All scooters aren’t created equally, and the 2009 Honda Silver Wing’s two models–the 2009 Honda Silver Wing Base and 2009 Honda Silver Wing ABS–definitely prove that. With specifications that match its competitors, but a size that makes it one of the largest scooters on the market, the Honda Silver Wing truly is a one-of-a-kind bike.
When looking at the 2009 Honda Silver Wing, the one thing that stands out is its size. While some scooters barely weigh 200 pounds, the Honda Silver Wing measures in at a massive 540-pound wet weight and features a wheelbase of 62.8 inches, making it one of the largest touring bikes on the market. A 29.7-inch seat height gives riders a great view of the open road in front of them, while a 4.2-gallon fuel capacity permits a Silver Wing owner to go long distances before filling up with gasoline. For added visual appeal, the Honda Silver Wing has a sleek plastic touring body and steel frame.
Still, despite its size, a number of the Silver Wing’s specifications allow for a smooth ride when the bike hits the open road. This scooter comes equipped with a telescopic fork front suspension and a 4.7-inch front travel, which is combined with a single swing arm rear suspension and 4.5-inch rear travel, to help the bike handle all types of road conditions and surfaces. A pair of rear shock absorbers is an additional feature that creates a safe ride, even on bumpy roads.
Despite the smooth ride, the Silver Wing’s engine still makes it one of the most powerful touring bikes on the market. It has a four-stroke, 582cc, fuel-injected engine, with a 10.2:1 compression ratio and a 2.84 x 2.82 inch bore and stroke. Thanks to that engine, the bike’s horsepower measures in at 50 bph, with 37 lb-ft of torque. Meanwhile, a continuously variable transmission allows riders to navigate in and out of traffic at speeds that are easy to reach and comfortable to maintain.
Beyond the engine specs, the Honda Silver Wing’s tires and wheels create an easy riding experience, too. This scooter has a 120/80 R14 front tire and a rear tire measuring in at 150/70 R13, as well as a pair of aluminum wheels. With the front wheel measuring slightly larger than the rear (14 inches in diameter compared to 13 inches), it generates a balanced ride, while a pair of hydraulic disc brakes allow for smooth stops, even under adverse road conditions.
The 2009 Honda Silver Wing also comes with a variety of additional features to enhance the rider’s driving experience. The Silver Wing has a standard speedometer, tachometer, trip odometer, and temperature-warning gauge, as well as a 14.2-gallon storage capacity and under seat-storage. Front and rear fenders provide an extra safety component for riders of this scooter.
Finally, with two separate models, the Honda Silver Wing Base and Honda Silver Wing ABS do offer slightly different features to meet the needs of different consumers. The most obvious difference is that the ABS comes with a standard anti-lock braking system, while the Base does not.