every situation and every condition we put it through and was a ton of fun all the way. I in temperatures from 28 to 104 degrees and in from … calm to 50 mph at altitudes from sea level to feet and the bike just giving everything that was of it. At 731 pounds dry with 250 pounds of and another 40 of gear, the ST averaged miles per gallon throughout the

On one section of pretty flat we saw 50.7 miles per gallon a full tank of gas. a fuel capacity of 7.5 gallons, gives a range of 325 miles! Any about handling 731 pounds of ended up to be much ado about This bike handles bit as good as most sport in the twisties and is super comfortable high performance on tamer and highways.

Ever since I my own bike has sulked sullenly in the as I talk with friends the absolute blast I had on this

Honda ST 1300 Pan European
Honda ST 1300 Pan European
Honda ST 1300 Pan European
Honda ST 1300 Pan European
Honda ST 1300 Pan European
Honda ST 1300 Pan European
Honda ST 1300 Pan European

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