Honda ST1300 Specifications and Features: The Practical Beast

The Honda ST1300 combines power, comfort, and technology in a sophisticated sport touring package. First introduced in 2002, this iconic model set new standards for its class.

With its longitudinal 1,261cc V4 engine, dialed-in chassis, and ample amenities, the ST1300 became popular with riders seeking fast, long-distance motorcycling.

Technical Specifications

Engine Type:Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC 90° V-4
Maximum Power:87kW 115hp @ 8,000rpm
Maximum Torque:117Nm 85fp @ 6,500rpm
Transmission:5-speed, hydraulic wet clutch.
Seat height:30.5 / 31.1 / 31.7″
Ground Clearance:5.3″ (135mm)
Fuel Capacity:7.66 gal incl. 1.3 gal reserve
Front Tire:120/70 ZR18 42psi
Front Brakes:310mm dual hydraulic disc, three-piston calipers, sintered metal pads
Rear Tire:170/60 ZR17 42psi
Rear Brakes:316mm hydraulic disc, three-piston caliper, sintered metal pads
Weight:Dry: 291kg, 640lbs; Wet: 319kg, 702lbs

Engine & Performance

The ST1300 engine provides an ideal balance of power and practicality for sport touring. I won’t say that the engine is exciting but it does its duty well.

Engine Type and Displacement

The Honda ST1300 is powered by a liquid-cooled 1,261cc DOHC 90-degree V4 engine.

The longitudinal engine orientation allows for a compact, efficient power plant.

With its oversquare 78mm bore x 66mm stroke, the ST1300 engine is designed for strong power production.


Honda ST1300 has a cassette-type 5-speed transmission that comes with a hydraulic wet clutch.

Honda ST1300’s transmission has a 45-mm HMAS cartridge fork in the front.

The ST1300 has relatively tall gear ratios compared to some other sport-touring bikes. This helps reduce engine RPM at highway speeds, which improves fuel economy.

Here’s a complete article on ST1300 Transmission Specifications.

Horsepower and Torque Figures

The fuel-injected V4 engine generates a peak output of 126 horsepower at 8,000 rpm.

Maximum torque output is 85 ft-lbs delivered at a low 6,500 rpm.

This gives the ST1300 a wide, usable powerband. Read the following article to learn more about ST1300 Horsepower and Torque.

Engine Technology

Advanced features include cylinder sleeves made of an aluminum composite containing ceramic and graphite for reduced friction and better heat management.

The ST1300 meets strict CARB emissions standards thanks to its PGM-FI fuel injection system and two catalytic converters.

This closed-loop system maintains the precise air/fuel ratio for clean and efficient combustion.

Read the linked article for more information on the Engine Specifications of the Honda ST1300.

Top Speed

With its robust powerplant, the ST1300 can achieve a top speed of 140 mph.

The quarter-mile time of the ST1300 is 12.5 sec and the motorcycle can go from 0-60 mph in 3.84 sec.

This high-performance capability gives riders plenty of throttle for aggressive sports touring. Read the following article for more info on ST1300’s top speed.

Fuel Efficiency

Under normal riding conditions, the ST1300 delivers excellent fuel economy for a large-displacement touring motorcycle.

Owners report averages of around 40 mpg, which allows for a long travel range before refueling.

This efficiency comes thanks to advanced fuel injection and engine technology.

Read our article on the fuel efficiency of ST1300 for a detailed discussion on the efficiency of the engine.


The Honda ST1300 has a 4-2-1 exhaust system design. 4 primary exhaust header pipes merge into 2 pipes, which then merge into 1 final pipe.

The stock muffler weighs 18 lbs. Aftermarket cans are as light as 6 lbs as they’re made of carbon fiber.

The header pipe has a diameter of 45mm. The muffler body has a diameter of 50mm. The length of the muffler is 395mm.

The ST1300 complies with EPA, CARB, and Environment Canada exhaust emissions regulations as the sound of the exhaust doesn’t exceed 80 dB at 50 feet at highway speeds.

Here’s our article on ST1300 Exhaust specifications for information on aftermarket exhaust modifications.

Oil Specifications

The engine oil capacity of the ST1300 is 3.9 quarts (3.7 liters) if you don’t change the oil filter.

