Tech Q&A: Stationary ST1300
My local Honda dealer has a new 2010 Honda ST1300 with 0 miles. I know Clement Salvadori has owned more than one ST and I need to know if this bike is safe to buy. Is there anything I should look for or be aware of? I’m concerned because it has been sitting for so long.
Jerry Crafton, via email
Jerry, Clem has only owned Honda ST1100s, though he has put a lot of miles on them! He considered buying a 2003 ST1300 but felt it put out too much engine heat around the lower legs in warm to hot weather. And I agree with him, though Honda made some running changes after the bike’s introduction in 2003 and prior to 2010 to help reduce the heat. It’s a great bike in every other respect. If the heat’s not a showstopper for you, you should be good to go bike-wise.
The other thing to consider is how it’s been stored. If it literally has 0 miles, that means that it had the factory dyno test, was (probably) drained of fluids and shipped to the dealer. Have gas, oil and coolant been added and the bike been made to run since? If it was left with fuel in the tank and fuel injection system for many years without being started regularly, that fuel has probably gummed up the system by now, and if the fuel was oxygenated with ethanol, it may have absorbed water that could have rusted some fuel system components. On the other hand, if the bike was drained completely, it might run OK but there’s a slight possibility that dried-up seals in the fuel and/or cooling systems could result in leaks.
Lots of mechanics would also insist upon manually adding some top-end lubrication before firing a bike up for the first time in many years. At a minimum the ignition should be disabled and the starter cranked several times for 5-10 seconds to get some (fresh) oil into the top end before starting the motorcycle. Coolant and brake fluid should also be changed, and check the date of manufacture on the tires. They could be as much as eight years old by now. A tire’s service life is dependent upon many variables, but after 5-7 years they warrant some serious scrutiny.
The big question is, will the dealer fix any problems the bike currently has before you buy it, and honor the original warranty?