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« on: January 17, 2019, 06:08:49 PM »

Readers Digest version of review/impressions of the Honda Silverwing:

I've owned my Silverwing just a little over 6 months now and it has something over 6K on the OD.  Reporting in with brief review and impressions.

1st - I like it!  Twist and Go.  Plenty of power, ample storage, plenty of protection from the elements.  Handles great on the backroads AND the super-slab.

2nd - I come from 60K on Suzuki Burgmans.   Two 400's and a 650.  So, my impressions of the SW are in the context of that experience.

3rd - I'm VERY happy with the Swing in most ways.  I got it NOS with 15 miles the OD I plan to ride to 100K:-)

4th - Generally, I describe the SW like this if you were ever riding down the road on a Burgman 400 and thought "I wish there was a scoot about this size with "mo powa".  Then the Silverwing fits the bill rather nicely.

The Swing weighs in at about 75lbs more than the Burgman 400 BUT has way more get up and go.  The Burgman 400 is no slouch by any means, but the SW 49 hp, 582cc twin kicks butt.  The 400 is a little unpowered in some situations. Namely on the express way.  If you're gonna initiate a pass on the 400 ... you'd better plan ahead.  On the SW, just crank that throttle and you're at 85-90 in a heartbeat.  Bye bye semi's.  This is no knock on the 400.  It does everything it's designed to do AND more.  It's just not a fair fight between the SW and the 400 in the power department though.

On the other hand if you're ever riding down the road on a Burgman 650 and thinking .."I'd like to have a scoot with this much power, a little less bulk and a LOT more vibration then the SW is you're scoot.:-(       
My only real complaint is the buzziness, the harmonic resonance, the dat gum fairing/tupperware shudders, and the occasional jingling of the man berries.  The Burgman 650 is ultra smoothe.  Nary a vibration EVER from my 2007 that I put 40K on.

Not a deal breaker on SW.  Just a minor disappointment:-(    I've tried to read all the post about it the nature of the beast seems to the prevailing opinion.  {IF I missed the fix fer it ... some fellow SW owner PLZ lemme know}

5th - Lastly, here's the add on's to this point:

1- Givi windshield - one piece.  The stock windscreen sux. 
2- Givi V37 topcase - sweet. (Like the new locking mechanism.)
3- Mirror risers ... so I could have a better view of them vibrating:-)
4- NEP throttle lock - effective, cheap, easy to install.
5- Corbin seat and Backrest.  Happy buns and lower back!
6- Just added the Admore Light Bar.

Just a tad over 400 miles in a day is my longest ride to date.  It's a keeper!




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« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2019, 07:16:19 PM »

Glad you are enjoying your SWing Ron.  I have enjoyed mine for almost 80,000 miles.  Wish Honda still made them. 
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« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2019, 07:16:43 PM »

Nice!
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« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2019, 07:22:51 PM »

Glad you are enjoying your SWing Ron.  I have enjoyed mine for almost 80,000 miles.  Wish Honda still made them. 

CathyN,

I remember you saying in a post here, or over at Silverwing600.com, that the Silverwing is a workhorse.  I think that is a real good description of the scoot.:-)

It was good to see SW's at the rally last Sept.

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« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2019, 07:23:46 PM »

Glad you're enjoying the Silver Wing. My long ago SW experience included its apparent sensitivity to tire type and balance. Haven't owned one since late 2012 (can it truly be that long ago?), but the linked thread has a number of observations worth re-visiting...

link:  New Tires for the Silver Wing

Sadly, the shop I mentioned and liked so much didn't last too much longer than my Silver Wing ownership.

Fairly sure my Silver Wing had original tires, although it wasn't NOS like yours. However, my expectation of a new motorcycle/scooter being correctly set up has declined quite a bit over the years. My riding experience on a Burgman 650 is very limited. But my recollection is the 650 was smoother than my Silver Wing, even when set up at its best.
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« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2019, 05:03:49 PM »

Great review!  Glad you are enjoying the new ride!
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« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2019, 06:00:45 PM »

I agree with the others, what a great review. It's reviews like this that help many folks in their buying decisions.

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« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2019, 07:17:52 PM »

Great job on your review
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