Posted: 26 Jul 2013
Honda’s CB1300 is styled to please. Built with a retro flavour (based on CB1100R circa 1981/2), this Honda draws more looks than its race replica Honda counterparts. But the real beauty of the CB1300S goes a lot deeper covering paint and plastics. What you get with this Honda is comfortable all day two-up riding manners thanks to cosseting seats, an upright seating position and a top-half fairing that works. And let’s not forget that fuel tank holds an impressive 21 litres of juice to keep fuel stops to a minimum. That 1284cc engine is also impressive for being super smooth and delivering drive from the moment the throttle tube is turned. What it lacks in outright power (claimed 114bhp) it makes up for with double-cream-like torque. Twist the throttle and go. It has a five speed gearbox but, because of the readily available torque and fuss-free fuel injection, most riding times will involve first or fifth gear. Handling-wise, the CB1300S wafts along on a carpet of decent suspension that only needs adjusting to cope with pillion and luggage. Quality of components is sublime and for some reason CB1300S owners really, really do look after their bikes – as the photos for this example show. Work or play, the CB1300S is fun everyday even with 16,000 miles on the clocks.
THE AD SAYS:
2007 (57 reg), 1284cc, 16,300 miles, red
Stunning CB1300S ABS red frame limited edition. Never seen rain and in totally unmarked "AS NEW" condition. Only 16200 miles with full service history. New Michelin tyres recently fitted. Over £1000 of genuine Honda extras including heated grips, mainstand, luggage rack, crash bungs, factory alarm, plus Beowulf rad cover. Massive midrange power makes riding this bike feel really relaxed at any speed. Super for touring solo or two up and will return a genuine 50mpg. MoT March 2014. All documents (handbook, service book), and 2 keys and alarm fobs. Current new list price: £11000 plus extras. Photos taken today and reflect true image of its condition. Phone, text or e-mail for further info. Mob: 07525 462531.