"a machine designed for specific demands of the discerning, touring minded British and continental rider.It continues to describe the benefits of integrated protectors for the lower fairing, the 35-litre panniers and its 29 litre tank. The transverse V4 engine has
It blends everyday practicality and low maintenance with manouevrability and comfort to dismiss the challenge mounted by Europe's widely varying public highways.
belt-driven primary drive, a balancer to reduce torque roll, 360 degree crank and a spring damper between clutch and cassette type gearbox.The kind of rider who gravitates to the Pan European is, in the words of journalist Giles Chapman,
The final-drive shaft also boasts a damper to reduce shock load during gearchanges and a cush-drive damper in the rear wheel promotes even smoother operation.
Other features include:
- Anti-dive mechanism on left front fork leg
- Single rear suspension unit with rebound damping adjustment
- Easy clean aero-design wheels
- Disc brakes with sintered metal pad
- Low maintenance shaft final drive
- Owner can easily change spark plugs, oil filter and top up oil level
- Ram-air windscreen system
- Powerful twin light headlamp
- Headlight adjuster
"doesn't need to read any sales pitch sanctimony. A powerful and swift cross-country touring bike, the ST1100 packs 100bhp and fallons of torque from its 1084cc V4, with optional anti-lock brakes and traction control.He is taken for a run around London on a Virgin Limo bike (see pic below), complete with pillion microphone for those "Mind that bus!" moments. Asking his chauffeur Russ whether the Pan is a bit of an old man's bike gets this response:
"They do say this is a merchant-banker machine - you know, the sort of bloke who doesn't exactly have fun. But actually they're wrong: it's a tourer that performs like a sports bike. Honda's taken that concept to the 'nth' degree, so it's perfect for what we do."As Russ points, out the Pan European is popular as a working machine, not with pizza delivery boys, but hard-working mileage-eaters. The Police Force traffic division use any number of them at the Metropolitan Police's Hendon training centre. Training tutor Les Brown says:
"We teach the four S's: safety, system (bike control), smoothness and finally, and least importantly, speed. This is a course for people who really want to be on it" (there's a waiting list for the intensive two-week course) "And they all use Hondas because, well, that's probably what they'll be riding in real-life situations".
|Uncredited photo in 'Honda Rider' magazine|
"We have them because they're smooth and comfortable for the rider; we don't expect him to use his own bike. They're also reliable - and we can't have packages being delayed because the bike's broken."You can read Motorcycle Online's review of the Limobike service.
|1998 Triumph Trophy 1200  ||88%||Torque is everything|
|1998 Honda ST1100||96%||145mph sofa|
|1998 Triumph Trophy 900||90%||More versatile than the 1200|
|BMW R1100RT||94%||Grand tourer|
The blend of agility, protection, speed and ergonomic excellence mean it's the weapon of choice for anyone who simply needs a rapid travelling tool. Sensations such as excitement and involvement can be alien to the Pan pilot. Despite such comment, it's enjoyable to ride in a detached sort of a way, and is far more agile than the dimensions would suggest. A combination of intuitive riding controls and low centre of gravity make it very manageableThey recommend choosing a later model (96-on), with linked ABS and traction control. While the TC is not terribly successful, the brakes are good enough for most people, most of the time. It can stop the bike quicker and with less fuss than the standard model. The Pan is "the very essence of reliability", and when choosing a secondhand model there are no serious problems to check for. The nearest the Pan gets to a black mark are the brakes, which need regular attention. Isolated final drive failures (due to lack of lubrication) and front wheel bearings (also due to lack of grease) are about it.
Many customers love the old bike. They loved the V4 power, no-one else can make a V4 like this.The engines are bench tested by running them at maximum revs for 24 hours, as well as an endurance run of 50,000 miles. They already meet the EU2 emissions levels which are due to come into effect in 2004.
Bore & Stroke
Weight (ABS model)
UK Colours (2002)
78 x 66mm
Green, Silver, Red.
Candy red, Silver,
"In this company, and this arena, it is the best bike, just as the outgoing ST1100 was."Highlights were its smooth V4 engine, superb ABS brakes, the adjustable screen and superb comfort for both rider and pillion. However, there were some complaints:
For anyone concerned whether their UK-spec machine is affected you can use the owner pages on Honda's website (which will require you to fill in your address etc) or telephone the Honda UK motorcycle helpline on 01753 590510. If you visit the VOSA recall website make sure you select 'Honda Motorcycles' in the drop-down list.
Following an overwhelmingly positive reaction at the launch of the new Pan European during last year's NEC Motorcycle Show, Honda UK has been working closely with fleet buyers from Britain's police and other emergency services.Later in 2003 Strathclyde Police Force became the first Force in Scotland to use the ST1300. The Transport department spokesman said:
The result is a Pan European that retains all the performance, design features and aerodynamic lines of the original machine, within which all emergency services equipment requirements have been fully integrated. The conversion has also taken into account resale values of the ST1300, keeping mechanical modifications to a minimum and allowing conversion back to standard specification to be carried out at minimal cost.
Blue strobes replace the two side-lamps in the front headlight assembly and alternate with repeater strobes - available as an optional extra - on the fairing side. Meanwhile, for full 'blues and twos' operation, siren speakers are hidden beneath the left and right sides of the fairing.
Although the rider's seat remains adjustable, the pillion section is removed from the standard Pan European and replaced with a rear pod assembly housing specialist equipment such as strobe and siren drivers and the communications radio.
A purpose-made, fibreglass housing fits over this assembly and is waterproof to protect the electronic equipment. It can also be taken out without having to remove the rear lighting assembly, as required on the ST1100.
Behind the rear pod assembly, a rear-facing, eight-character matrix display is flanked by two red and two blue lights, all using high-intensity LEDs. The lights can be displayed continuously, flash or alternate red to blue, while the display of pre- programmed matrix messages may be continuous, flashing or, for longer messages, scrolled.
Mounted above the left handlebar and operated by the rider's thumb, the Handlebar Remote Control Unit (HRCU) provides a unique ability to control all additional equipment via a six-button control pad with a high-visibility LCD panel.
The ST1300 conversion is ready to accept all radio equipment including TETRA terminals, with the transeiver pack mounted within the rear pod enclosure. The forward-mounted control unit can be positioned in the specially-adapted front left fairing pocket or above the instrument panel. A 'flexistalk' helmet connecter is provided, along with a left handlebar-mounted push-to-transmit button.
"We now have 21 ST1300s with ABS that are being operationally used. They have been extremely well received by the motorcycle section of the Strathclyde Police traffic department. We had previously used the Honda ST1100s, which were excellent bikes. The new ST1300 machines are even better!"Since late 2003 the Pan now has electric screen on the standard bike. Nigel Cockayne writes an occasional weblog about his experiences with a Pan-European (see link below), and in Feb 2004 took delivery of a new STX1300. Here are his comments on the adjustable screen, which is now included on the standard Pan as well as the ABS version:
"The electric screen is amazing. I knew it would be fun to play with but neither of us were ready for the effect it has. Winding the screen up at motorway speeds is like closing a window in a car. All the wind noise vanishes as if you'd slowed down by at least 20 mph.".