Honda ST1300 Maintenance Schedule & Service Intervals

Follow the maintenance schedule diligently to ensure the Honda ST1300 runs smoothly for miles to come.

We discuss service intervals of Oil and Filter changes, spark plug replacements, and valve adjustments.

The table below represents the maintenance schedule of the Honda ST1300.

MaintenanceService Interval
Oil ChangeEvery 8,000 miles
Air Filter ChangeEvery 16,000 miles
Valve AdjustmentsEvery 16,000 miles
Spark Plug ReplacementEvery 16,000 miles
Coolant Changes4 years inspect every 8,000 miles
Drive Belt InspectionEvery 8,000 miles
Brake Fluid ChangesEvery 2 years
Suspension InspectionEvery 8,000 miles
Tire InspectionEvery 8,000 miles
Battery TestingCheck every 8000 miles and replace in 2-3 years
Emissions System InspectionEvery 12,000 miles

Oil and Filter Changes

According to the maintenance schedule, the Honda ST1300 requires oil and filter changes every 8,000 miles (12,800 km).

Use a high-quality 10W-30 or 10W-40 motorcycle oil that meets JASO T 903 specifications.

Remove the oil drain bolt and drain the used oil into a container. Replace the drain bolt using a new sealing washer.

Remove the old oil filter and install a new Honda or Hiflofiltro brand filter, tightening it to the specified torque of 26 Nm (20 lb-ft).

Refill with 3.5 quarts of fresh oil. Start the engine to circulate oil before checking the level on the dipstick.

Air Filter Replacement

According to the maintenance schedule, it is ideal to replace the air filter every 16,000 miles (25,600 km) or more frequently if riding in dusty conditions.

The K&N HA-1302 is a direct replacement filter.

Remove the left fairing panel to access filter housing.

Release the clamps and remove the cover.

Take out the dirty filter and clean the housing with a shop towel.

Install new filter, replace cover, and tighten clamps. Reinstall fairing.

Valve Adjustments

The service interval for inspection of valve clearances is every 16,000 miles (25,600 km) according to the maintenance schedule.

This requires removing the valve cover and timing inspection caps.

Rotate the engine to TDC on compression for each cylinder, and check clearances with feeler gauges between the valve stem and rocker arm.

Recommended clearances are: intake 0.15-0.19mm, exhaust 0.23-0.27mm.

Adjust as needed by loosening the rocker lock nut and turning the adjusting screw.

Tighten the lock nut and recheck clearance. Replace gaskets, caps, and covers when complete.

Spark Plug Replacement

The service interval for spark plug replacement is every 16,000 miles (25,600 km) as per the maintenance schedule. The ST1300 uses NGK CR7EH-9 or CR8EH-9 plugs.

Remove tank covers and air cleaner housing for access.

Disconnect plug caps and remove them using a 5/8-inch plug socket.

Check for fouling, erosion, and deposits. The spark plug gap should be 0.8-0.9 mm; adjust as needed.

Apply anti-seize compound to plug threads before installing to specified torque of 13 lb-ft (18 Nm). Reconnect wires and reinstall covers.

Coolant Changes

The service interval for a coolant change is every 4 years as per the maintenance schedule. Use Honda Long-Life coolant if possible.

Coolant should also be inspected every 8,000 miles (12,800 km) and topped off as needed.

Drain the system by removing the lower radiator hose or right engine cover drain bolt.

Flush the system with water until clear. Tighten drains and fill the system to the bottom of the filler neck. Bleed air completely. Inspect hoses, overflow tank, fittings, and water pump for leaks.

Drive Belt Inspection

Visually inspect the final drive belt every 8,000 miles (12,800 km) through the swingarm access hole.

Check for cracks, fraying, or uneven wear. Use a belt tension gauge to check deflection of 6-8 mm at 98 N (10 kg) force when cold.

If tension is low, adjust using tension adjuster bolts.

Lubricate the belt using Honda Pro Shaft Drive Oil according to service intervals.

Brake Fluid Changes

The service interval for brake fluid replacement is every 2 years using Honda DOT 4 fluid as per the maintenance schedule.

Inspect fluid color and level in reservoirs frequently.

Fluid should be light amber – if dark or contaminated it should be flushed immediately.

When bleeding the system, start with the rear brake to remove all old fluid. Check brake operation before riding.

Honda ST1300 Maintenance Schedule

Suspension Inspection

Check the front forks and rear shock absorbers for smooth operation and oil leaks every 8,000 miles (12,800 km) as per the maintenance schedule.

Bounciness, fading performance, or oil weeping indicates the need for rebuilding or replacement.

Maintain tire pressures of 42 psi (290 kPa) to allow proper suspension movement and handling.

Tire Inspection

The service interval for tire inspection is every 8,000 miles (12,800 km) and before long trips.

The minimum depth is 1/16 inch (1.5 mm) but consider replacing it earlier.

The ST1300 uses a 120/70ZR18 front and 170/60ZR17 rear tire.

Check inflation pressures weekly when cold, and inspect for damage like cracks, cuts, bulges, or missing chunks of rubber.

Battery Testing/Replacement

The service interval for battery corrosion check is every 8,000 miles (12,800 km) according to the maintenance schedule.

Conduct load tests annually using a multimeter or load tester. Replace the battery if low.

The typical lifespan is 2-3 years but consider replacing earlier if left discharged.

Remove body panels as needed to access battery cables and compartments.


Use lithium soap grease on pivot points like the center stand, side stand, footpegs, brake/clutch levers, and kickstand switch every 8,000 miles (12,800 km) or if sticking or squeaking.

Also lube throttle cables, clutch cable, and drive splines. Avoid getting grease on brake rotors or pads.

Emissions System Inspection

The service interval for the inspection of the evaporative emissions control system is every 12,000 miles (19,200 km) as per the maintenance schedule.

Check vapor hoses, fuel tank vent hoses, carbon canister, and purge control solenoid valve for cracks, obstruction, and loose connections.

Repair leaks or damage immediately to prevent check engine lights or poor running.

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