2002 Honda Silver Wing: MD Ride Review — Scooter or Motorcycle?…

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Honda Silver Wing

2002 Honda Silver : MD Ride Review – Scooter or Who Cares!

Look, our first with Honda about the Wing didn’t go exactly this (okay, it didn’t go like this), but it could Honda press guy says: Dirck, we want you to test our new Wing.” “You mean scooter?” “Well, yeah.” “We do scooters here at MotorcycleDaily — why we call it MotorcycleDaily, rather ScooterDaily.” “Well, we think really enjoy riding the Wing — the engine is a 600 twin, you ” “Oh, yeah?” “. and it will do an 110 miles per hour!” “Really?” it’s got two wheels and disc and it’s faster and more than plenty of motorcycles.” can I pick one up?”

Okay, so the line between “scooter” and is now rapidly blurring. Scooters to be those cute little with eight horsepower, ten wheels and drum brakes. were designed for negotiating traffic jams (traffic — not American city streets, and highways.

Well, those still exist, but, like in the motorcycle world, scooters are popping up all over the (well, all over Europe,

In Europe, several new models fit in the category (such as Suzuki’s 650 Yamaha’s 500 T-Max and the subject of review, Honda’s Silver while Piaggio (Europe’s scooter manufacturer) is rumored to be an 850 cc V-twin powered scooter. these things haul and they have brakes and to match. Are these still

As we said at the top of this article, who

The Silver Wing is a big machine. a claimed dry weight of 476 pounds, a front tire and a 150/70/13 tire, and a huge, comfortable seat, the 582 cc parallel twin-powered Wing can do many things as as a motorcycle, and some things (such as carry your — see discussion below regarding the trunk). In the process, the Silver provides a surprising level of and a not-so-surprising level of fun, as

Let’s talk about the stuff. The Silver Wing is a double-overhead cam, parallel-twin 582 cc, and producing 48 horsepower at 7500 with 37 pound/feet of torque at rpm “for effortless acceleration and cruising”, according to Honda. power gets to the Silver rear wheel via Honda’s automatic belt-drive system.

to Honda, this system of three stages, including one for cruising, one for moderate acceleration, and one provides maximum power for acceleration and top speed. Whatever — you ride the Silver Wing, you notice any of this stage — you just twist the throttle and it

Indeed, the Honda Silver has plenty of technical sophistication seems to melt into a simple transportation tool. engine has fuel injection like some of Honda’s an auto-enriching system that the need for a manual choke, two balancing shafts (cancelling in both the vertical and longitudinal and even lightweight slipper for quick throttle response and friction (just like pistons found in your sportbike).

Although a dyed-in-the-wool guy, I have to admit I had an blast riding the Silver You think Hondas lack The Silver Wing has enough to make you forget your friend.

Hell, after two the Silver Wing was my best

I said the Silver Wing seamlessly, but not in a boring way. you ride the Silver Wing, you are aware of its mechanical processes — it not unpleasant noises as it works its three stage automatic and the engine itself, both its airbox and its exhaust, is awfully sounding for a “scooter” (there’s word, again).

The handling has too. The Silver Wing very well, but feels enough from a motorcycle to be entertaining. Although the Silver has good stability (except, pushed like a modern those smaller wheels and make it feel quick and (particularly, around town).

The powerful motor and surprising lets you “slice and dice” the traffic on the boulevard as well as motorcycles — better than The totally upright seating contributes to this — giving you a and confident, view of those automobiles you have to avoid pass).

One of the most interesting while riding the Silver is using its excellent linked, brakes. Having no clutch, and floorboards (instead of footpegs), the Wing has both brakes with hand-controlled levers. you remember that the left is not a clutch (it took me about blocks), you begin to learn the art of bringing the Silver Wing to a and controlled stop.

Applying the brake with your hand is a much more and tactile process than it is you use your right foot. your feet relax in one of possible positions on the huge boards, your hands do all of the (controlling rear brake on the front brake on the right and with the traditional twist For a while (surprisingly short), it is of strange after riding for so many years, but highly and fun.

Remember when Doohan started controlling his brake with his hand an injury to his right leg early in his He won several 500 GP championships with set-up. maybe this was an rather than a disadvantage. Do work with their or their feet? You get the point.

You need to try this for yourself.

the most surprising thing the Silver Wing’s performance is on Southern California freeways. freeway traffic in Southern is an art, believe me. If you ride around here very you get pretty good at it, and you can appreciate a that does it well.

The Wing does it exceedingly for a couple of reasons.

First of the Silver Wing is very and accelerates very well at speeds (where the tachometer itself in the meat of the Silver power band). It will an indicated 110 miles per hour, and blow by automobiles about as as most motorcycles. Impressive.

The reason the Silver Wing on the freeway is its handling. Those almost darty, moves on streets calm themselves at freeway speeds where the Wing displays remarkable stability. As stated earlier, you can some instability on the Silver by over-riding it, but you have to try pretty

If you muscle the Silver Wing too at higher speeds (trying to get it to directions too quickly, for example), you can get a bit of a from the front end that through the frame. Nothing too and nothing that happens any frequency (unless, you purposely try to it happen), but, nevertheless, a that the Silver Wing have the chassis rigidity or of a modern sportbike.

Speaking of suspension, the Silver has close to five inches of both front and rear. to modern street motorcycle travel. The rear suspension has preload adjustability (that we played with).

Overall, the Wing’s suspension works and keeps the bike planted to the handling abilities discussed but higher speeds on rough (another California freeway can make the rear suspension a bit harsh.

The Silver Wing practicality, as well. A huge, 55 trunk underneath the seat simultaneously, a large Shoei and a large Arai helmet. storage is complimented by two glove (one is lockable, and quite

The seating is comfortable for both (the rider backrest is and passenger (although, the passenger extend at a slightly unusual and wind protection for the rider is (you can keep your and feet entirely out of the wind). A outlet is included for your accessories.

Instrumentation is more and more legible, than motorcycles. With analog and tach, you also get digital for odometer, twin tripmeters, clock and coolant temperature. A of indicator/warning lights (a total of are also included.

The 4.2 gallon fuel tank get you about 130 miles of hard before you need to refuel.

town, it is hard to beat the Wing for fun and practicality. At the same it is a very capable commuter and tourer. If you need it, the 60-plus of standard storage can be augmented a top box attached to the luggage rack.

to Yosemite for a week!

At a U.S. of $7,499, the Silver Wing price-wise, with many Nevertheless, for the right buyer, the Wing offers a lot of value. For information, visit Honda’s web for details .

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