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dalton

North Carolina, USA

Reviewed on December 14, 2023

Motorcycle reviewed 2007 Honda ST1300 (ST1300) view listing

4.5
I have heard of the weave but never experienced it with this bike. Up to 130 with no weave (with the windshield down), however what I have experienced in the last 6 months of ownership is this. This is a heavy girl. As bike weight goes up the room for error goes down. Mixmatched tires, off tire pressures ... read more
I have heard of the weave but never experienced it with this bike. Up to 130 with no weave (with the windshield down), however what I have experienced in the last 6 months of ownership is this. This is a heavy girl. As bike weight goes up the room for error goes down. Mixmatched tires, off tire pressures and unbalanced laods can and will have a drastic effect on handling. The rear shock adjustment has a lot of travel. Going up in that travel is no biggie (I recommned as stiff as you can stand it for best handling) but going down I recommend doing it 1 or 2 clicks as it will take a little time for the shock to settle down and you could find yourself riding more of a slinky if you get happy with the adjustments. Front forks have little adjustment other than stiffer springs and oil. Stock are pretty stiff and dive is minimal even in heavy braking Handling is good and its hard to scrape the pegs. More at home going 100 on the highway but going down the twisties this beast shines more than one might expect as even hitting good sized rocks in the turns moves it very little. The weight is noticeable but not tiring. After a day on the Blue Ridge, I know i've been riding all day ride but no next day soreness or stiffness that can accompnay some bigger bikes. Motor is excellent and robust. Smooth as silk with little buzzing even at high rpms.Yes the motor whine can be drowning for some but most will be so impressed with the ride and handling it becomes one of its charms. Gas mileage is better than most bikes even with the extra 250lbs. Maintainence is fairly easy and doesnt need much compared to most. I regularly get 50 and have seen 60MPG under the right conditions. 7.5 gallon gas tank ensures you get there and since main tank is below the seat, center of gravity is low and managemble even at slow speeds though I wouldnt park on an incline with a curb without backing in. Alternator has enough amperage to add any electrical features you could want without taxing it. HP and torque ratings vary and doesnt have what some others do but way more than fast enough to send you to prison so there's that. Comfort wise, most will probably opt for the aftermarket seat. I have had to raise the stock seat all the way to keep my nuts from getting crushed against the tank. I can go for about 2 hours on the highway before having to stretch but can spend hours on the twisties at Blue Ridge and it doesnt bother me probably cause Im not in one position for very long. Shorter riders looking for a sport touring will love the low seat height as I am 5'6 and can handle this bike with ease. Panniers are great and can handle full face helmets on both sides. (good luck getting that from anyone else), Easy to lock and unlock and doesnt rewuire different keys though so integrated into the bikes looks that without them its like a turtle thats lost its rear. In conclusion: This bike does everything so well for its size with forgiving handling it could almost be described as boring but hit the twisties and she can make your butt pucker more than once. Because of its size and power there is less room for error compared to others, I would recommend getting to know this bike and the setup well before taking to its limits. Good matched tires are a must and pressures need to be checked more often. Do this, change the oil and tires as scheduled and you have a machine that will keep you satisfied whether riding to the store for groceries, touring the US or hitting the twisties at Deals Gap, this bike will be with you for a long and practically maintenance free time and with Honda reliability. You will be hard pressed to find one that can do it all better.
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Eric Valdez

California

Reviewed on October 15, 2020

Motorcycle reviewed 2005 Honda ST1300 (ST1300) view listing

5.0
I went looking for a used Yamaha FJR 1300, the bike shop couldn't bring down the price on one, they had. The salesman said he had the Honda ST1300, on sale(Blue). As I sat on it, he described how clean and well kept it was. It also included the matching Pan-European bag with back support for passenger, and ... read more
I went looking for a used Yamaha FJR 1300, the bike shop couldn't bring down the price on one, they had. The salesman said he had the Honda ST1300, on sale(Blue). As I sat on it, he described how clean and well kept it was. It also included the matching Pan-European bag with back support for passenger, and knee pads on the tank. The salesman asked if I wanted to test-ride it. I said "No, need, I'll take it!" It's the most car-like suspension I've felt on a bike without sacrificing handling. The balance is so good; I've even had a few front-wheel slides going over small dirt patches and train rails without losing its composure, quickly regaining traction. Even though it has linked brakes, you can still lock up the rear wheel and fishtail it a few inches for fun, occasionally. Too heavy for wheelies, but front end will get very light under hard acceleration, maybe clearing an inch or 2. My top (track, long straight) speed on my ST1300, 155 mph!
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Lou

