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PostSubject: TOP 5 UPGRADES   TOP 5 UPGRADES I_icon_minitimeMon Mar 14, 2016 4:16 am

Dear silverwing aficionados,
The sheer volume of information on this great forum is impressive for a newbie like myself. But it has a downside as well. I have to eat, work and sleep too.
So, I need to "cheat " a bit here.
If you would only be allowed 5 upgrades (or modifications) on a standard Silverwing, how would your list look like? In order of importance.
I do realize you could make a TOP 5 for safety modifications, one for general comfort improvements and one for performance enhancement (you can if you want to of course).
But I prefer it the hard way... only allowed 5.
I can't wait!
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PostSubject: Re: TOP 5 UPGRADES   TOP 5 UPGRADES I_icon_minitimeMon Mar 14, 2016 8:11 am

First understanding it is a scooter and regardless of what you do, it remains a scooter.

My list based on 2 new SilverWings and near 70,000 miles of use.

#1 Windshield change---GIVI adjustable seems to work best.

#2 Throttle stop "cruise control" NEP works well for me

#3 GIVI rack for Monokey box


Nothing more---just ride it, I leave drivetrain alone---if performance doesn't please---get a motorcycle.
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PostSubject: Re: TOP 5 UPGRADES   TOP 5 UPGRADES I_icon_minitimeMon Mar 14, 2016 8:34 am

1  S'Wing, my  first it came with a Givi windshield and a brand new GIVI Maxia monokey box and mount, I put a throttle lock on. The box and mount were never put on and probably won't be at least by me. Maybe if there is another belt change I'll consider sliders but 16 K for me is way down the pike. Performance wise it suits me just fine.
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PostSubject: Re: TOP 5 UPGRADES   TOP 5 UPGRADES I_icon_minitimeMon Mar 14, 2016 8:52 am

I would have to agree with John for only 3 mods. As for box on back. I never thought I wanted one, but the Swing I bought already had one and now I wouldn't do without.
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PostSubject: Re: TOP 5 UPGRADES   TOP 5 UPGRADES I_icon_minitimeMon Mar 14, 2016 9:08 am

For me, the 12 volt socket in the left pocket is helpful! Also the buttrest to backrest conversion and the top box. If allowed a couple more, replacing the under seat light with a Honda unit WITH switch was easy and allows me to not worry about draining battery but still have light available. Next the Cee Bailey is a good addition! Have fun.
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PostSubject: Re: TOP 5 UPGRADES   TOP 5 UPGRADES I_icon_minitimeMon Mar 14, 2016 10:44 am

Everyone has their own priority and use for the Silverwing, whether it be around town or long trips.
As someone who has had most every modification out there, I submit my top 5 based on usability.

1. Replace underseat light with the switch like Glenn said.
2. Add top box. If you ride with things like rain suit, and basic tools and safety items the underseat
storage can fill up quick.  Its always good to have space to lock up your helmet and extra riding gear
when you get to the mall and don't want to lug it around.
3. Fork mounted lighting that lights where your front wheel is pointed
4. Left pocket 12 volt socket.
5. This is really based on your physical size and comfort needs. (Pick one, I guess)
---A: Replacement Seat
---B: Mirror Extenders
---C: Throttle Lock
---D: Aftermarket Windscreen

All of the above can be done with top name brand parts for under $1000.
You might be able to get away with half as much if you don't go with GIVI or Corbin.


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PostSubject: Re: TOP 5 UPGRADES   TOP 5 UPGRADES I_icon_minitimeMon Mar 14, 2016 11:08 am

1) Disconnect trunk light
2) Windscreen upgrade, first Clearview, now Givi AF214
3) Mirror extenders
4) Throttle lock & wrist rest
5) Hyperpro front springs
6) 12V power outlet in left cubby
7) Dr Pulley sliding weights
8 Tank/Hump bag
9) Cargo plate, in lieu of top case, added to tail wing  
10) Hyper lights added under cargo plate using Perfect Connector wire harness adapter.


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PostSubject: Re: TOP 5 UPGRADES   TOP 5 UPGRADES I_icon_minitimeMon Mar 14, 2016 11:35 am

1. Givi/Other top case or rack/bag
2. Auxiliary power outlet, glove box or other
3. Mirror extenders
4. Additional lights - driving/tail lamps
5. Windscreen


Additionally, not essential, but for performance would be Dr. Pulley sliders, 26g seems to be the ones to balance performance with economy. TPMS saves some time and can give early warning when riding, but can always go back to manually checking tires before each ride.
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PostSubject: Re: TOP 5 UPGRADES   TOP 5 UPGRADES I_icon_minitimeMon Mar 14, 2016 2:14 pm

Thanks for all those great lists so far guys!
So many experience and miles squeezed on 1 page.
Every rider has different needs of course, but that makes those little lists even richer!
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PostSubject: Re: TOP 5 UPGRADES   TOP 5 UPGRADES I_icon_minitimeMon Mar 14, 2016 4:17 pm

It's hard to make a list of 10, let alone 5, so I gave you my top 10 with the top 5 first.
BUT your priorities may differ. Also, the differences in rider weight and height will make some more relevant then others.

Some of us have no problem with the seat, handling and performance, while others need those shortcomings addressed because we are older, wider, heavier and stiffer and can no longer mount and ride a standard MC.



