What Is the History of the Honda Silver Wing Motorcycle?


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The Honda Silver Wing was first launched in 1981 as a touring bike based on the CX500 engine, but was soon discontinued after 1983. The Honda Silver Wing was revived as a scooter in 2001.

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The Honda Silver Wing was originally released as the GL500 Silver Wing. The 1981 model had a liquid cool V-twin engine and 48 horsepower. The motorcycle weighed 478 pounds and had a fuel capacity of 4.6 gallons.

Honda upgraded the Silver Wing from the GL500 to the GL650 in 1983. The new bike had a larger 674 cc and 60 horsepower engine, but the same fuel capacity as the GL500. Both bikes possessed a 5-speed transmission and dual front disc brakes. Honda canceled Silver Wing production after 1983, but many GL500 bikes were sold as new through 1984 due to overproduction.

Honda revived the Silver Wing name in 2001 as a scooter with the new Honda Silver Wing and Honda Silver Wing ABS. The 2001 model featured a 582 cc engine and weighed 449.7 pounds. The most recent model was released in 2013, as of 2015; it also features a 582 cc engine. The newer model is a little bit heavier at 541 pounds and has a slightly higher seat height.

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