I've wanted one of these guys since I first read a tech report of the St1100 where they reported a pro rider dropped back into 2nd and rode the beast on the rear wheel. Thought to myself" I gotta get one of those things someday" even though I don't wheelie on anything but maybe a YZ 250 on a dirt road.
My last purchase was in 2008 and I wanted a lighter version of my beloved GL1500 and put the Beemer RT and ST1300 on the short list. Two problems I found for me was 1) BMW expects you to spend as much to maintain there invention in the first oh say 36,000 miles as you paid for it. My Hondas live on tires, oil changes, and the occasional brake pad and fluid swap,, period. I am spoiled I guess or maybe just cheap. Bottomline was no RT for me. Next 2) the ST lacked a few features I thought I must just plain have that we not there. One was cruise control and the second was rocking tunes. I asked 2 dealers to try to problem solve this and get ready to sell me a bike. No one called even though I had read some articles where these features had been added. I guess these guys just weren't hungry enough that day or this was just a major effort I was requesting,,, I don't know. I caved in and purchased the GL1800 and have been happy ever since,,, then I bought the ST.I quickly learned to love all things good about the ride, handling, power. Three things I believe Honda needed to put more time into are 1) the grips/bars are too low (something I fixed that with a Heli Bar riser kit), the saddle is unbelievably uncortfortable (being corrected by Corbin in the next few weeks), and the infamous heat issue. Thius machine is like riding a 2 wheeled water heater and recall I'm on wing #3!!!
I rode from Miami to Lauderdale this morning at 79 degrees and it was just kinda nice but on my 90 degree return trip I roasted my nads off! Honda should have done much better with this,, something I will bring up on my survey (like that will make any difference right???)
I guess I bougfht the best St for cool running days ever biult for the money especially since the new BMW 1600 6 cyl goes like $30K with nav, heated grip/seats, and stereo. Oh just like the way my wing came to me for $18,300 in 2007.
Happy trails and safe riding. Capn Steve
Hi all. I currently own a 2005 suzuki bandit 1200 and love it. But it is lacking in storage. The st1300 looks to be exactly what i'm looking for. I owned an 85 V65 Magna so I am familiar with the V-four engine. Anyway, I have heard there is alot of heat that comes up from the engine on these. I live in the south and it gets pretty hot down here. Some say they don't feel the heat and others say they do. I just need and honest opinion of this and if there is a way to fix the heat problem. I love the looks of this bike and would love to have one but don't want any heat issues. Thanks for all opinions in advance.