HONDA ST1100 PAN EUROPEAN (1989-2001) Review

Published: 24 November 2006

"Owners rate them so highly that low-mileage machines are rarer than hen's teeth"

Honda ST1100 Pan European motorcycle review - Riding

"Owners rate them so highly that low-mileage machines are rarer than hen's teeth"

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 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.

Engine 4 out of 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.

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 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.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

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.

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Equipment 4 out of 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.

Owners' Reviews

27 owners have reviewed their HONDA ST1100 PAN EUROPEAN (1989-2001) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your HONDA ST1100 PAN EUROPEAN (1989-2001)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.6 out of 5
Engine 4.6 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.6 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.4 out of 5
Equipment 4.4 out of 5
5 out of 5

Sod BMW, get a Panny

02 September 2016 by Daw

Excellent mile muncher but as noted getting the type of tyre that suits is important as she does get twitchy with Sportmax's and in the winter rinse off the front callipers with a bit of warm water otherwise you'll be stripping down and rebuilding... Read more the callipers every year, really bad fault and its why its only got a 4000 mile service interval. Also whenever I take the rear wheel out I clean and also slap on a coat of black smoothrite on the swingarm, I don't know what we use in Britain as road salt but it must have a PH of around 1

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Miles and miles....I rode from Inverness to Kent in one hop and apart from a numb Arse and feet, which you'd expect, felt as fresh as a daisy :)
Engine
5 out of 5
Smooth and Torquey, pulls like a Train. Get a descent pair of silencers and yank the baffles out, still quite quiet, but you'll notice quite a difference
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Only real problem I've had was an Alternator going on a 1994 model, which has the 28A oil cooled model which isn't made anymore. If you a 1996 or later then they've fitted an air cooled 40A job which is better with an inbuilt reg/rec but it is probe again to road salt corrosion so keep a beady eye on it. Also its worth checking the Cam belt at 60k as it should last for 90k-100k but they can wear out early if its an older model.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Two tyres, brake pads, oil change and coolant flush and mot costs around £400 at my local shop
Equipment
5 out of 5
Best Tyres - Avon Storm 3Dxm, not the cheapest tyre but bloody good milage and handling. I'm a bit of a fatty and get 8000 out of the front and 10000 from the rear!!!!
Buying experience

Latest one is a 2002 non ABS, 60k near mint condition £2200 from a dealer with 3 months parts & labour warranty, which is always nice

5 out of 5

My 3rd ST1100.

04 August 2016 by Rosies Rider

Not much to be said, it's the perfect bike. I've had 2 previous ones and all 3 rode (ride) flawlessly. :) Plenty of room to shave 2" off the seat and put in a gel insert, put some handlebar risers on yours and the rest is up to you. So many ways to... Read more customize an ST. Average just under 50MPG on the highway. For a 700+ pound bike, that's AMAZING!!

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Great stopping and fantastic handling.
Engine
5 out of 5
Smooth as silk. More power than needed.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
2nd to none.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Change the fluids and you'll find nothing major to do on this bike for 100,000+ miles.
Equipment
5 out of 5
Non-cluttered dash is easy to see everything at a glance.
4 out of 5

Ex Military Police Bike

25 May 2016 by Ralph Hine

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Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Up grade them and keep the clean never let me down
Engine
5 out of 5
Only missing 6 gear for motorways but a strong engine
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
I can only say the bike is 25 years old and the wiring is starting to get old and frail, so sometimes the wires, need a bit of TLC but otherwise look after the engine and the bike will look after you
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Look around for parts, Japan and Hong Kong still do parts just keep looking
Equipment
4 out of 5
Extra lights, under the head lights and spots on the wheel arch, with a fog light to be fitted on the back nearer Christmas, i have put back on the police siren for some car driver that don't see me!!!
Buying experience

Privately, got a good deal

4 out of 5

Excellent value for money, solid reliable crisp performer.

