The successor to the ST1100 Pan European, the ST1300 was meant to be the all new and improved tourer from Honda and although it is a great all-purpose touring bike, it hasn’t quite managed to gain the same level of following as the ST1100. This appears to be connected to a few initial teething problems with the first bikes to be released although these issues were quickly rectified.
What the ST1300 does offer is a powerful V4 engine which offers smooth delivery and power along with the ability to ride for miles and miles with ease. What it lacks for in modern technology (it is now pushing 15 years of being on the market) it makes up for with its fuss-free, reliable nature. If you want a bike which is comfortable to ride, can be packed to the hilt and still hit the open road with impressive power, then the ST1300 is the right kind of bike for you. Despite the heaviness of the chassis, once you get the bike going you will find the handling to be light and simple, perfect when you have nothing but long stretches of tarmac to deal with.
Interestingly, there are only a limited number of ST1300 bikes on the second-hand market which tells a great deal; these are bikes which people want to hold onto and that is certainly something worth keeping in mind when considering buying an ST1300 new. If you look after this bike then it will look after you and give you many, many years of enjoyment on the open road.
|Engine||16v, V4, liquid cooled, DOHC|
|Average fuel consumption||45mpg|
|Submitted by:||Graham||Review Date: May 2017||Comfort|
|Ride Quality||Heavy to manhandle but once moving no problem|
|Build Quality & Reliability||Ultra reliable|
|Engine Rating||Torquey engine perfect for touring two up|
|Brake Rating||Dual braking system using cintered pad|
|Running Cost||Make it easier to service without having to take all the plastics off|
|Pros Comments||Comfort and luggage carrying ability|
|Cons Comments||Make it easier to service without having to take all the plastics off|