Here we go again......
A lttle bit of "googling" reveals that if the ACPO recomendations (don't know what they are but suspect these are to do with machine loading) are followed the bike cans still be used in service.
Aside from the obvious tradegy of the death of the rider and the effect on his colleagues and family, lets look at the weave issue. Ever since the bike was released some people have complained of a high speed weave, and many comparissons have been made against the "old" Pan ST1100. The main comparisson often ignored is the significant reduction in the wheelbase, and the "sportier" geometry of the front forks.
I have done approx. 50,000 miles on two ST1300 Pans (one pre-recall original) on twisty European roads, fast motoways, and while the bike has a little bit of "nervousness" when in the wake of an articulated lorry, the rest of the time it feels really stable. It DOESN'T have the on rails feel of the older model, but I'm certain that is due to the reduced wheelbase, and in return you get the much sportier back road handling which for a bike of its size is excellent. One thing I have found a lot of people do though is wind the rear pre-load up, often because one magazine or another says it improves the handling. Well if you add too much rear pre-load without enough weight on the bike you will raise the rear, effectively steepening the fork angle. This gives the "improved handling" stated by many sources. This improvement is in fact just a more responsive front-end. Now given that Honda have already made the ST1300 more sporty, it is quite likely they have pushed the bike towards the limit of geometry for a big tourer (as opposed to a lithe sports bike), and when pushed further by raising the rear........ the bike bites back.
I suggest those of you who suffer from weave try backing the rear pre-load off fully (or as far as you can without bottoming occuring), check the tyre pressures and then go for a ride. Yes it'll feel "squidgy" at first, but once you are used to it you'll find you can sythe through the corners just the same as usual, and you'll have the triple added benefits of more stability at speed, increased comfort, and reduced tyre wear.
Mike Roberts (UK)