HONDA ST1300 PAN EUROPEAN (2002-on) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

"Near the top of anyone's list in the market for a mile-munching tourer"

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"Near the top of anyone's list in the market for a mile-munching tourer"

Overall Rating 5 out of 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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 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.

Engine 5 out of 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.

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

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.

Insurance, running costs & value 5 out of 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 group: 14 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 4 out of 5

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.

Owners' Reviews

44 owners have reviewed their HONDA ST1300 PAN EUROPEAN (2002-on) 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 ST1300 PAN EUROPEAN (2002-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.1 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3.8 out of 5
Engine 4.5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.0 out of 5
Equipment 4.2 out of 5
5 out of 5

Best bike ever just dont lose the last key

21 August 2016 by jack skellington

Im a 36 year old guy who looks 26 and i ride with lots of mates on sports bikes. I have ridden 125cc bikes for 15 years and then i got a bandit 600. 6 months later i was sick of the lack of screen, storage, wind protection and small size. This... Read more bike is a beastie and i love it the features are epic the negatives are very few and far between. I went out for a ride with sports bikes who ride very fast and they laughed when i turned up but keeping up with them was no effort the bike can lay down power as the guy on the 600 found when he saw me coming up on the motorway and sped off. I put up the screen twisted the volume control and he was a distant memory. talking of screen mine came with a taller aftermarket and it keeps me bone dry and allows me to put it up to my chin height and open my visor with no wind no matter the speed the negative of that is this bike is very quiet and quick so the lack of wind can find you going into corners with a lot more speed than you want to. The storage on this bike is fantastic as are the mirrors and the lights are the brightest i have seen. It will power wheelie as i found out after getting bored watching my mates do it. With a quartet harness this bike will run anything you want and the glove compartments means you can finally charge your devices with no effort. As expected alot of mates gave me grief about buying what is generally thought of as a old mans bike until they rode next to it and i gave it some throttle. I don't like skinny little lean forward race bikes i like a bike to be a beast and this is that. Low speed handling is fine but be very wary of full lock turns over uneven ground as the minute it starts to tip its going down but the tip bars do a great job of preventing any damage. So far i have found this out 4 times so now i think about it more. Parking on hills should be thought out because you will never push this up hill to get out of a gap. On a final note if you ever buy a bike with this system and it only has one key take the key somewhere asap and get another do not wait. I dropped my key on gravel and the plate fell off and the chip fell out. After many hours searching i called honda to be told they have to change the ecu for £1200. Luckily i found a locksmith called ozgoods who i sent my ecu to and he brought it back and programmed me 4 keys for £300. The correct ecu is the rear 2 plug in the boot not the front 3 plug. This is a expensive mistake that i will never make again

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Ultra smooth and locks onto lines nice. motorways are nothing with the electric screen and allow you to cruise at high speed with zero effort. The stock seat gives you monkey butt quick so a replacement is worth it. This bike eats miles
Engine
5 out of 5
plenty of grunt handles any loads
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Forget chains no more getting grimy. Its built like a tank a very fast very smooth very comfortable tank.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
serviced myself so far
Equipment
5 out of 5
The panniers swallow a xxl helmet each or a fully loaded 12" tool bag with space for waterproofs jump leads and straps and thats just one side. Aim for one with Honda grips and you get the quartet harness letting you plug in another 4 items. A must is a 12v socket in the left box. The glove boxes are super handy as the right holds my disc locks so i can check before pulling away. Risers are a good buy as is a good seat which is next on my list. The electric screen is awesome Add a sj4000 in a motorbike case and you have a constant dash camera. deflector kit is nice on the lowers.
Buying experience

I brought from a dealer in north london who didnt bother servicing it gave me only one key and left the 300 mile tank with 2 miles of fuel in it. I paid £2600 for a 2002 with 82k