Houston, Texas

Reviewed on January 7, 2009

Motorcycle reviewed 2006 Honda ST1300 (ST1300) view listing

5.0
After correcting the little niggles with the bike (such as replacing the stock seat, adding electrical outlets), and putting a few more miles on the bike, I will tell you that this has been a thoroughly satisfying purchase. The motor has just been bulletproof; it still pulls as hard as the day I bought it. ... read more
After correcting the little niggles with the bike (such as replacing the stock seat, adding electrical outlets), and putting a few more miles on the bike, I will tell you that this has been a thoroughly satisfying purchase. The motor has just been bulletproof; it still pulls as hard as the day I bought it. I've had it up to 125 and it is as solid as a rock. You can ride all day at 90 (based on GPS, not the optimistic speedo). It handles well... I feel that a more skilled rider than me could hang with most riders/bikes on most roads. I don't do badly and I'm flat-out old. It occasionally occurs to me to get a new bike, explore other makes/models/configurations, then I ask myself 'why?'
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Tor

Tatum, South Carolina

Reviewed on December 31, 2008

Motorcycle reviewed 2005 Honda ST1300 (ST1300) view listing

5.0
I have used the ST as a touring bike since August of 05. Technically it is a sport-touring bike; it's leaning more toward touring than sport. Extremely smooth engine and power delivery. Very good weather protection. Fuel range/capacity higher than the Gold Wing, which adds even more to its touring capabilitie... read more
I have used the ST as a touring bike since August of 05. Technically it is a sport-touring bike; it's leaning more toward touring than sport. Extremely smooth engine and power delivery. Very good weather protection. Fuel range/capacity higher than the Gold Wing, which adds even more to its touring capabilities. Needless to say, it's a keeper. The wife also rides a 05 ST and loves it.
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J Nations

St. Louis, Missouri

Reviewed on April 18, 2008

Motorcycle reviewed 2005 Honda ST1300 (ST1300) view listing

5.0
I bought an ST-1300 new and absolutely love it. If you intend to spend time on a bike, this is the one! The comfort, agility and handling of a sport bike with the comforts of a touring rig. I've commuted on this bike and trekked through the Midwest and loved every minute. On the ST-1300 you won't beat your ... read more
I bought an ST-1300 new and absolutely love it. If you intend to spend time on a bike, this is the one! The comfort, agility and handling of a sport bike with the comforts of a touring rig. I've commuted on this bike and trekked through the Midwest and loved every minute. On the ST-1300 you won't beat your back up sitting on your tailbone as you would on a cruiser. You won't wear out leaning on your hands like a sport bike. It has better acceleration, better braking and is more comfortable than anything else on the road. Thinking of paying more for a different brand? you're wasting your money. It has adjustable suspension, adjustable headlamps (up, down, 2 highs, 2 lows), adjustable windscreen and a 7 gal tank for long range rides. Try it and you'll be sold too...
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Tommy Moore

New Johnsonville, Tennessee

Reviewed on January 14, 2008

Motorcycle reviewed 2006 Honda ST1300 (ST1300) view listing

5.0
After almost 27000 miles, I still can't get enough of this bike. It is fun, fast, comfortable, and handles like a dream. The most I have ridden in a day is 700 miles, but I could have gone farther if I had not pulled into my garage in pouring down rain at 10:30 at night. My knees did get stiff due to too many... read more
After almost 27000 miles, I still can't get enough of this bike. It is fun, fast, comfortable, and handles like a dream. The most I have ridden in a day is 700 miles, but I could have gone farther if I had not pulled into my garage in pouring down rain at 10:30 at night. My knees did get stiff due to too many days on the tennis court when I was younger, but they do make aftermarket pegs, which I will have soon. This motorcycle eats up the superslab and twistie backroads with ease. Heated grips and an aftermarket seat help the comfort issue go from great to wonderful. One downfall is the slow turning maneuvers if one puts a bar riser plate on the ST. It still handles great on all kinds of roads and is much more comfortable on long rides, but I have a tendency to accidentally give it too much gas in taking off with a turn, but it is getting better with practice. The stock bars still do better in that regard, but once rolling my hands do not go numb and handling is maybe even better than stock. I would not trade my ST for another bike. It has everything all rolled into one.
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Tommy Moore

