Here is a bike that you just don't see every day!! A very sensible motorcycle, The 1983 Honda GL650 Silverwing!! When you see a large group Gold Wingers together, more than half of them are running solo, and this Silver Wing is a perfect ride for a solo guy or gal. Less expensive and less weight. This story starts in 1978 when Honda built the CX500. The CX was the first of the series to use the transverse “twisted” 80 degree pushrod V-twin, which was a better-engineered, better-built and more potent loose copy of Moto Guzzi’s engine of similar layout. The only real complaint leveled at the 500 Interstate – the touring version of the GL Silverwing, with suitcase-style hard bags and a full fairing just like the Goldwing’s – was that the 500 cc twin could maybe use some more power. Let me introduce you to the GL650. Built on the same platform as the CX/GL500, the 650 has increased power!! For starters, the updated twin has more CCs – 673 of them, despite the “650” badges on the engine cases – and 64 hp vs. 50 for the 500 cc twin. But this wasn’t just a quickie bore and stroke job. The “650” CC engine was completely re-engineered to handle the higher power output. The connecting rods, rod bolts and main bearings were all upgraded. Cylinder studs are beefier. A finned, bolt-on oil pan was added to increase total oil capacity to 4.1 quarts. The intake valves in the “650’s” heads are larger. The 650 is easy on gas, too. It is hard to get less than 50 MPG, no matter how hard you ride it. The power runs through a 5 speed transmission, shaft drive and it is liquid cooled, It can sit in traffic on a 100-degree day and not break into a sweat. Very neat and trouble free. It is an easy bike to ride at a fairly aggressive pace, – if you want to do that. Though you sit high in the solo saddle, you can still squeeze the tank between your legs, shift your weight down onto the pegs and heel the thing over to fairly aggressive lean angles. It is a fun bike to ride!! These bikes are far, and few in between, You just don't see them any more, especially in this condition!! Fully serviced, and ready to ride!!!
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