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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
£5,080 (2002) - £13,920 (2014)
Private used prices
£3,980 (2002) - £12,530 (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)

  • What a bike!!

    Paul1810

    Average rating rating is 5

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    I bought my 05 Pan in April and just returned from a week touring in Ireland with my other half. The bike was simply superb, just munches the miles up with no problems, returning approx 50mpg on all roads. It is so comfortable on long and short runs, and the wife managed to get all her gear into the panniers without complaint or sacfificing anything shewould noramlly take on holiday!! I now intend to keep this bike for a very long time as I cant see another bike doing what the ST1300 does as an all round package. Next week, off to South of France and I cant wait.

    25 June 2008

  • Awesome!

    mitch1111

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Just toured Spain and West of England on mine doing about 3000 miles. Comfort is amazing almost like sitting on a sofa. Mine was well overloaded with panniers, topbox and wife and solid as a rock throughout including speeds 120+ (late for ferry!). Power is exceptional very fast when you need it and like a well mannered pussy cat when you dont. Last bike was CBR1100XX but would'nt trade back from my ST1300 no way! Excellent

    16 May 2008

  • Have to sale before it kills me

    daldry2504

    Average rating rating is 3

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    Had to write a review on this bike again as now i am selling this bike at a significant loss due to me having alot of problems with a 70 mph weave this happened on a number of occasions now and honda have just shrugged there sholders at this problem which just isnt good enough.This is getting a big problem for these bikes as a friend has the same problem and had to sale his bike.I wish i could just burn the bike so no one else can ride it but have to have some money back even if it is a pittance. My advice for what it is worth get a BMW.

    10 February 2008

  • Best motor bike so far

    daldry2504

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    This bike is the best machine i have owned in 14 years of motorcycling.It is super smooth and efortless to ride even at low speeds where i hardley notice the weight.Me and my partner are quite large people and the bike handles well with us both on it and i plan to go European wide on it come the summer. Have noticed getting blown arround on it on windy days being the only gripe i have with it. The screen is handy and you could read a paper at 70 mph with the screen up fully (not recomended). I love the ammount of luggage space avalible and the top box with back pad is a comfy back rest for the Mrs. Interlinked brakes are spot on and a good safety feature. Overall this bike is excellent and you notice the fine ride it gives all you need for two up touring or commuting or what ever you need.

    13 January 2008

  • Fantastic machine, upgraded from the ST1100 and I haven't stopped grinning in 4 years.

    dozzzzy

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    This is my second bike, an upgrade from a ST100. The bike is fantastic and I have done 40000 miles on it touring around Europe. I ride all year round in all weather - apart from snow and ice. The only reason I am selling mine is I am due to emigrate to Canada, but I will be getting another one almost as soon as I arrive. Strengths: Speed, touring distance, comfort, solid performance and handling. Fantastic machine. Mechanically it is very strong. Loads of grunt. Handles beautifully especially in the twisty bits. Weaknesses: Finish on the front forks - the paint pealed within 6 moths of getting the bike, very soft paint work - easily scratched.

    11 October 2006

  • Does exactly what it says on the box!

    Alnwick1

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Big, comfortable, fast as you could ever need, loads of carrying capacity, economical for such a big machine and handling way better than you might expect of a 'soft tourer'. I've ground down the hero blobs on both sides and I'm no knee down racer by a long way, it just leans over with a confidence inspiring stability. A bit of a weave around tghe steering head at 90-100mph, but nothing too disconcerting, and strangly enough not every time. Brilliant engine, ABS and electric screen set off the whole package nicely. If you're after a top tourer to take just you or you and the missus vast distances in comfort and have some fun when the road gets twisty, try the Pan for size. Strengths: Engine, comfort, handling, luggage capacity, tank range. Weaknesses: Unattractive instrument binnacle, lacks a bit of character.

    20 September 2006

  • My Review

    boroboy

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    This bike is simply brilliant,I bought it 6 months ago and have done 6700 miles since,without any problems,yes the servicing is dear,but all good things dont come cheap.I ride all year round in all weather and the Pan makes me feel safe in the wet,i have never been overtaken on my daily commute on the A1 by any other bike in any weather. Overall the whole ownership experience has been excellent. I ride two up regularly and my wife wouldnt get on anything else,total comfort,loads of torque,low down weight,great low speed control,fantastic at over a ton with a full load all day long. i will be keeping this bike for a very very long time. Strengths: Power at any speed in any gear when needed,bags of torque. Weaknesses: Dry weight can be a problem,you need to plan before you move it manually.

    17 August 2006

  • Traded in a lump of BMW R1150 RT cr*p for this great secondhand machine.

    burger

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    This is a great follow on from the ST1100.It's a great bike once you get used to its stand still weight.It is very stable on windy days so the weight must count for something.A great bike if you like gadgets,heated grips, electric screen,trip computer,Panniers, wind deflectors, what else do you need? I would have liked the Honda radio but at £500 I will do with my MP3 player and radio. Strengths: Street prescence, Style, Comfort, Handling,Everything on it works(take note BMW)Great Brakes. Although it requires servicing every 4,000 miles.It is basicly inpecting items as opposed to changing out.so costs are fairly reasonable.Has been used througout winter without showing any real winter wear( again take note Mr BMW). Weaknesses: Soft, easily scratched paintwork.A highly "stealable" bike as it is soooo good.

    02 April 2006

  • Expensive comfy tourer

    mikegreenwood1

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Apart from the weight and the slow speed steering ( What IS wrong with the fuel injection at slow speed?), servicing cost and parts I can't fault this machine.Did the the Alps to Switzerland and right round France and what a big comfy machine.Would I buy another one? NO because I'm keeping this one! Strengths: Comfort, Good fuel consumption with big 29 Litre tank, Luggage space,reliability. Weaknesses: Slow speed steering, cost of servicing and spares. The Weight is nearly 50Kg more than the FJR.

    19 February 2006

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