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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

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.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

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.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

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.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

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.

Honda ST1100 Pan European (1989-2004)

Detail Value
Dealer used prices
£2,490 (1996) - £4,210 (2000)
Private used prices
£2,240 (1996) - £3,860 (2002)
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Engine size 1084 cc
Power 100 bhp
Top speed 134 mph
Insurance group 13 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 4 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

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.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

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

Insurance group: 13 of 17

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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.

Specifications

Top speed 134 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.7 secs
Max power 100 bhp
Max torque 79 ft-lb
Weight 297 kg
Seat height 800 mm
Fuel capacity 28 litres
Average fuel consumption 44 mpg
Tank range 270 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 13 of 17
Engine size 1084 cc
Engine specification 16v V4 , 6 gears
Frame Steel double cradle
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Twin 296mm discs
Front brakes Twin 296mm discs
Rear brake 296mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 18
Rear tyre size 160/70 x 18

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(18 reviews)

  • st1100 abs tcs 2001

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4

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    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 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.

    29 January 2014

  • Ex police model '95

    freewheelerwannabe

    Average rating rating is 4

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    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 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

    31 August 2013

  • Ex police model '95

    freewheelerwannabe

    Average rating rating is 4

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    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 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

    31 August 2013

  • Honda Pan European

    rbrown60

    Average rating rating is 5

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    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 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 :)

    14 May 2013

  • Not for me !

    bluepaul427

    Average rating rating is 2.5

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    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 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

    15 February 2013

  • 20 years and going strong

    einarsen

    Average rating rating is 5

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    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 road work the fairing needs some TLC for rattles.

    08 October 2012

  • King of the Road

    wuzza1

    Average rating rating is 5

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    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 the bike's so heavy it takes two to pick it up.

    27 September 2009

  • the best Pan around

    lamin2

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    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 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.

    21 September 2009

  • Superb Machine

    trackwalker

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    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 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

    09 March 2008

  • IT IS STILL THE BEST

    spartan

    Average rating rating is 5

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    Ive owned my Pan since 2001 when i purchased it new yes it is heavy but its a man`s bike after all. I have done 130mph in Germany two up with more to spare unbustable motor loads of grunt making really lazy riding. Will blow 600 sports bikes off as it corners on rails. well over 40 mpg tank capacity over 6 gallon. The build quality is excellent except for mild steel collector, once replaced with stainless steel you can forget it. Bridgestone BT020 tyres give really good grip rear lasts 6k and front 8k. Brakes are ok Only synthetic oil due to wet clutch Bike will cover 200,000 miles easily with only few parts wearing out cam belt change 80k Thats why they keep their price. Will i ever sell it NO I WONT Loads of accessories to fit good weather protection use it all year round. Buy one you will not regret it.

    09 December 2007

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Best bike so far (20 years)

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 road work the fairing needs some TLC for rattles.

08 October 2012 02:37

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