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PostSubject: What manuals do I need?   Mon 06 Apr 2015, 03:37

I have the owners manual, and have ordered a service manual, will that pretty much cover everything an amateur mechanic would need? My nearest motorcycle shop is 45 miles away, and nearest Honda dealer is right at 100 miles, so I plan on doing my own servicing and minor repairs. I don't usually work on my car (no time and limited knowledge), but since I'll be retiring in a few months thought I would have time to work on the silver wing when needed. In addition to the manuals, I have a Haines scooter manual, but it is mostly geared to 50 - 150 cc scoots. Are there any other books or manuals you would recommend to a newbie rider? Thanks for the advice.
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PostSubject: Re: What manuals do I need?   Mon 06 Apr 2015, 07:13

The Honda owner's manual,and service manual has all the information one needs along with the helpful information that you can get from the forum members should make your repairs.
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PostSubject: Re: What manuals do I need?   Mon 06 Apr 2015, 08:31

The pictorials posted on here really help to tell you what the manuals are trying to convey. Laughing Thanks to JeffR and all the others who have helped over time. I know when I had to change a rear tire they really helped. [Check the computer-----work on the wheel. Repeat as needed.] Got it done with minimal swearing. cheers
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PostSubject: Re: What manuals do I need?   Mon 06 Apr 2015, 16:06

You don't say what year your Silverwing is, but even if it's an older one it shouldn't need much more than regular maintenance. After all it's a Honda. Smile As mentioned above between the manuals you have and this forum you'll be able to do anything your Silverwing will ever need done to it.
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PostSubject: Re: What manuals do I need?   Mon 06 Apr 2015, 17:18

Roger, In his intro, he said it was a 2004 with low miles. These older Silver Wings seem to hold up well. Not unlike the members here. Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: What manuals do I need?   Mon 06 Apr 2015, 22:46

Hi Yo I wish that I held up as good as the Silverwings do. I also wish more members would fill in their scooter information in the signature section of their profile. I know it's not an obligation but it is nice for people to know where a poster lives and what they ride.Wink

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I also know if I wish in one hand and crap in the other which hand will fill up first. affraid
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PostSubject: Re: What manuals do I need?   Thu 09 Apr 2015, 00:49

Thanks for the info. So far, as a newbie rider, I am the biggest threat to the health of my scoot. I know why, now, that light weight scoots were recommended for a beginner. I have dropped my scoot 4 times in 8 days, either getting off the center stand or turning it around and getting off balance. Result, 1 busted windscreen, 1 broken front break lever, a chipped piece of plastic by the right glove box, and numerous scratches. Fortunately no injuries or serious damage.
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PostSubject: Re: What manuals do I need?   Thu 09 Apr 2015, 01:13

masontx sorry to hear about your damaged parts, but scooter parts cost a lot less than people parts. Crying or Very sad   I hope you get used to your scooter quickly. You will get used to in time.
Thank you for adding your information, There's plenty of members that have been here for years and haven't added their information. I just feel it helps when people ask questions to know where they live and what they ride. I guess most of us ride Silverwings but the age can help when asking about maintenance. Cool
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PostSubject: Re: What manuals do I need?   Thu 09 Apr 2015, 04:58

Before I triked my Swing,to remove of the centre stand,let out the side stand and parking brake on,then push the Swing of the centre stand ,the parking brake with side stand out will stop it from falling to the ground.
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PostSubject: Re: What manuals do I need?   Thu 09 Apr 2015, 09:45

masontx - When parking try to plan your exit ahead of time. i.e. gauge the slope and try to position the bike so that if you are backing up you are backing up down hill. Often parking diagonally in a space is enough. If you can, keep straddling the bike when you move it - the nice thing is it is easy to stand in front of the seat on the Swing. Finally, remember to keep the bike vertical. It only leans when you are riding it at speed in a turn...

I dropped mine by leaning when coming to a stop at a stop sign... Been lucky since then but I have heard of crash bars that you can buy and mount on the Swing. I have them on my FJR which is really top heavy, but not on the Swing. They only help if you drop the bike in a clear space... Smile

Think of the scratches as battle scars and wear them proudly. Most important, try to relax with the Swing. When I first started I was tense and taking a sweeping turn was hard. I could not figure out why the bike was so hard to turn. Then I did a Tai Chi relaxation move and the bike became flickable.
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PostSubject: Re: What manuals do I need?   Fri 10 Apr 2015, 01:47

Thanks for the parking tips, but unfortunately I am locked in to a narrow piece of uneven, slightly sloping, slightly rutted piece of ground next to my car port. Parking at work is no problem, I have level hard packed dirt to park on, but at home I only have one option, unless I want to park it on the street.
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