‘The 1100 is easy to ser­vice and amaz­ingly nim­ble’

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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.

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