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2014 Honda ST1300 ABS Review
2014 Honda ST1300 ABS on Totalmotorcycle.com
ST1300A – performance and comfort…
Beyond the power and effortless acceleration, there’s just something special about the feel of a Honda V4 engine. With perfect primary balance, 90 degree V4s are inherently smooth, but Honda went a step further with twin counter-rotating balance shafts that leave the engine almost vibration free. It’s also eerily quiet with only a characteristic mechanical whir to let you know it’s going efficiently about its business.
The chassis takes full advantage of the handling benefits that derive from the V4s low centre of gravity, letting you glide along the highway when you want to, but immediately responsive when you leave the highway and turn up the pace. Fitted with an advanced dual-combined ABS braking system, the chassis helps provide a secure feeling no matter where you’re riding.
A strong engine and balanced chassis may be the most important attributes of a sport tourer, but creature comforts rank close behind and the ST1300A delivers here too. A broad, plush saddle provides long distance comfort for both rider and passenger; the rider’s portion is even adjustable for height as well as for reach to help ensure a perfect fit. And speaking of a perfect fit the full coverage fairing is topped with an electrically adjustable windscreen that can take you from still air, to wind in your face at the touch of a button.
ST1300 Pan European
Theres hardly a highway or by-way in Europe that hasn’t been conquered by the coveted and super-accomplished Pan-European. Its impressive V4 engine is breathtakingly capable, delivering sporty blasts of acceleration when you want them as well as the power to carry a full load for long distances. Its elegant, aerodynamic bodywork shields you from the elements and conceals ample capacity for luggage. The unique adjustable seat is designed for all-day comfort. Low, centralised mass makes the machine reassuringly stable, yet it,s also nimble enough to negotiate city traffic and have some fun on twisty roads. High-performance Super Sports suspension systems smooth out bumpy surfaces while supreme control and stopping performance comes from Honda’s innovative Combined-ABS. Excellent fuel efficiency and a generous 29-litre tank make it even easier for you to get on the road and stay there. The Pan-European was designed to travel.
Providing breathtaking acceleration when you want it as well as the power to carry a full load for long distances, the Pan European is one of the most popular tourers on the road. It’s powered by an impressive fuel injected V4 engine that’s known for smooth, powerful acceleration and long-running reliability. Low centralised mass makes the machine stable and easy to handle at any speed. It’s surprisingly nimble for its size, making it ideal for cross-city as well as cross-continental journeys.
The Pan European bodywork is elegant, aerodynamic and conceals considerable luggage space with integrated panniers as standard equipment. Sculpted to slice through the wind, it also provides good weather protection and integrates a push-button adjustable windscreen. The unique height-adjustable seat is designed to provide all-day comfort for both rider and passenger.
High-performance suspension systems easily handle heavy loads and enhance comfort and enjoyment whilst compact and lightweight Combined ABS ensures confident, smooth and responsive stopping power.
A wide range of optional touring equipment is available including extra carrying capacity to make the most of the bike’s touring potential.
2014 Honda ST1300 ABS Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
– Unique longitudinally-mounted 1,261cm3 fuel-injected V4 engine effortlessly provides exhilarating acceleration.
– Distinctive bodywork provides good weather protection while contributing to the machine’s aerodynamic performance and feeling of stability at high speeds.
– Lightweight and rigid aluminium twin-spar frame with high-performance suspension systems for precise, responsive handling.
– Advanced Combined ABS ensures confidence-inspiring, smoothly responsive braking control.
– High-quality instrument panel features a large speedometer and tachometer, coolant and ambient temperature gauges and a headlight beam adjuster to cater for variations in carrying load.
– HECS3 oxygen-sensing catalytic converter system minimises harmful exhaust gas emissions.
– Pearl Cosmic Black
– Candy Glory Red
– Digital Silver Metallic
Honda Access Europe provides a range of optional equipment for the Pan European, extending its comfort and versatility while complementing its unique styling. Optional accessories include:
– Motorcycle navigation kit
– Colour-matched top boxes
– Colour-matched top box spoilers
– Top box inner bag
– Pannier inner bags
– 28L tank bag
– Cargo net
– Averto security kit
– Indoor and outdoor motorcycle covers
– Knee pads
– Tank pad
– Mirror and fairing deflector sets
– Grip heaters
– Pillion armrests
– 12V DC socket kit
2014 Honda ST1300 ABS Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
Powerful liquid-cooled 1,261 cc longitudinally mounted V-4 engine produces effortless acceleration and passing power..
