The Silver Wing was Honda’s largest and fastest motor scooter when it was introduced to the U.S. market in 2002. It was the first maxi-scooter to be sold in this country. Honda‘s biggest scooter to date was 250 cc, while the Silver Wing is 600 cc. Weighing more than 500 pounds, the Silver Wing can reach speeds of more than 100 mph, making it a good scooter for freeway riding; it goes from zero to 60 mph in eight seconds. Yet riders say the scooter handles well in urban traffic. Though it is officially designated a scooter, and looks like one, this maxi-scooter rides like a motorcycle, say riders who have ridden both. The Silver Wing is a scooter that was made for touring; some say it is the scooter equivalent of Honda’s famous touring motorcycle, the Gold Wing. Despite its heavy weight, the Silver Wing is more manageable than a motorcycle of the same size, due to its low center of gravity.
There is no doubt this is the scooter for long-distance riders. Under-seat storage is a roomy 55 liters, making it large enough to hold two full-face helmets plus a few other things, like clothes for weekend touring. The 600 cc scooter provides comfortable seating for two people for both short and long rides. Passengers can rest their feet on a floor board instead of foot pegs, adding to their comfort. The 2004 Silver Wing has standard instrumentation as well as a 12-volt outlet for rider accessories, such as recharging a cell phone. Honda does not usually change its two-wheeled vehicles every year, other than color, so the 2004 is a carryover. Colors for 2004 are dark red and silver. It comes in a base model and an identical model that has anti-lock brakes (ABS).
The name Silver Wing has been around a long time in the Honda stable of two-wheelers. Honda introduced the Silver Wing motorcycle in 1981, but only manufactured it for a few years. The name was resurrected for this powerful motor scooter.