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MCN overall verdict rating is 3

Classic early superbike lines crash head-on with a practical top fairing and an inexpensive ABS option to make the Honda CB1300S a competent tourer-cum-commuter that’s a pleasure to ride with above average handling, plenty of practical touches and a low seat height. Read any Honda CB1300S review and you'll find nothing but praise for the way the Honda CB1300S gets you from A to B with minimal fuss.

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Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Honda CB1300S's powerplant is based on the old CBR1000, this 16-valve, 1284cc DOHC motor feels unstressed and lazily powerful enough to get by on just the top two gears. The fuel-injection on the Honda CB1300S is smooth (smoother than the naked version thanks to an improved 32-bit processor just like the whiz-bang Honda CBR600RR) and snatch-free.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Heavier riders who like to ‘press on’ might find the Honda CB1300S's suspension running out of ideas quickly, but for the average rider the set-up works well. For a more relaxed ride the Honda CB1300S's bar riders can be rotated through 180-degrees to shift the bars forwards by 20mm. The Honda CB1300S's four-piston Nissin brakes are superb, with plenty of feel and power.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Honda CB1300S clocks are amazingly comprehensive, with even a function to remind you of birthdays and anniversaries! A HISS ignition immobiliser can be backed up by an official Honda CB1300S U-lock and alarm. ABS is an inexpensive option for the Honda CB1300S at just £100.

Honda CB1300S (2005-current)

Detail Value
New price £11,199
Dealer used prices
£4,440 (2006) - £6,950 (2010)
Private used prices
£4,000 (2006) - £6,260 (2010)
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Engine size 1284 cc
Power 113 bhp
Top speed 136 mph
Insurance group 14 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 4 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Honda CB1300S is nicely built, with a stainless steel exhaust to help ward off the worst of the British winter. The Honda CB1300S paint’s thick, too, but keep the fork legs free of winter salt or they quickly develop a nasty case of psoriasis.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

New or used the Honda CB1300S represents a whole lot of bike for your money. Secondhand Honda CB1300S prices are stable and owners tend to be considerate owners who pamper their machines. Find a Honda CB1300S for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 14 of 17

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Model History

2003: Naked Honda CB1300 introduced.
2004: Faired Honda CB1300S version launched.
2007: Now with ABS as standard.
2011: Honda offer CB1300A [£8,290] and CB1300SA [£10,850]

Other Versions

Honda CB1300: Naked version.

Specifications

Top speed 136 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.1 secs
Max power 113 bhp
Max torque 86 ft-lb
Weight 236 kg
Seat height 790 mm
Fuel capacity 21 litres
Average fuel consumption 42 mpg
Tank range 195 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 14 of 17
Engine size 1284 cc
Engine specification 16v, in-line four, 5 gears
Frame Steel cradle
Front suspension adjustment Compression, rebound
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes Twin 310mm discs
Rear brake 256mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(30 reviews)

  • 2006 Honda cb1300s

    mattearn

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I've lusted after one of these for years until I found a mint low mileage one at my local dealer. They say you should never meet your heroes for fear of being disappointed. They whoever they are couldn't have got it more wrong. Suspension takes a little careful setting up but once sorted it handles like a dream. Just make sure the front is set soft enough to get the front tyre warm. The torque is immense so much so you can short shift your way through the gears surfing the torque curve or you can wring its neck and it tries to dislocate your arms. Absolutely amazing two up even with the givi rack added to make carrying the wife's things and give her some security from going flying off the back! Bottom line is get one and you will not be disappointed.

    01 September 2013

  • superb at everything

    gerald bruton

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I bought my 1300s in june 09 and have now covered 3650 miles on it,it has all the power i'll ever need ,it is superbly built and the fit and finish is fantastic, it's supremely comfortable for all day riding and i get 53 on average to the gallon,loading the bike with pillion and/or luggage makes no difference to it at all,the handling for such a large bike is perfect with good brakes and easy as you like at u turns or mini roundabouts, the most rider friendly bike i have owned in many years of biking, its now four and a half years old and it still shines like a new pin, go on get one you know you want too :-)

    18 March 2010

  • Cb1300 Brutal

    PaulOz

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Bought a CB1300 from Marshalls in Peterborough last May .As I live in Spain I had great run back through France, not a drop of oil was lost or coolant the bike never missed a beat. As the misses was with me I expected bent ears about comfort but no I had a satisfied passenger for the whole trip. I cannot fault the bike at all. Brutal low down pulling power, handles great for me and to be honest is far more comfortable than these new sportstourers which are now being produced. were does your passenger sit on a VFR. Oh yes, that small seat pad on the mudguard !!!.

