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Mike B
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PostSubject: Introduction From the Deep South   Wed Feb 21, 2018 1:39 pm

Hello Silver Wing riders,
My name is Mike and I have a beautiful 2009 Silver Wing that I purchased in the spring of 2009. Before I purchased my scooter I had no experience with any type of motorcycle or scooter. It had always been something that I wanted to try. My thoughts were start with a scooter and then if I liked it I would move on to a motorcycle. Then I saw a Honda Reflex at work and was intrigued by its style. I discovered that the Reflex was no longer in production but the Silver Wing was. So I went to the Honda dealer but they did not have one in stock. I bought one sight unseen! When the day came to pick it up I was amazed at how big it was! I had it delivered to my house because at that time I had zero riding experience. I started out on neighborhood streets and worked my way up, got my motorcycle endorsement and the rest is history.

I love my scooter and have put 30,000 miles on it since then. Above I mentioned that my plan was to graduate to a motorcycle in time. Well that time came a couple of months ago. I have been eyeing Triumph Bonnevilles for quite some time and I went to the dealer. They offered me $3000.00 for my scoot towards the purchase of a 2017 Bonnie. I told them I would think about it. I went home and started to feel guilty about trading the Silver Wing! I concluded that yes the Bonnie is a nice bike but being that I am mainly a commuter rider, the Bonnie would be for pleasure only. So i'm keeping the Swing! I believe it is unmatched in its versatility.

I would like to thank all of the members of the forum for their knowledge that has helped me over the years. I like to do all of the maintenance and repairs myself and this site has helped me out a great deal. As my scoot gets older their are things that need attention other than general maintenance. That is why you are hearing from me now. I am in the process of inspecting the transmission and have a few questions to ask. I will save them for the latest topics section.
Thanks,
Mike
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Dale N.
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PostSubject: Re: Introduction From the Deep South   Wed Feb 21, 2018 2:08 pm

Hi Mike and Welcome to the best SWing site on the net. There's lots of info here with lots of people ready and willing to help. I've learned a lot just by being a member here.
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oldwingguy
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PostSubject: Re: Introduction From the Deep South   Wed Feb 21, 2018 2:29 pm

Welcome from o-HI-o y'all.
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Mike B
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PostSubject: Re: Introduction From the Deep South   Wed Feb 21, 2018 2:32 pm

Thanks for the welcome Dale and oldwingguy. Yes I have learned many things on this site and hope to contribute as well.
Mike
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Mike B
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PostSubject: Re: Introduction From the Deep South   Wed Feb 21, 2018 2:55 pm

My first attempt at a picture so here goes.
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PostSubject: Re: Introduction From the Deep South   Wed Feb 21, 2018 5:20 pm

Mike B, that's a fine looking SWing. I like the wine colour. You have racked up an impressive number of miles so you are well acquainted with your bike.
The "search" feature is a great resource but if it is not forthcoming with what you need, just ask. Most of us here are willing to jump in. Lots of well-informed owners and enthusiasts !
Welcome to the fold.
Jay.
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Mech 1 twa
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PostSubject: Re: Introduction From the Deep South   Wed Feb 21, 2018 6:12 pm

Hello Mike. Much good info. here. Never too young or old to learn to ride.
I've owned much more powerful bikes and still do but I love to ride SW. If I want to go fast and far I'll take a motorcycle for the day. I've done 4-5 days on SW 7-800 miles its great.


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carolina wing rider
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PostSubject: Introduction   Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:08 pm

Welcome to the forum Mike and greetings from North Carolina.
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BSKB 24
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PostSubject: Re: Introduction From the Deep South   Thu Mar 15, 2018 2:56 pm

Mike, Is that the stock seat or an aftermarket seat? I'm 6'4" and took the butt stop off mine. I still don't like it because the hard plastic hits me in the backside. Have been considering trying to find an aftermarket seat that will allow me to sit back more comfortably.
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carolina wing rider
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PostSubject: Introduction   Thu Mar 15, 2018 2:59 pm

Welcome to a great forum Mike.
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The Bern
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PostSubject: Re: Introduction From the Deep South   Thu Mar 15, 2018 3:28 pm

BSKB 24 wrote:
Mike,  Is that the stock seat or an aftermarket seat? I'm 6'4" and took the butt stop off mine. I still don't like it because the hard plastic hits me in the backside. Have been considering trying to find an aftermarket seat that will allow me to sit back more comfortably.

