Honda SW-T400 – Cycle Torque Magazine

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Honda SW-T400

Power, economy and comfort

Test by Tony Penfold. Pics by Hayden Williams

IF YOU are looking around for a scooter to cruise/commute around town, maybe go for a little run on the weekend or even scare or upset fair weather sportsbike riders, then it’s time to check out Honda’s new big dog 400cc.

Yes it is known as the SW-T400. SW for Silver Wing, T for in line twin cylinder and 400 for bloody hell this thing goes.

At first glance

My first look at the SW-T400, I thought gees that looks magnificent. Silver in colour, big touring screen, huge top box and the seat looked more comfy than my lounge.

Two storage compartments in the dash area, one which can be locked, not to mention the cave under the seat.

Yes, there is a stack of room for helmets and all sorts of chrissy presents under there.

The bike looks big and at around 250kg you could be a little intimidated, but don’t be afraid, this bike is so easy to ride. More later.

14 inch inch front wheel, 13 inch rear with fairly tall tyre profiles, which means you will not get smashed when the front end hits a pothole.

ABS combined with Honda’s Combined Braking System and a new lever on the right-hand side of the fairing is, wait for it…a hand brake. Wow.

I started the bike, rolled the throttle on and very quickly noticed that I was already beyond where I should be. The Silver Wing accelerates so easily.

I took the big wing out onto the Sydney F3 freeway to see how far the needle would go and let’s just say I was impressed. You could definitely ride this bike on long highway trips in comfort.

Seating position was good as far as you could have your legs in a comfortable regular position but also stretched out like touring pegs.

The seat is comfy with a back rest which steps up to the pillion seat, but I did find it a little narrow at the front.

I got used to using my feet to manoeuvre/steer and hold on similar to knees around a conventional motorcycle tank.

Let’s face it, the seat narrowing allows your feet to reach the ground easier when parking and manoeuvring.

Throw in the fuel injected DOHC twin cylinder 400cc motor, makes this bike just so easy to ride. I had to check myself a couple of times tipping into a corner with speed realising I was not on a sportsbike, however I was surprised how good the bike felt.

The rear suspension has adjustable pre-load, so all in all I thought the big wing did the straight roads but also the curvy stuff quite well.

I absolutely did everything to try and upset the ABS brakes but the bike stopped extremely well every time.

At 180cm I was just looking over the touring screen, which for me is great. No bugs and all weather up and over the helmet.

Fairing and screen did a great job when I found myself riding late at night in the pouring rain at highway speeds.

Overall the bike was a pleasure to ride in all conditions. During the test, temperatures ranged from 15 to 42 deg.

I rode the bike plenty at night and found the headlights did a great job.

Now the Silver Wing T400 is a big scooter. One of Cycle Torque’s testers is only 5ft 3″, and he commented on how easy the T400 was to ride, no doubt made easier by the fact the weight is low to the ground. Even two up the T400 is comfortable for both the rider and pillion.

The width of the seat was especially nice on my pillion’s behind. Despite this load, sorry dear, the bike still did it easy.

The gauges I thought were spectacular at night. Very pretty. Information wise I love the litres/100km or km/litre. You can have either.

Now most of my riding was on the highway cracking out 100km/hr down to 60km zones. I punched the bike off the mark the whole week but I still managed to get a bit over 4 litres/100km.

With a 16 litre fuel tank this equates to easily getting 300km, no matter how hard you ride the bike. Impressive I thought.

Now whether I parked this bike on the side or centre stands, I must mention the use of the hand brake situated on right front fairing – fantastic.

You just pull it on and the bike will not move. Makes it safer when you are pushing the bike off the centre stand.

You could also argue that do-wacker thieves would be confused because the scooter could not simply be pushed away. Great idea all round.

The Honda Silver Wing T400 scooter does it all. You can throw it around heavy traffic with ease and it certainly stands up on the bigger highway miles.

Heaps of luggage storage areas, which I must say I am going to miss now I am back on my conventional bike.

Factor in the fantastic economy, Honda build quality and all for $10990 + ORC, I think I could be convinced to defect.

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