5 out of 5

Now I get it

15 March 2016 by Timbo

Needed a big tourer as my wife was saying that without a more comfortable bike than our Bandit 1250 GT she was going to give up biking. Realised that the choice was the Pan or Trophy after just sitting on most of the rest. BMW were never in it as,... Read more just for me, 2 cylinders sticking out of the sides is and always will be wrong. Visited Triumph dealer to be told that we would have to wait weeks to get a ride on a Trophy with a top box fitted and that was a new or used one which was unacceptable. Visited Honda dealer immediately after where we were able to instantly test a used Pan with top box. Sure for some the lack of cruise control and other electronics would put them off the Pan but for me that is a positive as I just don't need them. I was told by Pan owners that there bike had something and now after a few tours I completely get it. My wife is a happy pillion rider again.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Have ridden for 350 miles with only stops for fuel, food and toilets. Easy to cover big miles at speed in comfort.
Engine
4 out of 5
I also have a Suzy GSX1400 and am spoilt by its low down grunt so would have liked a little more low rev tractability so can't quite give it 5 out of 5 but its acceptable.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
So far perfect except for a recall for a small electrical glitch which was sorted by the dealer in a few minutes.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
8000 miles service interval is good and Honda servicing prices seem far more reasonable than those my mates who have Triumphs and BMWs have to suffer.
Equipment
5 out of 5
Needs extras to bring it up to spec for me but these are easily and reasonably available. Added top box with spoiler including high level brake light, Honda heated grips, additional air deflectors (Honda), tank knee and crotch pads, frame anti scratch protectors and a new TomTom sat nav as my old one was shot. Also purchased new pannier and top box liners from Ebay which are better and bigger than the Honda ones
Buying experience

Bought new from dealer. Paid list price but with top box. spoiler and grips thrown in. traded in bandit which was bought at a price I would have been very happy with privately so at that point very pleased. Got the addition of zero% interest and so my wedge of cash stays in the bank making a little interest. Vertu Honda were excellent in all ways.

5 out of 5

Great all rounder

13 December 2015 by Shuey

A good strong, fast, comfortable and reliable machine but the weave that so many speak of and I never experienced is a bit daunting and always hangs over me like a dark cloud at motorway speeds Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Combined braking system seems to work well. Never needed the ABS but nice to know it's there and fingers crossed it doesn't give any abs trouble like the BMW's do.
Engine
5 out of 5
Very responsive. Any gear any time it is raring to go. Love the smoothness of it despite all that power. That raspy sound and whistle is a bit different but not in a good or bad way I guess that is just how they sound. Never had a V4 before
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
So far so good but it's only got 12k on it so I wouldn't expect any issues until that's been multiplied by at least 5 😜
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Do my own servicing so that helps keep the cost down but don't find the parts too expensive
Equipment
5 out of 5
Panniers hold a lot of stuff. Never bothered about a top box as apparently that can affect handling with the wind catching it 🤔
Buying experience

Took it in a trade in against a Harley Electra glide I was selling. Would never buy another HD. The pan ticks all the boxes

4 out of 5

Good old ST

03 November 2015 by Dan55

Top-heavy, lacks some "basic" sport-touring options as cruise control, heated grips etc. Read more

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

Forget the rest Buy a Pan 1300

24 October 2015 by Steve

Big miles in complete comfort and super smooth. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
The ride is like nothiong else i have test riden R1200's i had a GS1200 and they dont get close to the Pan. The linked brakes are fantastic.
Engine
5 out of 5
One of the best touring engines around, super smooth, 50 mpg and service every 12,000 miles never uses any oil in a year (unlike the R1200 and GS) you just dont need to do anything to the bike between service's.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Its made by Honda what do you think, fantastic engine they got it right when they made this bike.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Do it myself, cant do that with the modern stuff or bikes that need a computer...
Equipment
5 out of 5
Its gets 5 out of 5 because it has everything i want on a bike no rider modes or hill start rubbish you just dont need ABS and linked brakes big top box and panniers are great, thats it, great stuff...
Buying experience

Bought second hand and its been fantastic for the last 3 years this is my second Pan.

