Honda ST series
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The Honda ST (for Sport Touring) series, also known as the Pan-European in some markets, fills the gap between touring-oriented sport motorcycles such as the CBR1000F and full-dress tourers such as the Honda Goldwing.
Introduced in 1990, the ST1100 provided many of the amenities required by touring enthusiasts in a sporty package better suited to European roads than the Goldwing. Its successor, the ST1300, was introduced in 2002.
The ST1100 has shaft drive as opposed to a chain. Standard equipment includes panniers, to carry luggage. It features a 1,085 cc longitudinal 90-degree V4 engine. The fuel tank is located below the saddle (the tank at the usual location is actually the cover for the air filter) to improve the riding behaviour.
The ST1300 features a 1,261 cc V4 engine mounted as a stressed member in a lighter aluminum frame. The rear wheel is driven through a cassette-type five-speed transmission and shaft drive. The revised engine layout and a split fuel tank shift some of the weight downward, making the ST1300 less top-heavy than its predecessor.