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phils a winger
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PostSubject: Silverwing 2008   Silverwing 2008 I_icon_minitimeSun Jul 07, 2019 4:59 pm

My wing is now 11 years old and 42000 miles, I know the caliper dust seal groves have corroded away and the caliper pin on the rear is seized in the caliper. In addition ocasionally you can hear the clutch slip slightly and when pulling up a smell of a burnt clutch is noticeable. Rear suspension is corroded and seems to bottem out quite a bit more. Various panels have broken tabs and i think its time to go.

Had wondered about buying a Suzuki Burgman 400 as a slight compromise, slightly smaller slightly slower and more economical. Went to look at a 2012 for £2400 with 17k miles, nice bike and got talking with the owner and was discussing my Silver wing performance, was surprised to hear the owner say that it was fine up to 70 but did not have any where near the overtaking performance of the Silver Wing and while it would accelerate beyond 70 it was slow. My overtakes start around 60 and usually end in the 90's !

Was going to either get a Royal Enfield 500 for when I retire sometime between 7 and eighteen months time, a Honda cub retro 125 ( first bike I had at 13 years old was a Honda C100)
or keep/replace the Silver Wing.

Has anyone had a 400 Burgman and found the performance vastly different ? as described , I had 3, yamaha 250 majesty
and was not dissapointed in the performance, cruised nicely at 70 and had some in reserve. Fuel consumption was around 75 /80 and the 400 owner said 50 to 60mpg, i get mid 50s with my wing.

Can get a 2013 silverwing but its £4200 , bit steep for what is 6 year old, NOS built in 2007.
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PostSubject: Re: Silverwing 2008   Silverwing 2008 I_icon_minitimeSun Jul 07, 2019 5:59 pm

I had 2 new Burgman 400's, both bought after 2008----performance fine, under seat storage big on the models I had----they are probably not as reliable as Honda----first one traded in 8,000 miles, leaking engine castings, got TMAX=fun. Second one traded at over 40,000 miles, all running fine, but at 20,000 miles in Dalton GA---rear clutch exploded, taking belt, front pulley, etc---Suzuki paid for parts and repair under warranty. New ones available is US, but quite expensive, but they are current year models------liked some of the built in features---outside temp gauge, mpg display.
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PostSubject: Re: Silverwing 2008   Silverwing 2008 I_icon_minitimeSun Jul 07, 2019 9:21 pm

Any of your choices is interesting. Least reliability in the Royal Enfield, but those REs are such classic bikes, and so easy on the eyes. Cub would be geat, smooth fun.

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PostSubject: Re: Silverwing 2008   Silverwing 2008 I_icon_minitimeMon Jul 08, 2019 1:46 am

Forgot to mention about the burgman I was looking at, at 17k it had all discs replaced I thought this was a bit low. Also when engine running it ticked over a lot higher than a silver wing and the clutch didnt engane till about 2800 rpm, when revving it sationery the engine seemed to have a slight knock asit left idle, is this normal on a 400 single, so long since I had a Majesty I cant remember if that did that as well. Bikehiker, I was thinking of the newer unit construction enfields, not the old pre unit models, so should be better on reliability and just have to accept it does what it does and not be comaring it with the Silverwing that I know I would do if I bought a burgmand and was not happy with performance.
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