HONDA CB1300S (2005-2013) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

"A competent tourer-cum-commuter that's a pleasure to ride"

Honda CB1300S motorcycle review - Riding

"A competent tourer-cum-commuter that's a pleasure to ride"

  • At a glance
  • 1284cc  -  113 bhp
  • 42 mpg  -  195 miles range
  • Medium seat height (790mm)

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

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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Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 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.

Engine 4 out of 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.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 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 & Running Costs 4 out of 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 group: 14 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 3 out of 5

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.

Owners' Reviews

30 owners have reviewed their HONDA CB1300S (2005-2013) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.8 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.6 out of 5
Engine 4.8 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5.0 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.6 out of 5
Equipment 4.0 out of 5
5 out of 5

2006 Honda cb1300s

01 September 2013 by mattearn

I've lusted after one of these for years until I found a mint low mileage one at my local dealer. They say you should never meet your heroes for fear of being disappointed. They whoever they are couldn't have got it more wrong. Suspension takes a... Read more little careful setting up but once sorted it handles like a dream. Just make sure the front is set soft enough to get the front tyre warm. The torque is immense so much so you can short shift your way through the gears surfing the torque curve or you can wring its neck and it tries to dislocate your arms. Absolutely amazing two up even with the givi rack added to make carrying the wife's things and give her some security from going flying off the back! Bottom line is get one and you will not be disappointed.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
4 out of 5

superb at everything

18 March 2010 by rockabillyone

I bought my 1300s in june 09 and have now covered 3650 miles on it,it has all the power i'll ever need ,it is superbly built and the fit and finish is fantastic, it's supremely comfortable for all day riding and i get 53 on average to the... Read more gallon,loading the bike with pillion and/or luggage makes no difference to it at all,the handling for such a large bike is perfect with good brakes and easy as you like at u turns or mini roundabouts, the most rider friendly bike i have owned in many years of biking, its now four and a half years old and it still shines like a new pin, go on get one you know you want too :-)

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Cb1300 Brutal

13 March 2010 by PaulOz

Bought a CB1300 from Marshalls in Peterborough last May .As I live in Spain I had great run back through France, not a drop of oil was lost or coolant the bike never missed a beat. As the misses was with me I expected bent ears about comfort but no I... Read more had a satisfied passenger for the whole trip. I cannot fault the bike at all. Brutal low down pulling power, handles great for me and to be honest is far more comfortable than these new sportstourers which are now being produced. were does your passenger sit on a VFR. Oh yes, that small seat pad on the mudguard !!!.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
5 out of 5

The Test of Time

17 February 2010 by Tbone4623

Ok Im the first to admit it, when I first bought the bike after a week or so of running it in I thought what have I done! Although I have always loved the look of the bike I bought it based on that really as felt I couldnt keep ignoring it dispite... Read more being only 30ish(Young Im told for this sort of bike!) First few rides I was struck at how long it took me to stop and the sheer bulk of the bike with feet down at lights on slight hills!I thought this is going to be a big lasy cart horse you fool. Well 2 years later it is the best bike I have owned in every aspect Quality, Reliabilty& fun. It has given me the most smile per pound of any bike I have owned as when your open it up, it just pulls and pulls and the brakes are ace once you learn to pull hard they work a treat. I have so much confidence on this bike now I will happily run with the big boys and guess who's bike they all want a shot off at coffee stops! If your the sort that get's off on sports bikes that bite back, look else where or if like me you just learn to ride harder and live longer this fabulous machine does it all in good time!

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
5 out of 5

My best bike

09 August 2009 by Versysian

Bought a CB1300ABS a few months ago. Done a few thousand miles on it now and I can't wait to do the next few thousand :) Read more

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

BUYING A HONDA GO TO DOBLE SURREY

17 April 2009 by sportsboyuk

ASK FOR MIKE EDWARDS SAY JAMIE SENT YOU FOR A DEAL THEY ARE GREAT, FANTASTIC, I am very very pleased with the bike its very underated. sportsbike are ok but with more cameras etc going up retro riding is much more fun, and makes you feel alaive... Read more again think ive got bored of supersports bikes now. great on the track or in europe but in the uk forget it. Honda build quality, reliability, the bike a beauty engine has more tourqe than speed good on fuel handles well just manhandle it a little more she goes through the corners great. wind in your face and go for it, or crusie and enjoy the ease in which it devouirs roads, bends and in total comfort thank you DOBLE thank you Honda awsome bike roll on sunny days

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

what a fantastic bike this is and top value

02 April 2009 by sportsboyuk

NAKED SEX THIS BIKE IS A STUNNER fast, comfortable, good brakes, good MPG,very well built, thick paint,and reliable. after the Bandit 1250 this is a dream to ride,well done Honda you got it right. try one buy one, and thank you to DOBLE HONDA SURREY... Read more GO GET YOUR HONDAS THERE AND SAY JAMIE SENT YOU THERE TOP DEALERS ASK FOR MIKE EDWARDS. BE SAFE HAVE FUN BOYS.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

CB1300 09 New baby

13 March 2009 by sportsboyuk

took a test ride also rode a varadero which was ok but thirsty, the CB1300 S was a good bike no great bike for the price and type VERY VERY UNDERATED. fast, comfortable, good on fuel, good handling, real worl bike for real bikers man handle it and... Read more its so much fun. Im getting fed up with sports bikes racers etc there becoming bland boring, the CB1300 S is so good such a breath of fresh air well done Honda, only did 350 miles on my new VFR its boring

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
4 out of 5

Great friend

10 March 2009 by nobby1967

Bought mine as a pre reg from my local honda dealer. I had previously been riding a CBR600f and wanted something a bit more comfortable when riding 2 up. The CB1300 half faired model with ABS has been brilliant no issues with build quality its never... Read more let me down and gets lots of positive comments from the car driving community at the local petrol station. the engine is sublime powerful torq open it up in 5th (top gear) and enjoy the rush of power propel you forward not in a buzz of high revs just a surge of meaty power. I have added a blue flame exhaust which makes the bike sound like it should and has improved fuel economy, also a Stebel horn and Honda heated grips have improved safety and warmth on cooler days. Now the buts, it is heavy especially with a pillion, no centre stand makes chain lube and adjustment a pain, the gear box isn't the slickest, the suspension could be better (but never a real problem) and the wind blast on long trips can get tiring. But thats it no other issues 2 years of ownership have been fun, problem free and the finish is still brilliant, so if your looking for a modern take on the muscle big theme, take a test ride you will find it easy to ride fast and ownership is so easy. Enjoy.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
4 out of 5

Bunker

14 July 2008 by bunker43

I use it for transport to & from work mostly with the occasional two ride on the weekend ideal for this. Fast away at the lights great on overtaking on the open road.:) Read more

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2005
Year discontinued 2013
Original price £11,199
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 14 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 113 bhp
Max torque 86 ft-lb
Top speed 136 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.1 secs
Average fuel consumption 42 mpg
Tank range 195 miles
Specification
Engine size 1284cc
Engine type 16v, in-line four, 5 gears
Frame type Steel cradle
Fuel capacity 21 litres
Seat height 790mm
Bike weight 236kg
Front suspension Compression, rebound
Rear suspension Preload
Front brake Twin 310mm discs
Rear brake 256mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

History & Versions

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.

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