Honda ST1100 Pan European (1994 - 2003)

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£9365
Available from
1994 to 2003
Capable mile muncher with an impressive turn of speed. Excellent build quality, huge fan base.
Weighty and thirsty, not hugely thrilling.

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This machine was researched for years before they put into production so everything about the Pan is complete, balancesed and polished. Yes, for some it's heavy and tall in the leg but it will do everything asked of it and more. The Honda V4 engine is good for well over 150,000 miles [my old '93 Pan had 140,000mls on the clock when it passed to another owner and still going strong] and requires very little maintainance - oil, filter and clean gapped plugs at regular intervals and maybe a wash now and then. Tyres are subject to personal preference [the right set will last over 12,000mls each] and the collector box will rot so get a Stainless Steel system. The smooth delivery of bottomless torque is wonderful and make other 'tourers' feel chunky and clumsy. The carrying capacity is superb and the 'sure-footitness' and poise make this a machine which will provide comfort and protection over any surface you care to find. The plastics are looking a little dated now but the weather protection is leaves nothing wanting and is easy to remove [unlike some]. BMW 'R' series, 'K' series and Harleys are sorley lacking and it shows when compared to the Pan. Probably the best all-rounder ever made.

Strengths

The engine is bomb-proof The chassis is balanced Carrying capacity Comfort of ride Comfort of pillion Weather protection

Weaknesses

Honda stopped making it in 2002 Mild Steel Collector box

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Overall Review

A great first or return to biking tourer. I bought an ex Police service one last year, a year 2000 machine with 100K on the clock and now done 113k apart from some corrosion to the wiring connectors I have had no problems. For a such a large machine the handling is superb and will, in the right hands, easily keep up with the majority of sports bike riders on the twisty stuff. Fitting a good after market adjustable rear shock will greatly benefit the ride quality if you intend to tour two up with luggage and still want to ride solo on a Sunday morning blast. I recently fitted a Hyperpro street shock as the original up rated cop one was sick on my rear tyre, what a difference! There are a few flies in the otherwise smooth ointment, the main one is with corrosion on the exhaust and swinging arms, most will have had a S/S system fitted by now. The swinging arm needs to be removed, inspected for rust if OK then bead blasted, powder coated and sprayed on the inside with cavity wax, then forget about it. The standard screen is too short and does not afford the rider decent wind blast protection, the best solution is fit a Luminar lip aerofoil as the taller after market screens are difficult to see out of when its wet. Fitting a Tribo seat cover to the pillion section of the saddle stops the manhood being crushed when the pillion slides forward during heavy braking, cheaper than a Corbin seat. They are very tyre fussy I use Bridgestone BT023 they suit the bike and me.

Strengths

Comfortable for both rider and pillion, good secure handling for such a large machine. Honda reliability and build quality, no camchain or tensioner problems. Engine and gearbox capable of high mileages with no problems. Relatively cheap first tourer with great road manners and balance. Light as a feather once on the move, due to the low down fuel tank and engine. Plenty of used and new spares still available. Honda dealer network back up. Very good twin headlight, has two bulbs both do high and low beam.

Weaknesses

Corrosion of the swinging arm and exhaust. Poor wind protection from the standard screen Heavy to man handle Some new parts are expensive. Has a timing belt that needs to be changed every 80K, expensive unless you are very very handy with the spanners. Pillion seat can be a bit slippery with age, not pleasant when her indoors comes shooting forwards under heavy braking, manhood v tank cover, you get the picture! There is solution to this one.

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