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History of the ST1100

The history of the ST1100 began in December 1989, but the first ST1100 rolled off the production line in 1990. The model name refers to the class of motorcycle (Sports Tourer) and the cylinder capacity. Originally intended for the European market, Honda gave it the name "Pan European".

Police forces and other emergency services like paramedics and the AA started using it, and it replaced BMW as the bike of choice.

1992 saw the introduction of ABS/TCS (Anti-lock Braking System/Traction Control System), although non-ABS/TCS models remained available.

Problems with the bank angle sensor occurred from 1992 to 1993 - this caused the engine to cut out unexpectedly.

In 1996 a linked braking system was introduced, as was a 40A alternator; the previous 28A version was prone to failure.

Production ended in 2002 when the ST1100 was superseded by the ST1300, although the ST1100P (the Police spec model) was available for a few more years.

Production figures - i.e. how many ST1100 motorcycles were made - are unknown; Honda have not released this information.

Some of the earlier models of the ST1300 were thought to be unstable at very high speeds when fully laden, and a few accidents saw the withdrawal of the ST1300 and the reintroduction of BMW machines by some Police forces. (BBC News)

The jury is still out on whether this was indeed a design fault of the early ST1300's, or down to other factors. Police forces in the USA are still using the ST1300, and I have personally seen several Police ST1100's in the UK.

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