21 April 2016 by NeilT

Best features are the light crisp handling. I also have a Kawasaki GTR1000 which is like riding an incredibly fast block of concrete in comparison. If anything, at the moment, the worst part of it is that the 5 speed high gearing means I'm often in... Read more 4th rather than 5th. Comparing the Kawasaki, the 6 speed gives more flexibility. I would have expected a bit more bottom end torque from the V4 at low revs. But, again, turn the throttle and it responds.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
As I stated above, the handling is light, crisp and very positive. I can weave this bike through traffic like a 250 and it is also quite slim with the panniers on. As I said I have a GTR1000 and the 19l panniers make it like trying to get a barge through traffic. The brakes are ABS and it has TCS so I didn't expect there to be any surprises. The brakes are light, positive and can really slow you down if needed. I bought this bike in Manchester and rode it straight back to FIFE that day. The bike was comfortable even over the 370 miles of the route I took. It never lacked power, in fact up the A1 there was nothing I could not simply pass by a touch of the throttle. Given the plug situation that was remarkable. I've driven pretty long distance on the Kawa (800 miles return in one weekend) and the ride and handling far outclass that. I guess I've been spoiled though. Someone GPZ tuned the Kawa and the lower performance is quite marked. But you can't put the bike down for that, it may not set your hair on fire but it's not meant to. It does what it says on the tin.
Engine
4 out of 5
Powerful, flexible but tends to chunter in 5th gear at 30mph. I know it's part gearing but at 100bhp I would have expected a bit more low down torque for the slow stuff.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
I haven't had the bike long so can't say too much. But given that it's 13 years old, the engine runes extremely well and the brakes are in excellent condition. Even the back brake which was binding only took 20 minutes to free off. That is very good engineering. The clutch is giving a few issues but I don't know how it has been ridden. Then again the clutch is the easiest accessible of any vehicle (let alone bike), that I've ever seen or worked on or owned.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
This is a materials basis only. I do my own work and expect 2 services. Given that you could drive a bus through the plugs I took out, yet the only evidence was a slight tendency not to start when cold, plus a little less oomph, I'd say they only need changing every 4 services.
Equipment
4 out of 5
Nice panniers, good fairing. I've been used to the stand up fairing on the Kawa and the original Honda one seems small. I was blown around quite a bit on the journey home which never happens on the larger screen. I'll probably buy the larger one. The fitted top box is a joke. I can't even get my helmet into it without putting the lip inside the head space. That I will certainly replace.
4 out of 5

ST1100, life in the old dog yet?

19 February 2016 by Geoff the Chef

Best feature has to be comfort, ride for 120 miles and get off fresh as when you started. If you're into touring it's a good bike, shaft drive is a massive plus here. If your looking for excitement, stay away. Worst feature static weight.... Read more Physically moving it around requires a lot of effort.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
As there's no ABS or linked brakes on this model, so it's down to me to know how much brake to use, and that's how I like it. Bit of rear brake at low speed works wonders. I wear a medium glove and I find the front brake lever is a bit of a reach. So far I've failed to find a dog leg lever replacement. Brakes on the whole, are up to job. Ride wise, you know you're on a heavy touring bike. There's going to be no getting your knee down on this one, but it's all positive. Whether filtering in traffic, B road twisties, or motorways in a strong side wind. The weight is handy when going over the Severn Bridge in January. Is it a good all-rounder? Probably not, but what bike is. No pillion as yet, but there's no shortage of seat space for two.
Engine
3 out of 5
The engine lacks power, character and boarders on boring. You open the throttle and it gets faster quickly, but no adrenaline rush. I had a ZZR1100 before and the two engines are nothing alike. No getting your arms ripped out their sockets on this bike. Personally, I like the feel of a twin, but my budget wouldn't stretch to a BMW, this time. On the up side, the engine is smooth. Rev counter shows just 3700 at 70mph. I'm not going to incriminate by saying any more, but I'm looking forward to Germany.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
The previous owner spent a lot of money on a reconditioned alternator. As the bike had only done 41,000 he was either unlucky or it's a weak point. He also put on a complete stainless exhaust, as the original had rotted out. Forks had been overhauled, as had the swing arm bushes. New battery for good measure.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
I asked at my local Honda dealer, how much for the carbs to be balanced, £160. That seems to be pretty high to me. Balancing carbs on a four can be a sod, but I'll probably have a go myself. I bought a service kit, oil, oil filter, air filter and spark plugs for £58. At a guess, I expect it's going to cost me around £200 plus a year, not including tyres and disasters.
Equipment
3 out of 5
Basic, but adequate equipment. Best feature, the fairing is phenomenal, but could do with an adjustable screen. When I got the bike it had a almost illegal Continental on the front and a new Bridgestone 023 on the rear. The front end wandered around like a lost soul, so I changed it for a Bridgestone 023 on the front and hey presto the bike handled.
Buying experience

