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Old 06-20-2003, 08:54 AM   #1
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Default Re: ST 1300 problems?

This sounds like old news. Honda reportedly suspended shipment of STs to Europe for stability issues, but that was before any STs got to the US.



Motorcycle Consumer News has kept tabs on this issue. Check their ST reviews.
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Old 06-20-2003, 09:35 AM   #2
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Default Re: ST 1300 problems?

If I recall correctly, (and if the drugs haven't been too good) that the problem was solved by having the rider wear arm chaps.
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Old 06-20-2003, 10:03 AM   #3
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Default Re: ST 1300 problems?

And I think straight line speed was increased with the use of a half helment.
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Old 06-20-2003, 10:41 AM   #4
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They have also proved that turn in is faster with fingerless gloves, and shifting is smoother with doc martins on
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Old 06-20-2003, 11:55 AM   #5
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Try knee-dragging with liquid bandage.
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Old 06-20-2003, 12:37 PM   #6
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It's the extra wide fairing up front which gets too narrow to quickly, or it's too fat to begin with, sincerely a red dead I lost my head rider.
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Old 06-20-2003, 01:13 PM   #7
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Default Re: ST 1300 problems?

This is ridiculous. Everyone knows that Hondas never have any problems.



It's only certain manufacturers or certain air-cooled twins who have problems with their bikes. Any instances of problems with other manufacturer's bikes are to be referred to as "teething issues". Or maybe "beta testing".



But never as problems.
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Old 06-20-2003, 01:53 PM   #8
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I agree. However, why would anyone even dare consider the ST1300 when the Kawasaki Concours is available??? In fact, one would be better off on a VFR or SV650 than the ST. When will people learn...



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Old 06-20-2003, 05:48 PM   #9
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Tell us more comrade.
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Old 06-20-2003, 06:05 PM   #10
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Default Re: ST 1300 problems?

This "high speed instability" issue was addressed a long time ago, and it was part of the reason the ST1300's release in the U.S. was delayed so long.



The supposed fix had to do with properly torqueing engine mounts which weren't torqued correctly, according to Honda.



Supposedly all U.S. units were delivered with the proper torque specs and I can definitely say that my ST1300 exhibited no such high speed instability issues.



Like the FJR1300 (but supposedly to a lesser degree), the ST1300 also had a problem with excessive engine heat roasting the rider on hot days. That too was supposedly addressed during the delay, as was the issue of the oil sump's protruding tang.



On the engine heat score I can definitely say that whatever fix Honda provided (stupid triangle tank pads, mainly) was little more than a band aid remedy, as the bike definitely broils my legs from just above the knees down to my feet in any ambient temperature above 85 degrees.



To me, the bike's almost unridable in hot temps.



When I called Honda USA to see what they had to say about fixing my bike they told me that the problem was fixed during the delayed release, and that they now consider the bike to be running properly.



I told them, "Well, that may be true, but that's not the same thing as saying it's running ACCEPTABLY, which it most certainly is NOT!!"



Honda needs to fix this issue on the '04s, as does Yamaha on the FJR.



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