Written on: 28/07/2013
I bought the first GL 500 Silver wing in the UK in 1982. This boke, panned in the press as a wanabe BMW was a sensational cruiser bike. My first trip was the route from London to Santiago in Spain.The handling was surprisingly light, and economy excelent. The rider position for both driver and pasenger is very comfortable even on very long trips. mechanically the 25,000 mile service intervals meant that the motor rarely saw a garage.The only problem is none of the service shops had any idea... (read more)
Written on: 17/10/2012 by crmpacer (1 review written)
I am a full time adult student and due to our lacklustre economy I was looking for a way to help save some money from our family budget. My wife was not thrilled about me buying my first bike but it sort of fell into my lap. My bike is a 1982 Honda Silverwing GL500 with 38,000 miles on it. I picked the bike up for $300 and it was the best money I could have spent. Currently not in the prettiest shape but I sank some money on the particular's and am very happy with my purchase. I... (read more)
Written on: 17/09/2012 by modacbike
Baught to save gas and I AM GETTING 60 MILES TO THE GALLON !!!!!Shaft drive, superb design; what more can I say. (read more)
Written on: 14/11/2011 by keyjockey (1 review written)
Bought this bike brand new out of the showroom in 1981. have been to alaska and to L.A a couple of times (From Canada) with absolutley no problems whatsoever. overall the bike is a little top heavy due to the full dress package, but is very reliable and has plenty of power when needed. Change the oil often (Once a year)and it will run forever. i had to replace the generator at 90,000 klms which is a major undertaking brcause it requires the engine removal from the frame.other than that it... (read more)
Written on: 11/09/2009
The Honda GL500 Silverwing Interstate is the best 500 out there. even after all these years. parts are plentiful and a breeze to maintain.
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Written on: 14/07/2009
If you are going to own a honda GL500 you need to decide what you intend to do with it. I ride a Yahama 1300 Venture which I ride every day possible. I don't ride the GL500. The GL500 was not intended to be a muscle machine. It has a very smooth ride which I love and good smooth power through the gears. This bike has been in storage for the past six years, which I don't intend to put backon the road any time soon. I have full dress as well as the convertable rear seat and trunk. I have... (read more)
Written on: 31/05/2009 by wjs23 (1 review written)
I own a 1981 Silver Wing Interstate which I purchased new in 1981 from the dealer. Beyond numerous shorter trips, I have traveled to Canada on it with a passenger, using the luggage as well as (non-stock) tank bag. It provides a smooth ride with its gas shocks, V-configuration engine and shaft drive. There is little vibration and it is very quiet. It is easily shifted and the full fairing with lowers and vents affords excellent protection. The rear storage container used in lieu of the... (read more)
Written on: 22/05/2009 by jeff f
I bought my 83 Silverwing a little over a year ago and I love it. I found it laing on its side in barn and after a little talking bought it for 450 dollars. I had to repalce the tires and I did a lot of work on the brakes and card's but it runs great. I just had it painted 2008 GM yellow. I painted the motor black and repainted the frame black. The bike looks and rides like new. It had 22000 miles when I bought it and it now has 31000. I have only changed the oil and added gas. It will be... (read more)
Written on: 06/04/2009 by RichD
This Honda GL500 Silverwing Interstate bike is like Jekyl and Hyde!
Seems slightly underpowered initially, but when you crank her up above 6000 rpm she really comes to life. Low end-midrange torque is good though. I shift around 8800 rpm to utilize the full power when needed. Otherwise any place on the tachometer works fine for casual driving
A comfortable full featured tourer. You can surprise many larger cruiser bikes with the high rpm performance, but you need to keep her boiling. Never... (read more)
Written on: 12/01/2009 by Pedro S
I bought the first Silver wing Gl 500 in 1982. To celebrste I drove it 4000 miles to Santiago de Compostela from london and back. I kept the machine until 1989, when I sold it for 4 times the buying price and with 300000 on the clock. It had never broken down and only the timeing chain adjuster had been replaced. The new ownner ran it for 10 years and then he sold it on to the third owner. The machine still looks showroom new, and it has done nearly 800,000 miles. It still turns heads in... (read more)
Written on: 23/12/2008
With 36,000 miles and a little TLC and my personal attention i get question's asked how much i bought it for and for it's age it's very well kept . I just wished i could find a half way nice back up bike for part's because mine need's the front turn sig's , trunk and full fairing and left hand side battery cover . (read more)
Written on: 07/11/2008
Good smooth ride even when she is showing her age.
