My 1995 Honda Pan Euro ST1100 is for sale. Designed and built as the ultimate bolide to whisk two people in comfort from one side of europe to the other Mr Honda used lots of plastic to save the riders from a battering in the wind – added a comfy seat and fitted two nice panniers to hold a respectable amount of luggage.
There is shaft drive so no oily chains to be lubricated every night on arrival at your hotel – rear view mirrors that actually work and if the plod tails you and hits you with a roadside fine for speeding – as they can do in many parts of europe – then it is your own fault for not paying attention.
My first ride on this big fella was two n half years ago. I was finding my tall – lean and narrow seated Tenere a bit of a pain in the derriere. An op to cure a simple problem had gone wrong and four subsequent ops including skin grafts failed to rectify matters.
Regular four/five hundred mile days with an occasional six over a number of years with the Ten had taken their toll and one particular twelve day soaking in the outer Hebrides was the final straw. No sooner had I returned home than I was whisked off to the local General with blue lights flashing. A monumental cock-up in the surgery changed my life completely and despite the best efforts of one of our top surgeons over the following two years to sort things out – sitting is one of my least favourite occupations.
So-o — when I saw the Pan at my local Honda dealer with it’s comfy looking seat and only 21000 miles on the clock I soon had her out for a test ride —
snow or no snow —
I loved her at first sight —
She handled the changing road surfaces like the thoroughbred she is —
and 9000 miles later she is still one of the best around —
if not THE best with her after-market Nitron rear shock —
new Bridgestone tyres —
and my two and half years of pampering —
Her well serviced 1100cc V4 motor is a stonker —
and I would be sad to see her go – but –
Having recently moved to an island that measures only ten miles by two I don’t have a lot of call for this bonnie mile-muncher and it would be a real shame to bring her up here and see her deteriorate in the salt air —
She is MOT’d till March 2017 and my most recent aquisition for her was a couple of rare waterproof pannier liners. No need to unhook the panniers now – just lift out the smart inner bags and carry your dry pj’s up to your room.
I have lots more pics available for a seriously interested party to peruse at their leisure — the price is £2250 ono — just call 01852 314187 or email firstname.lastname@example.org