Number of posts : 11
Location : Tulsa, OK
Points : 1360
Registration date : 2016-11-01
|Subject: Finally here? Sat May 23, 2020 11:29 am|| |
Looking at '09 non-ABS S'Wing with literally 14964 miles.
Reading all I have about changing the drive belt when recommended, would anyone have a problem with a 300 mile return ride home after purchase? Why or why not? I look forward to your replies. Good day.
Silver Wing Guru
Number of posts : 1535
Location : Hocking Hills U.S.A.
Points : 3339
Registration date : 2016-01-29
|Subject: Re: Finally here? Sat May 23, 2020 12:44 pm|| |
Not me, check tires, check fluids fuel up add a can of Sea Foam and ride it home. 16 k is the recommended belt change interval unless the V light comes on.
Silver Wing Expert
Number of posts : 909
Age : 69
Location : HI
Points : 2641
Registration date : 2015-12-18
|Subject: Re: Finally here? Sat May 23, 2020 1:27 pm|| |
Inspect the bike's lights, brakes, oil levels including the rear differential. Check the tire pressure (29 front; 33 rear). Check tires for signs of cracking sidewalls. Get any maintenance documentation you can from the seller. Bring the appropriate riding gear with you. Lastly check the weather forecast on the day you plan to ride it home. Enjoy your new ride and ride cautiously and bring that baby to it's new home!
Number of posts : 2904
Age : 81
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Registration date : 2009-08-18
|Subject: Re: Finally here? Sat May 23, 2020 5:03 pm|| |
Take rain gear, rubber overboots and of course foam ear plugs. bike should run.
Number of posts : 10
Location : NW Georgia - USA
Points : 55
Registration date : 2020-05-18
|Subject: Re: Finally here? Sat May 23, 2020 8:37 pm|| |
I'll echo the checks everyone else mentions. I rode my first Silverwing home last weekend-- only about 140 miles though. It had 15,824 miles ... so simar situation. It was a great ride
Enjoy the ride home with your new Swing
Super Scooter Rider
Number of posts : 295
Age : 66
Location : Delray Beach FL
Points : 1087
Registration date : 2018-07-07
|Subject: Re: Finally here? Sat May 23, 2020 9:09 pm|| |
I've purchased four Silver Wings in various corners of Florida and ridden them home across distances ranging from 60 to 300 miles.
One of my Wings was a 2003 with 12k miles. I bought it in the middle of summer on the Gulf coast of Florida (I live on the Atlantic coast) and had a 187 mile ride home. The shortest route was through the Everglades. I normally wouldn't take that route; it's very isolated. But I figured, what the heck, live a little, right?
The weather was fine as I started out, but I got waylayed for three hours by a professional Florida thunderstorm, the kind where you expect Noah's ark to float by any minute. Stand outside (or ride) for thirty seconds and you are as wet as if you jumped into a swimming pool with your clothes on. Pools of standing water can shut down a car in seconds.
After waiting it out, I ended up riding through the Glades in the dark of night. I was so tired I had tunnel vision (your headlights start to look like you're riding into a tunnel that keeps getting smaller). I had to yell at myself to stay awake. There was no place to stop, no shoulders on the road, no traffic in either direction, no cell signal. If I broke down, I could probably have taken my pick of what creature might come along in the dark -- Panther? Black bear? Alligator? And in recent years, boa constrictor?
The Silver Wing ran like a Swiss watch. The only checks I made before my ride were oil level, tire pressure, headlights and brake lights. I thanked the Japanese engineers who created the Silver Wing many times that night. If your bike is a typical Wing, odds are very high you're going to be just fine on your ride home.
Touring Scooter Rider
Number of posts : 364
Location : Mid-Western Ontario Canada
Points : 4003
Registration date : 2010-09-15
|Subject: Re: Finally here? Sun May 24, 2020 8:40 am|| |
- oldwingguy wrote:
- Not me, check tires, check fluids fuel up add a can of Sea Foam and ride it home. 16 k is the recommended belt change interval unless the V light comes on.
^^ +2 ^^ plus the tire pressures and check lights/brakes for functionality before taking off. You should be good to go as these bikes are pretty bullet proof unless something is broken or dramatically wrong with it.
Number of posts : 76
Location : East Central Illinois
Points : 333
Registration date : 2019-10-22
|Subject: Re: Finally here? Sat May 30, 2020 7:23 pm|| |
When I bought mine it was nasty and had had oil changes and plugs done over the years plus a belt 8000 miles prior. It also had the added attraction of falling over. It only ever really needed standard maintenance and fork service. The tires were newer Pirellis so I didn't worry about the 30 miles home. Handled like crap but it would have done 300. It had 27000 miles on it when I bought it. I would go cross country on it now and it looks great with a body refurb over winter.
Silver Wing Rider
Number of posts : 471
Location : South East England
Points : 1889
Registration date : 2016-10-01
|Subject: Re: Finally here? Tue Jun 02, 2020 2:17 pm|| |
I'd risk it. Those belts will go beyond 16,000 miles (depending on the treatment they've had).
Make sure all the above is checked though.