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Got a Silverwing...

I said I was maybe going to do it, and I have.

Now 110% officially retired (as of April 1) the age old desire for more grunt got to me and I have been watching Craigslist for the last 6 weeks looking for a $4k to $5k Silverwing; or Burgman 650, but I have been leaning toward the 'Wing. Looked at/rode a few of both and have settled on a 2006 'Wing with 9100 miles--I put 23 of them on it today.

It is in top condition mechanically and cosmetically, always garaged, got it from the second owner for $3300--well under my SWMBO approved budget--will bring it home tomorrow or Tuesday as my and the seller's schedules work out.

The 650's around here, in that price range, were '05/06/07 models with 20k to 65k miles (I did see an '09 with 50k+ miles for $4500), and as I have stated previously I am not a fan of the IMHO overly complex CVT in the 650. The Silverwing is a plain 'ol "rubberband" like the '400.

Like everything else time will tell; I will keep my '03 400 for a while just in case. I will post some pics after I get it and strip off the GIVI trunk, CB radio/intercom, cup holder, etc. I can probably get a couple hundred for that crap and the two HJC shorty helmets the seller threw in...
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Congrats, hope ya enjoy it.
S'wing or big burger, I prefer the later for handling, but around here the prices are pretty equal, or maybe even slanted a bit higher for the S'wing.


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Congrats on the sweet deal Cliifyk, I ride with a bunch of SilverWings & 650's & 400's. They all do pretty well, and everybody brags about what they got. I am sure you will be pleased with your new Wing, they are fine bikes. Too bad you want to strip off the Trunk, I kinda like my T-Box, I find it quite handy. Keep hanging around here though, let us know how it goes. Good luck and safe riding!
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Good luck, Cliffy -- though the 650 would be preferable.

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Good luck, Cliffy -- though the 650 would be preferable.
For some, though not for me.

I do not like the basic design of the engine/transmission interface (the primary drive), and have not since I first saw a hammered and fretted failed primary adapter; Szi's engineers did not seem to appreciate the extent to which a 4-stroke twin would pound that component--metallurgy has never been one of Suzuki's strong points. I understand improvements were made in the later models--nonethess I am an ardent proponent of the K.I.S.S. dictum and do not care to spend that much on a bike...
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Did you consider the Beemer 650 GT?

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Did you consider the Beemer 650 GT?
At his target price?


Congrats, OP. I have noticed that Silverwings are the cheapest thing going with respect to the larger bikes. Not sure why that is, as anything that says "Honda" usually goes for a premium. I have seen a number of low mileage ones offered for cheap though. Glad you found one (:


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At his target price?
No - from the engineering standpoint. Cliffy likes to disassemble everything to know how it's made and if there's a place for improvement.
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Congrats, OP. I have noticed that Silverwings are the cheapest thing going with respect to the larger bikes. Not sure why that is, as anything that says "Honda" usually goes for a premium. I have seen a number of low mileage ones offered for cheap though. Glad you found one (:[/QUOTE]

Very true. Last Fall, I bid on a new, zero miles, 2012 Silverwing on Ebay, a Pennsylvania dealer. The starting bid was $4999, no reserve. I ended up being the only bidder, but had a family emergency so retracted the bid. That was probably a mistake.

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For some, though not for me.

I do not like the basic design of the engine/transmission interface (the primary drive), and have not since I first saw a hammered and fretted failed primary adapter; Szi's engineers did not seem to appreciate the extent to which a 4-stroke twin would pound that component--metallurgy has never been one of Suzuki's strong points. I understand improvements were made in the later models--nonethess I am an ardent proponent of the K.I.S.S. dictum and do not care to spend that much on a bike...
Quote: as I have stated previously I am not a fan of the IMHO overly complex CVT in the 650. The Silverwing is a plain 'ol "rubberband" like the '400.

I couldn't agree with you more cliffy, the SW's CVT is much more accessable and serviceable, and very reliable, much like the 400's. I think you made a good choice. I ride about 100 miles every Thursday night with about 5 or 6 SW's, along with some 650's and 400's. They all love their scoots! Enjoy your ride!

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