I choose to base my reviews on the standard machines because these are the ones that usually sell best and gain a lot of miles but this is not the case because the definition of touring is completed with an optional Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) and the safety brought with it.
Honda ST1300 ABS
2009 Honda ST1300 ABS
Honda designed the ABS version of the ST1300 as a motorcycle equipped with a smart system that combines with the LBS (Linked Braking System) for a wide range of braking and steering control. This results into a performance system of last generation developed by Honda especially for this kind of machines.
2009 Yamaha FJR1300AE
Yamaha offers ABS as standard on the 2009 FJR1300A, but apart from that model there is also the 2009 FJR1300AE. This model features an electric-shift five-speed transmission in Yamaha’s quest for the ultimate Touring machine, but the “A” model still seems more appropriate.
With the 2009 Concours14 ABS, Kawasaki offers better braking performance for that same truck of a bike. MSRP in this case is $14,299.
As the battle between the three continues, we can only be confident and supporting in our awaiting for the grand final, locked wheels excluded!
I also had the opportunity to enjoy the ST1300’s comfort and handling on the ABS model and I noticed that the bike’s sport-orientated performance is matched only by the ABS as I strongly pulled the brake lever and pedal.
If you also want to test the bike’s braking abilities, than you should take in consideration its size and weight so I recommend to choose a straight road without traffic and then progressively but still firmly apply the brakes until getting used to the bike’s reaction and feel. After a few tries, you should be able to test them really hard and see how the ABS works on a motorcycle.
Everything comes at a cost and Honda makes sure that its ST1300 ABS still remains affordable while offering a better braking system. With an MSRP of $14,699, it invites customers to put everything in balance and than make a decision.