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★★★☆☆

“Good, not Great, acceptable low end tourer”

Written on: 04/08/2013 by Sinbosn (1 review written)

I have a 2003 Honda ST1300 ABS. Purchased used from a female colleague (original owner). She rode it across Canada 3 times (about 7,500 kms each direction). I had been without a bike for about 9 years and when the opportunity came - I purchased it. I have had the bike for 6 years with primarily local (Urban and rural) riding over a mix of roads and road surfaces. Previously I had ridden Goldwings. The Good - I would rate this bike very high for reliability and style (if you like plastic)… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“If this is the last bike I own I will be happy.”

Written on: 25/10/2012 by Seroom (1 review written)

Having read a few reviews I felt compelled to add my own experience. The ST1300 Pan European makes Sport touring affordable for the average bloke and bloke’ess. I was not in the market for a new bike at the time having just done a major suspension upgrade on my VS1400. However I had my eye on the ST1300 for about 5 years. Then Honda decided to have a sale on a number of their models the St1300 being one of them. Went for a look, took the bike and wife for a test ride and she said yes… Read Full Review

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St1300Honda's Response to Seroom's Review

Written on: 27/01/2013

what bar risers did u put on where did u get them thx

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Seroom's reply to St1300Honda's Comment

Written on: 01/02/2013

Hi there

I fitted the "HeliBar Riser Gen3" ($US185+ship)

It fitted in about 30minutes. But it takes you an hour to retrieve the washer you will drop into the faring :-), once you find it one of those telescopic magnets or in my case a bamboo skewer with some chewing gum on the end, will grab it.

I just finished a two up 930km round trip to Cape Reinga, over a few of days (in very windy conditions) and at no point did my neck, back or shoulders complain.

Note: the prices I quoted in my original post are in $NZ. Here in NZ the ST1300 is the cheaper of the three compared to the FJR1300 and GT1400, whereas I understand in the US the ST1300 is the dearer.

Cheers

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★★★★☆

“Brought my Pan new in 2006 and have done 70,000 miles...”

Written on: 23/02/2011 by HoriceWatkins (2 reviews written)

Brought my Pan new in 2006 and have done 70,000 miles since. I had an 1100 Pan before so the wieght and size have never been an issue, but thay are very heavy and take some pushing to move without the engines help. Pans are heavy on brakes and tyres as you would expect from a bike that tips the scales at 330k fueled. The brakes need careful cleaning or the calipers will bind a bit but when working do a brillient job. I have never had the high speed wobble that some police forces complained… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Gave up biking 15 years ago and then got the urge...”

Written on: 24/11/2010

Gave up biking 15 years ago and then got the urge again, so went and bought a pan. 12 years old, one previous owner and only a genuine 11,500 miles on the clock. Settled into riding it very quickly, absolutely luv it. Aim at keeping it for a long time yet, but when the time comes to change, I would def consider another Pan… Read Full Review

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“I bought my 54 reg (05) ST 1300 just over a year ago...”

Written on: 16/11/2010 by peter3696 (2 reviews written)

I bought my 54 reg (05) ST 1300 just over a year ago to replace my aging ST1100.For the first month or so,I wasn't sure I'd made the right decision to change.The ST1300 felt physically bigger and heavier than the old one but I think this was just me getting used to a new bike.I have now done nearly 8000 miles on it in a year.I would now be reluctant to ride anything else.It is a superbly competent machine for all types of riding.It has proved excellent for long runs of several hundred miles at… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“Had this bike now 3 years .great handling and weaving...”

Written on: 23/09/2010

Had this bike now 3 years .great handling and weaving in and out of traffic.
2 up no problem. bike can be heavy when trying to reverse. New wavy disks fitted for increased stopping power. Some days have tick over issues
bike cuts out, but this can be intermittent. hot sunny days engine heat coming from bike will make your legs sweat. Clutch starting to stick when bike standing for long periods of time. But hay bike now reaching 92000 miles on the clock. And engine still going strong no smoke… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“bought 1st pan in 2007 both myself and wife loved it...”

Written on: 23/08/2010

bought 1st pan in 2007 both myself and wife loved it and did plenty 2 up touring. sold it 2008 for gtr1400 , big mistake its not a patch on the pan and my wife hated bseing on the back, sold gtr march this year and bought an 09 pan. beautiful bike, loads of grunt where you need it , comfy, wife loves pillion. easy get 45mpg. its the best tourer by far with a perfect engine for touring. strangely tho my 1st pan did weave but this one doesnt.brakes need beefing up as its a big old bus but other… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Bought it 4 years ago does what it says on the tin but...”

