2005 Honda ST1300


Hot Diggidy! Long, fast, smooth ride


The balance shafts needed to be adjusted. Factory settings were OK, but there's a sweet spot that eliminates lower RPM growling. Whoever had it before me didn't take care of it.

General Comments:

In spite of the used condition of the bike, it was easily cleaned up. Decent maintenance makes a huge difference, and Honda made this machine to tolerate and recover nicely from the abuse. Regular maintenance is a breeze, but use a cookie sheet under the center stand when changing the oil filter as it'll run down the left leg of the stand. Be careful pulling the head cover (to get to the oil filler cap and spark plugs) as you can bend the metal keepers - read the book - it helps :o)

Lift the tank, pull the plenum (where the air filter is) and get a look at the engineering to really appreciate what Honda put into this machine - it's no wonder it runs as smooth and powerfully as it does. The framework is light, but way beyond rugged.

Mine has a slight dislike of oxygenated fuels (10% ethanol) and costs about 5-7% in MPG. Good gas and behaving myself can net mid 50s MPG highway, mid-high 40s around town. The biggest stock tank I've ever seen will get me about 300 miles before it hits reserve.

Adjustable windshield made the most notable difference transitioning from a Vulcan - First time out I went from 40 to 110 in 5th gear (so smooth) it wasn't until everybody else was going really slow that it dawned on me that maybe I should look at the speedometer while backing off the throttle. It never broke a sweat - just clean, smooth, quiet acceleration. I'll never be able to depend on wind buffeting or vibration as a speed indicator ever again.

Handling is outstanding - never dives into curves, but you can lean almost to the fairing and not lose traction or control. The handle bars could use a bit of a lift to straighten out the back for taller riders. Suspension is superb as one ride down I59 north of Houston (or most any Louisiana byway) will convince anybody.

It has some features I didn't expect, but was very pleased to discover. Adjustable headlight angle (from the dash), hazard lights, ample storage, really adjustable seat, and a fuel computer!? Yes, it gives you average or instantaneous mileage, two trip meters and when you run out to your reserve it tells you how many miles you have left before you're walking - cool!

All in all, I can see why there's not a huge market of used ones out there and why it can be tough to get a new one (depends on your dealer). This is a keeper.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th April, 2008

2006 Honda ST1300


Second to none!


With over 32k miles on the counter, the only thing I've been in the dealer for (under the warranty) has been the high beam bulb. I'm now on my 3rd bulb. I always drive with my high beams on so as to let drivers see me better. No other problems so far!

General Comments:

The bike (although it needs a diet) stays up with most of the guys I ride with on those ricky racers (GSXRs and R1s etc.).

The handling is great, and the mileage is ranging between 40-45 (depending on that right hand).

I use it almost every day as my commuter, and have taken several 800-1000 mile trips with no problems.

The first thing I fixed was the seat. Instead of spending $500 - 600 on a new seat, I sent it to a place in Florida (Spencers seats) and spent $75 to have him re-shape and add a nicer foam... what a difference. There is a few bikes I had a choice of when I bought the ST, including the FJR, the Beemer 1200RT, and now the Connie 14... and after having the ST for the last year and a 1/2... I wouldn't trade her for anything else, (maybe until I'm too old for the twisties) then maybe a wing in my future... Truly a great choice!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th December, 2007