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Honda: ST1300 is safe

2008-06-09 08:11

The Honda ST1300

Honda South Africa has vigorously denied that its ST1300 Tourer model, which is used by the Cape Town traffic department, is unsafe.

An article published in Cape Son newspaper on Friday labeled the ST1300 as "death on wheels" after some Cape Town traffic officials described the bike as "dangerous".

In the article Cape Son suggested that the ST1300 develops a wobble at speed which could result in a crash.

The newspaper also quoted several examples where European law enforcement agencies withdrew the ST1300 from their fleets after safety problems.

According to Honda South Africa the safety issues highlighted by Cape Son relates to "historical incidents" in European markets on older generation models of ST1300-P specification.

"The standard ST1300 Tourer model sold in South Africa and operated by the Cape Town Metro Police, with minor modifications, is of a different model specification to the previous generation ST1300-P models referred to in the article," a Honda spokesperson told Wheels24.

"Models operated in South Africa since the local introduction in 2005 have had no history of 'high speed weave', nor any other reported safety problems."

The Cape Town Metro Police has operated a Honda ST1300 demo unit since late 2005 and purchased 24 units in 2006.

"Throughout this period, no incidents relating to safety or technical operating concerns have been raised.

"Honda SA must stress that we have never had any negative feedback from the (Cape Town) council - on the contrary, resulting from the positive feedback on the ST1300's performance, a recent fleet expansion occurred in early 2008.

"In addition, the South African Military Police also currently operate the ST1300 with no reported problems," the bike manufacturer said.

However, Honda said that due to its commitment to deliver safe and reliable product it will launch an investigation into the matter.

Several Wheels24 readers also defended the ST1300's reputation saying that they are not aware of any safety problems when the bike is at speed.



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