Bought the bike privately for an amazing £1400. Considering the work the previous owner had done and the near full service history, a bit of a bargain.

5 out of 5

Honda ST1100 Review

01 February 2016 by Graham Watson

The best features are too many to count! Reliability, the effortless way it performs - too many positives.. Negatives - one - vibration through the twist grip. I blame the vibes on damaging the nerves in my right hand BUT I would still recommend... Read more this superb motorcycle.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
The bike is at its best when it takes a deep breath at 90 mph on the freeway and just wants to prove how good it is. Starts getting uncomfortable after 400 miles although the most miles in 1 day was 636.
Engine
5 out of 5
The engine is adequate for the bikes weight but don't expect a thump in the back when rapidly accelerating.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Everything about this bike is top-class. Reliability? - mine had done 152,000 miles before I decided to change the cam belt. Checked the valves while I was at it ( 1st time) - still in tolerance. Put new spark plugs in at 50,000 miles and replaced them at 152,000 miles but nothing wrong with old ones.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
I self-service the bike - oil and filter changes etc every 4,000 miles. I changed the cam belt myself and reckon it would have cost about $1,000 because of the complexity. Gas mileage is 48 per US gallon - I check it regularly.
Equipment
5 out of 5
The standard hard cases are typical Honda quality - top class but sometimes can be finicky to remove. Expect front tire to last 9-12,000 miles. Rear on average, about 10,000 miles
Buying experience

I bought new from dealer and paid about $11,000 in 2000. Best money I ever spent.

4 out of 5

18 October 2015 by Brian Lamberts

Best features everything except the seat. Worst feature, the stock seat, why do the slope it forward so that one's nuts get crushed? Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
The stock seat is bloody awful. Brakes a pretty good. Ride & suspension are good. Bike is fairly nimble for it's size and weight.
Engine
5 out of 5
Ample power for such a big bike. Engine is fairly quiet at road speeds. Good 'round town fuel range and power. Why does the gear box sound like a sewing machine?
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Typical Honda. Good engineering, and overbuilt to a fault.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
I do all my own work
Equipment
5 out of 5
Nice stock panniers. Love having a gas gauge. Clock & headlight adjuster, Meh!
Buying experience

Bought privately, from a guy off Craigslist. Asking $1800, took $1600. The bike was in okay conditon, needed a little love (carburetor leaked gas into one of the cylinders.) Odometer miles were 40,000. Feel like I stole it. I live in Tucson AZ, where rust & corrosion are pretty much unknown.

5 out of 5

The 'smile-a-mile' bike.

