Vehicles — 2003 Honda Silver Wing

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Honda Silver Wing

Maybe I never should have gotten rid of the Tengai. Or perhaps I should just never have bought the Bandit. Though I really enjoyed my time spent with the latter vehicle (and, for that matter, the former), my time with it was cut short after just over a year and 5000 miles.

While I lost the bike. in reality I could have lost much more .

So, while I recovered from that little mishap, I tried to shake the motorcycle bug from my system. Most people I know assumed, given what I went through, that doing so would be a no-brainer. But a select few, those who have known me for a long time and know me well, did not necessarily agree.

They knew that motorcycling is in my blood — for whatever reason, 2 wheels and a motor just really gets my heart pumping.

But the whole incident with the Bandit did not leave me completely unfazed. While I have always believed strongly that life is for living — not merely existing — I did not want to put myself in a situation where I would have any temptation to ride in a sporting manner, go off-road, or anything else that has a higher likelihood of misfortune when on two wheels. Yet I could not fight the urge to return to motorcycling. Basically a compromise of sorts was in order, but what?

I’ve never been a big fan of cruisers, and the likes of a Honda Gold Wing or BMW tourer seemed a bit much and not really me.

Enter the Honda Silver Wing. The first maxi-scooter to enter the U.S. market, in 2002. Now most any serious motorcycle fan would never have given even a passing thought when it comes to scooters.

Though I was always mildly intrigued by them, at least such vehicles as the Honda Helix (which was, admittedly, one of the most repulsive things on two wheels). The major pitfall was always power, followed closely by issues like handling (usually compromised by unsprung weight caused by the location of the motor).

On paper it looked like a potential good fit, but I figured a test ride was in order before making a decision. Surprisingly, to me anyway, a lot of people were apparently interested in this new breed of scooter, since by June of 2002, all of Columbus was sold out. In early fall, I found a used one (the owner had dropped it and decided to part ways) in Lancaster, so I went for my test ride.

Honda Silver Wing

I walked away with mixed feelings at the time, and spent the winter pondering whether this would really fill my motorcycling void.

Spring of 2003 rolled around, and after another test ride, and a test ride of a Suzuki Burgman 650 (the 2nd maxi-scooter in our country), I decided it did. It has adequate, though admittedly not overwhelming power, handles acceptably, and is probably the second most comfortable 2-wheeler I’ve sat on, behind only it’s bigger brother, the Gold Wing.

Even with the Bandit, on which I would enjoy the occasional burst of acceleration on any longer ride, I found most of my miles were touring-style riding. And it is here where the Silver Wing excels. The thick, sculpted seat, the soft, touring suspension, decent wind protection, smooth power delivery (made even more effortless by way of the scooter-esque automatic transmission), and upright ergonomics make for an excellent touring machine.

And of course, being essentially a really big moped (which is how my insurance basically classifies it), there’s no pretense on the road, no temptation to ride in a sporty manner or do anything other than just putter along, enjoying the experience. Accordingly, there’s no need for me to really even consider customizations or modifications, though I may plop in a KN air filter (it has fuel injection with an auto-enricher function, so I shouldn’t have the issues with a lean mixture that I did with the Bandit), not so much for performance but because the air filter looks to be a pain to check/replace.

So that’s it. Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions or comments.

Honda Silver Wing

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