ST1300 needs 4.1 quarts (3.9 liters) when the oil filter is replaced during an oil change.

Use SAE 5W-40 or SAE 10W-40 viscosity fully synthetic or semi-synthetic 4-stroke motor oil that meets API service classification SH or higher for the Honda ST1300.

The final drive oil capacity of ST1300 is 27 oz or 800 ml. Use Hypoid gear oil SAE 80 for lubricating the ST1300’s final drive. Honda recommends Hypoid gear oil GL4 or GL5.

Each fork leg on the Honda ST1300 holds approximately 11.1 oz or 329 ml of fork oil.

The recommended fork oil is 5W or 10W viscosity. Here’s our article on ST1300 oil specifications for a detailed discussion of what oil goes where.

Coolant Specifications

High-quality ethylene glycol-based coolant is recommended for the ST1300. Tectaloy 60 Plus and Dexcool coolants are commonly used in the ST1300.

A 50:50 mixture of coolant and distilled water is suitable for the ST1300.

Honda ST1300 requires 3.7 quarts (3.5 liters) of coolant. Coolant should be changed every 2 years or 16,000 miles.

Read our article ST1300 Coolant for more info on coolant issues, coolant maintenance, etc.

Chassis and Handling

The Chassis and Suspension are engineered for stability, comfort, and precise handling on any long-distance ride. The Honda ST1300 features a lightweight aluminum frame and swingarm for responsive handling.

Frame and Swingarm Construction

The ST1300 utilizes an aluminum twin-spar frame and swingarm for responsive handling and light overall weight.

The engine is positioned as a stressed member, with rigid mounts, to enhance chassis performance. The total curb weight is 719 pounds wet.

Suspension Components

Up front is a 43mm cartridge fork offering 4.8 inches of travel. Out back, a single shock absorber provides 4.4 inches of wheel movement and adjustable spring preload.

This progressive suspension delivers a plush ride that remains composed during aggressive riding.

Read our article on ST1300’s suspension specifications for a detailed discussion of the suspension system.

Wheels and Tires

Lightweight 3-spoke cast aluminum wheels mount sport touring-specific radials – a 120/70ZR18 front and 170/60ZR17 rear.

Here’s an informative article on ST1300 Tire Specs.


Large-diameter disc brakes provide strong stopping power – dual 310mm front rotors with 3-piston calipers and a single 316mm rear rotor.

Change the brake fluid once every 24 months/12000 miles.

We have an informative article on ST1300 Brake Specifications.


With a 62.1-inch wheelbase and 31.7-inch seat height, the ST1300 strikes a balance between high-speed stability and low-speed maneuverability.

The overall dimensions create an accommodating reach to the bars and pegs for long-range comfort.

ST1300’s dimensions have been discussed in detail in the article linked.

Handling Characteristics

Despite its size, the ST1300 delivers nimble handling at pace. The chassis provides neutral steering and mid-corner stability when ridden aggressively.

The suspension ably soaks up bumps to maintain composure over varied road surfaces. The ST1300 blends long-haul comfort with backroads agility.

ST1300’s suspension setup has been discussed in detail in the linked article.

Electronics and Technology

The Honda ST1300 comes equipped with advanced electronics and amenities to enhance the sports touring experience. Key features include an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) and Linked Braking System (LBS) for confident braking control in all conditions.

Traction Control, ABS, and Other Riding Aids

A key piece of technology offered on the ST1300 is an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS). This provides additional braking confidence and control in slippery conditions by preventing the wheels from locking up.

The ST1300 also features an automated Linked Braking System (LBS) that distributes braking force optimally between the front and rear. This helps maintain chassis stability during hard braking.

ST1300 doesn’t come with a cruise control feature. One can install an aftermarket system to enhance the riding experience. Read our linked article for more info on aftermarket cruise control for ST1300.

Instrumentation and Dashboard

The cockpit features an all-LCD display presenting speed, rpm, fuel level, temperature, gear position, and clock. Warning lights are LED for high visibility.

The large center-mounted tachometer also indicates ABS activation. Menu buttons allow access to trip meters and other info.

We have a great article on the ST1300 dashboard features.

Lighting Equipment

The ST1300 headlight array incorporates dual H4 bulbs for the low and high beams. An electric motor adjusts beam height when the bike is loaded.

