Road Test: Honda ST1100 v. ST1300 — Road Tests — Visordown

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Road Test: Honda v. ST1300

The Honda ST1100 Pan was one of those bikes that got on with doing the job it was designed to do. And was to provide something just of a full-dress touring bike in a more manageable (and form, at the behest of the European, not US,

That’s exactly what it throughout its entire 12-year which stretched from to 2002. Along the way it won an army of and loyal fans, like bikes do. When it was replaced by the gruntier, lighter, shorter and funkier looking ST1300, was a faint muttering among of the Pan People that Honda had the mark with the new bike, and the of just what had made original Pan so special.

It didn’t that the ST1300 suffered an (for Honda) series of including high speed issues, sumps grounding out and various recalls — all of some three years are a dim and unpleasant corporate memory for the big H. But on — a healthy dollop of capacity for the V4 engine, fuel lots of bells and whistles an electric screen), surely the Pan must be a revelation compared a bike conceived almost in era of motorcycling.

We would’ve thought so at TWO Towers, but the muttering hasn’t gone away and it seems the Pan haven’t migrated in massive over to the new model. Why’s then? And is the current ST1300 a better bike than the old

And if not, why not? Or so, is it the people’s to change that’s the problem? perhaps a little more with the new model a chunky and late model ’02 available from five if you’re in the market for a solid that’ll last forever, to do?

Damn all these questions.

In to find some answers I with Garry Mackay at DK Garry knows lots new and used motorcycles, and the people buy ’em. As ever, he proved

When a brand new Pan was announced, he the anticipation was high. By chance we a dozen or so of the old model, simply it was so good and we had them at the right But then with the recalls the ST1300 suffered, I think people’s confidence in the new bike a bit of a knock, especially as the ST1100 was so

But even more surprising was ex-ST1100 owners were me that the new bike wasn’t as as the old one. The ST1100 still had a following that we were ST11s to ST13s at a ratio of ten to one for a

Hmmmm. Not what I’d expected. Who is the average Pan customer Middle-aged, says Garry, no youngster but at the same time not grandad. They like serious miles, on a bike they can hustle around a bit.

The press reports on the ST1100 helped in that regard, and it is a you can have fun on. We still sell of ’em, because they’re a strong bike for the right Honda customers seem to buy in the main, maybe coming VFRs or Blackbirds.

The ST1300 a more nomadic type of and doesn’t have the loyalty of the ST1100.

Maybe the new bike a bit too intimidating, and looks a bit. And for a middle-aged bloke, perhaps is not at the top of the list of his requirements. He wants a big bike that isn’t in garish bits of trim and Mind you, Honda do sometimes, when the VFR got V-TEC we had a few customers trying out the new one for a while, but swapping back to the old.

get me wrong; the VFR800 V-TEC is a great bike. It’s that the model before it may been better.

Blimey. can and do make mistakes when evolve their motorcycles but the usually centre around a bike’s nature has changed in the And arguments, by their very are subjective, as are opinions. In my mind was only one way to sort the Pan confusion out get a pair, and own both for a good

So, for the last week I’ve had one of a late ’02 ST1100 ABS, and a fully-loaded brand ST1300 direct from UK. One, I have to say, I don’t want to give But I’m not telling you which yet.

With some help TWO’s performing dwarf, Young, weighing both 10 minutes. Fully fuelled, the came in at 335kg (with a top box and while the ST1300 tripped the at 330kg (panniers, no top box). Not a difference, but also an anomalous one ST1100 myth has it that a lighter, smaller machine the ST1300. That illusion hold up if you play bike and hop from one to the other — the bike feels more

It may be a result of the ST1300’s bigger and angular styling opposed to the smoothed, almost Ford lines.

The riding position of the is a little more relaxed, the ST1300’s has you leaning slightly toward the bars, instead of coming out to meet you just so. just that fraction bit sporty feeling than the ST11, but both seats are well shaped for a myriad of shapes, and very comfortable.

To they do feel very The ST1100 has a reassuring lengthy and feel, from 1mph It’s unflappable, yet rolls easy enough in and out of corners. A motorcycle is no featherweight, obviously, but the hides its weight well, and The engine, fed as it is by four 34.5mm CV is smoooooth, and ticks over at a 3700rpm when cruising at

There are no surprises lurking those plastic flanks; you the throttle and the bike goes, as that, seamlessly, quietly. I quite a buffeting at motorway the screen lip just the wrong to smooth air over and around my but, apart from time spent on the ST1100 efficiently, if unremarkably. ‘Unobtrusive’ is the I wrote in my notebook after a trip.

You can chuck the ST1100 it stops hard and the ABS works It isn’t a bike that any challenges but the more time I on it, the more I understood that is the very reason people got so attached to the original Pan. You it’s going to work time and that, even loaded, after a 500-mile day, you can still hoot a set of bends and enjoy.

The ST1300 however, dish out a challenge or The engine eats the old bike for lunch and dinner. It’s got an a growl to it that tells you away it’s got a whole lot going on.

Looking at the dyno only tells half a — the ST13 is stronger in the 3-5000rpm range, and packs an 5bhp up top. On the open side-by-side with the ST1100, the picks up its skirts and fair away from 70mph. by a long way.

But relaxing? not so sure. It’ll pick its wheel up in first.

The ST1300 seems shorter-geared, just under 3800rpm at a full 100rpm more the ST1100. Not a major difference, but these little things to add up. At anything over 80mph the goes light, depending on winds and what angle the is set at.

It never feels risky, completely at odds with the of the old model.

Having said the ST1300 handles far better a touring bike should in my opinion, far better than the old It’s accurate, fast-steering and up really hard, the Combined System and ABS doing a proper job of the beast. I was unprepared for just a tool the ST1300 is — the chassis’ nimbleness with rorty motor and you’re about a bike that’s a lot of

The leccy screen’s a novelty. The grips are, of course, but I found the keypad controls on the left side of the fairing a bit to use. The older bike’s dial gauge is simpler, and

I also found the ‘negative’ LED hard to read — a ton of information there, such as per mile used, etc, but hard to assimilate.

There’s not a lot in the economy, though the difference in the natures could cause you to to cane the ST1300 guzzling rather than drifting on the ST1100, gently sipping

Which really, is where we to get to the crux of this matter. To my the new Pan is a better Pan than the old Pan. But in my late-middle 30s and a long way from the target audience the original gathered over its lengthy So the very reasons that the ST1300 appeal to the likes of me it much less so to the people bought it originally.

Maybe was deliberate.

If you do want all of the above, the new Pan’s expensive but a bloody bike. If, on the other hand, you need the performance, but favour and comfort, a late model Pan is a It’s half the price, but than half as good.

One ceiling is another man’s after all.




NEW — £5000 (USED)

CAPACITY — 1084cc

— 110.7bhp@7800rpm

TORQUE 84lb.ft@6200rpm

Honda ST 1300 ABS
Honda ST 1300 ABS
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