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PostSubject: Bonjour hullo from the Cote d'Azur   Sun Jul 15, 2018 2:29 pm

Great forum, and time to say hello. Been riding bikes for near 40 years now, and current rides are...
BMW 1150gs ADV which I bought new in 2004 and have cover 160,000kms
1994 FJ1200ABS, which is torque-tastic
2 x XT600 Teneres.
1 x Yamaha 250 Majesty
1 x 2013 600 Silver Wing

Having ridden bikes for years, never considered a scooter. Then, got talking to a guy who was looking to sell his Yamaha 250 Majesty which he'd had for years and mainly used 2 or 3 times a year on the back of his campervan. So, I bought it, loved it, but was a little small for my 120kg 190m frame, or 250lbs/6'3"
The Silver wing was a revelation.Bigger, comfier, and much better handling than the Yamaha. So I've been commuting on it last couple of weeks, on my daily 100km round trip, and it's perfect. So today, took the wife on the back up over the Col d'Allos, then back over the Col de la Bonnette which is the highest paved road in Europe at over 2800m. All in all, we did 350kms in 7 hours, which considering the terrain isn't half bad. I'm hooked :-)



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PostSubject: Re: Bonjour hullo from the Cote d'Azur   Sun Jul 15, 2018 2:36 pm

Not sure if this'll work? Tried embedding photos direct from Google. No go

https://photos.app.goo.gl/H1jHy16EzPKLRcKt6
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PostSubject: Re: Bonjour hullo from the Cote d'Azur   Sun Jul 15, 2018 2:42 pm

Oh, and more info on the scooter. July 2013 model, 25,000kms, extras include winter leg cover (tablier in French), heated handlebar grips, winter hand muffs, auxiliary lights fitted to the front of the bike, Shad topbox with built in LED brake lights.
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PostSubject: Re: Bonjour hullo from the Cote d'Azur   Sun Jul 15, 2018 3:42 pm

Hello Robbo. Welcome to the forum. Nice introduction and nice photos. Some of them might qualify for a forum photo. You can create your own personal photo album in the, umm, Album section (blue tool bar). But maybe you'll need to have a few more posts before the forum allows you to do that.

BTW if you find that, at 6'3" you're a bit cramped for legroom that butt stop can be pushed back a bit more (hex bolts under the seat), removed entirely, or raised up on DIY brackets to give more legroom as well as lumbar support.

Again, welcome to the forum.

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PostSubject: Re: Bonjour hullo from the Cote d'Azur   Sun Jul 15, 2018 4:41 pm

Hello from o-HI-o robbo, like the rest of us enjoying the S'Winging ride.
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PostSubject: Re: Bonjour hullo from the Cote d'Azur   Sun Jul 15, 2018 4:46 pm

robbo
welcome to the forum and can i just second nice photos/ tide report. Glad to hear your liking the Silverwing which when I solo tour France is my ride of choice.
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PostSubject: Re: Bonjour hullo from the Cote d'Azur   Sun Jul 15, 2018 5:43 pm




welcome welcome welcome


Nice photos!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Bonjour hullo from the Cote d'Azur   Sun Jul 15, 2018 7:43 pm

Glad to have you here. Great photos. Do start an album when you can. Beautiful country you've been touring!
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PostSubject: Re: Bonjour hullo from the Cote d'Azur   Sun Jul 15, 2018 11:30 pm

Welcome Robbo! Just curious. What kind of sandwich is that? Looks good.
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PostSubject: Re: Bonjour hullo from the Cote d'Azur   Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:16 am

Cosmic_Jumper wrote:
Hello Robbo. Welcome to the forum. Nice introduction and nice photos. Some of them might qualify for a forum photo. You can create your own personal photo album in the, umm, Album section (blue tool bar). But maybe you'll need to have a few more posts before the forum allows you to do that.

BTW if you find that, at 6'3" you're a bit cramped for legroom that butt stop can be pushed back a bit more (hex bolts under the seat), removed entirely, or raised up on DIY brackets to give more legroom as well as lumbar support.

Again, welcome to the forum.

Tim

Thanks TIM, I'll have a look at the backrest, as I do feel another inch or so back would make all the difference. Will let you know how I get on.
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PostSubject: Re: Bonjour hullo from the Cote d'Azur   Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:17 am

Dale N. wrote:
Welcome Robbo! Just curious. What kind of sandwich is that? Looks good.

Hey Dale, that sandwich was made up of Jambon Cru (smoked mountain ham typical in the region), tangy goats cheese and some Roquefort blue cheese. It was lovely Razz
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PostSubject: Re: Bonjour hullo from the Cote d'Azur   Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:46 am

What magic is this...side by side headlamps? Is this the Swing?

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PostSubject: Re: Bonjour hullo from the Cote d'Azur   Mon Jul 16, 2018 3:00 am

Mighty Mouse wrote:
What magic is this...side by side headlamps? Is this the Swing?


Funny you should say that as I've noticed the UK models, and assume now the USA models don't have that? The last evolution in Europe has the double lights, from 2010/2011 onwards....

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PostSubject: Re: Bonjour hullo from the Cote d'Azur   Mon Jul 16, 2018 3:37 am

Hi Robbo, sadly only mainland Europe got the facelifted SW-T 600 Silver Wing, l saw my first one in Innsbruck in Austria in 2009 and was naive enough back then to think Honda UK would bring them and I'd maybe get one when I ordered my new Silver Wing in September 2010.

