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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

For anyone looking for a long-distance tool the Honda ST1100 Pan European is probably one of the safest bets around. The only problem is availability – owners rate them so highly that low-mileage machines are rarer than hen’s teeth. Not that mileage matters as the motor and construction quality is thermospherically high.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Honda ST1100 Pan European's DOHC V4 motor is so smooth and its delivery so linear that it redefines notions of ease. Reliability and durability is second-to-none. The five-speed gearbox never finds anything but drive and in top 90mph is met with just 4500rpm on the clock. You can hit 130mph, but that’s not really the point.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Honda ST1100 Pan European's chassis is so beautifully balanced that despite the Pan’s colossal 297kg dry weight it feels poised and light, even at walking pace. Some riders complain that the tyres feel remote from the road, but it’s just a question of putting your faith in the capable Pan. The standard screen makes for a very noisy ride past 90mph an in windy conditions you can fell pushed about by windblast.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

High quality hard panniers come as standard with the Honda ST1100 Pan European and there’s a plethora of aftermarket touring kit, like replacement seats, screens and other luggage.

Honda ST1100 Pan European (1989-2004)

Detail Value
Dealer used prices
£2,490 (1996) - £4,210 (2000)
Private used prices
£2,240 (1996) - £3,860 (2002)
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Engine size 1084 cc
Power 100 bhp
Top speed 134 mph
Insurance group 13 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 4 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Honda ST1100 Pan European motors will cheerfully toss off 250,000 miles, the suspension lasts well and the build quality is terrifically strong. Keep an eye on tyre wear, which dramatically affects the handling, corrosion on the swingarm, seizing brake calipers and poor paint quality which affects older bikes particularly.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Honda ST1100 Pan Europeans are expensive, even compared to more modern stuff, but the flip to that is they do hold their value well. The only downer is the puny service intervals – just 4000 miles apart. At £150 or so a time that soon mounts up. Find a Honda ST1100 Pan European for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 13 of 17

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Model History

1989: Honda ST1100 Pan European introduced.
2002: Replaced by Honda STX1300 Pan European, with a bigger motor, an electric screen (on the ABS version), an adjustable seat and improved fairing.

Other Versions

Honda ST1100 ABS: Fitted with Advanced Braking System.

Specifications

Top speed 134 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.7 secs
Max power 100 bhp
Max torque 79 ft-lb
Weight 297 kg
Seat height 800 mm
Fuel capacity 28 litres
Average fuel consumption 44 mpg
Tank range 270 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 13 of 17
Engine size 1084 cc
Engine specification 16v V4 , 6 gears
Frame Steel double cradle
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Twin 296mm discs
Front brakes Twin 296mm discs
Rear brake 296mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 18
Rear tyre size 160/70 x 18

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(18 reviews)

  • How did Honda make something this GOOD in 1989???

    steven bayross

    SWINDON

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    i only bought one because i had a 130 mile commute everyday. i hate everything the pan european "stands for" IN BIKING but i cant fault it in ANYWAY THE THING goes round corners in a way a steel framed 280kg motorcycle should not... if big miles are your thing NOTHING comes close

    10 May 2007

  • Reliable, comfy, fast

    lfcfan

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Keeps you dry even in terrible weather, serious grunt in the engine, comfy enough for all day riding, you quickly forget the size and weight, not cheap to buy or put fuel in.

    25 April 2007

  • Reliable comfortable ton-up tourer.

    PanPilot

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I've had my X-reg ABS/TCS Pan for 18 months or so, apart from a couple of silencers, no probs. Took a while to get confidence, but two new BT020's transformed the handling; you can lean at improbable angles, at least in the dry. Keeping up with most sports bikes is possible as long as you plan your corners; it's not really chuckable, but handles very well for a big bike. The anti-dive forks work well, brakes are capable, the linked system is not obvious in operation. Economy and comfort ? 300+ miles to a tank, then you might want to stretch your legs. If you are looking to buy, like all faired bikes, the plastic can hide a lot, most don't get cleaned behind, so have a good look. Parts are expensive, a full exhaust is several hundred £'s, as is an ABS unit. Pans tend not to get thrashed, so last a long time if they get regular oil changes. Get one while you still can !

    12 March 2007

  • Lovely bike, but heavy.

