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post #1 of 31 Old 04-06-2010, 10:19 AM Thread Starter
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Thinking about trading my Vee for a ST1300

Talking to a guy about trading my 2008 Vee for a 2005 Honda ST1300. Any thoughts? I know Clem has one that he loves.

I'm wondering how the Honda is riding two-up. Big Mama and me ain't exactly small and it gets tight on the Vee after a while...

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I sat on an ST1300 a few times. I didn't even want to ride it after that. It was just HUGE feeling, and very top heavy.
Many people love those bikes, though. However, there is some talk of high-speed instability causing wrecks. Others say it emits tremendous amounts of heat. That could be good or bad, depending on the climate in which you ride.
I would not trade my DL1000 for an ST1300, but I am not you. You may be a bigger person than I am, so its size/weight may not be so unwieldy to you.

Best of luck with your decision. Ride safely.
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I sold my ST1300 for a Vee last year. After 13,000 km I just could not get comfortable on the Honda: my shins hit the fairing and the bars were too low (despite using risers). I'm kinda tall, that made things worse. I bought the Vee for its roomy ergos. Compared to the Honda the Vee feels like a big dirt bike.

Honda Good Stuff:
- electric-smooth motor
- very good power
- integrated bags
- very good weather protection

Honda Not So Good:
- HEAVY! It's a bear around town and in the garage.
- cramped if you're more than 6 ft
- have to remove lots of plastic for maintenance, lots of plastic rivets too
- more "sporty" suspension (i.e. stiff); maybe this is a plus if you're into that

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I have an ST1100 with 106,000 mi. I love the bike, and probably the next MC I buy will be an ST1300 to replace it.

They are pig heavy, and you don't want to pick it up alone, but once it's rolling it is a thing of beauty. It's bigger in the cabin (a little) than the Vee, and it really is made for high mileage days.

I have both (and a 1200 Bandit), and don't look at them as competing much. If I need to go over 500 miles I'll take the ST. If I need to go get a ticket, I'll take the Bandit. If I need to go, I'll take the Vee

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I just came off a FJR and the Honda and the Connie are very similar. Excellent for the slab, nothing better than maybe a full touring bike. Lots of power and room. Still top heavy, but not as much. All are heavy bikes. The Honda is the lightest. I would really look at the 2010 Connie, I was very impressed with it and cheaper too. The ST is getting a bit long in the tooth without any changes or improvements IMO to justify the cost.

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ST1300

It took me two years of arm twisting (my own) before i took the plunge and sold the ST1300 for the VEE. Yes there are fun things about the V, but to me it still isn't a HONDA!!! I would trade the Vee tomorrow for the Honda Varadero if it came here.
I am 315 and have ridden some two up and it is fine. We were over the weight limit some, but still rode good. My factor oof the heat is this: if it's over 85 its hot no matter which bike you are riding!! The ST is GREAT for twisty roads and loooooong distance cruising with ease!!! It was fun, and after 86k on both the ST1100's and ST1300's I would go back to one tomorrow if I wanted that type of riding once again.
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heat

as you may know HEAT is always an issue with any full fairing bike = My "06 Connie feels like a heat gun on my right foot almost as bad on the left. BUT = I live in the Fl. Keys where a little heat means alot. I'll take my DL1000 over any full fairing bike.
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Yeah, the guy backed out anyway....

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I have an FJR and it is similar to the ST. Top heavy pig and you will feel the difference aroung town. I just don't want to hop on the FJR. I always get on the wee. The wee and vee motor is so skinny if feels way better like you are riding a skinny goat instead of a fat mule spreading your legs. FJR is a blow torch and I heard the ST has heat issues also. The feej handles fine if your rolling good but slow down and you better be flat footed when negotiating parking lots coming to a stop because you make on wrong or slip of the foot and she going down. IMO I would only consider a Connie or ST if I was doing ONLY long hauls and I would have to farkle up the seat and pull back. That's another thing. Those big bikes have a big long tank and even with a pull back set of bars you are much further away than the wee. I measured 4 more inches on FJR. If you are tall and have long arms that might not be an issue. I do have an iron butt friend who had one for a year and rode 38k miles..........but he had it modified to suit him because the ergo's didn't work. I think I would try the Connie if I had an urge to get a bigger bike. Good luck with your hunt.
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