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 My new Leftover 2013 SilverWing

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PostSubject: My new Leftover 2013 SilverWing   Wed Mar 19, 2014 10:24 am

My new SilverWing has now been on the road 6-8 weeks and 2000 miles. As it is second new SilverWing for me, I am not a virgin on all issues.

Trade in for the SilverWing 2012 Burgman 400 (another leftover) 34,000 miles and my 2nd Burgman 400. My reason for getting rid of Burgman=foul handling/tire sensitive=not fun to ride fast. Liked: electric plug/mpg read out/temp outside read out.
Got about 10mpg more than SilverWing.....but of course 200cc displacement difference. Underseat storage maybe bigger/easier to use.


Did 600 mile check at home. No defects. Don't bother to check valve clearance...maybe at around 40,000 miles.

Installed Givi Adjustable Windshield as it gives about the best level of comfort, looking over!! on current Maxi-scooter designs.

Givi Monokey Rack and Givi passenger back rest----my 500,000 mile plus E-46 Givi box works===but weight can be felt.

Used Rotella 15-40 oil and Fram filter from WalMart and stuck using it again as my last 2 trips to local WalMart house brand oil not available

Monkeyed around with rider's backrest---finding forward better as it puts nose closer to tip of windshield and probably reducing buffeting around head.

Left rear shocks on2---@180 plus junk carried under seat works for me.

Assembled tool kit for on the road...and checked to make sure I have what I might need....including set of mc jumper cables!

So far happy with scooter. Performance fine and ridden as scooter (putt putt) all day comfort is fine----at 400 miles in day my neck starts to hurt(deer strike 1990), foam ear plugs get uncomfortable----butt does not hurt (no underwear). Take a big break at this point, read a mc magazine for awhile and I can go on for another 100 miles or so if necessary. Do not hurry is the secret and keep from getting bored.

Previous experience with IRC rear replacement on 1st SilverWing= liked

. OEM IRC rear

on the new bike=starting to wear square!! Maybe the car tire people would like that.

RIDE ON in both tires.

Going to work on electric (fused) plug off battery for my electric bib---wonderful after water has run down neck.

As lots of air is moving around behind windshield and leg fairing---professional quality motorcycle clothes really add to comfort (flapping is tiresome)

Bottom Line: Considering what I paid $8000 for fresh bike I am happy-----Burgman 650 would have been $3000 or so more (too much for scooter) and BMW more out the door, SilverWing, although somewhat dated design works for me---I tried Forza but black wheels turn me off! Vespa I tried/like but no dealers, 10,000 mile belt life and are they fix it again tony??, prem. fuel and funny oil requirements, too.
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PostSubject: Re: My new Leftover 2013 SilverWing   Wed Mar 19, 2014 12:04 pm


Nice write up John. The SWing is a nice bike which is why I kept mine for 7 years.
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PostSubject: Re: My new Leftover 2013 SilverWing   Wed Mar 19, 2014 6:11 pm

Thanks John. Very good write up. Very dependable bike. That is why I got my 02 2.5 years ago.
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PostSubject: Re: My new Leftover 2013 SilverWing   Thu Mar 20, 2014 9:30 am

Well said John. Mine at 13K is running better all the time!  queen 
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