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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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£4,995

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£4,695

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(30 reviews)

  • My bike

    CB13NUT

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Bought my bike just three weeks ago but having covered 1,500 miles already feel justified in adding my thoughts. The bike is superb. Of course you would expect an owner to say that but trust me when I say, I am hyper critical of any bike I own but with this, I honestly find it diffucult to fault. Throttle response is instant and because all the power and torque is low in the rev range, you can be flying on this bike with the minimum of effort. It's no lightweight but handling is neutral and reassuring and braking is impressive. I tried out the ABS on the front in the dry once and actually felt the back end lift off the road. That shouldn't be possible with ABS illustrating to me that Honda haven't been silly and set it up to chime in too early like many other makers do. Build quality apparently is not as good as some Honda's but I've seen nothing yet to give rise to concern but only time will tell. Lovely bike. A real gem. Strengths: Strong willing engine and superb brakes. Makes you feel like Rocket Ron Haslam. Weaknesses: You have to buy a centre stand seperately. Not comfortable for larger pillions.

    26 June 2006

  • Very pleased with this bike!

    richlewis

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Bought new 26 March06 . Now have 3000miles on, 2600 of these achieved on a trip to the Pyrenees. The half fairing keeps most of the rain off above 20 mph, the seat comfortable for 480 miles a day, with no aches.Directs a clean stream of air at the top of helmet, experienced a very very cold forehead when temps below 12 degrees c. Handling good enough to keep up with an experienced guy on DRZ400 supermoto through really tight and bumpy Pyreneean and coastal roads. Engine pulls beautifully, nice torque for good elevated front wheel control take offs from Peages! (gendarmes very cool about it :O). Strengths: Engine, Comfort, all round ability, engine 49mpg, easy 100mph + cruising.Engine. Weaknesse: Feels like it could do with a 6th gear. No centre stand .Slight fuelling hesitation at more than 1500 metres above sea level!

    25 May 2006

  • Honda cb1300s is a good motorcycle!

    glentraman

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Bought in June 2005, have had ermax screen as its 10cm higher which makes a difference to my 5ft 10 inch height as the stock screen was not much good and gave me neck ache after 45 mins. Have had seat padded slightly because after 45 mins my bum was sore but now its all pretty much a few hours riding before it starts. Lazy riding is the cb and not exciting really to ride, it does not give me that excitment as my 2003 fireblade but there again the cb is not designed to go fast because if you think it can then the suspension starts to wallow and braking with that weight forget it. to sum up with my mods its very comfortable, reasonably quick, build quality is very good as long as you give a bit of tlc, 150 miles to a tank, rain protection is ok but its not like the blackbirds, luggage carrying potential is excellent, it looks really good as muscle bikes go, but not as good looking as some sports bikes. Strengths: Looks, quality,l uggage carrying capacity, sit up and beg riding position,l ovely low down torque for lazy riding, pulls well from low down. Weaknesses: Standard trim the seat is only comfortable for 45 mins only as is the screen,lacks in excitment and character,headlight must look better.

    01 May 2006

  • All day wafting comfort and power.

    LK_993

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Very comfortable riding position with the power to overtake and in most situations you won't need to drop down a gear, just use the monster torque. Strengths: Riding position, power, handling. Also, the fuelling is excellent with clean take up from low revs in a high gear (however, see weaknesses). Weaknesses: Like most bikes, any road salt needs to be washed away as quickly as possible otherwise the shiny bits with get pitted. After a long overrun, the engine can snatch a little on power take-up - but it's only minor and you learn to ride around it.

    14 April 2006

  • Honda cb1300 abs

    keith68

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Big naked beasty. This bike is just the best! Came from a gsxr750 04 to this bike. Had the no abs version to the tt 2005. Tweeked up the suspension and chased an r1 overthe mountain at 140mph with camcorder on the tank. Although heavy, it handeled very well around the corners and out braked gsxr750 into the corner, out handeled my mates gsx1400! This bike can do anything,l oaded up to go to Cadwell park for the bsb last year, road for 5 hours without even an ache or pain. Strengths:
    great low down power, good handelling, comfort and really goes if you push it, can be muscled around the fast corners, BIG GRINS, wheel comes up nice too... Weaknesses: No centre stand, down pipes.

    15 March 2006

  • Japan Model

    mtjpn

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Just clicked 6,000km, bought in Sept 2005. Quiet yet warp-speed capable once past 2,500rpm in any gear. Very comfortable front and back. Japan model has centre stand as standard. Very stable at all speeds, even when very slow winding through dead-stop traffic, it handles well. Agree with other reviewer regarding rust, have found pinhole rust on front forks, shop says "a stone must have hit you", apart from that though I have a slight moan and vibration from front end when cornering at 20-30km on lean, bit faster, it isn't there, anyway rarely hear it. Would I buy it again? Absolutely. Strengths: Power, comfort, 17 km/l, big tank, smooth. Weaknesses:
    front end fittings seem in need of tightening.

    15 January 2006

  • All day comfortable, surprisingly 'sporty',practical , and a great all rounder.

    cupraman

    UK

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Owned the bike since June 05, have covered approx 6,500 miles. Been on 3 European trips, All day comfortable, enough room under the seat for waterproofs, spare gloves, lock, kitchen sink.....Had the 'standard' 1300 before the 'S'. The 'S' is more comfortable, the ABS brakes a big improvement. Fairing doesn't offer much protection but better than nothing. It also handles surprisingly well for its weight and size, the foot pegs being the limiting factor. Strengths: Comfort, build quality, power, all round usefulness. It will commute, tour and scratch. Weaknesses: Not the most exciting, or desirable bike on the market.

    12 December 2005

  • Smooth as double cream, tons of torque, effortless acceleration and best in black...

    Stephensv650

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    After 18 months on a SV650 as my come back to biking I decided to go for a change and the CB 1300 is a big change... Although the weight of the bike is an issue, after a month I'm much more used to it and I appreciate the stable and dependable, planted feel. Acceleration in all gears from 2000rpm is great and after a bit of an adjustment I don't notice the absence of a 6th gear. The bike is so smooth it's easy to go fast without noticing and the windblast is fine, although helps to keep your licence clean... If you don't want it (the wind blast(and maybe) the clean licence) get a screen although personally I think naked bikes look better as God intended them... Handling is good for a bike of this weight; it won't flick in and out of bends like a sportsbike but corners well. Strengths: Torque, build quality (except headers), looks (if not quite as sharp as the GSX1400!), balance, well-planted, effortless, brakes. Weaknesses: Standard can is clunky and sounds anaemic but adds to the black-zap-up-on-'em stealth factor! If you feel like being picky then the gearbox is a bit clunky...

    16 April 2005

  • full akropovich system renthal bars screen ermax undertray

    stef1298

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Having owned 12 bikes in the last 18 months ranging from retro,s to sports bikes I must say this is the only one that continues to make me grin from ear to ear every time I swing my leg over it. Strengths: Instant grunt in any gear from 1500 revs, a thing this big shouldn't handle as good as this. Weaknesses: keeping it clean not enough go faster goodies on the market .

    28 June 2004

  • Black is beautiful

    Bangerc

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Have fitted a Titanium Akroprovic slip-on and Skidmarx cockpit fairing. Just loved getting on the gas coming out of corners, surprises many sports bike riders and any gear will do. Comfort is good but anything would be an improvement over my Honda SP1, passengers don't complain either. Strengths: Torque, pillion seat. Weaknesses: Exhaust headers are not up to Honda's normal quality.

    22 June 2004

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