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Honda Silver Wing 400

Practicality and storage space

Top-notch finish

— weather protection

— of use

— ABS as standard


It’s no lightweight

— It the extra 184cc of its big brother on the road

The Silver Wing 400 Honda’s scooter line-up in of 2009, bringing Big Red’s fleet up to a total of eight According to Honda, The Silver 400 offers remarkable performance and similar to its bigger cousin, the Wing 600, whilst providing a remarkable cargo thanks to a 55lt underseat space. Now that statement me as a little odd, as info dug up on the pair indicates the 600 weighs at 5kg less than the 400, has a chunk more power and and also has a 55lt underseat space. Hmm… strange are afoot at the Circle K…

In essence, the two are very similar in many although the 400 has fresher styling and from Honda’s Combined-ABS system as standard, while in Australia at least — the 600 has Honda’s Combined Brake (i.e. no ABS). Also, the 400 a retail price of $10,990 ORC, while big brother for $2000 more. Both are Approved Motorcycle Scheme eligible.

However, comparisons between the two shortly be a moot point, as the Wing 600 is no longer being to Australia, and after remaining of the maxi scoot are gone, it — the mantle of ‘Honda’s scooter’ will then be to the Silver Wing 400.

it will only be then, the 600 is a distant memory, that we can judge the 400 purely on its own merits and appreciate what is, at heart, a well made, beautifully and flexible scooter, just as at on the open road as it is within the of the city.


the Silver Wing 400 is a 398cc, eight-valve parallel-twin engine, in the scoot’s tubular steel instead of on the swingarm, as is the case most small-capacity scooters. fed by PGM-FI electronic fuel and comes with a catalytic to ensure full EURO-3 The power is fed to the back wheel via V-Matic automatic transmission and a final drive, ensuring smooth, twist-and-go operation.

comprises a non-adjustable 41mm up front and a twin rear adjustable for preload. Braking is by a single 276mm disc three-piston Nissin caliper, to a 240mm disc and twin-piston caliper at the rear. As previously a Combined-ABS system comes as on the Australian-spec model.

That 55lt underseat area is complemented by two glove one of which is lockable. BikePoint’s machine also came with Honda’s factory 40lt topbox, which for $995.95 plus fitting.

A stepped ‘king and queen’-style provides plenty of comfort, and the pegs swivel back the ‘Wing’s bodywork when not required. Instrumentation comprises fuel, speed, tacho and temperature gauges, complemented by an LCD showing a clock, trip/odometer and fuel consumption, plus all the warning lights. As is the case most Honda models days, the Silver Wing 400 comes with Honda’s Security System (HISS) as — the ignition will work with the correctly key.

Priced at $10,990, the Wing 400 comes with a unlimited kilometre warranty, and is in either silver or black.


When I first collected the Wing 400 from Honda I found it difficult to shake the of its bigger brother, the 600, off my I’ve spent many a mile on the latter, and — on the road in particular — I was the extra oomph. However, more miles and familiarity, I to appreciate the 400 for what it is.

What is it? Read on…

One thing it definitely is, is comfy. At 188cm 2in) I’d say I’m at the upper end of rider heights it can well, but I had no complaints — anyone 6ft or under will it both sumptuous and spacious. The seat is broad, plush and has a support — the pillion is also a cracker, and comes with a generous grabrail side and, in this case, a backrest courtesy of the option topbox.

There’s legroom and you’ve got a choice of you can put your feet — flat on the deck, or feet Taller types will opt for the forward stance every The ride position is pretty bolt upright, and the ‘bars are an stretch away.

With like this, all-day certainly isn’t out of the question.

the starter the ‘Wing fires up all the fury of a vacuum cleaner in of a bag change — which is to say exceptionally quiet and virtually of any vibration. The take up from a start is incredibly refined, minute incremental shuffles with absolute precision.

Honda Silver Wing

Of course the 398cc donk there are usually only two positions — fully and fully open. However, a like that does to mask the flexible nature of engine. From a red light an initial gob of grunt that it leap forward with haste — impressive even, given its not inconsiderable 250kg wet weight.

After first surge you’re hit another from around as the revs climb into the spot. From here the is brisk up to 80km/h, at which it tails off a little, but you’ll be three-digit speeds soon In fact the little ‘Wing can crack the old ton, given a enough stretch of road and a or so I hear…

These days my daily commute involves highways, so I had ample opportunity to its application on the open road. happily sit on 100km/h for hours on end the engine’s pulling 5500rpm at point — and while it just as easily sit on 120km/h, we’d be talking 6500rpm, for me, is getting a little too close to its indicated redline for comfort. At highway speeds, needless to overtakes require a bit of space and — it’s only here where it loses out to the

The suspension is basic but it does an adequate job; it’s plush, like you’re over the road on a magic but you’ll get a rude awakening if you any decent pothole at any decent It’s stable enough the bends, where it also it’s got plenty of ground should a sporting mood

The brakes, too, do an entirely job. They’re a tad wooden, but plenty of power, and in any case the system provides an excellent net in any emergency situation.

The Silver 400 really shines when it to practicality. The 55lt underseat space can swallow a lot of gear like a couple of helmets, or a and your jacket — there are bigger in the maxi class. The two glove compartments are additions, and the sidestand and centrestand work well.

The screen excellent weather protection, but I that if I ducked my head 5cm or so I lost all the wind noise Again, if you’re 6ft or under, be perfect. The instrumentation is classy and to read, and the fuel economy is at around 23km/lt — a 16lt tank, that’s for over 300km between

At $10,990 plus ORC the Silver isn’t a cheap scoot, but despite its 398cc engine it really should be included in the scoot class — and the price certainly becomes Throw in Combined-ABS as standard which in Honda land is a $1000 option — and starting to look pretty attractive. Think of it as a midi scoot, and it ticks all the boxes.


Type: 398cc, liquid-cooled, eight-valve, four-…, parallel-twin

x …: 64mm x 62mm

ratio: 10.8:1

Fuel Electronic fuel injection

Honda Silver Wing
Honda Silver Wing
Honda Silver Wing


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