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Old August 5th, 2017   #1
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Default Hey Fellow ST1300 Riders

Hi Everyone,

I live in the Seattle area, the Snoqualmie Valley, Twin Peaks land for those who know the TV show. I just jumped back in the saddle after a 5 year hiatus raising two young boys. In June I bought a 2006 ST1300 from a Tacoma area sheriff's deputy who kept it well maintained and garaged, with less than 13K miles as he spent most of the time riding his "work" bike!

I must say that my last bike was a 2000 BMW R1100RT, which I foolishly sold after my divorce in 2010. I was actually going to buy a new R1200RT but got skittish about going in to debt for it. I found my beautiful black ST1300 on Craigslist and I absolutely love it! Looking forward to many miles of pure bliss!

I'd love to hear from any local riders. Any tips would be great too.

Check me out on Twitter: @guitarorth.

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Old August 5th, 2017   #2
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Welcome to the forum, a lot of good people on here, with a lot of knowledge.
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Old August 6th, 2017   #4
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Welcome aboard! I know this is an ST forum, but I've never driven a BMW. How does your ST compare in your opinion? Thanks!
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Old August 6th, 2017   #5
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Thanks everyone! Glad to be here and happy to be on a Honda again. My first one was as a pre-teenager, having graduated from a Sears Minibike followed by a Rupp, a 1970s SL70 and then a CRX 125. I've never owned a Honda street bike though. It's a rock solid bike and the price was right thanks to Craigslist!

To Novocaine, although I loved the RT, and if money were no object I would have bought the newest R1200RT, I have to say I absolutely love my "new" used ST1300 too. If I were to close my eyes, not advised to keep shiny side up, I would swear that I'm riding my R1100RT. The ride, comfort, handling and speed are that close to the BMW. That being said, I often joked that my RT sounded like a sewing machine whereas the ST sounds like a jet engine!

Anyone else have any thoughts on the differences?
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Old August 6th, 2017   #6
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The bags on the BMW are easier to get on and off. The front end is a lot easier to do a seal change on too.
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Old August 7th, 2017   #7
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I live in Woodinville amongst the wine tasting industry of Washington and only have a 109 thousand miles on my 2004 st. It is a solid bike that loves to be ridden
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Old August 7th, 2017   #8
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guitaroth- I just read your comments on the sounds of BMW / ST1300. I would have to say just about the opposite. I rode a 2012 R1200RT for two weeks through five countries in the Alps in the fall of 2012 and thought the BMW sounded like a single engine aircraft. It was way louder than I liked, especially on the short autobahn runs.
Also rode a 2014 R1200RT (in the fall of 2014) down the coast of Italy and around the Isle of Sicilly. It sounded about the same, also had a louder exhaust than I like. In the Alps and hills of Italy riding two up I found myself down one gear compared to my 2007 ST. (with 21,000 mi.) And yes the ST could sound little like a jet engine, it whines a little until it warms up! And it goes like a jet after you wind it up.
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Old August 9th, 2017   #9
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The ST engines are more powerful than the Boxer engines and the sound they make is typically described by their owners as resembling that of the Jetsons car.
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Old August 9th, 2017   #10
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echo,
I can get the bags on and off my '03 in a matter of seconds, don't see how the BMW could be any quicker ? Actually the only time I take the right bag off is to check tire pressure and both for washing. I use the Honda bag liners so they stay on when sport touring. That's what this bike is for, correct ?

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