There is no doubt, the Honda ST1100 is one of the best sports touring bike. Anything lesser would be an understatement. The bike has comfortable seating for both rider and pillion rider. Unlike some other touring bikes, the Honda ST1100 does not have any tensioner or cam chain problems. In fact, the ST1100 is known for its higher than average mileage, supported by a capable gearbox and engine.
So if you are buying your first tourer, you should seriously consider buying an ST1100. Not only is it relatively cheaper, it also has great balance and road manners. It has excellent handling and as far as twisting and turning go, it easily matches the performance of some of the more expensive and newer touring bikes out there.