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Here's an interesting and short article that suggests why Honda only produced this great bike for one year.
That makes the most sense. I'd argue that in the used bike market the Silverwing still has more competition with old Goldwings than anything else.Everything I've heard, even from back in the day, is that the phenomenal popularity of the Goldwing killed the Silverwing.
Most folks who were considering a touring bike opted for the Goldwing, and this cut into the Silverwing sales to the point that Honda decided to drop them.
Unless there's a sleeve that I don't remember seeing, the camshaft runs in a journal machined into the block.Yes, and the comments about the cams running direct in the alloy of the heads... aside from not being there in the first place they have BEARINGS.
The article also stated, "...which was a better-engineered, better-built and more potent loose copy of Moto Guzzi’s engine of similar layout." Moto Guzzi never built a 650 but they did make a 700 and a 500.
I am sadly lacking in historical knowledge to make much of a judgment regarding the articles accuracy, but it seems a shame never the less that this bike was crafted for such a short time. Were the powers that be ever to resurrect this engineering, a revival of masterworks would claim a big place in the motorcycle industry books......IMHO.