The taillight, turn signals, and accent lighting all utilize bright, efficient LEDs with a distinctive style.

Battery Specifications

Honda recommends 12V 11.2 Ah for all model years of the ST1300. CCA ranges from 230 to 300. Such batteries weigh around 7.94 lbs.

The dimensions of a Honda ST1300 battery are~ (LxWxH) 5.91” x 3.43” x 4.33”.

ST1300’s battery can be found beneath the passenger seat towards the rear of the motorcycle. Read the following article for more battery specifications of the ST1300.

Comfort and Ergonomics

The Honda ST1300 prioritizes comfort and ergonomics for all-day sports touring. the accommodating rider triangle, wind protection, and seat adjustability make the ST1300 a comfortable long-haul touring motorcycle.

Seat Design and Adjustments

The ST1300 features a dual-density seat designed for all-day support.

The cushioning uses firm, thick foam to prevent sagging.

For added customization, the rider’s seat is adjustable 20mm vertically and 10mm horizontally. The passenger backrest is also height-adjustable.

Read the linked article for more info on ST1300 Seat Specifications.

Wind Protection

Wind protection is provided by an electrically adjustable windscreen on ABS models. This screen adjusts over a 60mm range to suit rider height and preferences.

The windscreen can be set to various heights to minimize buffeting based on speed. Deflectors on the fairing increase protection.

We have a great article on the windshield specifications of the ST1300.

Cockpit and Control Layout

The rider cockpit uses an automotive-style dash with a large analog tachometer and digital speedo. The controls on the ST1300 can be accessed easily even with gloves.

Buttons control the windscreen, headlight adjusts, menu options, and more. The fairing offers storage pockets for smaller items.

The wide handlebar and roomy ergonomics create a spacious cockpit environment even for taller riders. Few tall riders of the ST1300 have shared their opinions on MCN.

The staggered footpegs provide ample room and comfort. Passenger grab rails inspire confidence. Overall, the rider triangle enables comfort during long days in the saddle.


Honda ST1300 has a storage volume of 106 liters. This includes under-seat storage, a saddlebag, and a top case.

There are aftermarket upgrades to increase the storage capacity of the ST1300.

Corbin Smuggler has a cavernous capacity of 12+ liters and they designed one specially for the ST1300.

Read our article on ST1300’s storage specifications for more details on the storage capacity of the motorcycle.

Miscellaneous Specs

Bore x Stroke:78 x 66mm
Compression Ratio:10.8 : 1
Lubrication System:Wet sump, 5-qt. cap.
Carburetors:PGM-FI electronic fuel injection, 36mm down draft throttle bodies
Ignition:Computer-controlled digital transistorized with electronic advance
Charging Output:740 watts @5000 rpm.
Final Drive:Enclosed shaft with integrated dampers, 2.833:1
RPM at 60 MPH:3,200
Dimensions:2,270 x 935 x 1,485mm (with panniers) 89.4″ x 36.8″ x 58.5″
Wheel Base:1,500mm 58.7″
Average Fuel Usage:18.1 kpl 42.6 mpg
Estimated Range:525km 328 miles
Front Suspension:45mm air-assist cartridge fork, 117mm 4.6″ axle travel
Front Wheel:Hollow-section triple-spoke cast aluminum 3.5 x 18 in.
Rear Suspension:Single shock with adjustable preload and rebound damping, 120mm 4.75″ axle travel
Rear Wheel:Hollow-section triple-spoke cast aluminum 5.0 x 17 in.
Frame:Aluminum-alloy triple-box-section pressure cast dual-spar with cast aluminum-alloy swing arm
Rake / Trail:26 degrees / 99mm 3.9 in.
Load Capacity:182kg, 418 lbs, 402 lbs abs.
GVWR:505kg, 1,118 lbs.
Acceleration:0 to 30 mph: 1.78 sec.; 0 to 60 mph: 3.84 sec.
Top Gear Roll-On:40-60 mph: 3.90 sec.; 60-80 mph: 4.42 sec.
Braking:30 to zero mph: 32.4 ft.; 60 to zero mph: 131.5 ft.
List Price:$12,999, $14499 w/ABS
Warranty:Three years, unlimited miles, transferable

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