01 July 2015 by Lew Cope

I scratched a long-tem itch in May 2014. At 56 years of age I passed my cat A licence. After seeking advice from my course instructor and my test examiner (both top blokes) and doing a bit of research I plumped for a ST1100. It went over 20,000 miles... Read more on my test ride and now sits at 25,000 just over a year later. Obviously I have little experience of riding other bikes. I trained on an ER-6N and 'fiddled around' on mates bike years ago. To be honest, my range of experience is likely to remain limited. My current 'Pan is brilliant. My next bike will probably be a ST1300 unless there is something out there I've missed....and I've looked at BMW's, Kawasaki GTR 1400's/Z1000SX's, Yamaha FJR 1300'S, Triumphs and V Stroms.Yep, it's a heavy bike but it all drops into the road as soon as you move. I imagine everyone has to watch that they don't park pointing downhill too close an obstacle, be it parked car, wall or kerb. You ain't going to pull a 'Pan far back uphill on your own. Worst features- honestly? It was getting the fuel cap off, but a smear of Vaseline took care of that. Best features- every time I reach for my Shoei and gloves the old pulse quickens at the prospect of spending time on my bike.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Even though I'm new-ish to motorcycling, the bike gets through the traffic very well for a tourer. The secret is to use the mirrors like cat's whiskers; if they go through the panniers will fit too. Then out on A and M roads the bike says 'sit back, enjoy, leave it to me....but keep an eye on the speedo'. I've done 170 miles non-stop without issue. I reckon I could empty the tank in one go....and I'm a creaking 56! And it stops. The harder you squeeze, the quicker it slows.
Engine
5 out of 5
Depends what you want. I'm no nutter but you can get on with it if you ask the question. I've never red-lined it, in fact there's little need to go over 5,000 RPM unless you're on a mission. 115 MPH with a massive twist left on the throttle was plenty for me. Nice rangey gears, reliable 'clunk' into 1st. Very smooth engine with no discernible vibration beyond reporting back to the rider that a large engine is at work.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
The swing arm is fine. It went through service and MOT without touching the sides. It will get the garage it deserves when we move next month. I've kept it under a cover, ridden all year (sometimes with weeks in between use) and it starts like you've just got off it.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
£88 for the 24,000 mile service, known as a 'tyre kicker' but I asked for filters to be checked and changed if necessary. I am a couple of thousand miles from a tyre change which will be completed in good time as tyre wear is not good on the handling of this bike. Always get over 200 miles to a tank even shuffling about in the bloody traffic in my home town (Brighton). I've ridden to Leicester and back on three occasions. The tank ran to well over 250 miles.
Equipment
4 out of 5
I've dropped a point because the 'Pan is not possessed of a selection of engine settings. It does not have throttle modes. It does not have a dilithium crystal and it won't tell you what gear you're in. The switchgear is functional with no frilly bits. Dials with needles. I accept that new bikes are phenomenal pieces of technology. Mine isn't. Good. Panniers and top box are ample and solid. Pockets either side in the fairing, one with a lock. Brilliant seat for two-up.
Buying experience

I brought from a local garage. They had known the bike for six years, knew the reason for sale and were happy to discount clothing purchases after I'd offered the asking price- £3,700.

4 out of 5

20 May 2015 by Daw

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4 out of 5

st1100 abs tcs 2001

29 January 2014 by Anonymous

a lot of bike for the money. big & heavy but handles superb (worn tyres affect handling considerably- just put a new set of bt023 on - excellent even in this wet weather). commands a large presence on the road (which doesn't completely stop the... Read more SMIDSY's but definitely reduces them) and still gets through the traffic jams with all the panniers and wide mirrors etc. abs & tcs have got me out of trouble more than once! I have an ex police model (just under 25,000 miles atm) with the bigger alternator and have heated grips and power outlets for satnav, phone charger, video camera, comms set, mp3,etc. and it never fails to start. I invested in a corbin dual seat which is super comfortable. I travel around 160 miles a day in all weathers (to work and back- double or more on a trip out) -aside from obvious reduced visibility hardly ever notice the wind and rain. roughly 40-50mpg depending how I ride. plenty of storage - makes no difference to handling or speed fully loaded up +pillion. great bike.

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

Model info
Year introduced 1989
Year discontinued 2001
Original price -
Used price £1,800 to £4,000
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 13 of 17
Annual road tax £82
Annual service cost £210
Performance
Max power 100 bhp
Max torque 79 ft-lb
Top speed 134 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.7 secs
Average fuel consumption 44 mpg
Tank range 270 miles
Specification
Engine size 1084cc
Engine type 16v V4 , 6 gears
Frame type Steel double cradle
Fuel capacity 28 litres
Seat height 800mm
Bike weight 297kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Twin 296mm discs
Front brake Twin 296mm discs
Rear brake 296mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 18
Rear tyre size 160/70 x 18

History & Versions

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.

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