Honda ST1300 Storage Volume, Load Limits and Upgrades

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

You can increase ST1300’s storage capacity by installing a rear rack or tank bag. The ST1300 also has lockable glove boxes for storing small items.

ST1300’s Under-seat Storage

The ST1300 has a locking compartment under the seat that provides 1,344 cubic inches (22 liters) of under-seat storage space.

This compartment is large enough to fit a full-face helmet, documents, rain gear, and tools.

The under-seat storage measures 16 x 12 x 7 inches approximately and is conveniently located for quick access by lifting the unlocked seat.

ST1300’s Saddlebags

ST1300’s saddlebags are detachable and offer ample extra storage with a combined volume of 2,352 cubic inches (38 liters).

Each lockable saddlebag provides 1,176 cubic inches (19 liters) of space, with dimensions of 16 x 11 x 7 inches.

Weight in each saddlebag should not exceed 9 kg (20 lbs) each.

They are made of durable, weatherproof material and can be quickly installed or removed.

ST1300’s Top Case

For expanded cargo capacity, a large 45-liter (2,772 cubic inch) top case can be added that mounts on the rear.

This lockable, color-matched top case can hold one full-face helmet and extra luggage, with a weight limit of 6.6 pounds.

ST1300’s top case measures approximately 18 x 14 x 11 inches.

Other Storage

Smaller storage pockets include lockable glove boxes behind the fairing side panels and some capacity in the inner fairings.

Cargo in each fairing should not exceed 4.5 lbs (2 kg).

While not large, they allow extra storage for small items.

The total weight ST1300 can carry is 410 lbs (186 kg). This includes the weight of the rider, passenger, cargo, and accessories if any.

ST1300 Total Storage Volume

Fully equipped with the under-seat, saddlebags, and top case, the ST1300 has about 6,468 cubic inches (106 liters) of total storage volume.

The ample total storage volume provides space for longer tours and extended trips.

Honda ST1300 Load limits

Honda ST1300 load limits can be seen in the table below. Try not to cross these load limits for safety purposes.

Maximum cargo weight is 401 lbs (182 kg)
Maximum total weight capacity is 410 lbs (186 kg)
Rear carrier max weight 58 lbs (26.5 kg)
Each saddlebag max weight is 20 lbs (9kg)
Each fairing pocket max weight is 4.5 lbs (2kg)
Total compartment max weights102.5 lbs (46.5 kg)

Do not attach large or heavy items to handlebars, forks, or fenders.

Check the headlight aim if the load changes.

Balance weight evenly on both sides, low and centered.

Adjust the rear suspension for weight changes and check tire pressure with loads.

Ride at reduced speeds under 80 mph (130 km/h) when carrying cargo.

ST1300 vs Rivals: Storage

The ST1300’s potential 106-liter maximum storage beats many rival sport touring models like the Yamaha FJR1300 (49 liters) and Kawasaki Concours 14 (60 liters).

ST1300 was made for proper touring while the other motorcycles are more performance-oriented.

Read the linked article for a detailed comparison of the ST1300 with the FJR1300.

Ideal Uses

The ST1300 can pack enough gear for trips over a week when fully equipped.

For day trips, you can easily fit tools, rain gear, food, and extra clothing. It offers versatile and secure storage for short or long rides.

ST1300 Storage Upgrades

ST1300 storage upgrades like a rear rack, tank bag, and tail bag can further expand the storage capacity.

Storage upgrades from Corbin Smuggler are often used on ST1300s.

Corbin Smuggler

The Corbin Smuggler trunk has a cavernous capacity of 12+ liters. Installation is similar to that of the stock parts.

Items like water bottles, keys, sunglasses, cell phones, helmet visors, gloves, and a large camera can fit inside the Smuggler trunk.

Ergonomic design for better weight distribution and reduced sliding in the saddle.

Corbin Smuggler isn’t just a storage upgrade but it also complements the bike’s aesthetics.


The Honda ST1300 storage is ample and versatile for day trips or extended touring.

The motorcycle has more storage space than any other competing motorcycle.

Honda ST1300’s storage options are ideally suited for carrying tools, clothing, rain gear, helmets, and luggage for short or long rides.

Additional accessories can further expand cargo capacity if needed.

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