HONDA ST1100 PAN EUROPEAN (1989-2004) 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.

Insurance group: 13 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

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

19 owners have reviewed their HONDA ST1100 PAN EUROPEAN (1989-2004) 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 (1989-2004)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.5 out of 5
Engine 4.6 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.4 out of 5
Equipment 4.5 out of 5
4 out of 5

20 May 2015 by Daw

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Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5
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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
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
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4 out of 5

Ex police model '95

31 August 2013 by freewheelerwannabe

I brought an ex MOD pan back in April 2013 ( 5months ago) and other than reliability its fantastic. The brakes have seize up easily so it pays to keep them clean. this has lead to cracked discs too. The handling is incredible for a bike of its age... Read more and size, I still play with sports bikes but without the bad back and having to stop for fuel, its a bike that rewards using your brain rather than relying on the bike to do things for you, and yet is completely comfortable at the same time. The ride is very smooth compared with the other two bikes I've owned (cbr 125 which I did 42000 miles on, and a Kawasaki ZR7, 15000 in 18 months). Equipment is fantastic, everything you need for a tourer, even down to the little cubby holes in the front fairing. Build quality was incredible but its showing its age with cracked fairing panels, and the cracked discs but I think they were originals, but thats about it. Reliability hasn't been great, she's currently off the road waiting for a rectifier (a common Honda problem NOT limited to the pan). The engine is beautiful. Keep the revs low and it just chugs along as you would expect, increase the revs and you have a comfortable sporty bike that catches a lot of sports bikes out. And as for value, I got mine for ONLY £1000 off a customer from my work. Sometimes a deal is too good to turn down. I have plans to get braided hoses on the brakes and clutch, and the clutch slave cylinder needs an overhaul too. Oh and I'm only 24

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

Ex police model '95

31 August 2013 by freewheelerwannabe

I brought an ex MOD pan back in April 2013 ( 5months ago) and other than reliability its fantastic. The brakes have seize up easily so it pays to keep them clean. this has lead to cracked discs too. The handling is incredible for a bike of its age... Read more and size, I still play with sports bikes but without the bad back and having to stop for fuel, its a bike that rewards using your brain rather than relying on the bike to do things for you, and yet is completely comfortable at the same time. The ride is very smooth compared with the other two bikes I've owned (cbr 125 which I did 42000 miles on, and a Kawasaki ZR7, 15000 in 18 months). Equipment is fantastic, everything you need for a tourer, even down to the little cubby holes in the front fairing. Build quality was incredible but its showing its age with cracked fairing panels, and the cracked discs but I think they were originals, but thats about it. Reliability hasn't been great, she's currently off the road waiting for a rectifier (a common Honda problem NOT limited to the pan). The engine is beautiful. Keep the revs low and it just chugs along as you would expect, increase the revs and you have a comfortable sporty bike that catches a lot of sports bikes out. And as for value, I got mine for ONLY £1000 off a customer from my work. Sometimes a deal is too good to turn down. I have plans to get braided hoses on the brakes and clutch, and the clutch slave cylinder needs an overhaul too

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

Honda Pan European

14 May 2013 by rbrown60

well what can i say about this bike i bought one the other week its a joy to ride yes its heavy but so what it handles great you can see why the police used them very comfortable go for miles on it i love it to bits my ST1100 i found one with really... Read more low mileage 1999 model with 11900 mls on it what about that then and one owner to boot its a great bike get one a mile muncher :)

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Not for me !

15 February 2013 by bluepaul427

Bought an 02 reg pan from a dealer last March. I wish I had had a test ride first ! By the time I rode home (50 miles) I was already thinking of the wording of my classified ad. I know everyone thinks there the best thing since sliced bread but the... Read more one I had was the worst bike I have EVER rode. Far to heavy in the turn, gutless engine and no character at all !!! Weather protection is great, which is the only thing good I have to say about it but if that's your main reason to buy one then buy a car

Ride Quality & Brakes
2 out of 5
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Engine
2 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
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Equipment
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5 out of 5

20 years and going strong

08 October 2012 by einarsen

I bought a 1990 ST1100 in 1992 at about half retail and only 3,200km on the clock. This bike has been the best long distance ride ever (my other rides were V65 Sabre, FJ600, XS650). I also commute on it. Great city bike but after 22 years of Toronto... Read more road work the fairing needs some TLC for rattles.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
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5 out of 5

King of the Road

27 September 2009 by wuzza1

Apart from being classed as an old man's bike, they're brilliant. No different solo than two up. Loads of grunt. Great weather protection. Don't ever drop it. Mines been knocked over twice, no damage though, those crash protectors do a good job, but... Read more the bike's so heavy it takes two to pick it up.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

the best Pan around

21 September 2009 by lamin2

I was converted to the St1100 after riding my mates for 2000 miles in France and they really are a very good touring bike economical as any other excellent build quality and super comfy solo, two up fully loaded it just don't matter. Replace the tin... Read more exhaust box with a s/steel one change the oil and filters regularly and you will have a bike that will last years. BUT DON'T BE CONFUSED THIS IS THE ST1100 I am talking about NOT the newer ST1300 that is rubbish by comparison DO NOT BUY ONE pick up a good 1100 and you won't be disapointed.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
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5 out of 5

Superb Machine

09 March 2008 by trackwalker

I Bought my 1998 non abs model in june 2007 with 10k on the clock yes 10k it cost me £3750 which was quite expensive but with 8 service stamps in the book it has been well looked after & garaged all its days.On riding it 200 yds down the road i was... Read more really disapointed with the wind noise fron the 16" standard fairing needless to say its the first thing i changed i have now got a 20" screen fitted but still getting loads of wind noise so i am changing it again to a 24" so hopefully that will sort the problem out.other than that its been superb & really looks the part it will keep up with most bikes on the road if you open it up,Has a great riding posistion & god for long distance riding gives you around the 200 per tank of fuel insurance it reasnable too So if your looking for a great all rounder that will hold its money better than anything else BUY one

Ride Quality & Brakes
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Engine
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Build Quality & Reliability
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1989
Year discontinued 2004
Original price -
Used price £1,000 to £4,400
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 13 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
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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