Honda silverwing

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by t6pilot, Jun 2, 2012.

  1. t6pilot

    t6pilot Been here awhile

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    Have a deposit on a BMW scooter for the wife, who knows when they will be here, was at the Honda dealer today and saw a SILVERWING wife liked it
    Any inmates out their have one, if so appreciate your thoughts
    Getting kinda Leary with the BMW delays and first year issues their bikes have
    Thanks
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  2. JerseyBiker

    JerseyBiker Living the life!

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    I've had six. One of the best scooters made. Easy in the city and stable on the highway.

    Mpg not as great as you might expect but still ok.

    Been around 10 years so all the bugs are surely gone by now.
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  3. windburn

    windburn Long timer

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    I bought my 07 Silver Wing in 2008 I have ridden 33,000 miles with no problems. I expect this machine to out live me. I just installing my third set of tires. I'm on my second set of spark plugs and I only change them because it was schedule, they looked great. I'm on my second drive belt and the original lasted 24,000 without issue. I've changed oil often and I used Honda oil. Occasionally my wife rides to up, the Silver Wing handle very well. Here's a recent pic at 32,000 miles

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  4. Realbtl

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  5. FoldArt

    FoldArt Been here awhile

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    I've had an 03 since 2009 and put 18,000 miles on it. Mostly a very good machine that can be improved upon in a few areas for low cost. Try using some Dr Pulley sliders in the variator and possibly installing HyperPro springs in the fork legs. If you are over 5' 8" or so, you will want to do something about a better windshield. Additional legroom can be had for free by removing the butt stop, or converting it into a backrest for a few dollars. A J Costa variator is very nice, but wears out too quickly (and they are hard to find in the USA nowadays).

    It rides nicely, handles decently (esp. with new fork springs), maintenance is easy to handle with decently long intervals between chores, gets decent MPG - you should be able to top 50 MPG without much trouble), has good storage and good weather protection. It had very few bugs in it when first developed, and fewer now. There have been very few parts changes through ten years of building it, so parts are easy to find. Used scoots are not real hard to find, and usually for less than $5,000 for one in great shape. If it has not been wrecked, it most likely runs and rides well - its hard to trash them even without regular maintenance. Like most things Honda, they are pretty durable and dependable.

    If you value riding over wrenching, then a Silverwing is a good choice. I look around at "real" motorcycles at times, as well as other scooters but I don't find myself very interested in swapping out the 'wing.
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  6. gkgeiger

    gkgeiger Every ride is an ADV

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    You are a real piece of work. Why don't you fill in your profile so we know who you are? You sound like a teenager, if you are then I understand. You are all over the Battle Scooters section and I've read many of your posts and they all say the same thing. I want to give you some respect but you haven't said anything to deserve it.
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  7. Starbuck21

    Starbuck21 Manly scooterist!

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    I purchased a 2012 Silver Wing a couple of weeks ago. Traded in a 2009 KLR 650, and so far I am VERY happy. The KLR is a great bike but not for me. I found I drive more on the street than I expected and the 'wing is SO much more comfortable for this old f*rt! Quiet, smooth and handles well due to the low center of gravity! And I can flat-foot it whereas the KLR was a bit too high for me, and I am 6'0".

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    Here is a picture i took on a short ride yesterday! Good luck! :clap
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  8. lastmanout

    lastmanout Been here awhile

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    Bought a 2003 in 2009. So practical, so comfortable, so right for a 50 something old guy. Sold all my dual sports and Kawi Concours. This is all the bike I need ( but have 3 more scooters now). Great with two up. Interstate capable. Simple to maintain. Oh yeah, it is not a fast and sexy as the Yamaha Max, but fits me better, was thousands cheaper. Got great deal from a private owner. :evil
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  9. creighta

    creighta Been here awhile

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    I wanted a motorcycle till I saw a swing trike at Honda homecoming in marysville, oh a few years ago. In 09 dad found one t Heritage Honda and had to have it. I have a Majety, but think the swing I a better bike. Only complaint is that the side stand is useless, and the bike is hard to get on he center stand sometimes due to the weight.
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  10. elamofo

    elamofo Been here awhile

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    I know the silverwing is a great scooter, but I'm assuming (hoping?) the BMW's will be the new gold standard. They've been selling silverwings for a while now, you could find yourself a decent used one and sell it when the BMW finally shows up, or even wait for the second model year.
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  11. elamofo

    elamofo Been here awhile

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    Maybe she can help:

    http://youtu.be/rQ2o3iv3ANE

    :D
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  12. gumshoe4

    gumshoe4 Been here awhile

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    I've had my SWing for about a year and a half now, transitioning over from a Japanese cruiser. Mine is a 2002 and had about 21K on it when I bought it. It now has about 26K.

