drmedak Posted May 31, 2010 Share Posted May 31, 2010 I am not sure if this is the proper sub-forum for this, my first post...but here goes... I have had 3 different Honda ST1100's over the last 14 years. The last one was a '96 ABS. They were great bikes and I sold my last one to pay off some bills and when my house sells I'll have money for a new bike. I am strongly considering a 2007 and newer R1200RT....I think they are beautiful and I love the Titan Silver. The ST1100s were a benchmark of reliability. Not a single problem with any of them. Just fuel, oil, tires and ride. I am 6'6 and 275 pounds and the ST1100s fit me well. The thing that keeps coming up reading the forums about the RT is final drive failure...I even know of a friend of a friend that has a 2006 RT that had an FD failure...under warranty. How common is FD failure? And how expensive to repair if it fails? I tend to keep my vehicles a long time. I am not concerned with the 6000 mile service intervals. I am confident that I can adjust valves and synch throttle bodies...probably even spring for a GS911 to read codes. I see a lot of bikes with ESA. How reliable a system is ESA? It seems like it would be nice to have but expensive to fix if it fails. Being a big guy, I am wondering how the ESA settings would suit me? I weigh most of 300 pounds with my Aerostich, boots and helmet on...which is as much as some couples two-up. I had my Works Performance Racer shock for my ST set up on the firm side and liked it. So I guess my questions come down to final drive and ESA reliability. And secondarily whether the ESA settings would work for a large guy like myself. Thanks for your input. Jim Link to comment
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