Let's see your HONDA ST1100/ST1300.

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

  1. glynb

    glynb Relentless Underachiever

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    That's a shame about your Connie. They are great bikes. I can answer a few of your questions:

    1. You will not need to replace your cables if you raise your bars an inch. I have Gen-Mar bar risers on my ST1100.
    2. I have no complaint with the heat throw off on my ST1100, and I'm in Louisiana. Others may disagree. It's a personal issue.
    3. The only known issue on the ST1100 is the pre-96 models had a 28 amp alternator that may give up the ghost if a lot of electrical accessories are used on the bike. The post 96 bikes had a 40 amp alternator that is very robust. The 28 amp alternator can be replaced with the 40 amp alternator easily and relatively cheaply. See if the 91 your looking at has had the upgrade done. Check ST-Owners.com for detailed instructions. If you don't run a lot of electrical accessories it is not an issue, although I would still do the upgrade because the 40 is a stouter unit. That's it. The ST1100 has no other known failings, and I feel is one of the best bikes Honda ever made.
    4. I have heard there are custom pegs available for the ST that lower them, but I am not sure if there is an adapter involved. Again, check ST-Owners.com. Those guys know everything ST.
    5. The back tire is a 170/60r17 size. It is an odd size, but I have had no problem finding them.

    I have personally seen an ST1100 with over 200,000 miles on it. That was a couple of years ago, and the guy is still riding it. Higher mileage, well running ST1100's are common. The only maintenance issue to stay on top of is to make sure that the splines on the back drive shaft are heavily lubed before the rear wheel is remounted at a tire change. If not, the drive shaft will wear prematurely. That, and routine maintenance is all you do. The bike is way over built, and used by police forces in Europe before the ST1300 took it's place.

    You will notice that the ST1100 is noticeably heavier than your Connie, but all is good once you start rolling.
  2. jspringator

    jspringator Been here awhile

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    Here are some pics of my new 2000 ST.

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  3. STBNE

    STBNE Yamaha ADVenturer

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    My '01 has 1" genmar risers and ...electronic cruise control...a Russell Day Long saddle( a must for any serious mileage with comfort) and Rackman Hwy Wings...with these farkles I have a fairly high level of comfort...only issue I have is I still need more rise in the handlebars...
    As for the 28amp vs. the 40 amp alt...the 28 amp-er is oil cooled and the 40 amp-er is air cooled...aircooled is much more reliable and less prone to overheat and fail prematurely.
    As to wether or not you yourself will be comfortable on an ST1100..is highly subjective but I would say its quite possible...Heat issue is not a big deal...mostly you'll feel heat when you're stopped in city traffic in the summer(which I avoid) but out on the road nothing to complain abt. Some folks say the ST1100 has no soul...not true...Theres a great deal of soul that eminates way down deep within the recesses of that V4 and the sound and rumble may be refined compared to a hardley davidson but it does have soul.
    my bike currently has 121000+ miles on her and nary a thing has ever happened to let me down anyehere. get one you'll love it...
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  4. Maverick75

    Maverick75 Rat

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    Hi Outwardbound,

    I don't know about peg lowering adaptors but I have heard of some people using aftermarket lowered pegs for Goldwings. I wouldn't doubt adaptors are available.

    On the longevity point, my first ST (a '93) I bought at 130,000km, sold at 240,000km and now has 280,000km, and still runs like dream. All it has 'needed' has been tyres, scheduled maintenance (including timing belt at 150,000km) and fuel. It needed a final drive rebuild when I first got it due to inadequate spline lube, but if this point is maintained properly it's not an issue.

    My current ST has 100,000km on it and it's like new. These machines, with the exception of the rear wheel splines, are bulletproof. Just grease the splines with 60% moly paste every time you change the rear tyre.

    I raised my bars by about 35mm (1 3/8") and the cables were fine, I think I had to re-route my brake hose to the inside of the fork stanchion.

    My '93 used to get a bit hot around the legs (Australia outback), the '02 doesn't. I think it has better insulation on the back of the plastic.