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Had a 2000 ABS Pan 2 years now, 42K miles, no problems except exhaust corrosion. Big bucks... If you're buying one, get down on the ground with a torch and have a good look! Take the panniers off. Also check the radiator, alloy can corrode under the paint. Big bucks... No mistake, a heavy bike, takes a while to master. Most Pans get dropped at a standstill, usually no damage except £12 crash bar cover. Avoid gravel car parks! Once moving, a peach to ride, if well ridden easily stays with sporty stuff on country roads, but keep your wits about you, sudden tight bends remind you you're on a third of a ton..! 40 mpg typical. Oh, and did I mention it was heavy?

    10 March 2007

  • Incredible value for money. Astounding 'survivablity'. Very reliable. Low maintenance.

    ManxNorton

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Bought with 500 miles on the clock in 1990, px'ing a VFR for approx. £4200. I reckon its still worth £2000, so that is a depreciation of about £138 per year. By common consensus within the motorcycling fraternity, the ST1100 has turned out to be a fabulous motorcycle, but in 1990, if you listened to the pundits, i.e. motorcycle journalists, it might have seemed a bit of a punt, being slated as 'too heavy and ponderous'. Time has proven the ST1100, amongst both the private and public sectors of the motorcycle market. I fully expect to still be riding my ST1100 in ten years time, unless Honda or another manufacturer manage to improve upon the ST1100 Pan, in all areas. It should be easy as the ST1100 was designed in the late 1980's but they have'nt managed it yet. In my opinion, the ST1100 model is faithful to the ideals of Soichiro Honda. Strengths: Total reliability, low maintenance, reasonable performance, astounding 'survivability'. Weaknesses: The exhaust collector box. Thats it.

    07 November 2006

  • Should never have sold the first one

    mack6969

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    After comeing into some handy needed cash. I thought go get myself an other bike so sold the old bmw k100rs after lots off happy miles and got a zzr1300 only to meet with a young girly comeing the wrong way down the a406 me and the bike went under her car and walked away lucky or wot?? Was left with a lot off pain so sport bike days were over at 54 years old in come the pan and cant find any thing wrong with it 100 out of 100 for the beasty love it and the new 1300 looks good to slurp slurp. Strengths: The pan handles two up and lots of luggage easy and still handles good. Weaknesses: Exhaust box bit dear to replace .

    29 March 2006

  • I've owned this bike from new, travel Europe every year and do British winters

    spartan

    Average rating rating is 4

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    The bike is the best bike ive ever owned and as they dont make them anymore im going to keep it. Ive never had any mechanical problems at all, only things ive change in 12k are the tyres to Bridgestone 020`s rear pads, oil and filter they are that reliable. Strengths: The ease of touring two up cornering stability and that grunty motor sports bikes have problems in bends keeping up Fact. Tank range 270 miles, comfort lugage resale price. Weaknesses: There isnt any unless you say its a bit heavy but its a tourer.

    21 August 2004

  • Fantastic piece of kit, daily use never shown any probs even with 45000mls on it.

    dropdeadfred

    Sheffield , UK

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    This bike is truly amazing, would buy another one now if I could afford to. Bought 3yrs old with 40,000mls, did 5000 in 6 months. Had to sell mine due to mariage and house move.(What was I doing) 20 mile round trip daily comute in all weathers not a problem, it had heated grips(godsend)It was supremely comfortable even 2 up and loaded, never a lack of power or grunt, and the handling was flawless once used to weight. By the way I am 26yrs old and sold it 18 months ago. You can stop laughing now.(Not that I care) Strengths: The best things were its ability to keep suprising you in its ability. The handling suprised me most, it was so stable. It didn't matter how hard you counter steered it just turned and asked for more. Weaknesses: The only weaknesses I can think of are that I found the bars to low (STX 1300 are better)this may just be a personal thing as I have quite short arms. Her indoors aslo complained of the wind beating her to death at speeds in excess of 85mph on the back, but no-one else I spoke to said the same?

    17 August 2004

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Best bike so far (20 years)

I bought a 1990 ST1100 in 1992 at about half retail and only 3,200km on the clock. This bike has been the best long distance ride ever (my other rides were V65 Sabre, FJ600, XS650). I also commute on it. Great city bike but after 22 years of Toronto road work the fairing needs some TLC for rattles.

08 October 2012 02:37

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