Posted: 18 Oct 2013
Comfort, reliability, huge fuel tank and the ability to carry luggage are the required attributes of a competent touring machine – and on specification Honda’s Pan European fits this bill very nicely. The V4, 1261cc engine is the equivalent to a Swiss watch in terms of perfect action and 24,000 miles of use is nothing to this engine. It delivers creamy smooth torque from just off tickover to give impressive midrange drive – more than enough for easy overtakes. Add a faultless gearbox, shaft final drive, CBS braking and plush suspension and the Pan delivers an almost faultless ride. Almost. There have been numerous reports leading to black marks against the Pan’s stability – owners have coined the phrase ‘Pan Weave’ to describe the see-saw motion of the handlebars that can appear at speed or irregular riding conditions (bumps on road etc). Pan European owners are a close bunch with forums that offer assistance and technical advice and are worth getting to know. Like BMW touring bike owners, Pan owners tend to keep their bikes for a long time because they become very attached to them. The results are you don’t see many dirty, scruffy second-hand Pan Europeans, and accessorised Pans more often than not carry only quality aftermarket components.
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2003 (03reg), 1300cc, 24,363 miles, silver, £5,250
Low mileage, excellent condition, FSH, garaged. Honda matching panniers and topbox (with Honda Mat). Tax: Feb 2014. MoT: March 2014.Fitted with Bridgestone 023 tyres. Extras/upgrades: Oxford heated grips, K&N air filter, NGK iridium spark plugs, Bike-Quip light tinted flip top screen. Uprated headlights and horn. EBC HH-rated brake pads.Molyslip added to final drive oil. Optimate charging lead and Honda mudguard extender.This bike has been well looked after; regularly cleaned and serviced. I have owned it for five years and it has been superb. If you are looking for a genuine low mileage, well maintained Pan, this is the bike for you. Why am I reluctantly selling my favourite bike? Not being used enough (only weekend rides) and space needed in my garage. Contact: 07791488063