Smooth gear box.
Easy to ride even for a novice.
Plenty of bottom end torque. mine is a 1982 interstate and still goes well I just love riding it still good fun and looks great when clean and polished. (read more)
Written on: 24/09/2008 by dasulava (1 review written)
Have owned my GL500i for three years now and never has it left me stranded. bought it in pieces and did a reconstruct to include a new water pump seal and new clutch w/springs. I put 16000 miles a year on and go through a set of tires in that same time frame. Tried the tall windscreen but prefer the short one due to foul weather driving conditions. All in all, I think it's a great bike and will continue to ride it as long as it will let me! Replacing the cam chain proves to be a little bit... (read more)
Written on: 09/09/2008 by jammax
My interstate is a 1983 Honda product and after all those years no major repairs had to be performed, only scheduled maintenance and proper operation of the mechanical aspects of the engine and drive train have left this bike running almost as it did when new. Very comfortable ride, plenty of pep as well. This is a very old bike and am very much aware of the tech that goes into newer bikes, balance etc. Some of the aspects of this were what set the stage for further evolution of Hondas like.... (read more)
Written on: 05/08/2008 by mcgiver (1 review written)
I've owned this bike for 4 years and I've rebuilt it to almost showroom condition with a few extra chrome pieces that Honda supplied as "extras" that were very hard to find. I even have a collector plate on it which allows me get insurance at almost half the regular rate. It has never let me down, and I plan on keeping it for as long as I am able to ride! PS, you'll find a bit of a noticeable improvement in power with higher grade fuel. (read more)
Written on: 03/08/2008
I ride a 1981 Honda Silverwing Interstate and really enjoy it. Very reliable, plenty of power, and comfortable on the long rides. the day I bought it I left on a 2000 km holiday with it and had a wonderfull time. Great bike, no complaints. I'm looking forward to a long relationship with "her". (read more)
Written on: 21/06/2008
I've owned 3 of them. never enjoyed any. Looks. Air suspension. Handlebar position. Windshield height. Seat comfort. Bright headlight. (read more)
Written on: 17/06/2008 by paul rogers (1 review written)
I recently bought one and had to put some money into it to bring it up to date. It was well worthwhile as its a pleasure to drive and its a unique bike. I took off the back seat and put the top box there, so its a really interesting looking single seater. I'm planning on keeping it a long time. (read more)
Written on: 30/06/2007 by thiessen (1 review written)
Exceptionally reliable and overall comfortable ride. (read more)
Written on: 13/01/2007 by Dixie Bob (2 reviews written)
Honda had a winner in the Silver Wing 500cc - They came out in I think, 1982 with a 650cc version and then discontinued the whole thing. This was a Moto Guzzi configured engine and a real fine smaller tourer. Honda, over the years seems to perfect something and then immediately discontinue it - Examples: CB350, Gold Wing 4 Cylinder.
Some folks can't stand success!
Dixie Bob (read more)
Written on: 26/04/2006 by tazshido (2 reviews written)
After owning several motorcycles, some of them quite powerful, I found the Silverwing to be a little anaemic. However you must remember that this is a 500cc two cylinder built in 1982. If you wanted to go fast in those years you didn't buy this bike. Also, Honda meant for this scooter to be a solo. It didn't even come with a back seat. I love it as a commuter and the mileage is phenomenal for a full dress bike. However I am planning on replacing it with a Yamaha Royal Star Venture. (read more)
Written on: 18/07/2005 by zoltanus13 (1 review written)
I have owned a 1982 Honda GL500 Silverwing Interstate Tourer for over a year now. I put close to 20,000 km on it during this time with no major problems. It never left me stranded, and even after a pretty serious accident I was able to start it up and ride home for nearly 700 km. I was really amazed to see it running.
Last weekk I just bought my 2nd Silverwing, for parts. I intend to fix the original up and put many many more miles on it. (read more)
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