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    04 vs 06

    Are there any real appreciable differences between a '04 and a '06 1300? I think I read that in 06 one change was to reduce the engine heat? I have been researching the 1300 and I am just trying to become informed. Thanks for replying!

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    Re: 04 vs 06

    The '05 and later have metal heat shields attached to the back of the belly pan. I don't believe that these would have any effect on heat felt by the rider, but served to reduce heat from the exhaust transmitted to the plastic belly pan.

    In my opinion, the changes made over the years weren't significant. The sole exception was the addition of the electric windshield adjustment, which was omitted from the standard '03. (ABS '03 models had the electric adjustment.)

    Mileage and condition are significant differences you'll find on used bikes of various years, except for the colors. Our US models came in one color each year (other than the white police bikes.)
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    Re: 04 vs 06

    The only differences is that the '04 had a couple of recalls, and they had fixed those issues by '06, and '04 was where the '06 was

    I would like to see what you read, that told you there was a heat fix, to make sure my information is correct.

    To my knowledge, the heat tricks by Honda over the life of the ST1300/P:

    In '04 they added a heat shield to the left muffler, to keep the heat off the brakes. (I have a brand new '03 muffler that doesn't have the mounts for it.

    In '08, they increased the amount of material for the cat, causing more heat from the muffler, so they added a "lower" side cover to both side covers and they added the triangle "block" to keep the heat from the ankle. There were no other "heat" treatments that Honda did from '02 (UK) thru the 2014 ST1300P that I'm aware of.
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    Re: 04 vs 06

    Thanks Roginoz! You have an '05. Do you think engine heat is an issue?

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    Re: 04 vs 06

    Quote Originally Posted by roginoz View Post
    The '05 and later have metal heat shields attached to the back of the belly pan. I don't believe that these would have any effect on heat felt by the rider, but served to reduce heat from the exhaust transmitted to the plastic belly pan.
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    Do you have a diagram of that heat shield and just where it is located?

    Thanks

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    Re: 04 vs 06

    Quote Originally Posted by roginoz View Post
    The '05 and later have metal heat shields attached to the back of the belly pan. I don't believe that these would have any effect on heat felt by the rider, but served to reduce heat from the exhaust transmitted to the plastic belly pan.

    In my opinion, the changes made over the years weren't significant. The sole exception was the addition of the electric windshield adjustment, which was omitted from the standard '03. (ABS '03 models had the electric adjustment.)

    Mileage and condition are significant differences you'll find on used bikes of various years, except for the colors. Our US models came in one color each year (other than the white police bikes.)
    Quote Originally Posted by SupraSabre View Post
    Do you have a diagram of that heat shield and just where it is located?

    Thanks
    Okay, I forgot about the heatshields in the lower/lower cowls...


    BTW, the ST Wiki is missing some stuff on the '08s...

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    Well I can't believe that no one has told you the real difference between the two. The '06 is prettier and faster!
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    Re: 04 vs 06

    ....but of course, the silver 2007 is faster and handles better.
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    Re: 04 vs 06

    Quote Originally Posted by st11ray View Post
    Well I can't believe that no one has told you the real difference between the two. The '06 is prettier and faster!
    But the 10 & 12 is even prettier and faster than the '06, but when you put '04 plastic on a 2010, that makes it the prettiest and the fastest!

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