You can gain an extra 1 1/4" saddle length & retain the bum stop by simply relocating the mounting brackets bud. In standard form the brackets are held by two bolts each, undo them & drop the brakets down so they are now held in place by one bolt each

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PostSubject: Re: Introduction From the Deep South   Thu Mar 15, 2018 3:40 pm

The Bern wrote:
BSKB 24 wrote:
Mike,  Is that the stock seat or an aftermarket seat? I'm 6'4" and took the butt stop off mine. I still don't like it because the hard plastic hits me in the backside. Have been considering trying to find an aftermarket seat that will allow me to sit back more comfortably.

You can gain an extra 1 1/4" saddle length & retain the bum stop by simply relocating the mounting brackets bud.  In standard form the brackets are held by two bolts each, undo them & drop the brakets down so they are now held in place by one bolt each


Thanks for the tip. I will take a look to see if that looks good. By the way, all my ancestry is from the Isle of Wight and Portsmouth! thumbs up
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PostSubject: Re: Introduction From the Deep South   Thu Mar 15, 2018 3:55 pm

You're welcome bud, some pic's ....

Standard position ...



Position with moved brackets ...



Relocated brackets should look like ...



It's quick & easy mod' & best of all ... it's FREE Smile Hope it works for you
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Mike B
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PostSubject: Re: Introduction From the Deep South   Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:25 pm

BSBK 24, it is a stock seat that I removed the butt stop and added padding where the brackets were and then had it recovered by a local upholstery shop. The cost was about $300 dollars. I'm 6 feet tall so I wanted a little more room.
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PostSubject: Re: Introduction From the Deep South   Sat Mar 17, 2018 5:57 am

Hi Mike B, that's a great fix for the short seat problem. I have the same issue , being 6'3", o I've tried many things , but not this. Very inovative of you.
BSBK 24, I tried a Corbin Seat on my Silverwing. They make very nice aftermarket motorcycle seats but they are not so good with this scooter. They manufacturer a new fiberglass bottom for it which is lower than the original seat. So not only at you 1.5 inches lower but my helmet no longer fit under the seat. Also, the workmanshipwas subpar. Rivets used to hold brackets and suport structure on to the seat cracked the fiberglass in several places ate every rivet. It was a real Fiasco. They were nice enough to take it back, even though it is a custom order, considering the fiberglass living all over the place. I don't think this is Corbin's normal product. They have a good reputation but they missed the mark on this product. I think they've discontinued it.

There is a company, can't remember the name, that has you ride to one of their Associates, they measure you sitting on the scooter and design you a seat. I don't remember the name and I haven't tried it but they also have a good rap.
Draco

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Mech 1 twa
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PostSubject: Re: Introduction From the Deep South   Sat Mar 17, 2018 5:56 pm

Want more room and a backrest for $60 ? Search Ebay silverwing backrest.

Steel bracket converts seat bumper into a backrest. I've been using it for 2 years much more room on seat. It includes a small pad to hide the plastic bracket on seat. Angle can be adjusted with washers and longer bolts on backrest if needed. Easy to install direct bolt on nothing to modify and can removed with no issues.
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Bairdb
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PostSubject: Re: Introduction From the Deep South   Sat Mar 17, 2018 10:57 pm

Did that mod. On my 2013 and it really worked for me.
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kathleen1953
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PostSubject: Also from the deep south   Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:58 pm

Hi Mike!
Glad to see another Silver wing rider nearby!
I'm in Gulfport. Mississippi!
Welcome!1
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Tn Traveler
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PostSubject: Re: Introduction From the Deep South   Fri Apr 27, 2018 9:07 am

A WARM WELCOME back.
Written from the Land of Davy Crockett in the
mountains of East Tn.
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Ejscoot
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PostSubject: Re: Introduction From the Deep South   Sat May 19, 2018 4:35 pm

The Bern I like your seat mod. I just put on a givi dt214 windscreen and the extra 1.5" or so puts my line of sight just about right.
Thanks.
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steve_h80
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PostSubject: Re: Introduction From the Deep South   Sat May 19, 2018 4:47 pm

But back to the original post. Did you buy the bonnie as well as the sw?
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