New Johnsonville, Tennessee

Reviewed on May 29, 2007

Motorcycle reviewed 2006 Honda ST1300 (ST1300) view listing

5.0
After 18500 miles, I can say that this is one sweet machine. The biggest drawback is the heat on the legs and ankles. It runs strong and smooth with plenty of power at speed. It does great on the interstate and in the twisties. I am very pleased with every aspect of this bike. It has been ridden in every ki... read more
After 18500 miles, I can say that this is one sweet machine. The biggest drawback is the heat on the legs and ankles. It runs strong and smooth with plenty of power at speed. It does great on the interstate and in the twisties. I am very pleased with every aspect of this bike. It has been ridden in every kind of weather except for snow and had 16000 miles put on it the first year. It is so much fun to take it to the Smokey Mountains, which for me is a 5 hour trip up the interstate. I also commute 42 miles to work on it 2-4 days a week and it seems like such a short ride. I have never ridden an FJR or BMW, but after reading and comparing, I am happy with the ST. Sport touring bikes rule for all around comfort, fun, speed, and durability. Time to ride.
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Todd Guay

Meriden, Connecticut

Reviewed on February 12, 2007

Motorcycle reviewed 2005 Honda ST1300 (ST1300) view listing

5.0
What can I say? This bike makes me want to ride PERIOD. I've been through or to 13 states. I have ridden in 14 degree weather and 104 degree weather and have been fine. I have done 720 miles in a single stint. I am very happy with my purchase and would do it again in a heartbeat. I downgraded the comfort o... read more
What can I say? This bike makes me want to ride PERIOD. I've been through or to 13 states. I have ridden in 14 degree weather and 104 degree weather and have been fine. I have done 720 miles in a single stint. I am very happy with my purchase and would do it again in a heartbeat. I downgraded the comfort one level because I added handlbar risers and an aftermarket seat and windshield. Things I felt needed to make it tailored to me. Everything else has been great. Did I say this bike makes me want to ride..and ride..and ride?
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Pat Donovan

Plano, Texas

Reviewed on September 22, 2006

Motorcycle reviewed 2006 Honda ST1300 (ST1300) view listing

5.0
I had been riding a Suzuki Bandit and figured I wanted something more Touring capable. This bike is definitely it! Great control layout, really agile and just plain FAST! I love passing trucks without a downshift. Just a roll on the right and it jumps on up. Very stable at (silly) high speeds. I also quit bef... read more
I had been riding a Suzuki Bandit and figured I wanted something more Touring capable. This bike is definitely it! Great control layout, really agile and just plain FAST! I love passing trucks without a downshift. Just a roll on the right and it jumps on up. Very stable at (silly) high speeds. I also quit before it does. Only complaint is the seat, but I fixed that with a Corbin. Wish they still made a nice top box for it however. She is well worth what I paid for her.
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G. Sil

Pembroke Pines, Florida

Reviewed on September 18, 2006

Motorcycle reviewed 2006 Honda ST1300 (ST1300) view listing

5.0
I bought my '06 ST1300 February 28th and have since ridden it approximately 7800 miles. Absolutely no complaints. Reliability, fit and finish are top shelf. I have made several modifications (Custom windscreen, Two Brothers exhausts, Sargents Backrest, Handlebar risers, Sirius Radio and a fork brace) None of ... read more
I bought my '06 ST1300 February 28th and have since ridden it approximately 7800 miles. Absolutely no complaints. Reliability, fit and finish are top shelf. I have made several modifications (Custom windscreen, Two Brothers exhausts, Sargents Backrest, Handlebar risers, Sirius Radio and a fork brace) None of these mods were necessary, I was simply "making it my own". Direct from the factory this bike is the most complete package offered by any manufacturer. The BMW is great and the Yamaha nice, but the best blend of "Sport & Touring" is the ST1300. This is my personal opinion, and believe me, I searched the market without bias. My only complaint is that there are not more accessories available in the US. You will probably have to shop the European marketplace for the best selection. With the internet this is not a problem.
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