Apart from side by side headlights instead of the stacked ones we all have, yours has black fork legs and cast wheels, and repositioned indicators. The instruments are different and the rear end is curvier with different lights and indicators. In some countries like Italy a 400 version was available too.
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PostSubject: Re: Bonjour hullo from the Cote d'Azur   Mon Jul 16, 2018 4:35 am

Hi Meldrew, my SW is a 2009, 600GT,same as Robo's, with a T-switch purchased here in NZ last February with 3000 K's on the clock, It too has twin headlights and the revised instrument cluster and computer fuel read out etc. The rear end treatment is also different and looks a little less "bulky", if I may say so. The bug bear is that it does not have the cigarette lighter/power socket that my previous older model had. It was a second hand import ex Japan and I am ecstatic about it compared to the previous older model. The down side is that I have been unable to source an aftermarket Givi screen for it !!. Apart from the very different body work and lights


I think all the mechanicals are identical to the original 600.
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PostSubject: Re: Bonjour hullo from the Cote d'Azur   Mon Jul 16, 2018 6:07 am

G'day mate, or is it just Aussies that say that.  Looking on the Givi UK website, there's two screens for your version of the Silver Wing. The usual taller by 18cm/7" DT 318 T and the AF 218 Airflow.

A lot of Italian motorcycle accessories stores also sell their stuff on eBay sites, although I've no idea the cost of shipping and importing gear to the land of the long white cloud.
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PostSubject: Re: Bonjour hullo from the Cote d'Azur   Mon Jul 16, 2018 6:20 am

Hi again Meldrew, Kiwi's just say G'day ! The mate's an Ausie thing !! Thanks for the heads up about the UK Givi site, never thought to look there, although I did look at a couple of NL and French sites but could not make head or tails out of them. I have found the standard screen as fitted to this bike to be measurably better than the original on my earlier model, but I do miss the hand extensions on the Givi aftermarket one I purchased from Italy for that bike. Now armed with the numbers I will try again. -- By the way, shipping from Italy was not that expensive at all, a lot less than stuff from the States. Another thing, I do get much better gas mileage from this bike then the older model, by about 20% ?? (current reading from dash is 24.1 kilometer per litre)
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PostSubject: Re: Bonjour hullo from the Cote d'Azur   Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:08 am

Bonjour, robbo and bienvenue on this forum. Your pictures are tasty as I imagine your sandwich was. I am already looking forward to more !
pgnz, I can't help but see that the Silverwing morphed into the Forza! I don't know if anybody sees it that way, but the pics of the later models of the Silverwing remind me of the Forza.

Jay.
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PostSubject: Re: Bonjour hullo from the Cote d'Azur   Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:20 am

Welcome aboard the board Robbo. Lovely terrain you rode in ... thanks for posting up the pics.
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PostSubject: Re: Bonjour hullo from the Cote d'Azur   Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:52 am

Meldrew wrote:
Hi Robbo, sadly only mainland Europe got the facelifted SW-T 600 Silver Wing, l saw my first one in Innsbruck in Austria in 2009 and was naive enough back then to think Honda UK would bring them and I'd maybe get one when I ordered my new Silver Wing in September 2010.

Apart from side by side headlights instead of the stacked ones we all have, yours has black fork legs and cast wheels, and repositioned indicators. The instruments are different and the rear end is curvier with different lights and indicators. In some countries like Italy a 400 version was available too.

Yeah they have the 400 here in France too, it's physically identical to the 600, and more popular as the insurance is way cheaper in France, though I pay 300Euros a year for all the options fully comp. The advantages of being 55 with a clean insurance record for many, many years
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PostSubject: Re: Bonjour hullo from the Cote d'Azur   Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:19 pm

Dale N. wrote:
Welcome Robbo! Just curious. What kind of sandwich is that? Looks good.


Leave it to Dale to be more interested in the food than the ride. Me thinks he spends too much time with Harley riders. Laughing

Tho, that sandwich did look good and sounded even better. Glad it's lunch time.
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PostSubject: Re: Bonjour hullo from the Cote d'Azur   Mon Jul 16, 2018 5:42 pm

Welcome, "robbo", from the central U.S.... Kansas !! Beautiful pictures you took on your trip. Not unlike our Rocky Mountains. Can't agree with Dale though... that sandwich just doesn't thrill me like it does him... Smile Neutral Anyway, lots of great advice already given here and much more info to be gleaned for your use. Welcome again.
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PostSubject: Re: Bonjour hullo from the Cote d'Azur   Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:58 pm

Welcome. Nice pics. Send more any time.
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PostSubject: Re: Bonjour hullo from the Cote d'Azur   Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:18 pm

Who knew? I thought all SW where the same. I like the EURO model. Dual headlights and rear looks better.... Learn something new everyday good bad or crap. Welcome.
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PostSubject: Re: Bonjour hullo from the Cote d'Azur   Sun Jul 29, 2018 4:28 am

Good to hear from other silverwing riders. I have just traded my CBF1000 for an 09 silverwing to gain the benefit of being able to move my feet to different positions when riding, rather than keeping them on foot pegs. Not having to change gears all the time is an excellent idea. The only downside is the butt stop which becomes really annoying after a while, so have removed it pending a conversion to a backrest. Otherwise no regrets.
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