    13 March 2010

  • The Test of Time

    Tbone4623

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Ok Im the first to admit it, when I first bought the bike after a week or so of running it in I thought what have I done! Although I have always loved the look of the bike I bought it based on that really as felt I couldnt keep ignoring it dispite being only 30ish(Young Im told for this sort of bike!) First few rides I was struck at how long it took me to stop and the sheer bulk of the bike with feet down at lights on slight hills!I thought this is going to be a big lasy cart horse you fool. Well 2 years later it is the best bike I have owned in every aspect Quality, Reliabilty& fun. It has given me the most smile per pound of any bike I have owned as when your open it up, it just pulls and pulls and the brakes are ace once you learn to pull hard they work a treat. I have so much confidence on this bike now I will happily run with the big boys and guess who's bike they all want a shot off at coffee stops! If your the sort that get's off on sports bikes that bite back, look else where or if like me you just learn to ride harder and live longer this fabulous machine does it all in good time!

    17 February 2010

  • My best bike

    Versysian

    UK

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Bought a CB1300ABS a few months ago. Done a few thousand miles on it now and I can't wait to do the next few thousand :)

    09 August 2009

  • BUYING A HONDA GO TO DOBLE SURREY

    sportsboyuk

    Average rating rating is 5

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    ASK FOR MIKE EDWARDS SAY JAMIE SENT YOU FOR A DEAL THEY ARE GREAT, FANTASTIC, I am very very pleased with the bike its very underated. sportsbike are ok but with more cameras etc going up retro riding is much more fun, and makes you feel alaive again think ive got bored of supersports bikes now. great on the track or in europe but in the uk forget it. Honda build quality, reliability, the bike a beauty engine has more tourqe than speed good on fuel handles well just manhandle it a little more she goes through the corners great. wind in your face and go for it, or crusie and enjoy the ease in which it devouirs roads, bends and in total comfort thank you DOBLE thank you Honda awsome bike roll on sunny days

    17 April 2009

  • what a fantastic bike this is and top value

    sportsboyuk

    Average rating rating is 5

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    NAKED SEX THIS BIKE IS A STUNNER fast, comfortable, good brakes, good MPG,very well built, thick paint,and reliable. after the Bandit 1250 this is a dream to ride,well done Honda you got it right. try one buy one, and thank you to DOBLE HONDA SURREY GO GET YOUR HONDAS THERE AND SAY JAMIE SENT YOU THERE TOP DEALERS ASK FOR MIKE EDWARDS. BE SAFE HAVE FUN BOYS.

    02 April 2009

  • CB1300 09 New baby

    sportsboyuk

    Average rating rating is 5

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    took a test ride also rode a varadero which was ok but thirsty, the CB1300 S was a good bike no great bike for the price and type VERY VERY UNDERATED. fast, comfortable, good on fuel, good handling, real worl bike for real bikers man handle it and its so much fun. Im getting fed up with sports bikes racers etc there becoming bland boring, the CB1300 S is so good such a breath of fresh air well done Honda, only did 350 miles on my new VFR its boring

    13 March 2009

  • Great friend

    nobby1967

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Bought mine as a pre reg from my local honda dealer. I had previously been riding a CBR600f and wanted something a bit more comfortable when riding 2 up. The CB1300 half faired model with ABS has been brilliant no issues with build quality its never let me down and gets lots of positive comments from the car driving community at the local petrol station. the engine is sublime powerful torq open it up in 5th (top gear) and enjoy the rush of power propel you forward not in a buzz of high revs just a surge of meaty power. I have added a blue flame exhaust which makes the bike sound like it should and has improved fuel economy, also a Stebel horn and Honda heated grips have improved safety and warmth on cooler days. Now the buts, it is heavy especially with a pillion, no centre stand makes chain lube and adjustment a pain, the gear box isn't the slickest, the suspension could be better (but never a real problem) and the wind blast on long trips can get tiring. But thats it no other issues 2 years of ownership have been fun, problem free and the finish is still brilliant, so if your looking for a modern take on the muscle big theme, take a test ride you will find it easy to ride fast and ownership is so easy. Enjoy.

    10 March 2009

  • Bunker

    bunker43

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I use it for transport to & from work mostly with the occasional two ride on the weekend ideal for this. Fast away at the lights great on overtaking on the open road.:)

    14 July 2008

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