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Thread: ST1300 Pan European feedback please

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    Some reflections on my recent 1300, having had two 1100s. I like it. It's a slightly more sporty position, the adjustable screen gives me just the protection I want, and the whole bike feels much more agile on the road.

    During my GS1150 rebuild, things seemed to follow the rules: think I've got a problem, investigate, two things break while I'm investigating, and the problem I find problem is bigger than I thought. I was kind of expecting the same rules to apply with the Honda, but so far it's "think I've got a problem ..... nah it's fine". Quite enjoying that boring characteristic.


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    Leg room. I'm 5'10" with a 32 inside leg. 11 and 13 both too short in the knee department especially the left leg.

    Other than that both are great bikes as already said above. 13 is heavy to move about. But once moving, even very slowly the balance is almost unrivaled. In town it floats out on the road it flies.

    Great bike, just not enough knee space for me.




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    Quote Originally Posted by VAL. H. View Post
    Leg room. I'm 5'10" with a 32 inside leg. 11 and 13 both too short in the knee department especially the left leg.

    Other than that both are great bikes as already said above. 13 is heavy to move about. But once moving, even very slowly the balance is almost unrivaled. In town it floats out on the road it flies.

    Great bike, just not enough knee space for me.




    Val.
    I've also a 32" inseam and didn't find the legroom a problem, not as much room as the GS, but I didn't suffer even on a one hit 10 hour trip to the Highlands, we all find these these little differences don't we. Bloke across the road from me is about 6'4" and rides a Fireblade, how in God's name he manages that I don't know, but he's away half the weekends in a year with his power ranger mates all packed up to the gunnels and loves it, 5 mins on a sports bike and my wrists are killing me and my knees feel like they're around my ears

    I'm also thinking about getting another one, just need to get my head around justifying two bikes, otherwise it'll a hard choice GS vs ST

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    No one has mentioned that you can bin your overtrousers as the weather protection is so good.

    They are great bikes, just a little old fashioned nowadays
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    I wonder if anyone on here has done an Ironbutt on both an ST and a GS/GSA?

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    Quote Originally Posted by oddshapedballs View Post
    I wonder if anyone on here has done an Ironbutt on both an ST and a GS/GSA?
    3rd Iron butt this year, all on a GSA, would imagine just as easy on a Pan?
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    ST1300 Pan European feedback please

    I have a riders peg lowering set if anyone is interested. Also a bar riser kit.

    Sargent seats help over standard in my experience, others may differ.

    I might also be persuaded to part with my '04 st1300, since I test rode a KTM.

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    I have a 1300 since 2010 and have put 50k miles + on it commuting which involves motorway and city filtering all with ease ie mirrors fit the rest will go through . I've also toured on it again with ease. One tip I picked up from the yanks is to fit Goldwing foot pegs they drop your feet down a and are more comfortable , mine has never let me down and have only replaced serviceable items . one thing to watch and check is the back brake isn't binding and that the secondary master cylinder is in good working order. I plan to keep mine for a good while and having just sold my blackbird which was my fun bike I am now going to replace that with a 1150GSA hence the reason I've joined this forum.
    Hope this info is of some use

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    Had 7 pans, 4x 1100's and 3x 1300's the 1100's were and are still brilliant bikes but very long in the tooth now, capable of starship miles, can tend to have a graunchy 1st to 2nd gear change and the aforementioned swingarm rot, make a great winter hack.
    1300's great bike feel heavier than 1100, ultimately customisable after such a long production run, seats / pegs/ risers/ screens all out there.
    All of mine had the weave, I spent a long time trying to fix it, tyres, luggage ( no topbox , topbox light load etc.) in the end I sussed it - rear shock, once it starts to get tired the weave starts, old shock = crank preload to max or replace , fixed. The plod were loading them up with kit and that's what caused their problem.
    Electric screen can fail at high miles so I kept mine lubed up and its a Honda , high reliability, low expectation of fun / character but it does the job for a long time to come

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    and as of yesterday I have just bought another

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Den View Post
    and as of yesterday I have just bought another
    Congrats, if I could afford an additional bike I'd get another ST1300 today.

    Got a pic?

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    unfortunately not, its v5 says black but its more v dark gun metal grey, rides like a new one especially compared to the RT I chopped in .

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