‘The 1100 is easy to service and amazingly nimble’
The elderly Honda that’s still a treat
Buy a Pan European 1100. Yes, the dinosaur that came out in 1989, because it’s still one of the best bikes Honda ever built, and because its 1300cc replacement simply isn’t as good.
True, the 1300 has more performance and is generally more up-to-date, but the old bike was equally indestructible, easier to service, and amazingly nimble.
Right now, I’m contemplating an advert for a 1993 1100 that’s done just 22,000 miles, is described as being in perfect condition and the classified ad was asking £1999. Sold, dammit. Oh, and that was a dealer selling it, as well.
Another £500-odd is starting money for a used 1300 Pan, but it’ll have Apollo mileage, and as a bike to own and fettle yourself as well as ride, it really is an also-ran. And it also has camchains: another Honda V4 that reverted to chains for camshaft drive. Belts on the 1100 last a long time and are a doddle to change.
Once again, I’ve spurred myself on. I’m going to look for a decent Pan 1100.