1982 Silverwing


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kevinthomas
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1982 Silverwing

Post by kevinthomas » Sun Mar 05, 2017 5:25 pm



Hello ya'll I got a question. I am thinking of buying a Silverwing bike for the Ol' lady it believe it is a 1982 500cc and I'm going to look at it Wednesday. I was wondering if it is recommended as a first bike and the guy said that the throttle response is bad because the "boot" on the carburetor is dry rotted and it's letting air in. I am thinking he is talking about the air box but I will know more when I look at it. I was wondering if this sounded right and if I could get some advice. So basically, Is it a good first reliable bike if it seems to have been taken care of and does the issue he is stating sound right? thanks.



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Re: 1982 Silverwing

Post by harvey01 » Sun Mar 05, 2017 6:43 pm

You have two key issues to resolve.

The first is finding parts. That bike is 25 years old and Honda does not supply parts any longer. Copy and past this addyntoGo to this fiche of parts and look around: http://www.hondadirectline.com/OEMpartf ... F14449A18B

This addy should take you to the Air Cleaner but you can then move around and look for what you want. This is a dealer in Bellaire, OH called Honda Direct Line, Partzilla, Bike Bandit and others have the same fiche. Take note of the parts marked "Not Available". Just for info manufacturers are only required to keep parts for 10 years after manufacture of the vehicle is over. There are several versions of this bike and there was a 650cc unit also so I don't know the exact year production ceased.

The next issue is getting a bike for your wife. Most importantly it must fit her. For beginners that tends to mean they can put their feet down level on the pavement. If your wife is a short 5'3" like mine, that bike would be too high. Also reach to handlebars, brake and so forth must be comfortable, or she will quit riding till she gets a bike that does fit.

This is an excellent bike with a wonderful engine and shaft drive but due to age may have some maintenance problems. Do you have the knowledge to do the work, as I doubt you would find any Honda dealer willing to touch a bike this old. If you do buy it you might want to go to Helminc.com and check for a factory service manual and maybe a parts manual. They may also have a reproduction of the original Owners Manual.

I always wanted one back in the day but could not afford it. I thought it was great for riding around town but would do a great job touring. Good Luck!
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kevinthomas
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Re: 1982 Silverwing

Post by kevinthomas » Sun Mar 05, 2017 8:25 pm

Shes going to look at it with me I'm just more concerned about the issue if what he says is wrong would cause it to lose power like he says

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Re: 1982 Silverwing

Post by Aussie81Interstate » Sun Mar 05, 2017 11:16 pm

It's more than likely the air cut off valve - which may need replacing - not a big job and parts should be readily available.

I will throw another website out here for assistance -

http://cx500forum.com/forum/forum.php

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Re: 1982 Silverwing

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Mar 06, 2017 9:39 am

We looked at them as a first bike for my wife. It's not light - 530 lbs - and with the engine layout, it's somewhat top-heavy. A top-heavy bike, with a bunch of plastic fairing and baggage made out of unobtainium should it be damaged, we decided it was not a great first bike (remember - whatever the first bike is, it is going to be dropped. A lot.)

It has a lot in common with the GL1100 in terms of parts, but there are quite a few unique parts (including all of the plastic) that are very hard to find.

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Re: 1982 Silverwing

Post by kevinthomas » Mon Mar 06, 2017 9:26 pm

I thank you all for great advice and speedy replies. Great information.

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Re: 1982 Silverwing

Post by ratherdashing59 » Tue Mar 07, 2017 10:48 pm

I had a '79 CX500. I loved it as a bike and would like to get another. I am a little on the shorter side and it was a little heavy and high for me but not bad. I think I know the leak he is talking about. There is a rubber boot that joins the carb to the intake port on the cylinder head and it tends to get hard and crack with age. I was able to find a replacement for mine (don't remember where) and it ran great.

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Re: 1982 Silverwing

Post by Aussie81Interstate » Wed Mar 08, 2017 1:18 am

Just re-read this post - and I think if it is the carb to head rubber boot - then you can use self amalgamating tape and wrap it tightly around the rubber. Most of the time these rubbers do look dry and cracked - but the crack needs to extend all the way through the boot for it to become a problem. I have used in the past some normal heat gun glue, first heat up the boot in some hot water for several minutes - prise the crack open with an appropriate size flat bladed screw driver and squirt in the hot glue - make sure you put plenty in. Smooth over the excess and cover the entire crack. You can test the boot when the motor is running spray some (not much) starting fluid around the boot cracks and see if the revs pick up.. :)

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Re: 1982 Silverwing

Post by ratherdashing59 » Wed Mar 08, 2017 10:11 am

I wish I would have known about that tape when I had that bike. I think it would do the job well



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