Honda ST1300

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Honda ST1300
Honda ST1300 Pan-European
Also calledST1300 Pan-European
PredecessorHonda ST1100
Engine1260 cc longitudinal V-4
fuel injected
DOHC 4 valves per cylinder
78 mm x 66 mm bore/stroke
Compression ratio 10.0:1
Electric start
PowerTemplate:Convert/hp @ 8,000 rpm
TorqueTemplate:Convert/Nm @ 6,500 rpm
Transmission5 speed, shaft drive
SuspensionTelescopic front, 117 mm travel; adjustable rear shock, 122 mm travel
18 inch front wheel, 17 inch rear
BrakesLinked; dual hydraulic 310 mm 3-piston disk front; hydraulic 316 mm 3-piston disk rear
ABS optional prior to 2004
Wheelbase1491 mm (58.7 in)
DimensionsL 2282 mm (89.8 in) W 935 mm (36.8 in) (including panniers) H 1332 mm (52.4 in)
Seat height790 mm (31.1 in) ± 15 mm (0.6 in)
WeightStandard 286 kg (631 lb)
ABS 289 kg (637 lb) (dry), Standard 294 kg (648 lb)
ABS 299 kg (659 lb) (wet)
Fuel capacity29.2 liter (7.7 US gallon)

The Honda ST1300 is a motorcycle manufactured by Honda — introduced to the US in 2002 as a sport touring model and to Europe, under the name Pan-European, as a touring model.

Superseding the ST1100, the bike features a standard riding posture, a liquid-cooled V4 engine and a fully-faired body with standard hard panniers.


During the 2000 bike show season, Honda began showing a prototype sport tourer called the X-Wing, which featured a 1500 cc V6 engine, single-sided front and rear suspension and an automatic transmission.[1] Speculation in the press that the X-Wing was the ST1100's replacement was partially confirmed when Honda introduced an all-new ST1300 Pan-European in Europe and Australia for the 2002 model year. For the U.S. market, the new bike would be imported in limited numbers (about 500 per year) starting in 2003 as the ST1300.


The ST1300 incorporates many of the X-Wing's lines but none of its running gear. Power comes from a lower-slung 1261 cc V4 engine mounted as a stressed member in a lighter aluminum frame. A major difference from the ST1100 is the use of balance shafts for smoothness, allowing the engine to be directly mounted to the frame. The revised engine layout and a split fuel tank shift some of the weight downward, making the ST1300 less top-heavy than its predecessor. The rear wheel is driven through a cassette-type five-speed transmission and shaft drive.

U.S. market colors
Model year Paint Color
2003 Silver
2004 Blue
2005 Red
2006 Black
2007 Light silver metallic
2008 Candy dark red

Honda's ABS linked brake package is an option on the ST1300 in the United States, but is standard on the ST1300 Pan-European. Unlike the ST1100, the ST1300 does not include a traction control system. In 2002 and 2003, models with ABS included an electrically-adjustable windscreen, which became standard equipment on all bikes in 2004. A long list of minor differences improved upon the ST1100's comfort, handling and performance.


The ST1300 Pan-European has been recalled for a number of problems:

  • Bikes built in 2002 were recalled to have a redesigned engine pan fitted as some bikes had experience oil loss after grounding on road obstacles such as speed bumps.[2]
  • Bikes built in 2002–2004 were recalled for a wire which chafed against the frame and blew a fuse, preventing the engine from running.[3]
  • Bikes built in 2002 were recalled for a potentially leaky brake proportioning control valve.[4]

Pan weave

2002 ST1300P in emergency services configuration. Key differences are single seat plus blue lights & sirens.

The ST1300 may exhibit at high speeds a behavior called Pan weave, a portmanteau of the bike's European name, Pan-European, and the word "weave", meaning wobble.

A number of UK police forces have withdrawn the ST1300P from service.[5] On 27 April 2007, Coroner Dr James Adeley, speaking at an inquest into the death of experienced police motorcyclist PC David Shreeve, announced that he would write to all Chief Constables in England warning of the "serious threat" to riders' lives posed by the ST1300P (the emergency services version of the ST1300 Pan-European), and the "catastrophic result" of the high speed weave.[6] PC Shreeve was thrown from his bike and killed on 9 November 2005. Subsequent safety checks resulted in one examiner sustaining several broken bones in a similar incident.

RiDE Magazine investigation

In their October 2007 Issue, Ben Wilkins in the British magazine RiDE reported that a team was able to demonstrate that a Honda ST1300 will produce at 110 miles per hour (180 km/h) under certain loading conditions a rear wheel maximum yaw of 11 degrees per second, noticed by the rider as "a consistent and alarming sideways movement", naming the behavior "Pan weave". The intent of the testing was not to determine the cause of the weave, but to confirm its existence. Also, the article reported that 43% of surveyed ST1300 owners had experienced the weave.[7]

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