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MCN overall verdict rating is 5

The Honda ST1300 Pan European  is as accomplished a machine as you can buy. It does everything you ask of it and more. Smooth, comfortable, fast, powerful and well-built – the Honda ST1300 Pan European should be near the top of anyone’s list whether they’re in the market for a mile-munching tourer or a classy commuter. Superb.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Honda ST1300 Pan European’s DOHC V4 is the last of the great Honda V4s – and with its trademark smooth, turbine-like power, there’s no mistaking it for anything else. Any gear, any time the Honda ST1300 Pan European is ready for action with no fuss, just effortless delivery. It’s not exactly exciting, but, boy, is the Honda ST1300 Pan European competent.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

With its low seat and easy manners the Honda ST1300 Pan European is a pleasure to steer, in fact you’ll wonder where all that ground clearance went the first time your pegs grind out. The seat is initially too firm, but after 6-7000 miles it begins to yield. A bit. The brakes are excellent, the balance is near-perfect and even two-up on the Honda ST1300 Pan European you’ll barely notice the difference.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

CBS (Combined Braking System) is standard fit on the Honda ST1300 Pan European, as are the panniers. You can add heated grips, a top box and soft luggage, too. ABS model Honda ST1300 Pan European available.

Honda ST1300 Pan European (2002-current)

Detail Value
New price £14,499
Dealer used prices
£5,010 (2002) - £14,060 (2014)
Private used prices
£4,010 (2002) - £12,650 (2014)
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Engine size 1261 cc
Power 125 bhp
Top speed 141 mph
Insurance group 14 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 5 rating is 4
Engine rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 3.5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 5 rating is 4
Value rating is 5 rating is 3.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

Some early Honda ST1300 Pan Europeans experienced some corrosion problems, but these seem to have been sorted on post-’04 machines. Honda ST1300 Pan European owners are usually experienced, responsible types which, combined with the ultra-reliable V4 motor and its low-maintenance shaft drive, means they’re a very safe bet for trouble-free miles new or used.

Value

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

Honda ST1300 Pan Europeans depreciate very slowly, as there as so few secondhand examples on the market because owners hang onto their Pans. So although prices are high you will get more of your money back – and because of their reliability and desirability mileage is less of a factor on Honda ST1300 Pan Europeans, too. Find a Honda ST1300 Pan European for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 14 of 17

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Model History

2002: Honda ST1300 Pan European as replacement for Honda ST1100 Pan European.

2011: Honda refine range to ST1300A Pan European

Other Versions

Honda ST1300 Pan European ABS: Anti-lock braking system fitted as standard alongside CBS.


 

Specifications

Top speed 141 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.5 secs
Max power 125 bhp
Max torque 92 ft-lb
Weight 287 kg
Seat height 805 mm
Fuel capacity 29 litres
Average fuel consumption 45 mpg
Tank range 270 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 14 of 17
Engine size 1261 cc
Engine specification 16v, V4 6 gears
Frame Aluminium twin spar
Front suspension adjustment Preload
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, rebound
Front brakes Twin 310mm discs
Rear brake 316mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 18
Rear tyre size 170/60 x 17

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(39 reviews)

  • Tale of Two pans

    upthepalace

    Average rating rating is 5

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    I'm on my second 1300 Pan. The first one, an '05 plate, had a very vague front end at high speed and a fair bit of movement as well from side to side and i'm guessing that this is what everyone calls the notorious 'weave'. I am meticulous about tyre pressures etc and tried different preload settings on the rear shock to solve it. I sold it because of the police version fatal crashes which got into my head and was affecting my riding. Recently though I have bought another one, a mint '02 model that belonged to a friend of mine which he said displayed no such behaviour and he's right. This '02 model is much better than my '05 one? Not only the handling, which is truly perfect but the motor feels smoother/stronger and the brakes are better too. So I can only guess that all of them are different in the handling department though I can't think why this would be? All I can say is that I am perfectly happy to give this particular Pan a 5 star rating in every category, it's utterly brilliant.

    11 November 2009

  • 2009 st1300

    sportsboyuk

    Average rating rating is 5

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    well today i tried to make it handle badly and it did not it stayed true. me and my Police buddy sat at 100 mph with the screen fully up NO WEAVE and 130 with it down NO WEAVE test complete when set up and good tyres shes a fantastic bike now back to normal speeds after testing this bike was built to tour and cruise, if you want to go mad buy a sportsbike and hit the track. thanks and safe riding

    20 September 2009

  • st1300 2009

    sportsboyuk

    Average rating rating is 5

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    I have had a few and ridden a few they need to be set up correctly and make sure 42pis front and rear also the d220 tyres are very stable no wobbles at all dont be put off also how often do you spend at 110 120 130 mph think about it

    19 September 2009

  • what a weaver!!!

    mark2jag

    Average rating rating is 3

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    I was intending on buying a Pan European to replace my somewhat dodgy K1300 GT, but having done about 120 miles on a demo bike (admittedly an 05 with 24K on it) I have to say that the one I borrowed weaves quite a lot. Everything else is fine and dandy, goes like a train, stops really quite well, has a fantastic screen which does tend to keep most of the windblast off me,and by the way the screen being fully up is not the cause of the weave as it happens regardless of what position I leave the screen in!. I'm not going to give up on the idea, Just try and find a current 2009 model as opposed to a 2005 model, although was told today theres NO difference..... Any one care to comment on that????. A really rather nice bike spoilt by a weave that is unnerving to say the least and potentially bloody dangerous at worst. Ah well back to the drawing board. This style of bike is what im after so if anyone can think of a really smooth cruiser with large engine, non suspect handling(Oh and non shitty build quality AKA BMW!!) then I'd be interested to hear about it!!!