    Slow speed maneuvering took a bit of time to get used to, but I do fine with it now...just a matter of light braking and a little throttle to keep the clutch engaged. Also, you need to learn to trust the tires...the wheels are smaller and the cornering sensation is a bit different from a motorcycle, but it just takes a bit of getting used to...and once you adjust, you find yourself hanging a knee out on occasion.

    I think the SWing handles well and has good power. The factory service manual is very good and allows a mechanical nincompoop like me to do a lot of the basic maintenance myself...I use Rotella T6 on the oil changes and it seems to work quite well, and I've replaced the air filter and done other odds and ends...but I won't try the valve clearance checks, and it's about due for that...

    I really like the storage on the machine...I also have a Givi box to add a bit more. The stock windshield sucks, so I replaced it with a Givi AirFlow, which is great...

    Fuel mileage is about 45-50 mpg if I keep it at 65-70 mph...but goes down to 40-45 at 70+.

    I would have no hesitation about hopping on the SWing and going just about anywhere. In fact, right now, I'm planning a summer tour to Oregon, Washington and Idaho and it's a tossup whether I'll take the SWing or my BMW R1100R. The SWing is more comfortable, IMHO...
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  13. Starbuck21

    Starbuck21 Manly scooterist!

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    So far BMW is having difficulties. At least with the new scoots. Still not available as far as I know. And personally I would hate to pay a BMW premium for a scooter with a Kymco engine... :huh

    Just my 2 cents.
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  14. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    I'd rather pay a premium for a BMW with a Kymco engine then for one with
    an engine they made themselves.

    That can only be a good thing.
    The BMW guys at the Milan show where it was announced made it
    clear that they wanted a good engine, so that's why they chose Kymco..
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  15. Starbuck21

    Starbuck21 Manly scooterist!

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    Seems like strange logic. Not wanting a BMW with a BMW motor? I always thought they made decent engines...? Been making them for years!

    My main point was the price premium. Before paying a bunch for a Kymco powered BMW (I have no problems with Kymco) I would buy a big Kymco scooter, either a 500 or the new 700i or whatever and save nearly half of my dosh!!!
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  16. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    Last 4 high mileage tests (marathons they call them) in Motorrad (read:
    German magazine), with BMWs, they all had engine failures before the
    end of the review, some more then once.

    S1000RR was done by the time it hit 15k miles, they had the R1200RT
    fall apart 3 times in 30k miles and I forgot what the other two were, but
    I'm rather sure one of them was a K series 4 cylinder.
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  17. HammerMacGreed

    HammerMacGreed Long timer

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    a few others to consider if you're looking for exotic

    http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/photos/2009models/2009-Aprilia-Scarabeo500ie.htm

    http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/motorcycles/2012models/2012-Aprilia-SRV850.htm

    http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/motorcycles/2012models/2012-Piaggio-X10-500.htm

    http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/photos/2011models/2011-Piaggio-BVTourer500.htm

    one thing to consider is that the lighter the scooter, generally the more nimble in twisties and traffic, while heavier scoots perform better on the freeway and two-up.

    PS: Honda also has their new 700 coming out, supposed to be better than the tmax or burgy
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  18. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    The 670cc Integra?
    Already in the shops here.. people reporting fuel consumptions in the
    150cc scooter ballpark.

    :eek1
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  19. elamofo

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    As far as I know the US isn't getting the Integra, just the NC700X in manual and DCT versions. Still an automatic with some storage (faux gas tank has storage for a helmet.) That can obviously change next year.
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  20. JerryH

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    The Silverwing IS a reliable scooter. I know someone with an '06 they bought new, and are still riding it daily with no problems. I just can't get past the looks, but that is pretty much any maxi scooter. I like smaller scooters that look similar to Vespa's. Some day I will own a real Vespa. Right now I have a Yamaha Vino 125, and a Genuine Stella. Love them both. The Stella is more fun with it's 2 stroke engine, manual transmission, and manual clutch. For something much bigger I would get a cruiser motorcycle (actually I have one, an '02 Kawasaki Vulcan 750, bought new and now has over 74,000 miles on it) For one person, it is as comfortable as my '85 Goldwing. However, if I were going to buy a maxi scooter, I would get the Silverwing or the Burgman 650. They are proven reliable, and WAY cheaper than anything from BMW. BMWs USED to have a reputation for reliability, but that seems to have disappeared a long time ago. Now they are basically German Harleys. Unreliable and ridiculously expensive. You are paying for a name and image, same as with Harley.
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