    The rear tyre is a 160/70-17 which is getting a little hard to find in an extended range. I know that Bridgestone and Avon both do good tyres in this size, and suspect the other manufactruers do as well. I believe there is a BMW tourer with the same tyre spec so I doubt the size will disappear any time soon. The front on yours would be a 110/80-18 but the 120/70-18 spec for the later ABS bikes fits straight on.
  5. BuddingGeezer

    BuddingGeezer Been here awhile

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    I own a '91 ST1100 with 96+K on the clock and she runs like new. The bike is presently being turned into a naked ST, thanks to a 100' slide down thw asphault tht took out the front fairing. The tip over wing kept the rest of the bike from damage.

    Having owned a C10 for a short time there is no comparison in the comfort factor. The C10 ain't bad, but the ST is superb. IMO.

    Mine is the 28 amp alternator and I have no problem with it. I don't hang a bunch of electrical farkels and the 40 amp upgrade is $500-$600 bucks for parts.

    The rear tire is a 160/70-17, not a 170/60-17 as a previous poster has stated. that is the ST1300 rear tire size. Checking the American Motorcycle Tire web site, they have 14 tires listed in the 160/70-17 size. I have run the Avon Storm and Storm2, OEM Bridgestone Exedra 548, and Bridgestone BT023 with my favorite being the Bridgestone BT020 fitted for the BMW K1200LT. The bike absolutely hates the Avon Storm front tire. Severe decel headshake. The Bridgestone BT023 from is smooth as a baby's bottom.
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    Hosebag Difficult but Useful

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    Congratulations, very sharp :D
  7. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    Pics of your naked ST? Love to see how it compares to what I'm doing to mine.
  8. Outwardbound

    Outwardbound Been here awhile

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    Thanks to everyone who shared their knowledge. I found a VERY nice 2006 from a former USAF member. It already had the bars raised by 2 inches. Today I installed MCL's peg lowering blocks and readjusted the brakes and shift linkage (PITA !) It has all the farkles I usually add: Heated grips, aftermarket seat, larger windshield. It's nice not having to do all this by myself....
    Let the riding begin !

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  9. Rider

    Rider Moderator Emeritus Super Moderator

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    Very nice! Enjoy the ride. :ricky
  10. El Guero

    El Guero V4 Whore

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    I'm hoping to get my ST1100 back together this week. It's been down for about 6 months since it was leaking coolant and I didn't have time to fix it, or time to ride it if I did :lol3

    I pulled the PAIR system while I was underneath the carbs. I tell you what, it really cleans things up down there! I don't think I'll really get any performance or reliability improvements, but it makes me feel good to get rid of all that stuff that wasn't really doing anything. Kinda like a big mole on your back :D
  11. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    New shoes and fixed the fork seals while I was at it...

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  12. deej

    deej Deej (Deric)

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    I really love my 05 St, but I have to say, the 1100 is one of the coolest styled bikes ever made.
  13. STBNE

    STBNE Yamaha ADVenturer

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    I have to agree but then I am biased...highly...:deal
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  14. jspringator

    jspringator Been here awhile

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    What is that rack on the rear? Mine looks exactly like yours.
  15. STBNE

    STBNE Yamaha ADVenturer

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    I think you're addressing me... The rear rack is the Givi plate to fit my Givi V46 topbox.
  16. TheRackman

    TheRackman RideTodayItMayBeYourLast!

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    Great looking HWY. WINGS ..........!:>)




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  17. STBNE

    STBNE Yamaha ADVenturer

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    Hell Yeah...Got them from YOU the Original...no copycat crap. Now that I have RDL saddle the Wings feel even better:clapiffin ya didnt know I'm on ST-Riders and ST-O :deal :freaky :wink:
  18. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    Ran mine through Glacier on Going to the Sun twice last week!

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  19. FireDog45

    FireDog45 Mid-life crisis sufferer

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    These wings still available :ear?
  20. TheRackman

    TheRackman RideTodayItMayBeYourLast!

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    Sorry but the HWY. WINGS are no longer available.