    17 September 2009

  • I GOT IT WRONG THIS ONE HANDLES

    sportsboyuk

    Average rating rating is 5

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    NEW 2009 MODEL just got it and yes it handles why correct set up 42 psi front and rear tyre pressure and Dunlop D220 tyres no top box and it handles I have just found out the previous model i had the dealer was dishonest about the model i had it was not current but old stock and poorly set up hey i admit i got it wrong im man enough this new one is a good bike very good bike sorry Honda about before

    07 September 2009

  • im no muppet but but 10 yrs police motorcyclist

    sportsboyuk

    Average rating rating is 1

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    it was a new bike muppet, and I have more experience in my life than you will ever have and at a very high level. So re think it I speak from total experience Pan does not handle end of it is dangerous Ive had over 500 people say the same to me over the net. its crap simple buy a FJR 1300 or GTR 1400 or BMW far far better Honda Fucked up Thanks

    12 July 2009

  • Ignore the muppets

    zootfroot

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I have a 2005 ST1300 and it's great. Had it solo and two-up at 110mph on several occasions - no terrible weave, no massive tankslappers. In fact it feels more planted than my old CBR. Now YES there can be some buffeting at speed, usually when overtaking lorries on the motorway - especially with the screen up and a top-box on. What would you expect? - in these circumstances the pan has the aerodynamics of a fridge. If it bothers you, ride closer to the speed limit! My fave things about the pan: - Excellent low-speed balance and handling - Grunty motor with bags of power, even two-up - Electric screen allows you to ride with your visor open if you want - Loads of luggage space in the panniers - 200+ miles from a tank - I think the linked brakes work well Some criticism - A heavy bike to move around the garage at 300kg wet (but if I can do it at 5'7", it's not the end of the world) - The panniers get dirty because they act like a mudguard for the back wheel. - Not exactly pretty, especially from behind - The V4 engine sounds dull - Makes 90mph feel like 60!

    22 June 2009

  • The ST's OK, OK!

    Sixmaniac

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I don’t understand the bad press from the Police and other contributors to this forum. My ST handles just fine for a sport tourer. I ride to the edge of the tyres, and it’s never done anything I wouldn’t expect from a 600+ lb bike. It’s not a Fireblade or 1098, but for what it is, I’d highly recommend it until Honda come out with a Blackbird replacement with another 200cc and ABS!

    26 May 2009

  • St1300 2004

    stman1300

    Average rating rating is 5

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    I bought this bike new in 04 and now the bike has over 43k miles on it. First of all i am a seasoned rider and have owned many bikes over the years so this is not the only bike i have had. I read some reviews on this bike and i can say i have never seen , felt or experienced this high speed problem. I have had the St many times to the red line and to me if feels as stable as any bike if not better. I have a givi trunk and i have had it over 100 mph a few times and it does make it handle differant as it would any bike. The only thing i had go bad was one of the head lights burnt out last year. It still has the original battery and i dont keep it charged either. I removed the oddly looking cans back in 05 and replaced them with the two brothers and i also added a K&N air filter. These two upgrades really makes this bike stronger. I have a friend that i ride with sometimes he has a 05 FJR1300. He has installed a full muzzy system with a power comander and K&N air filter. We have over the years ran from a low start to a 140 mph blast side by side and let me tell you that the St kept right beside him the whole way. He is a very experienced rider as well and knows how to ride. This is the best bike i have every owned, its more touring than sport to me but has the power to run sport. What i mean by that is i have rode my friends FJR for many miles, i feel the St is more comfortable to me than his FJR. Dont get me wrong i like his FJR it is a nice bike and when or if i decide to get another bike would probably get a FJR since the St is the same bike and only the color has changed. Yamaha does seem to make improvements over the years to the FJR and Honda has forgetten about improving anything to the ST. The paint seems to scratch easier than i seen on past bikes and road chips on the paint is present on the lower part of the St. Engine whine is loud on this bike and it dont sound like most bikes but once you get by that you can really relax and ride.

    26 March 2009

  • DO NOT BUY ONE

    sportsboyuk

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    WORD OF WARNING THEY HANDLE BADLY AT SPEED FROM NEW AND DO NOT GO TO HONDA CHISWICK TO BUY YOUR HONDA UNLESS YOU WANT TO GET A SHIT DEAL AND RIPPED OFF GO ELSE WHERE VOTE WITH YOUR FEET TIMES ARE HARD SPEND YOUR CASH WISELY DO NOT BUY FROM CHISWICK HONDA

    25 March 2009

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