5 out of 5

no weave,but

10 November 2013 by glentrammon

I've had my pan for 7yrs now in which time I've put22k on it,touring here and Europe I personally haven't experienced the dreaded weave but am not saying for a second it doesn't occur,because far better riders than me have had it.just in case it... Read more makes any diff when I bought it I put on a larger screen which has a cutaway at just over bar height which is supposed to reduce turbulence at speed.i don't go that quick to be honest,but I have on a very few occasions travelled at 110/125 for sustained periods when trying to make ferries etc abroad and whether it's the bike set-up or what I don't know but I swear I have never had the weaving or I can assure you I would have been off that throttle so fast rossi would be impressed!i allways travel loaded and with my wife on the back.aside from this I really think this bike is unbeatable,ours has never let us down once,a truly superb bike.

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

Early Days

26 August 2013 by strekev

Didn't give the Pan a second glance 5 years ago, now If you come to terms with what looks good to the eye isn't always up to doing the business ( ie super models can't do a sunday roast). Hence the change, ride all day, ride with purpose , get the... Read more pegs down get ignored by all the Sunday ride out power ranger clones. Buy one as transport , have a second bike as a mistress

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

Very good unless you need parts urgently

23 February 2013 by k1000gt

Very good bike,unfortunately I hit some debris on the motorway and damaged the rim on the rear wheel and have been told it will be six yes six weeks until there will be a replacement available.as I work as a mobile service engineer doing about 1000... Read more mile a week this is totally unacceptable. Come on honda its not like its an obsolete model or they have not got any unsold stock in this country they could take one off of.Good job there is E-bay and part finder, imagine not being able to work for six weeks because of the unavailability of a spare part

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 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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5 out of 5

Great Bike - Get One !

03 January 2013 by CharlieBiker

The ST1300 is a super long distance muncher and low cost commuter with plenty of luggage space. Recently rode 650 miles mostly in torrential rain - my bike has a deflector kit - the weather protection is superb, and no back ache! Low centre of... Read more gravity make it easy to ride on country B roads and heavy traffic. Relatively easy / low cost DIY maintenance makes it a great all round bike. My bike has done just over 58,000 miles and I guess is just run in. (My friend is a dispatch rider with 162,000 on his 2003 ST1300 - Honda tend to spend money on the bits that count). I can take or leave the ABS option - no big deal for me one way or the other. Regarding the 'weave' your only likely to get this if you ride it sustained at over 120mph with heavy loading and poorly adjusted / worn shock / forks and/or bad tyres and/or wrong tyre pressures. The bike has its own unique riding style - that will disappoint many 'boy racers'- and anyway hey who wants to lose their licence! You can now get a good early ST1300 for under £4,500 - get one, service it and you wont be disappointed.

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

60 k miles on a 2003 Pan

23 October 2012 by jon0000001

I have ridden mine 60K miles. I still enjoy riding it every time. Very comfortable even after 500 miles in a day. Although it's heavy it’s well balanced, and I find it more stable at low speeds than the 600 which I had before. Cosmetically... Read more it has coped well with being ridden throughout quite a few winters, although the forks are tatty. Slight beginning of a weave if you accelerate hard at a high speed with screen up: so I won’t do that again. The electric screen failed after 50k miles, and a hose came loose, but apart from that it has been faultless. If you drop it on flat ground then the tipover wings can prevent any damage, which is not a sexy feature but could save a lot of grief. The V4 sounds great when unleash it. All in all an excellent bike!

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

Model info
Year introduced 2002
Year discontinued -
New price £14,499
Used price £3,100 to £14,700
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 14 of 17
Annual road tax £82
Annual service cost £140
Performance
Max power 125 bhp
Max torque 92 ft-lb
Top speed 141 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.5 secs
Average fuel consumption 45 mpg
Tank range 270 miles
Specification
Engine size 1261cc
Engine type 16v, V4 6 gears
Frame type Aluminium twin spar
Fuel capacity 29 litres
Seat height 805mm
Bike weight 287kg
Front suspension Preload
Rear suspension Preload, rebound
Front brake Twin 310mm discs
Rear brake 316mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 18
Rear tyre size 170/60 x 17

History & Versions

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.


 

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