Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Dayton, Oh, USA
I would disagree...respectivelly
I don't own a Honda (had a 1500 Gold Wing) ST1300; however, have ridden two separate times at the Honda Homecoming (last year was the latest).
The Honda had plenty of torque - even enough to easily lift their front tire - but the wife kept sliding into me and felt very uncomfortable without a back rest.
Engine has a very noticeable "turbine whine to it" - some like it and some dont. You can't read the digital readout in the daylight and this version is almost six years old and Honda won't do a thing about it (they say Buy a GPS, then you can read it) .
Five speed - 80+ mph on the freeway puts the engine revs up too high. No cruise control, no self cancelling turn signals, no heated grips, seat, no EAS, V4 heats and cools unevenly (ask me and my VMAX) A lot of owners bitch about the engine heat being very unbearable. Tupperware is a bitch to remove and the rear axle splines are known to decenigrate without much notice.
Honda is cheaper but so is a Hyunda (SP) versus a Chevy.
The wife and I found the KGT - extremely comfortable - sport-comfort-normal EAS settings work very well, More than enough rebound, almost too much power - without front forks, the braking dive is almost non-exitstant. Tracking of the KGT is "it goes where you want it too." Push right - go right. We both felt the KGT was vastly superior to the Honda ST1300 in every way imaginable.
Honda says no more than 80 with the side bags and the top box throws a high speed imbalance as do the shocks in the rear at high speed if not adjusted properly. The KGT we went 110 in a heartbeat and not a trace of wobble.
Just my opinion - but - the wife still wants a SilverWing after I get my KGT. That's great about choices, it's also a big + that BMW lets consumers demo their bikes. Honda dealers around where I live won't. "Buy the bike, sign the contract, if you don't like it in the first thirty miles bring it back." - however - they won't put that in writing. Consumer beware; however, test ride the BMW and then make up your mind.