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PostSubject: New member, Hello   New member, Hello I_icon_minitimeFri Aug 17, 2012 4:23 pm

Hey,

I'm in the middle on getting my motorcycle licence, so right now I have no bike at all. I have never ridden a bike in my life until I went to the motorcycle course about 3 weeks ago.
Really hard to decide and choose, I joined the forum to read a bit about Silverwing.
I want a machine for commuting to work, getting around in town (my work involves a lot of out-of-office time) and for getting fast through traffic jams. I need big storage since I have my laptop, papers etc with me all the time. Also some weekend fun and tour but the emphasis is on work-time (I can have my fun while working, right? Wink ).

I'm thorn between few choises:
Silverwing - I kind of want the scooter, I like the general idea - auto transmission, lots of storage etc. The Burgman is not on sale where I live, so it's the SWing then.
But after I attended the motorcycle course i found the motorcycle is not bad either.

Honda Integra - Scooter-like machine, but really not so much under-seat storage and there is chain one must pay attention to...

Honda Deauville - a full-size motorcycle! With integrated saddlebags! About 25% more expensive then the Wing! I do not mind shifting but... those traffic jams would be like low-gear-neutral-low-gear-neutral...
A great plus is the aftermarket value. Where I live the maxi-scooter market is non-existing so selling my potential Silverwing would be near-impossible. But I want to sell at some point, for upgrading.

Piaggio X10 500cc (can I write "Piaggio" in Silverwing forums? Razz ) - way cheaper than Wing. But I'm in doubt that anything coming from south Europe will beat Honda on reliabilty departement. And I would *hate* this thing breaking on me. I do have my tools and stuff but i really do not desire getting my hands dirty working on the bike... I have a business, a house, a family, i do not need a broken scooter on top of that. But it'll be cheaper and same "king-size" as the SWing.


And I have no chance to touch and test the machines because the local Honda and Piaggio dealers say they do not carry a test scooters since nobody is never buying them.... I would, d...n You, dealers!


So my head is spinning! Will keep reading forums. If anybody has anything to say, why I should get the Piaggio, say it :D


Cheers,
MD
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PostSubject: Re: New member, Hello   New member, Hello I_icon_minitimeFri Aug 17, 2012 5:13 pm

I have road a few different motorcycles, than I got hooked on the scooters.
Had a honda reflex and now just got me a swing and am lovin' it.
My honda reflex was very reliable as I hope my swing will be too! Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: New member, Hello   New member, Hello I_icon_minitimeFri Aug 17, 2012 6:00 pm

I had a 09 piaggio MP3 before my Swing. If you want reliability you cant beat the Swing.The Piaggio drive belt and rollers need to be change every 10 KL or sooner .The SW will do 25 to 50 Kl before changing.The SW is a very good scooter. The 400 Bergman is also reliable.Go visit the other forum for more info. The Reflex is another ,and good in city traffic. motorcycle
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PostSubject: Re: New member, Hello   New member, Hello I_icon_minitimeFri Aug 17, 2012 6:43 pm

Sounds like you have already decided on the S/W and a great choice. As far as the resale value, I believe you will be talking about how great it is for years to come to all your friends and it will be an easy sell. I paid $5000.00 for mine (used) a great deal at the time and have put $ 300.00 worth of lights on it and two years and 12,000 miles later I am sure I can still sell it for the same price. Around here they are still hard to find and people are buying the Burgman.
Good luck with your decision.
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PostSubject: Re: New member, Hello   New member, Hello I_icon_minitimeTue Aug 28, 2012 4:42 pm

I've put about 21000 miles on my used Silverwing in just under three years. Other than normal maintenance and tires, it has worked flawlessly.

I also have a 2007 Vespa GTS that I've owned for a little less than two years. I've put about 8000 miles on it during that time. It has also performed flawlessly during that time. Vespa is owned by Piaggio and they share engines and other parts.

I would suggest that you also consider the new X10 350. It has a brand new motor that has extended maintenance schedules that rival the Honda. The 350 motor puts out 33 horsepower (24 kw) vs the Silverwing's 48-50 hp (35 kw), but it also weighs 100 pounds less than the Honda. Top speed is about 85 mph and owners are reporting about 60-65 mpg (US), which is better than the Silverwing generally gets. It is probably priced lower than the Silverwing also.

The modernvespa.com forum has a decent amount of info on the new Piaggio 350. Please note that it is mostly about the BV 350, which shares most of its components, but is a 16" diameter wheel/sit-up-straight style. I would guess that most of the info on the BV's reliability and performance should apply to the new X10 350 as well.

If I had both available today, I would probably buy the 350 motor over the 500 motor, if I were looking at switching scoots.
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PostSubject: Re: New member, Hello   New member, Hello I_icon_minitimeTue Aug 28, 2012 5:07 pm

hello solorider here. I have a honda swing 2004 Interested in keeping it maintained no issues as yet. would like to learn to routine service and general maintainence.
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PostSubject: Re: New member, Hello   New member, Hello I_icon_minitimeTue Aug 28, 2012 7:02 pm

Howdy SOLORIDER (even if you did join someones introduction). The best place to learn about the Silverwing is to go to the maintenance section and the pictorials. A lot of people have put information there to help all of us. Check it out. Also, if you don't have a shop manual, it's a good investment.
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PostSubject: Re: New member, Hello   New member, Hello I_icon_minitimeWed Aug 29, 2012 12:33 pm

hi md go for the silverwing its a good bike i am absolutely loving mine only had it 2 weeks , but i can tell you now its great .
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