Honda ST1300 Pan European

Now this, Gentlemen... is one grand tourer

The high-performance Honda ST1300 Pan European moves the touring experience to very high levels of seamless comfort and control.

As one of the premier masterpieces in the touring arts, Honda’s famed ST1300 traverses the planet with a supreme combination of exhilarating performance, responsive control and luxurious riding comfort. It's stylish, aerodynamic bodywork elegantly integrates loads of carrying capacity. It's unique 3-step height-adjustable rider seat and push-button adjustable windscreen can be easily set for optimum comfort and wind protection.

Equipped with exceptional comfort features, the ST1300 carries two people and a full load with an easy strength and confidence that grows with each passing kilometre, commanding respect and admiration wherever it goes.

The ST1300’s unique, high-powered fuel-injected V4 engine, advanced aluminium twin-spar frame, high-performance sports suspension system and innovative combined antilock brakes delivers a superb riding experience, taking twisty mountains passes and great distances in it's stride. The ST1300 provides an excellent balance of comfort and inspiring control, wherever your travels might take you.

The Pan European is without a doubt an extremely capable touring bike, providing exceptional performance and handling for a motorcycle of this size.

With more power and sharper handling, the new ST1300 is completely original, from it's unique engine configuration to it's chassis, bodywork and integrated panniers, everything about this machine is designed with the sport-touring rider in mind.

Let’s start with the engine. The ST1300 sports a 1261cc V-4 and sits in line with the frame, cranking out tons of torque, while revving like a sports bike. The frame itself is an all-aluminium twin-spar construction while the all-aluminium swing arm completes the package.

But once you experience the ST1300’s power and handling, what’s going to impress you most will be the touring touches that you’ll find everywhere. The new ST features a motorized windshield. With the push of a button, you can raise or lower the windshield and adjust the degree of tilt over 13 degrees.

The plush, supportive seat features three height settings as well as three fore-and-aft positions. The detachable luggage system features a matched pair of locking, weather tight saddlebags, each holding 35 Litres- more than large enough to swallow a full-face helmet.

The roomy cockpit and full-coverage bodywork provide excellent wind and weather protection, while the massive fuel tank means you don't fret about where the next petrol station is. Heated grips are also a standard feature on the new ST1300 and are guaranteed to make those cold weather long-distance trips an absolute pleasure.

The new Honda ST1300- it’s either the world’s most comfortable sport bike or the world’s most athletic touring bike. Then again, maybe it’s both. Before you buy your next tourer, take the Pan-European for a test ride. It's one hellofa bike.

nice, neat and practical layout offering much protection from the elements.

I often get asked which is the better bike, this or that, and I must tell you straight off, I've ridden the BM 1200RT (on my Joburg to Cape Town Run) and thought it absolutely grand.

I've now ridden the Honda ST1300, and thought that it was also fantastic. And I've ridden the Yami FJR1300 (on my Joburg to Durban Run), but I must tell you, there's not much in it when it comes to which one's better or which one's worse.

the top-box (on Michel's ST 1300) is an optional extra (big enough to store two full-face helmets easily)

comfortable, fast (for it's size - that's what my girlfriend always says) and handles (ditto... for it's size)

dash is clear, simple and gives you all the info you need at a glance

My personal choice would be the... errr... ummm... whew, it's difficult.

OK, the Yamaha FJR1300, ONLY because it's faster and looks better with the panniers off. Whereas the BMW has a much bigger frontal area and therefore better protection from the elements, and the Honda was smoother and almost as fast, the Honda (in my opinion) looked the worst with the panniers off. But, while the BM had cruise-control and the Honda and Yami didn't, both the Honda and BM had heated grips, the BM had ABS on our test bike, while the other two didn't, but did have the option of ABS. So you see, it's difficult to choose an outright winner because they're all so capable machine, all three are excellent as tourers and all are similarly priced at around 125 big ones.  Kenn Slater

 

Specifications:

Engine Type: 1261cc liquid-cooled longitudinally mounted 90-degree V-4

Bore and Stroke: 78.0mm x 66.0mm

Compression Ratio: 10.8:1

Valve Train: DOHC; four valves per cylinder

Carburetion: Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) with automatic enricher circuit

Ignition: Computer-controlled digital with three-dimensional mapping and electronic advance

Transmission: Five-speed

Final Drive: Shaft

Suspension Type: Front: 45mm HMAS cartridge fork; 116mm travel

Rear: HMAS gas-charged single shock with five position spring-preload adjustability; 122mm travel

Brakes: Front: Dual full-floating 310mm discs with LBS three-piston calipers

Rear: Single 316mm disc with LBS three-piston caliper

Tyres: Front: 120/70ZR-18. Rear:  170/60ZR-17

Rake: 26°

Trail: 98.0mm

Wheelbase: 1,490mm

Seat Height: 789mm

Dry Weight: 283kg

Fuel Capacity: 29.1 litres

Top speed: 230 kph

 

 

Thanks to Pierre and the guys at Melrose Honda for the ride,

the ST1300 is a great touring-motorcycle... I want a dark blue one.

 

Phone Pierre 011 386 2800 for a test ride... JUST DO IT!