I took delivery of my new SilverWing yesterday morning. It was supplied by Canberra Motorcycle Centre which meant a 150 km ride from home (Batemans Bay) to Canberra to pick it up. Three mates rode up and back to keep me company.
The last ride on my "old" Honda CB900F (919) was spoilt by extremely windy conditions, not pleasant on a 'naked' bike.
My new bike in the yard at CBC with 4 km on its clock.
The ride home was just as windy but seemed much better than the ride up. At least the wind was from behind.
I had some minor reservations after my initial test ride (obviously not strong enough to stop my purchase
). These included:
- Seating position and arm bend - I asked the dealer to set the rider's back rest as far back as possible. The extra cm or so of seat length makes all the difference for me. My arm bend is much more natural now.
- Wind noise - I have a Shoie full-face helmet that was very noisy with the visor closed. I asked for advice on this forum and had settled on getting a Laminar Lip. However, I got some ear plugs (never used them before - but should have ) for the ride up and back. The combination of moving back a little and the ear plugs seemed to reduce the noise quite a bit. I have also purchased a Nolan N41 open face helmet which should be even quieter.
- No gears to drop back for cornering - part of the trip from home to Canberra involves crossing a coastal range with some very steep and tight hair-pin bends, coming down was always a nervous experience on the Hornet. Well I was really pleased with the way the SWing just slows as you roll back the throttle. I probably used only about half the amount of breaking coming down yesterday as I would normally do on the Hornet. Also I was able to stick with my riding companions despite being tentative on a new bike. Normally they would reach the bottom of the range several km in front of me; yesterday they were only 500 m ahead and most of that was caused by a slow car between us.
The new SilverWing home safe and sound!
I was really pleased with how this bike goes out on the open road; handling is very good and performance is more than adequate. Most of my riding is day runs and 4 to 5 day "lite" touring so the SWing looks to be close to ideal.
The best compliment that I can pay the new bike is that it makes me feel much more confident than the old Hornet - I am really pleased with my purchase.