Longitudinal engine mounting eliminates an inefficient 90-degree turn in the power flow for improved drivetrain efficiency..
The ST1300A’s low overall centre of gravity helps with excellent low-speed handling. The 360-degree crank contributes to a very broad powerband. Two engine counterbalancers virtually eliminate primary and secondary vibration. Both gear-driven counterbalancer shafts are installed in the lower crankcase, to the left side of the crankshaft. The first shaft is driven directly by the crankshaft at a 2:1 ratio. The second shaft is positioned below the first and is driven in the opposite direction by the first balancer shaft’s drive gear. The combination of these two balancers assures a supremely comfortable ride for the long-distance touring rider..
Aluminum composite cylinder sleeves are high-pressure-formed from sintered aluminum powder impregnated with ceramic and graphite. The composite sleeves provide better wear resistance and superior heat dissipation compared to conventional sleeves..
Silent-type cam-chain drive eliminates the previous model’s wider belt-driven cam drive, reducing engine length 10 mm and lowering overall weight..
Large 31 mm intake valves and 27 mm exhaust valves feed a combustion chamber with a 10.8:1 compression ratio..
Direct shim-under-bucket valve actuation system ensures high-rpm durability and allows lengthy valve-maintenance intervals..
High-pressure electronic PGM-FI delivers fuel at 50 psi into each injector..
Fuel is delivered through eight laser-drilled nozzle holes in each injector, producing a very fine spray and a highly combustible air/fuel charge for maximum combustion efficiency and power..
PGM-FI combines a sophisticated throttle sensor, advanced 3-D digital fuel injection and ignition mapping, and precisely metered fuel delivery to produce smooth and linear throttle response..
ECU-controlled closed-loop emission control system utilizes two oxygen sensors to constantly deliver a precise air/fuel mixture, and the exhaust system uses two catalytic converters..
The ST1300A meets the California Air Resources Board (CARB) emissions standards..
Auto-enriching system is integrated into PGM-FI module, optimizing the air/fuel mixture on cold starts and eliminating the need for a manual choke..
Four-into-two stainless steel exhaust system features a pair of attractive triangular-section mufflers with stainless steel heat shields..
Dampers on the transmission mainshaft, clutch and drive shaft reduce noise, vibration and driveline lash..
High-output 660-watt air-cooled alternator is located between the cylinder banks, contributing to a shorter and more compact engine design..
U-shape aluminum radiator has excellent cooling capacity, and a ring-type fan draws air through the radiator at low speeds to ensure stable operating temperatures for consistent performance and long engine life..
Sturdy eight-plate hydraulic clutch..
Cassette-type five-speed transmission features gear ratios that allow for quicker acceleration and excellent roll-on performance..
Quiet and reliable shaft-drive system is virtually maintenance-free..
Aluminum frame combines optimal rigidity and tuned flex to produce excellent handling, superb riding comfort and wonderful road feel. It features a massive steering head casting and triple-box-section spars. The V-4 engine serves as a tuned, stressed frame member. The solid engine-mounting system utilizes specially designed hangers and carefully matched mounting bolts to provide both excellent road feel and minimal engine vibration..
Lightweight aluminum swingarm is carefully matched to the frame to provide an ideal balance of rigidity and tuned flex for optimal handling..
Rigid aluminum upper triple-clamp and a 45 mm Honda Multi-Action System (HMAS) cartridge front fork provide excellent suspension control in a wide range of riding conditions..
The rear suspension incorporates a single shock mounted directly on the swingarm, with spring preload adjustability..
Dual-Combined Braking System uses a second master cylinder and a proportional control valve (PCV) to couple the three-piston calipers of the dual-disc front and single-disc rear brakes for even better braking feel. Using the front brake lever activates the outer two pistons of the front calipers and the two outer pistons of the rear caliper. Rear pedal engagement activates the centre piston of the rear brake caliper and the centre pistons of the front calipers, and a delay valve slows initial front brake response to minimize front-end dive..
The ST1300A combines Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Dual-Combined Braking System for a wide range of braking and steering control. ABS features an electric-motor-driven modulator that gives quick, precise braking pressure adjustments and smooth ABS operation. The system incorporates an integrated ECU controller, self-diagnostics with an interactive ECU test function, and automatic protection against system failure..
Silver wheels are three-spoke U-section cast aluminum. 5.0-inch-wide rear wheel sports a large, low-profile 170/60ZR-17 radial tire. The 3.5-inch-wide front wheel carries a 120/70ZR-18 radial tire..
