2010 Honda ST1200: are you Shamu's mom?

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MCN claims it found these images in a patent filing and it appears they show the 2010 Honda ST1200 or a similar tourer that shares its V4 engine and shaft drive with the 2010 Honda VFR1200, a bike people are calling “Shamu.” Originally introduced in 2002, the Honda ST1300 Pan European is due for a replacement and Honda has said to expect several models based around its new 1200cc V4 engine. We can’t find the original patent filing, but looking at these images closely, they do appear to be consistent with a patent and many components do closely resemble those on the leaked VFR.
Like the VFR1200, but unlike the Pan Euro, this ST1200 mounts its
all-new V4 transversely in the frame. That’s only one of several key
shared components with the VFR, it also appears that the frame, shaft
drive, gearbox and tail unit are the same or virtually identical to the
sportier bike. Developing both bikes together will have saved Honda a
fortune in R&D costs, it’s a practice made common in the car
industry by Porsche, where it typically doesn’t compromise performance
or model differentiation.

Over the VFR, expect more rake for increased stability at the expense
of turning speed, taller gearing, lower pegs and quite possibly a
detuned engine. It’s a solid guess that hard luggage, as pictured, will
be standard. Remote adjustment for the rear shock is also pictured.

Styling has been partially influenced by the 1999 Honda X-Wing concept,
pictured in the above gallery. That influence is mostly present in the
protruding side panels, which partially mask the headlight, while the
rest appears to come straight off the VFR.

Despite the decrease in engine size, expect performance to increase,
putting the ST1200 on par with bikes like the Kawasaki Concours 14. The
official unveiling should take place this fall, meaning Richard Allen
should stay far away from the ocean.

via MCN

  • ky10fiddy

    Think you mean ST1300.

  • Deltablues

    hmmmmm….now the idea of a smooth flat-six sport-touring rig sounds really nice. and why is that 1999 concept bike prettier than the current proposed VFR 1200?

  • vic

    let’s hope this one can be ridden beyond the magic 100 km/h mark without wobbling out of control :) the pan-euro has been the butt of many jokes among the touring crowd

    • steaminSteven

      just did a 1000km with my father on his 2008 St1300, we saw many 160kms moments, and he expressed nothing in the way of a shaky from end……

  • SDMike

    That is a reference to the problem experienced by the police models in Europe/UK, and to a lesser extent here in the US. And it was 100mph, IIRC. Anyway, it was some combination of the equipment with the body shape that cause an instability. I don’t think there are many civilian riders that have experiences this. Let me end with, the ST1100 never had this problem! :-)

    ST1100 owner,

  • billy rowney

    i have totaly falling out with honda in 2002 ibought a new st1300 , it ruined my hoiday to spa\n the heat from the engine was to much to bear , at 110mph 2up it went in to a wobble big time . i lost all trust in the bike . the dealer did not want to know,i have owned st1100 fjr1300 kawsaki 1400gtr .i now own bmw1200rt witch i love this is the best bike on the planet for touring ,trust me i have been there got the t shirt

  • Rob

    Any update on when we might see a ST1200 for sale in US??