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Old 01-01-2010, 06:09 PM   #196
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Old 01-05-2010, 11:38 AM   #197
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Don't know how I've missed this thread (too much time at ST-Owners I guess.)

I have two 91 ST1100s, black and silver. They have about 360,000 miles between them. Both are down, silver for major maintenance including water pump, idler pulley, timing belt, and steering head bearings. She was running fine but miles do build up. Bought her in '93 with 23K miles.

The black one is on life support, crack in the block resulting in major coolant leak. Donor motor has been sourced but not shipped yet. Anyone else hear of such a failure? I know of one other, virtually identical to mine. Crack is from the right rear of the block, almost horizontal around the corner to the right side then up all the way to the head gasket. Got her in '04 as a total for $875, <30K miles. I put 140K on her since, til the block cracked last month.

I figure to fix it right would require pulling the motor anyway, so a more fresh motor makes more sense. I'm getting one cheap with only ~30,000 miles from a 96.

Just to keep the ADV aspect in focus, I've ridden my STs on roads for which they were never intended. A couple years ago, I took the silver one over Strawberry Pass between Lake City and Silverton, CO. East side was tuff, west side not bad. I've got pics here somewhere if anyone is interested.
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Old 01-05-2010, 11:43 AM   #198
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Just to keep the ADV aspect in focus, I've ridden my STs on roads for which they were never intended. A couple years ago, I took the silver one over Strawberry Pass between Lake City and Silverton, CO. East side was tuff, west side not bad. I've got pics here somewhere if anyone is interested.
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Old 01-05-2010, 12:04 PM   #199
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st1100 on Cinammon Pass, CO



My bad, it's Cinnamon, not Strawberry, Pass. Taken just before WeSTOC XIII in Golden a couple years back.



There's a bunch more pics here.

http://good-times.webshots.com/photo...52831307YRkKwa

Hmmm, links don't go hot. Wazzup wi'dat? Oh, it works once I've submitted. (Best Rosanna voice: "Never mind.")
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Cool. Odd paint job there on the ST. Also, who is Linda and how can i convince her that she needs to give me her Varadero?
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Old 01-05-2010, 01:36 PM   #201
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Cool. Odd paint job there on the ST. Also, who is Linda and how can i convince her that she needs to give me her Varadero?
Linda is a mover 'n shaker at ST-Riders.net. Funny coincidence, she calls her ST STudley.
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Old 01-07-2010, 08:33 AM   #202
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Old 01-07-2010, 09:01 AM   #203
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Old 01-10-2010, 09:36 AM   #204
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The old 04 ST1300 doing what it did best, take enough gear for 5 week long trips.
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Old 01-10-2010, 10:35 AM   #205
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The old 04 ST1300 doing what it did best, take enough gear for 5 week long trips.
Well ZG-MAC, if anyone can answer the question of what the ST1300 handles like with tall rearward loads, you're the man...

With all the bleating we've heard at times, in regards to oem Bridgestone tire fitments/topbox loading yadda, yadda... Give us an idea of how your ST1300 behaved on pavement, with everything including the kitchen sink fitted on behind ?...

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Old 01-10-2010, 09:50 PM   #206
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Camping as we get older requires some necessities, one for me is a sleeping pad system I can depend on for a restful night. What looks like a massive amount of gear on top only weighs 85 lbs and is heavy on the passenger seat and light on the rear rack. That said the wind from big trucks can push the bike around with the loads that wide.
7500 mile trip to Alaska and 90 mph top speeds and full camping gear will test tires. Dunlopís were toast when I got home, but they got me home.
The St was a very good bike for what I required, BUT it is heavy and in deep gravel it plum scary.
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Old 01-11-2010, 03:46 AM   #207
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Camping as we get older requires some necessities, one for me is a sleeping pad system I can depend on for a restful night. What looks like a massive amount of gear on top only weighs 85 lbs and is heavy on the passenger seat and light on the rear rack. That said the wind from big trucks can push the bike around with the loads that wide.
7500 mile trip to Alaska and 90 mph top speeds and full camping gear will test tires. Dunlop’s were toast when I got home, but they got me home.
The St was a very good bike for what I required, BUT it is heavy and in deep gravel it plum scary.
Was your above mentioned limiting of the loaded ST1300 to 90mph top speeds (not that uncommon when passing holiday traffic etc...) required because with the rear luggage weighting, the front end would unload causing speeds above 90mph to become unstable, ie: a light weave developing ?...

I'm interested in the "unloading of the front end" on the ST1300 series, because I currently ride a 2004 DL1000 owned since new and fitted with oversized Touratech Zega 41 litre aluminum panniers. On the DL with the Zegas loaded and some weight carried on the passenger seat, the load distribution unweights the front end and causes high speed stability issues. An oversized aftermarket windshield and poorly designed (IMO) oem aerodynamics and front to rear weight distribution, all combine to make for a rather "floaty" loaded touring bike.

A replacement for my Vstrom somewhere down the road, might involve either a 2nd gen FJR1300 with it's 48mm front forks (reported to ride on rails, almost irregardless of touring loads and road conditions, weather and winds etc.), or possibly an ST1300. But after the grief my DL1000 has caused me with unloading the front end when loaded for touring, I can't afford to make a mistake with it's replacement...

A good friends got an 03 ST1300ABS and reports it's extremely stable loaded with a top box, but he usually runs with a rainsuit and a credit card. Not my "everything but the kitchen sink" style of packing...

Thanks for taking the time, to detail your ST1300's loaded handling traits !

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Old 01-11-2010, 04:15 PM   #208
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Old 01-11-2010, 06:43 PM   #210
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First to answer the top speed question, 90 to 95 was sustained for straits as long as they would last. In the quiet air of the early mornings I tend to forget about the load and the bike could not be more stable. When the wind comes up especially strong side winds the big load is felt and the speed drops.
Iíve tried a new way to load which is strait back rather than across the bike. I havenít been in a cross wind as of yet to see if it helps but the dirty wind from the big trucks it definitely does.
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