The ST1100 was originally known as The Gentleman's Express. It was designed by Honda Germany to compete with the BMW market. Overseas, it is know as the Pan-European. It is a water cooled, V-4 with drive shaft and has proven to be one of the most reliable engines Honda has ever produced. I have four - Redbird, a 1997 non-ABS that I purchased new in 1997, and SweetTreat, a 2002 ABS that I purchased new on Halloween 2004 from a dealer, FroST, a 1997 ABS that I purchased in January 2008 with 22,020 miles on the clock, and now BlueBelle, a 2001 ABS with 35,000 miles and a custom paint job. The first three of the bikes have now been in the lower 48 states and also made the ride to Alaska. I will start BlueBelle on that journey as soon as I get her configured to suit me. I figure if I wear 4 ST1100s completely out, that should be enough miles to last me the rest of my life! In 2003, Honda replaced the ST1100 with the ST1300 which had such features as a powered windshield and digital gauges, to mention a few of the changes. When I travel to Europe to ride, I rent ST1300s from AboutTown in southwest London. Mike is great to work with and quite a rider himself.