Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The 2002 Honda ST1100 is gone: My final thoughts.


The 2002 Honda ST1100; tucked away in its new home.
The 2002 Honda ST1100 was sold last week.  I delivered the bike to Washago to the new owner.  The ride over was sad for me.  Although, I have owned the ST1100 for only a year; I had grown very fond on the bike.  On the ride over, I felt like was abandoning an old friend.  I put on about 13,000 kms during the year.....not bad for a second bike.  The new owner was thrilled to receive the ST1100.  I know that the bike is in good hands and will continue to be taken care of.


I thought I would share my final thoughts on the ST1100 as I reflect back on my year of ownership.  The bike had clocked 123,000kms at the time I sold it, but had no signs of being tired.  These bikes have been known to go in excess of 400,000kms and there is no doubt that this ST1100 will do the same.  You can read about a friends' high mileage ST1100 here: Thane's Silliker's ST1100. The biked burned no oil and was tight and silky smooth.  The rear shock was original and was doing well.  I cannot say enough positive things about the ST1100.  It is one of my favorite bikes to date.  The ST1100 seemed to do just about everything well but was not a standout in any one area.  I liked its simplicity, quality and unpretentious manner.  I knew that the ST1100 was going to go wherever I wanted to go without complaint or fanfare. The old school carburetors had none of the finicky low speed throttle responses due to poor fuel mapping found on my more modern Yamaha FJR.  The stability on the highway was remarkable.  My wife enjoyed riding on the back.  I definitely would recommend the ST1100 if it is a bike you are considering. 

Goodbye ST1100........you will be missed.

7 comments:

  1. I have been riding a Honda ST1100 for the two and a half years, and I have to agree that it is probably one of the most competent, dependable, non-scary, even-tempered bikes available. I have no idea what the real mileage is on mine - it's a US bike, and it had its speedo changed at some point before I bought it, so I know the 18,000MILES on the clock is unlikely to be accurate. Still, it starts happily, settles down nicely, accelerates smoothly in all gears, and it's a pleasure to ride. I'm particularly happy that I can also ride it well into freezing temperatures without turning to ice myself by dressing sensibly, and keeping moving to ensure I'm in that "bubble" of protected air behind the windscreen. I could not get anywhere close to those temperatures on my previous "open" bike, even with its nominal windscreen.
    My final word - love it, love it, love it!

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  2. I totally understand what you were feeling. It is never easy to let go your motorcycle. It seems to me that you are a motorcycle enthusiast and i would like to thank you for sharing this. Motorcycle Touring Bikes

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  3. Hi
    Looking for a new saddle, I came across your story of selling the st1100. I truly understand your feelings. (and regrets?) I have owned an st1100 now for 4 years, and I love it. Though it is from 1991, it is still running fine, everything is smooth, and in every way it is far the best motorcycle I have ever owned. This is my MC no. six, and I hope I will never have to sell it, ever. That should only be because I would by a new'er one, a 1998 or 2002 or something like that. For me, it is the best bike ever. When I bought it I was looking for a Suzuki 850, wich I also owned 25 years ago, but I came across this wonderfull machine, and from the first second, it felt like we were one. Funny feeling, never felt like that on any other bike.
    Last summer it took me to North Cape, the most Northern tip of Norway, and back, 3000 miles, 5000 km, and it was a great journey. Midnight sun, whales, eagles and so much more. Next year I am heading for Gibraltar, same distance, this time South, through Germany, France and Spain. Looking forward to cross Europe Again on the "Pan European".
    Thanks for your story, and the chance to tell mine :o)
    Best regards
    Preben Gori
    Denmark
    Europe

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  4. Hi
    Looking for a new saddle, I came across your story of selling the st1100. I truly understand your feelings. (and regrets?) I have owned an st1100 now for 4 years, and I love it. Though it is from 1991, it is still running fine, everything is smooth, and in every way it is far the best motorcycle I have ever owned. This is my MC no. six, and I hope I will never have to sell it, ever. That should only be because I would by a new'er one, a 1998 or 2002 or something like that. For me, it is the best bike ever. When I bought it I was looking for a Suzuki 850, wich I also owned 25 years ago, but I came across this wonderfull machine, and from the first second, it felt like we were one. Funny feeling, never felt like that on any other bike.
    Last summer it took me to North Cape, the most Northern tip of Norway, and back, 3000 miles, 5000 km, and it was a great journey. Midnight sun, whales, eagles and so much more. Next year I am heading for Gibraltar, same distance, this time South, through Germany, France and Spain. Looking forward to cross Europe Again on the "Pan European".
    Thanks for your story, and the chance to tell mine :o)
    Best regards
    Preben Gori
    Denmark
    Europe

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  5. your thought is good because in present time honda st 1100 and honda st1300 both are good quality bikes.
    thanks to nice thought............

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