Hello all. As I brand-new owner of '08 Silver Wing
I am taking my time reading
through the posts and files. It seems that it might take me a while so I
figured I'd step forward and introduce myself. I am also planning on asking a
few questions which already probably have been answered a million times but once
again, since I haven't finished going through all of the info here on this forum
I'll ask them anyway.
I am 40-yer old engineer who just started riding last year. I have always been
a car nut (not in mechanical sense of the term) but I never cared for 2-wheel
riding. It all started when my wife decided to buy me a scooter for my
birthday. After owning Yamaha Zuma for a few months I took MSF course and got
my motorcycle license. Of course, immediately after that I was ready for
something bigger then 49cc. I was able to convince my wife of a bigger scooter
and I bought 06' Reflex last August. Long story short even though I had a lot
of fun with my Reflex this spring I was ready for something bigger. After
taking a few test rides I've decided that I do not like neither sport bikes nor
cruisers. I did like sport touring bikes and maxi-scooters. After doing some
"soul searching" for a while it all came down to a few bikes (Honda DN-01, BMW
F800ST, Burgman 650, Aprilia Mana 850, Honda ST1300, Yamaha FJR, and of course
Silver Wing). After trying on ST1300 and FJR (with clutchless tranny), I've
decided that they are still too big and powerful for me. DN-01, BMW, and
Burgman were very nice but too expensive. Aprilia was good but I was worried
about its reliability. It also turned out that my beautiful Reflex with only
1100 ml was worth $2500-2800 8 month after I left a check for $5200 at a
dealership for it. Then, on Thur this week, my salesman called and said that
they have '08 Silver Wing which they'd like to sell me. The deal was so good
that I could not resist it and SW also had ABS. So, here I am, with brand-new
SW in a garage and a crappy weather outside. I did have a chance to ride it for
a little bit on Fri but now it's cold and rainy and I have to wait. Oh, by the
way, I am in WI.
Now, to the questions.
1. It seems that SW does not have a power outlet but there seem to be a spot for
it in one of the gloveboxes. How difficult is it to wire it there? Has anybody
2. It appears that almost everyone replaces windshield with the aftermarket one.
I realize that there is only one model available from Givi. With Reflex, there
were two. I am only 5'6", so I wonder if D214ST would be too big for me. Any
3. I found three forums on the web for SW. Obviously, I am already here, are
you participating on all three?
Once again I apologize if these questions have been answered before as I am
slowly working my way through this forum. I am also looking forward to
communicate with all of you here. Thank you.