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When I had a Silverwing, I installed the Dr Pulley Sliders and the bike was WAY FAST in take off. That's what I loved about standard CVT simplicity. It can be modified to how you like it, unlike a tranny that can't be opened up.
I also liked the lesser bulk and simplicity of the handlebar controls on the SW. Although I like looking through the B650's mirrors, I've always felt that they seemed to look like "Dumbo Ears" from the front to the SW's more sporty front & back appearance. That said, the big Burg is more stable at highway speeds due to the extra heft (it even carries two disc brakes due to the extra weight). And the B650 also seems to have more "presence" around other drivers on the road if that makes sense.

But to me this all is like judging the last two finalists in a beauty pageant. They're probably both equally beautiful, but one might be more "your kind of beautiful". If I could afford them both, I'd love to have them both in my garage. And definitely a Helix too, and a T-Max, a B400 and a......
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I considered a Silverwing...went with the Burg for the ABS, adjustable backrest (without hacking the seat), and most of all, the dual front brakes. (I jusst cannot get past the SW's single brake.)

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It can be modified to how you like it, unlike a tranny that can't be opened up.
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I considered a Silverwing...went with the Burg for the ABS, adjustable backrest (without hacking the seat), and most of all, the dual front brakes. (I jusst cannot get past the SW's single brake.)
Silverwings have had ABS as an option since 2004, the '06 I just bought is a FSC600A (as in ABS, the FSC600D is the standard braking model). It became standard equipment in 2011.

An adjustable backrest was added in '05 or '06.

I rode the 'Wing over 200 miles today at speeds from 25 to 105 mph¹ -- the single disc brake works fine...

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I considered a Silverwing...went with the Burg for the ABS, adjustable backrest (without hacking the seat), and most of all, the dual front brakes. (I jusst cannot get past the SW's single brake.)
Yeah, I think about what my next bike would be, if I wanted to go larger. I think I would prefer a SW over a B650 mostly because I like the simpler CVT on the SW. And yes, that single front disks bothers me too, if fact that is what I bug the SW riders about the most. I surprising ask them "Hey, where's your other brake disk!". But they seem to stop just fine. Maybe it's better by making your tire air pressure easier to check.
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I think you made a good move with the Silverwing. Had one of the first 2002 Silverwings sold in the US. Kept it until 2014, drove it all over the U.S. (Loved Route 66), had over 100,000 miles until it started having engine problems. I bought a 2009 650, wasn't that happy with the bike (the wing drove more like a sporty bike) and traded it in after 10 months for a 2016 650 which is much more like driving the wing.
My 2002 did not have ABS but the newer models do have it. The one thing that the Silverwing did have was dual braking system when you pressed the rear brake lever. That is, if you hit the rear brake it engaged a portion of both brakes giving you much better control.


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Silverwings have had ABS as an option since 2004, the '06 I just bought is a FSC600A (as in ABS, the FSC600D is the standard braking model). It became standard equipment in 2011.

An adjustable backrest was added in '05 or '06.

I rode the 'Wing over 200 miles today at speeds from 25 to 105 mph¹ -- the single disc brake works fine...

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When shopping, I found exactly one ABS Silverwing...and the dude wanted about $500 over high book for it. The Wing has no factory backrest (nor does the Burg), and I was under the impression that adding one requires hacking the seat.

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Neighbor down the street from me has an "original" Silverwing....touring type motorcycle. He REALLY dislikes the fact that Honda re-used the name for a scooter (:
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Congrats...I picked up an '09 late last summer with 1,400 miles in pristine condition. I love it and suspect you'll love yours too.

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The big Honda SW will be my choice too when I go bigger than my new B 400.
Good on you for your choice.
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