Full-coverage bodywork features an aero-ellipse form that incorporates striking parabolic lines to accentuate the look of speed as well as enhance stability at high speeds..
Three-position rider’s seat provides an adjustment range of 30 mm (1.2 inches) vertically and 25 mm (1 inch) horizontally. From the forward and lowest position, the seat can be moved up 15 mm (0.6 inch) and back approximately 13 mm (0.5 inch) to the middle position and again by the same amount to the highest rear position..
A motor-driven adjustable windscreen offers 188 mm (7.4 inches) and 13 degrees of adjustability for greater wind protection and touring comfort. A thumb-operated pushbutton on the left handlebar operates the windscreen motor. An additional 58 mm (2.3 inches) of manual adjustment is possible by repositioning the windshield on the mounting brackets..
Integrated lockable and detachable saddlebags hold 35 litres each (large enough for a full-face helmet). The saddlebags contain straps to limit bag opening to 90 degrees to better secure the contents. The straps are easily unbuckled when the bags are dismounted, permitting full access..
Rugged plastic-covered body-protector stays extend outward to protect the bodywork in case of a tip-over..
Dual-section fuel tank places 20.8 litres of fuel in the conventional tank location with an additional 8.3 litres located in a sub-tank located low in the chassis. This results in an increase in fuel capacity and an even weight distribution for fuel..
An electric fuel pump operates inside the sub-tank, providing consistent fuel pressure for the PGM-FI system..
Headlight features dual lenses with twin-filament H4 low/high beam bulbs and multi-reflectors..
A convenient push button located on the left side of the fairing electrically adjusts the headlight height over a 2.5-degree range..
Roomy cockpit and ergonomically designed dual-density seat offer true long-haul comfort..
Attractive, lightweight two-piece aluminum handlebars..
A locking left-side fairing pocket offers the carrying capacity of an automobile console; a weather-resistant vinyl flap covers the right-side pocket..
Breakaway rear view mirrors minimize damage in the event of a tip-over..
Padded passenger grabrails..
Convenient centrestand assist-lever folds neatly away when not in use..
Integrated front and rear turn signals..
Integrated ignition switch/fork lock. A single ignition key operates all locks..
3 year, unlimited mileage, freely transferable warranty..
2014 Honda ST1300 ABS – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $NA USD
2014 Honda ST1300 ABS – Totalmotorcycle.com Canada Specifications/Technical Details
Canadian MSRP Price: $18,999 CDN
Liquid-cooled 90-degree V-4
Bore & Stroke
78 mm x 66 mm
Chain-driven DOHC, 4 valver per cylinder
PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
45 mm HMAS cartridge fork; 108 mm (4.3 in.) travel
HMAS gas-charged single shock with five-position spring preload adjustment 123 mm (4.8 in.) travel
120/70ZR – 18 radial front; 170/60ZR – 17 radial rear
Front dual 310 mm discs with triple-piston calipers; rear 316 mm disc with triple-piston caliper. Dual-Combined Braking System with ABS
790 mm (31.1 in.) adjustable +/- 15 mm (0.6 in.)
1,490 mm (58.7 in.)
331 kg (730 lb) including required fluids and full tank of gas – ready to ride
3 year, unlimited mileage, freely transferable warranty.
2014 Honda ST1300 ABS – Totalmotorcycle.com UK/European Specifications/Technical Details
European MSRP Price: £14,499 GBP
117Nm at 6,500 rpm
Max. Power Output
117 bhp at 8,000 rpm
Bore & Stroke
78 x 66mm
Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC 90Ã‚º V-4
PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
10.0 : 1
Computer-controlled digital transistorised with electronic advance
Enclosed shaft with integrated dampers
Dimensions and Weight
Length x Width x Height
2,282 x 935 x 1,332mm (with panniers)
790mm (Ã‚±15mm adjustable)
29 litres (with 4 litre LCD-indicated reserve)
Wheels, Suspension and Brakes
Single-side conventional damper with adjustable preload and rebound damping, 120mm axle travel
316mm hydraulic disc with Combined three-piston calliper, (*ABS) and sintered metal pads
Hollow-section triple-spoke cast aluminium
45mm telescopic fork, 117mm axle travel
Hollow-section triple-spoke cast aluminium
310mm dual hydraulic disc with Combined three-piston callipers, (*ABS) and sintered metal pads
Specifications, features and prices to change by manufacturer without notice. All information correct as of posted date.