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I never got the ugly part of these bikes, that criticism. Bland maybe, but crazy ugly? What's a bagger to do? I never hear ugly. When I hear anything it's positive regarding my bike's appearance. I think maybe it's one of those comments that's made in a magazine and people wondering what to make of it said "Oh, it's ugly, that's it." and it stuck. I doubt a first time looker would think so without the groupthink.
 

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I never got the ugly part of these bikes, that criticism. Bland maybe, but crazy ugly? What's a bagger to do? I never hear ugly. When I hear anything it's positive regarding my bike's appearance. I think maybe it's one of those comments that's made in a magazine and people wondering what to make of it said "Oh, it's ugly, that's it." and it stuck. I doubt a first time looker would think so without the groupthink.
In 1982 I was in the dealership almost every weekend. I remember seeing a Silverwing and thinking how horrible it looked. It was as desirable as a AMC Pacer. The sales man said it was for the wife who was tired of riding on the back of the Bike with the Vetter fairing.


Looking back , the AMC Pacer does not look too bad.
 

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My dad almost bought a new Pacer, WHEW, that was a close one !
The one thing I took from the video was how well the bike took the abuse.
Couldn't care less what he thinks about how it looks.
 

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The really pathetic thing is that this idiot isn't even badmouthing the bike he rode. He's just reading from a clickbait site written by another shallow-minded buffoon with no knowledge of what he's criticizing. Why else would he be talking about CX500s and the "Plastic Maggot?" A Silverwing is neither of those.
 
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My 2nd cross country trip (NY to Id) was a 78 CX in 3 days, granted it was only 6 months old at the time and I was 40 years younger. She had the cam chain recall a few months after I got to Idaho when my BIL took it to the Oregon coast where she died the first time. wish I never sold the Maggot
 

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If you tune out most of the hoopla its not a bad Silverwing testimonial. Seems like some uppers went along for the ride too. 😁
 

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I wonder if he bought it from one of our members?
 

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He keeps focussing on it being a 40year old motorcycle and what if it "broke down"....what if it were a new one and the ECU gave out?......cant be fixed with a underseat toolkit or cutlery from the local diner
 

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Also a counterpoint to those who think high rpms on the highway are a “poor design”. I watched the entire video, which I rarely do, and saw the STAR as the bike, not the rider. Therefore I enjoyed it. The “poor little 500, a 40 year old bike, performed stupendously!

Over the years folks have looked at my bikes and I with sympathy, at times. It is then that I cheer them up by offering to race, which initially brings raised eyebrows, then a grin. Sure, where they ask? To Chicago and back I say matter of factly. That’s about a 1750 mile round trip. Their grin fades and they remember something they have to get to. 😆
 

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I was 17 in 1982. I was in love with both "Wings" when I saw them on the showroom floor at the Honda dealer. They were, and still are, beautiful machines that have proved themselves while just about every other 80's bike has all but disappeared.
I'm not sure what surprises people so often. 4k miles is absolutely nothing for a Goldwing, or a Silverwing.
I left him a polite reminder, as well, of just what he was riding. He has done the same on a 1980's Goldwing, too, but I don't think he really fully appreciates the insane reliability of the 1980's Hondas.
 
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If the bike is in good mechanical condition, engine works well, nothing much else to do to one. Electrics/electronics on trips - old or new, is a crap shoot. My '85 Limited Edition retirement project works well and I trust it to tour with the Mrs as passenger. Put an '85 Limited on the road in Ontario in 2018 after it sat in a fellows back 40 for 4-5 years. Did as much maintenance as reasonable and rode it around Ontario and across Canada after it was gone over and I had a safety certificate. Too many people allow their vehicles of whatever ilk to determine how they enjoy life and what they can do. People keep Kms/miles low and the age of their vehicles fairly new because the resell value decreases as these increase. If you're going to buy and park in your driveway to achieve this why buy at all.

Just did a 12000 Km trip to Ontario and back in my 2011 KIA Soul with 142K Kms on it, started the trip with 130K Kms. Friends and Sonya's relatives think I was crazy to do this with such an old car, let alone with an older motorcycle.

Enjoyed the video, you're right too much emphasis on the rider, but that's his thing. What's the worst that can happen, it breaks down, towed to a place, fix or not, VISA and fly home? Have read some trip threads where this was done, or another bike was found and the ride was back on. My friend from years ago mentioned that when you tour, do all the maintenance you can think of before hand, then with VISA and roadside package in hand, go forth and enjoy.

Just a thought or two.

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I want to say there's some false in the video. Yeah it looks a bit beat but as we all know someone went through that thing first to make sure it was mechanically sound. I'm a deal shopper and out of all the used bikes I bought 2 were long ride road worthy. I bet it was bought and went to a shop or buddies garage and got a basic once over. Or maybe a friend get it out of my garage special.

Still one hell of a ride.
 

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I want to say there's some false in the video. Yeah it looks a bit beat but as we all know someone went through that thing first to make sure it was mechanically sound. I'm a deal shopper and out of all the used bikes I bought 2 were long ride road worthy. I bet it was bought and went to a shop or buddies garage and got a basic once over. Or maybe a friend get it out of my garage special.

Still one hell of a ride.
I kind of wondered that myself. "I didn't even check the oil...", Really? That guy has diarrhea of the mouth, I couldn't make it through the whole thing. Who watches his channel? The fact that it made it w/o any breakdowns is a pretty good testimony to the reliability IMO.
 

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BFD, get back to me when man bites the dog.
 

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I have had the experience of watching a few of his videos -
he is enthusiastic but often misinformed - He typically rides an older bike to which he does minimum (if any) maintenance
And then makes a video about how unbelievable his experience is - usually bashing the bike he is riding (CX/GL in this video and Goldwings in others or the Pacific Coast variant)
I tire of his complaining about how it handles or brakes when he has done NOTHING to improve the situation --
It's his schtick I guess but to those who know he is a buffoon -
The fact that he made it across the country on that bike is a testament to Honda not him ;)
 
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