Written on: 13/05/2010

Bought it 4 years ago does what it says on the tin but better than I imagined it doesn't mater whose riding what this will keep up even through the twisties been all over scotland, inner hebrides, lakes, france, the pyrene's, andorra, northern spain, not one problem yet and weve weighed minimun 454kg - 516kg over puplic weighbidges allways two up been through several different tyres bridgestone bt020 naff, michelin pilot road 2 very good but noisey rear, currently on third set of avon storm's… Read Full Review

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Tobyspitz's Comment

Written on: 17/08/2010

I found this review very helpful because...good cross section of riding environments, two up and still handling well, good advice on tyres which is a constant point of argument with Honda only recommending two brands yet there are many others equally as good if not better, it is just finding a well balanced review after all the bike is a sports tourer and that is what the review should be all about the bikes core purpose. Well done a great review with plenty of info.

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Norman Mcintyre's Comment

Written on: 04/01/2011

I found this review very helpful because...
<br/>I liked his honesty also advise on tyres.
<br/>I respect motorcyclists who tour Europe.

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★★★★★

“Just purchased a 53 ST1300 and it was like I had...”

Written on: 19/04/2010

Just purchased a 53 ST1300 and it was like I had simply died and gone to Heaven. Great handling and the build quality is fantastic.

Great screen and super comfortable. I traded in a 2007 Super Blackbird and realised what I had been missing all these years. Stay away from the VFR1200 it is over priced and although blisteringly quick it is not worth the money

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★★★★★

“This is my second Pan, I had an 1100 for 13 years and...”

Written on: 03/04/2010

This is my second Pan, I had an 1100 for 13 years and 75,000 miles, still got £2,750 for it. It had used 3 set of front wheel bearings, 1 Exhaust system, one set of rear wheel bearings and used no oil between changes (despite once driving from Interlaken to Peterburgh in 14 hours-650 miles).
I've had the 1300 for 7 years and done 26,000 miles. A Honda top-box is the only external addition and despite riding both solo and fully loaded two up I have never experienced "the weave". I'm 5'9" and… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“Great under 80 mph. Over 80mph bike feels as though...”

Written on: 30/03/2010 by emt999 (2 reviews written)

Great under 80 mph. Over 80mph bike feels as though your riding with tyres in the grooves made by trucks in the tarmac. I have rode 4 different pan's and all had the same problem. It's probably due to the aero dynamics lifting the front of the bike so there's not enough front tyre on the road to keep bike perfectly stable and rear of bike feels as though it's oscultating. On the other hand there's still no other tourer that performs better than the pan. I have rode Kawasaki 1400 GTR, Yamaha… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“As I'm one of the taller riders [6'6],the first thing...”

Written on: 15/02/2010

As I'm one of the taller riders [6'6],the first thing I did when I bought the bike second hand almost 4 years ago was to change the screen for a Givi,only 6 cm's taller but it made riding so much more enjoyable,the only other change was to the riders part of the seat.I picked up a second hand Corbin on ebay for £150,felt a bit firm at first but on a long ride it's great.I thought about buying a BMW? but I think I'll just stay with the Pan for a few more years… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“This bike was built for folks around 170 lbs and about...”

Written on: 13/11/2009 by drykem (1 review written)

This bike was built for folks around 170 lbs and about 5'9". This creates comfort issues for us taller folks,examples are the angle of the handle bars and that so many riders opt for the expensive option of bar risers. The stock seat is marginal for mor than a couple of hours,I opted for the Sargent Seat and that helped alot.I purchased foot peg lowering brackets, the 1 1/2" drop really helped my older knees.This is a sport-touring bike so I would have liked a cruise control on the bike. Thats… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“I love this bike. I bought it based on reviews and...”

Written on: 22/10/2009

I love this bike. I bought it based on reviews and hadn't ever sat on one before buying it - every review I read was complimentary. It suits my riding style and is great for touring the country (NZ). It handles open roads as well as the tight forestry roads often found away from the main highways in NZ. Fuel consumption is great (for a 1300cc) and on a trip I can do about 550km on a tank. I have put a Givi box on the back so that my partner has room for her make-up and hairdryer. It's… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“In two and half years done 28.000 the Honda ST1300-Pan...”

