2011 Honda Silver Wing ABS Review — The Scooter Review

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Balance. the word that springs to after some prolonged on the 2011 Honda Silver . In a category — scooters — that so compartmentalized, the Silver Wing is that aims to transcend holes.

And, depending on point of view, that’s a good thing or a bad thing.

A lot of want specialization from ride. They want a getter. They want a They want a commuter. want a lifestyle accessory.

And so the of scooters produced by various cater to those tastes, and needs.

And that makes rough for the riders who want it Searching for a do-anything machine can maddening in a world of specialization. a little like trying to a good general practitioner you’re hunting for a doctor; all you up with are docs with pedigrees.

Fortunately, Honda’s Wing answers that for a scooter that is as happy on a road trip as it is making the commute. And maybe that come as a surprise. The Silver has picked up a number of fans a decade for its blend of power and

Let’s start with the half of that blend looking at the 2011 edition of the Wing. In terms of power, a liquid-cooled parallel-twin with (four valves per cylinder) and EFI at the heart of the Silver Wing to smooth and steady power. yields nice off-the-line and enough power to give you that you can escape any uncomfortable that might develop on the

Flying around Southern network of freeways, that 580 was and ready for action — you twist, it Blasting past drivers were rolling chicanes up traffic and other highway and obstructions was effortless and seemed nature to both rider and During regular freeway the Silver Wing felt happy sitting at 70 mph or so for long of time.

The parallel twin keeps humming below, an appliance.

In fact, I often like the Silver Wing was with the freeway in mind, the scooter delivers a full-package on the freeway. That smooth, always-there power was complemented by rail-like handling. I chalk up to the fore and aft suspension.

Up front find a 41 mm hydraulic fork 4.7 inches of travel, and in back hydraulic shocks featuring spring-preload adjustability and 4.5 inches

The result is a surprising level of at higher speeds, which to the overall confidence and enjoyment of the The rider doesn’t have to look ahead to pick through bad pavement and the like, and can concentrate on the important things, what’s happening with up ahead. About the only you do feel the pavement is when the truly gets rough, but then, the motorcycle-like amounts of travel soften any blows and you on track.

Braking is the big deal on the edition. This year’s Wing offers a combination of ABS and dual braking. Both and aft you’ll find single 276 mm with three-piston calipers.

I wish that a scooter a 550-pound curb weight have twin discs up I have to give props to the overall braking system.

And I it a system for a reason: How you apply the determines how the pistons actuate as of the overall dual braking Squeeze the front and two of the three engage. Squeeze the back and the front piston kicks in with the rear pistons.

It completely unnatural, but the result is power that feels natural and predictable. Most it brings those 550 pounds to a surprise-free halt.

Given that you’ll spend longer stretches in the I have to give big points to for the Silver Wing’s seat and position. Riding position on scoots is a major pet peeve of I’m not a huge fan of the legs forward, down position that is forced on riders of larger

I much prefer to be on top of a ride, than in it. But the Silver Wing it right. The seat height and were perfect (at least for me) and an adjustable backrest, I didn’t myself searching around for a position, like I do on a lot of other scooter saddles.

For two-up the pillion portion of the saddle is generous and flip-out footpegs the passenger is in position that is yet still stable for the pilot.

a generous fixed windscreen with aerodynamic design good protection from the It’s also worth that the Silver Wing less affected by crosswinds, as I’m not sure why that is, because the wing appears to have as much bodywork as any other scoot, but even through gusts from the side, the felt firmly planted on the

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From a utility perspective, the Wing’s under-seat storage 14.5 gallons of trunk which provides more enough space to house helmet and riding gear you’re parked, and a bag and your when you’re headed to (or some grocery bags if hitting the supermarket).

On longer trips you might the trunk a little limiting due to its shape. The more flat at the rear of the trunk space slopes down in such a way it makes longer items to fit. For instance, testing it out some camping gear, I that after stowing my sleeping bag and tent/bivvy I was running out of and realized I’d have to sling my of clothes and small items I was to fit in the trunk over my shoulders,

Jutting behind the seat is a for a top box for more storage. It fits the lines well, and my only is that I wish it had some of spot where one could fit a cord or two in order to strap odd items and use that mount as a

Up on the front, you’ll find no glove box on the Silver Wing. there is a shallow compartment on one for smaller items such as or toll road cash, and on the is a much deeper, narrower for fitting … a 40-ouncer? A halibut?

It’s an oddly shaped that seems perfect for of bread.

Styling-wise, the Silver is pretty much the same Wing before except time you can get it in any color, as long as black. Admittedly, the 2011 Wing’s black livery is attractive when complementing the of the package — it’s a look works well — but couldn’t offer at least one additional

But maybe an extra color be a half measure. What I a lot of prospective Silver Wing would truly jump at is a new The current Silver Wing is a good one. I like its swoopy, aerodynamic lines, but time for an update.

The Silver GT 600 found overseas offers more aggressive styling, and that could be a direction the design will go in. Suffice it to say the scooter needs an update.

The question mark I have is the Wing’s $9,099 starting For me, that seems a little for a scooter that, while and with excellent handling, has yet to a fresh look and lacks of the extras that would demand a top asking price. said, I think the Silver crafty linked braking is worth additional money.

All in all, the Silver Wing has had than 10 years to hit its stride, and a confident stride at that. solid handling and a beefy paired with good the bike delivers a balance is often hard to find. If seeking a do-it-all maxi the Silver Wing should be on short list.

AUTHOR A career magazine editor and David Kopf has been an scooterist since the age of 16, and continues to repair and restore scooters. He is the of one of the oldest continuously running clubs in the United States, and has as the program manager for the Motorcycle Council’s Aftermarket Committee. It if has a frame and small wheels, a good chance that he to ride it.

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