Let's see your HONDA ST1100/ST1300.

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by TheRackman, Jan 22, 2008.

  1. mike

    mike Long timer

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    after they built the new bridge, you used to be able to walk across it. that was pretty cool. then the terrorist paranoia put an end to that. they keep a real close eye on that dam.
  2. TheRackman

    TheRackman RideTodayItMayBeYourLast!

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  3. corky51

    corky51 LoST

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    Love my new 07 ST. Major step up from Viago and even CBR1100XX. I have a question for you "old" ST'ers. How the heck do you ride this ST on gravel? I tried it out to be prepared last week for couple of miles in loose gravel. The most scary experience of my riding. I was all over the place, had to stop for oncoming traffic. Youi have the same experience??
  4. St. Arbucks

    St. Arbucks Looking for clues...

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    Just the obvious answer: very carefully. My 07 is terrible on gravel as well. I tend to go very slow with my feet extended, ready to catch myself. Amid its many virtues, loose gravel capability is not one of them.
  5. El Guero

    El Guero V4 Whore

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    This is from Saturday, I traded my '04 KLR plus some cash for a 1995 ST1100. Just in time for them to lay fresh gravel over the road in front of my house :doh

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  6. sorebutt

    sorebutt Long timer

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    I ride mine in gravel all the time. I have 1/4 mile of gravel just to get to my house. Then I have to go up a real steep incline and make a U-turn into my driveway. I've ridden 15-20 mile stretches of gravel with no problem.

    You just need more experience and confidence.
  7. Brad Felmey

    Brad Felmey Long timer

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    Yup. I took mine over the Top of the World highway in Yukon/Alaska and the Dalton to Prudhoe. Hundreds of miles of gravel, loose dirt, and mud. Speed helps. Slower is not easier in all cases.
  8. GXXRDRVR

    GXXRDRVR I am a meat popsicle.

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    I didnt know Soda Lake Rd was 3/4 unpaved...:rofl

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  9. GXXRDRVR

    GXXRDRVR I am a meat popsicle.

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    Taken from our Bay Area CA to SoCal ride last week.

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  10. sorebutt

    sorebutt Long timer

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    You need some traction tires on that ST.
  11. El Guero

    El Guero V4 Whore

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    Here's a better pic of my "new" bike :D

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  12. KLiNCK

    KLiNCK Optically Corrected

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    :ear How do you like it? :dunno
  13. El Guero

    El Guero V4 Whore

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    I'm liking it. Compared to my last touring bike, a KLR, it is like riding around on a magic carpet :lol3 Stable, but still loves to dive into corners and hold a line with ease. The power curve is sort of strange to me... It has the down-low power of my Magna but without the top end rush.

    Overall I'm really happy with it. I'm currently trying to decide whether to get a honest-to-God cruise control or a throttle lock. and then I think it will be about perfect. It's such a different feeling jumping on the interstate with this bike... On the KLR I felt pushed around, now I feel like king of the road :D
  14. tbirdsp

    tbirdsp REMF

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    The ST has no power hit - torque everywhere. I think both 4th and 5th are overdrive gears. More power than you think - but it is a heavy beast.

    Really like my electronic cruise - but you remember me bitchin' about the install:lol3
    I'd try a vista cruise first.
  15. El Guero

    El Guero V4 Whore

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    There are a bunch of retired guys with STs in eastern Iowa and they all want to help me install a bunch of stuff on my bike. That may be the way I end up with cruise control :lol3
  16. tbirdsp

    tbirdsp REMF

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    If you talk to Rob Parker tell him I said hi:D
  17. Powershouse

    Powershouse Flower Sniffer

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    Same here, and if you get over there for a tech session be sure to let us know so that we can come down and "help".

    You should stretch the legs on that bike and make the run to Slimey Crud coming up on Sunday 5/2. Rob and John Oo usually make the trip up. If you go, I'll root around in my stash of ST goodies and find a little bike-warming present for ya.

    Kevin
  18. Powershouse

    Powershouse Flower Sniffer

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    If you've ever ridden sand on a dirt bike, you know you need some speed and that you have to keep the throttle on to keep the front wheel light. The same principles apply to taking an ST through deep gravel. You need to take it up to what you think is an appropriate speed, then add a little more throttle. If you hit the gravel with enough speed, the puckering of your asshole will provide enough uplift to float the bike over the tricky section. Oh yeah, remember to pack a second pair of shorts!
  19. 996DL

    996DL Buell me

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    finally back in paradise...

    You gonna give us a heads up on those handlebars ?... :eek1

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  20. El Guero

    El Guero V4 Whore

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    They are the Heli-bars for the ST1100, I'm not even sure they make them anymore. They are basically fully adjustable, but I've been too afraid to mess with them so far :lol3

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