Honda ST1100 Project
On my way down to visit my parents in St. Francisville, LA I
decided to stop off and pick up a new battery for my Honda ST1100.
The battery was degrading due to the bike not being ridden often enough.
I figured I would put the bike on the bike lift and give it
check-over since I was down there. Once I got the bike on the
lift, I decided to check the air filter, then I noticed one of the
rubber fuel lines needed to be replaced. Well, I might as well
check all of them while I am at it...
I was thinking that I should do some iron butt
modifications while I have the bike torn down. I was going to
add extra fuel capacity to try to get the bike's capacity up to 10.7 gal (keeping it IBA legal). That would
have given me a
400 mile range. For the IBA rides, you must stop at least once
every 350 miles for gas for documentation for the ride.
The first thing I wanted to do was put the
Two Brothers Racing
exhaust on the bike. I had this exhaust for over a year and had
never installed it (too busy with the other bikes). Here are some
photos of the original exhaust and the new improved exhaust.
The muffler on the right is the Two Brothers Racing
model. The one on the right is stock muffler. You can
definitely see how much more freely the exhaust gases can exit the Two
This is a comparison of the left side pipe.
The Two Brothers Racing exhaust definitely gives a
throatier and deeper sound. To me, it is not obnoxiously loud but
is louder than the stock exhaust (which is whisper quiet).
After finishing the exhaust project, I changed the oil and filter and
also changed the fuel filter. I started looking at the wheels and
came up with a new theme for this bike. I started thinking of a
blacked-out bike. I has decided that I would have the wheels and
cylinder heads powder coated black. However; as I was thinking
through this new project I received an email from a member of Dual Sport
Riders of Louisiana. Someone wanted to buy my trusty ST.
My ST1100 has unofficially been on the market for the last year, but
I wasn't fully committed to selling it. I was contacted by Frank
who said he had been looking all over for an ST1100. I had changed
my mind about selling it, but I also knew that I would never have time
to ride this long distance touring machine like it was designed to be
ridden. So, Frank and his wife picked up the bike on Saturday
(June 10). He seemed to be excited about finding an ST1100, so I
am sure he is going to ride this bike like it deserves to be ridden.
In fact, I received an email from Frank indicating that he and his wife
had taken a ride the afternoon they got the bike back home and his wife
enjoyed the ST ride much more than that of the VTX1300 they used to
I took a couple of final pictures before saying goodbye
to the ST1100.