Honda Pan-European ST1100AY  
Honda Pan European ST1100AY
Things to Check for When Buying a Second Hand Pan
Between 60,000 and 90,000 miles, you can expect many parts of an ST1100 to require some major attention. Here is a summary of few things on a Pan European that you would normally need check - all of which have been attended to on the Pan European that I am selling.


Check For on Other Bikes

My Bike (Current 70,100 miles)

60,000 - 72,000 Exhaust. Bike will be due its 3rd exhaust around this time. Full exhaust system replaced at 68,850 miles.
60,000 - 90,000 Cam Belt. Absolute maximum mileage is 90,000 miles. Many people change at 60-70K Local dealer changed this at 58,786 miles. A bit early, but while the forks were out for the steering head bearings .....
60,000 (estimate) Steering Head Bearings. Local dealer replaced the full set at 58,786 miles.
Any mileage Swinging Arm. Get in there and have a good prod. It could be in a bad condition. If its done this sort of mileage and has never been taken out of the frame, suspect problems. If the owner claims to have done the work themselves, ask to see the special lock nut tool. It is impossible to get the torque setting right without this tool so they will be too slack or too tight. I once had an 'issue' with a swinging arm and was lucky that it didn't result in a serious accident. Since then, I have always paid them particular attention. Bought the tool, and the swinging arm has been removed, checked, taken back to bare metal and repainted every 2 years. Last done at 70,100 miles.
50,000 - 70,000 Brake discs. Check for thickness. 6.5mm rear, 4mm front. Front discs are still OK. Rear disc reached limit at 67,000 miles. Replaced. Rear disk and pads seem to wear faster then the front - I assume because of the muck and grit that gets thrown up.
Any mileage Wheel Corrosion . OK. Slight cosmetic corrosion showing under paint on rear wheel. Found a bargain on e-bay, so bought it, but no need to use it as yet. Spare rear wheel comes with the bike.
Any mileage 20K upwards Wheel bearings. Check for play. Not possible to check for roughness in the frame, but you can spin the wheel and use the screwdriver to the ear trick. Replaced at 67,500
40K upwards Cush rubbers. When worn, these produce 'slop' in the transmission. When replaced, they make it feel like a new bike ! Replaced at 60,800 miles. Also, an almost new set in spare rear wheel.
Any mileage ABS. Expensive to repair and replace. Check it works properly. (See how to do this on ABS link opposite). Checked. Rear sensor replaced 70,100 miles. Final drive housing, bearings and seals replaced 70,100 miles.
Any mileage Engine goes on forever on these bikes. Its normal to be able to hear small ticking noises at tickover, particulalrly when cold. Engine should be smooth Sounds good, pulls well. Still smoother than my newer ST1300 !.
Any Mileage Rear Suspension. Check vertical play in mountings (See also MOTs which will pick this up). Replaced lower bolt and upper bush and bolt at 70,100 miles. Easy to do, often overlooked.


These pages relate to a bike which I owned, rode and serviced from when I bought it at 19,300 miles to when I sold it at 70,100 miles. The pages were intended to provide information to a prospective buyer, but are maintained here as information for anyone who may be interested.

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