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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
£4,210 (2006) - £6,910 (2010)
Private used prices
£3,790 (2006) - £6,220 (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)

  • Sublime bike

    robbobiker

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Despite finding the CB1300S a tad too heavy, it is a fabulous bike. The seat is easily the most comfortable in the biking world. The engine is exquisite with utterly effortless and unruffled torque combined with silky smooth throttle response. The handling is faultless, the brakes good, the suspension almost perfect for normal riding and it soaks up pot holes and bumps for an almost magic carpet ride. Above 2 mph it easy totally stable and child's play to manage. It is while at rest you have to be careful...the weight is not exactly low down and you needs competent handling while parking or manoeuvring into tight spaces at low speed. Once on the go it is fabulous. The gauges are the most attractive I've seen on any bike. It would be nice if Honda offered a variation on the somewhat brash red and white Honda classic scheme and I believe elsewhere you can get a blue version, though not on UK models. Overall a superb motorcycle which has real class and quality, sublime handling and total comfort.

    12 April 2008

  • 3 summers of joy

    nomae62

    Average rating rating is 5

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    fell in love with this bike the first time I test rode it and still feel the same after 12000 miles of use. Fitted GPR evolution stubby exhaust last year (2007) and that has improved performance immensely.And had my wheels gold powder coated when I bought it. As many have said and which is true this will keep up with sports bikes. Just an awesome bike......

    11 February 2008

  • Brilliant

    Chris Smith

    UK

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    My dad owns the Honda cb1300s And its an awesome machine, The handling is awesome, although its no sports bike, so no uber fast corners. The engine is sweet, and forgive the commonly used "bulletproof". It makes such a surge of torgue at over 2000rpm its amazing, (its just like my Yam fzr1000 exup genesis.) The paintwork is really nice, aparantly its thick too, its black with gold mettalic flakes, (have a close look in the sun and you really see it). Bought new for £7000 ish its a good price. It has ample ammounts of storage space under the seat, for a chain and lock, waterproofs, small toolkit, gloves. As standard it has some good extra's, the clocks are very good and the colour at night time is amazing. blue and red! it has two nice side fairing pockets good for housekeys or phone, or i dunno erm a can of coke? And it has ABS and the screen isnt too bad but an aftermarket one is nicer. We have fitted a higher screen, fender extender, oxford hotgrips, backbox, alarm, honda centre stand, crash bungs, chrome radiator cover. I've also been a pillion on it and I can say that its comfy seat and has a good rear handle, but im 6'1" so it hurts my legs and lower back from the possition of the pegs, but my sister loves it, and has no problems and shes not much shorter than I am. overal a wonderful bike, has something for everyone and would suit any rider. power rangers, commuters, leisure riding, touring, big bike newbies.

    19 January 2008

  • Now your Torquin

    Paul Horsman

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Just a delight. So much torque. The best all round bike Ive ever ridden. Comfortable seat 12 hours in the saddle and no numb bum! little vibration from that beautiful lazy lump, and enough go to live with the sports bikes. All this AND she looks great. My wife even likes it.

    03 September 2007

  • Honda CB1300 S

    zardon

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I have always bought sports bikes, and in the last 15 years have owned around 40 bikes. I took a test drive on a 2006 model which had been traded in, a minter with only 2,000 miles on the clock, and I fell in love with it almost immediately. The engine is like a turbine, don't let the modest BHP numbers fool you into believing this bike is a pussycat. I currently own a GSXR-1000 K6, R1 SP and a Ducati 996S, so this is the bike I do the mileage with, and I love it. The paint work seems really nice especially considering the price (I paid around £5,200 for mine). The bodywork is good and the dash is the best I have seen with so many options it is simply staggering. It even has a fuel gauge ! something i had forgotten about after owning so many 1000c sports bikes. It is a great bike to have alongside your sports bike, as it has loads of power, yet in a very different and comfortable way. All in all, this is a quality bike, and the engine is the selling point, it must be putting out around 100bhp between 1,000 and 3,000 rpm (it certainly feels like it!). Pros: Engine, engine and engine. Nice paintwork (quite deep), styling is retro yet modern and the storage capacity is excellent. Seat is extremely well made and comfortable. Brakes are top drawer. Cons: I really would like a sixth gear but apart from this, the bike is a wonderful package.

    25 May 2007

  • Big Big Torque

    tractor1975

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Bought an ex demo 06 plate, had it a month now and done 400 Miles. Traded my p reg Triumph speed triple for this, big old beast. Also looked at the XJR and the new 1250 Bandit. Had enough of sportsbikes now, wanted something I could still have a bit of fun with but also ride distance on without to much fuss. Love the riding position, no more back aches! Absolutley love the torque, effortless riding. Three issues though, Firstly, no sixth gear, do not understand that one! Secondly, exhuast can is to big, ugly and much much to quite. Need to save my pennies to buy a decent can now! Thirdly, throttle is a bit snatchy, but do no know if that is me or the bike. Other than those issues, cannot find any other faults am very happy with it. Now looking forward to my 2 week holiday riding around the german/austrian border next month.

    15 May 2007

  • How good is this bike!

    fitzi

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Had it for 6 month,done 1100 miles in two days,kept up with the sports bikes, toured with the tourers, comfy, fast, handles well,  I have owned z1000, xjr1300, r6,gsx750 and various others. Strengths: Power, looks, comfort, handling, Honda finish, grin factor 10, try one they are brilliant! Best bike I've owned, can't wait for a new model. Weaknesses: Header pipes bit iffy,other than that no centre stand,but havnt needed one yet.

    16 October 2006

  • CB1300, black, non abs model, 2003

    rayskipp

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Had a few naked bikes e.g Bandit 12, GSX14 and plenty of sports bikes e.g R1, Gixer 1000 and 750's, Blade but to be honest the CB13 does all that I really need and it's a blinding bike. Not had it long but clocked up nearly 3000 miles across Europe this summer with my mates who were on a range of bikes, from a Gixer 1000 to a BMW GS1200 thingy. The CB13 was the ideal compromise and wasn't left behind in the twisty bits and certainly out-dragged many of them on the fast autoroutes. All in all, a top laugh that's got enough grunt and handling to really enjoy yourself and comfy too.......920 miles in one-hit from Prague to Somerset, try that on a sports bike! Strengths: Looks the buisness, especially with renthals etc and has loads of torque. Comfy too! Weaknesses: needs a small screen to help with 100mph cruising.

    25 August 2006

  • Best bike on the market, plus price is very good!

    JW1960

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Since geting bike I was well happy with power as I owned cb750 3 years ago. l looked at bikes on market and saw cb1300 abs and knew had to have it! Looks great and goes great! Strengths: Looks, give power when needed,very comfitable ride. Weaknesses: No centre stand as standard, but manage to get one from A2Zbiking bits £112.00 inclusive, post comes with bolts and springs quite easy to fit.

    11 August 2006

  • Black 2006 abs ... I bought the bike to replace my X11 I had been riding for nearly 6 years

    sddwa01

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I cant really fault the bike its effortless to ride, has plenty of power and is fairly comfortable, it make my previous X11 seem hard work. Strengths: build quality, the headers on my 2006 model seem to be of good quality, the gearbox is fairly slick, and it hs loads of torque. Weaknesses: None.

    19 July 2006

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