Honda ST series
The Honda ST (for Sport Touring), also known as the Pan-European in Europe, is a range of motorcycles comprising the ST1100 and the later ST1300. Both ST models have a V4 engine mounted inline, with shaft drive, a full fairing and matching panniers.
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 and continued through the 2012 model year.
With a dry weight of 297 kg (655 lb), considered "on the touring end" of the sport-touring spectrum, they filled the niche between lightweight sport tourers such as the VFR750 and full-dress tourers such as the Goldwing.
The ST1100 has 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 lower the center of gravity and thus 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.
- Four for the Road / In which we answer a most obvious question: Do you really need a true sport-touring motorcycle to go sport touring?, Motorcyclist, retrieved 2009-10-25