Spring, two years since my SilverWing went away
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|Subject: Spring, two years since my SilverWing went away Mon Jan 27, 2020 10:16 am|| |
Spring will be two years since my SilverWing, left over 2013 went away----had reached the near 50,000 miles when I normally trade bikes----I made no mods other the NEP cruise control/Givi Adjustable Windshield/Givi rack and my E-46 box (98 model) with now over 500,000 miles....dog likes it, hole cut for his head.
I will be 81 this May---SilverWing had become a little heavy for me. It was replaced by Honda CB300F, with windshield (almost perfect) I made out of 2 Puig shields, Hepco & Becker, saddle bag rack and bags plus luggage rack (this stuff not cheap) bike was wonderful to ride/good performance.....got rid of it because bike with no CENTERSTAND pain in butt. Open chain, no trouble but another pain to lube with no centerstand. 18,000 miles with no trouble-----this bike replaced by Kymco 300i ABS, so far at near 10,000 miles=VERY Good. Puig Touring screen cut 4 inches so I can see over/My Givi Box bolted directly to rear wing,and hand rail --- My take=easier to work on than new Suzuki/Honda/Yamaha scooters I have purchased. No troubles so far, Michelen City Grip on rear, OEM still on front----at about 15,000 milesthese will be replaced by matched pair of Michelin Power Pure SC......they wear round, based on my experience with them on both Silverwings and Suzuki Burgman 400.
With the US Scooter market dead and Honda offering nothing that would work for me----And Kymco being about half the price of a Burgman 400-----I bought it, knowing it is really a stretched 250, performance better than Honda Reflex I had. So far I am happy with it. Bike weight is about 400 lbs. Fuel mileage 65-70 US MPG.
As I age further.... if necessary, may buy Kymco Like 150.
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|Subject: Re: Spring, two years since my SilverWing went away Mon Jan 27, 2020 11:59 am|| |
Ha, it's a year and three months since my Silver Wing went away and I'm not nostalgic about it all. I'm happy I downsized to the Forza and when the Yamaha Tricity 300 hits UK dealerships later this year I'll be seriously looking at it as a replacement for the Forza.
If the Tricity suits me then the Forza will go and I won't be nostalgic about it either.
Silver Wing Rider
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|Subject: Re: Spring, two years since my SilverWing went away Mon Jan 27, 2020 1:08 pm|| |
I still have my Swing and still love it, but my old age is also making those smaller bikes very tempting.
Yes, 300 cc to 150cc is looking appealing.
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|Subject: Re: Spring, two years since my SilverWing went away Tue Jan 28, 2020 7:47 am|| |
I too have downsized... But I got rid of my nearly 900 pound Goldwing and kept the 550 pound Silver Wing. Smart move for me as the little Wing is so much easier around town and for one-up, still capable for long trips. Not sure what I will get when I must drop down again, guess we will see what is available at the time. Sure wish we could get our hands on some of the Asia and Europe models... Sigh.
Silver Wing Guru
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|Subject: Re: Spring, two years since my SilverWing went away Tue Jan 28, 2020 9:57 pm|| |
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|Subject: Re: Spring, two years since my SilverWing went away Wed Jan 29, 2020 10:25 pm|| |
All that is kind of one reason I triked out my 08 SWing. I haven't had it long enough to get tired of it or want a different ride. I still like its performance and ride and trikeing it made the most sense to me at the time. I have no regrets in doing it and still like the ride now that I'm getting more and more used to it. I just hope that when, and if, Spring ever gets here I won't forget what I learned last summer. But you know what they say? The mind is the first thing to go...
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|Subject: Re: Spring, two years since my SilverWing went away Mon Feb 03, 2020 1:40 am|| |
For me it has only been about 2 months. Sold it to a guy moving from here in Michigan
to his new place in southern California. Last year I only rode it once about 300 feet or
so after pushing it from my storage rental space to where a another tenant had an air
compressor. Filled the flat and rode it back to my storage space. It's beginning to sound
like an epidemic of geezers downsizing their rides.
But actually I've been thinking about the little 155cc Yamaha S-max for tooling around
locally (mostly) and maybe also getting the newest version of the Honda Rebel 300
motorcycle. I like that low seat riding position AND! it is lighter than any of my Honda
Reflex 250 scooters. Those are on their way out as well, except for one that I will keep.
So for me, it will be a downsizing of the size and number of bikes in the stable. (From
the original 6 scooters down to 3 bikes)
Oh, and I'll still be here... I have a couple riding buddies that each have Silverwing scoots
and info and conversations will still be relevant to scooters and riding in general. (not to
mention all the other interesting stuff that shows up here.
and car tires on scooters
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|Subject: Re: Spring, two years since my SilverWing went away Mon Feb 03, 2020 11:15 pm|| |
I currently own a 2008 S'wing and a 2006 Vespa GT200. I find the Honda to be a little heavy for me as I get older. The Vespa is my second one; I had a GTS300 before the S'wing. The Vespas, being singles, are clearly not as powerful, but they will both cruise at 55-60 all day and have the most comfortable seats and riding position I've ever had on any two wheeler (and I've owned over 30 bikes and scooters, of every configuration and size). On the Modern Vespa forum, several owners also have Yamaha X-Max (300cc) scooters, and love them. Lighter bikes can be a lot of fun.
Spring, two years since my SilverWing went away