1- Givi windshield
2- Corbin seat with backrest
3- Kuryakyn ISO grips w/throttle lock and weights
4- Tailbox
    (Don't pick an extra large one, it will make you too top-heavy when loaded)
5- More lighting
    Both for conspicuity (rear lights) and for forward vision (LED fork lights) upgrade headlight bulbs
6- Mount for cell phone with USB power outlet and 12v socket
7- K&N air filter
8- Iridium spark plugs
9- 26g Dr Pully sliders (at belt change) for better acceleration with lower cruise RPM & Higher MPG
10- Hyperpro fork springs and Hagon rear shocks

If you look at my signature line, as well as other member signatures with mod lists, you will get a feel for what is important to different riders in different situations.


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PostSubject: Re: TOP 5 UPGRADES   TOP 5 UPGRADES I_icon_minitimeMon Mar 14, 2016 7:20 pm

Eduardo, I have all of these on my bike but if I was starting from scratch I would start with these five, in this order:
1. Givo adjustable screen
2. Heated grips
3. Top box
4. Mirror extenders
5. Legshield extenders

You will find the European bikes have an auxiliary socket already fitted in the left-hand glove box.
I agree with the other suggestions made but these would be my priority.
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PostSubject: Re: TOP 5 UPGRADES   TOP 5 UPGRADES I_icon_minitimeMon Mar 14, 2016 7:42 pm

Thanks for the fine lists, Pilot and Tone!
I had been looking at wind deflectors on ebay, but i could not find any for the newer sw-t 400 models (2009 onwards), which is the same model as the sw-t 600 from 2011 onwards. I doubt that the pre-2009 would fit.
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PostSubject: Re: TOP 5 UPGRADES   TOP 5 UPGRADES I_icon_minitimeMon Mar 14, 2016 7:57 pm

Eduardo100...These are the five I would choose:

1. 12-volt power outlet in left hand glove box
2. Givi Top Box
3. Second tail light under rear spoiler
4. Throttle lock
5. Heated grips

I have the first three and plan to add the 4th soon. I'm pondering the heated grips!
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PostSubject: Re: TOP 5 UPGRADES   TOP 5 UPGRADES I_icon_minitimeTue Mar 15, 2016 5:15 am

I'd wait and see before buying some of the upgrades/additions; you won't know, for example, if you'll need mirror extenders until you've ridden the 400.

1) Top box: the biggest or nearly so that I can buy. The carrying-capacity of good boxes like Givis are governed by weight, not volume.

2) Adjustable Screen; the Givi one is so much better than the stock one. I guess the 400 screen is 'ordinary'.

3) Handlebar Muffs; I didn't bother with heated grips on my 'Belgian' 600. I made handlebar-mounted deflectors but have Givi Universal Muffs now. It's wind-chill that causes cold hands. ;-)

4) Admore Light Bar; mine was mounted under the top box rack (pictures in my Album). I haven't yet fitted one on my present 600 but I would definitely if I was riding in Europe again, knowing how closely vehicles follow bikes!

5) External 12V Socket; I've mounted a 'BMW' waterproof socket on the lid of the left-hand cubby (picture in my Album). It connects through a plug into the socket in the cubby. I guess the European 400s have a 12V socket as standard. I use the socket for my GPS and solar-charger.

I've made my list with the 600 in mind. I am sure Givi will make an adjustable screen for the 400if they haven't already done so. I'd have wind deflectors in the list if they were available.
The rest are things I'd have on any bike.
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PostSubject: Re: TOP 5 UPGRADES   TOP 5 UPGRADES I_icon_minitimeTue Mar 15, 2016 6:13 pm

I did the following:
1. Scorpio RFID bike alarm with ignition kill
2. GIVI AF214 Adjustable screen
3. GIVI top box with Admore LED52-T-TS LIGHT kit
4. Front running lights with on/off switch, powered from head light
5. FOBO TPMS

6. 24g Dr Pulley sliders
7. Fused power distribution block
8. Replace under seat light with on/off light switch
9. USB/cigarette power adapter
10. NEP throttle lock
11. Louder horn
12. Furniture adhesive sliders to protect plastic; color matched


YEp, this is what I did so far.


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PostSubject: Re: TOP 5 UPGRADES   TOP 5 UPGRADES I_icon_minitimeWed Mar 16, 2016 1:08 pm

One of the upgrades I have no one mentioned

Exhaust extensions made out of 1 1/2 inch chrome sink drain pipe. I made the top one an inch longer than the bottom one. I like them!
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PostSubject: Re: TOP 5 UPGRADES   TOP 5 UPGRADES I_icon_minitimeWed Mar 16, 2016 1:09 pm

That should read 1 1/4 in chrome sink drain pipe. Sorry
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PostSubject: Re: TOP 5 UPGRADES   TOP 5 UPGRADES I_icon_minitimeWed Mar 16, 2016 2:59 pm

How did you attach them? Pictures, man!!
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PostSubject: Re: TOP 5 UPGRADES   TOP 5 UPGRADES I_icon_minitimeWed Mar 16, 2016 11:40 pm

Use 1 1/4 chrome drain pipe you can purchase at any hardware store. The one end will slide over your existing exhaust pipe. Cut it to the length you like. One of mine is about 2 inches long the other a little longer. If I could post a picture I would but can not seem to get one posted. Maybe one day I will be able to.
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PostSubject: Re: TOP 5 UPGRADES   TOP 5 UPGRADES I_icon_minitimeWed Mar 16, 2016 11:42 pm

I used just a dab of J b weld
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