Written on: 22/09/2009 by John McBeth (1 review written)

In two and half years done 28.000 the Honda ST1300-Pan European is so good it is boring. Best thing I did was put risers on the bars, transformed the ride for me prior to the risers I was experiencing serious elbow problems. Speed woobles definately at 200kph but lets face it in NZ that is walk home material if caught and I don't like doing that speed. I have tried it on the track without the paniers, no speed wooble! I could keep up with all the sports bikes on the track, the only time they… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“honda st1300 - just bloody the best touring sport...”

Written on: 27/08/2009

honda st1300 - just bloody the best touring sport there is end of… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“My 3rd Pan, had a FJR 1300 for 2 years until some...”

Written on: 27/06/2009 by Tricky Dicky (1 review written)

My 3rd Pan, had a FJR 1300 for 2 years until some idiot run into me in Holland. Prefer the pan for usability, great on motorways. In the moutain passes in Europe I can always scare pedals in the corners and keep my mate on GTR 1400 at bay ! Much recommended… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“I've had an ex-police Honda ST1300 Pan for nearly a...”

Written on: 09/06/2009 by examiner1956 (1 review written)

I've had an ex-police Honda ST1300 Pan for nearly a year and done 10,000 trouble-free miles. The bike is stable at all speeds and has never shown signs of weave or wobble. Two friends bought similar bikes at the same time but couldn't get on with them, citing weave as a reason for selling them within 6 months… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“The Honda ST1300-Pan European is a well designed...”

Written on: 08/06/2009

The Honda ST1300-Pan European is a well designed touring machine,does what it says on the tin. Well made,lots of storage,comfortable and practical.Have just completed 3500 mile trip around europe,and no complaints.The weave that some people have experienced,has yet to show itself on my bike.I have not suffered any handling issues,either solo or two up.My bike is fitted with a honda top box and spoiler,and has remained stable under all load and weather conditions.My bike also has a full… Read Full Review

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★★☆☆☆

“The Honda ST1300-Pan European is generally a good...”

Written on: 15/05/2009

The Honda ST1300-Pan European is generally a good motorbike with lots of overtaking power and comfort. Good storage for real world touring like going to my home on the costa blanca in Spain from my home in Essex while my wife and kids take the plane from Stansted. It takes me a bit longer but it's the adventure and freedom of it all that makes it all worthwhile. So why have I scored it so low? Because it handles terribly in wet weather and, let's face it, we want to use our bikes year round… Read Full Review

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Bassplayer's Comment

Written on: 14/06/2009

I disagree with this review because... His views are in conflict with my own experience of the bike and with those of the vast majority of Pan riders I have met. He criticises a bike that was designed in the early 1990s for not having the latest equipment as standard - when many riders may not want all that gear anyway. As with many writers, he makes assertions about the Pan's stability and rejection by police with no actual, checkable evidence, simply rumour and innuendo. He criticises prices but does not compare goods with equal market sizes - far fewer bikes are bought than cars (at &pound;8,000) and such cars would not provide the same level of performance, luggage capacity and ability for their passenger load (4 or 5) as the Pan does for two.
<br/>His criticisms are limited by his personal horizons and are mostly facile.

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Seroom's Comment

Written on: 13/10/2011

\"@Horice. If his bike doesn’t handle in the wet then something is wrong with it, or maybe he needs more practise.\"
I agree with you on that. I bought a new 2010 ST1300 Sept11 recently in Auckland, my mate bought the same in Christchurch. He rode his to Auckland and we met in Wellington where the ferry crosses the straight. In Short I have never been that great at cornering in the wet/damp. I tend to just stay in high gear and coast around. My mate followed me for a bit and suggested that I drop a gear or two. If the back breaks away I can choose to engine brake a little or add a bit of power and drift it which I have successfully done on my Intruder a number of times. I noticed an immediate change in confidence. So good tyres and good technique.
Also suspension setup can play a major part. My VS1400 intruder was losing the front tyre in the wet even with its second of good Pirellis on. Turned out the back shocks were stuffed and two up were sagging badly even on high setting. The specialist said this had the effect of changing the rake and trail angle at the font and the bike would tend to under steer if traction was compromised.

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Tricat's Comment

Written on: 24/10/2012

Many thanks for taking the time to give a rounder picture. Whilst I did not agree with the original review, I think it important pople give their opinion so that others can reply / correct / give thier view on points some people may hve not thought of or perhaps did not get around to asking

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Horicewatkins's Comment

Written on: 23/02/2011

Blimy this chap wants the moon on a stick, bluetooth, zenons, car comfort and no more than &pound;10,000.
<br/>If his bike dosent handle in the wet then something is wrong with it, or maybe he needs more practise.

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