Honda GL500 Silverwing Interstate Reviews

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“Silver wing 1982 high reliability ”

Written on: 15/06/2014

Excellent maneuverability high power,I only dislike some noise in shock absorbing or some pivot under the engine very good for touring with my wife along the country roads… Read Full Review

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“ Have had 3 BMW Bikes 750,900,1000. ”

Written on: 26/05/2014 by LyricCollier (1 review written)

I have sold the BMW's and my wife has told me we willllll not get rid of the GL 500 .We have finally had nice weather today and went for a ride, My poor bike has not been on the road since Oct 2012 and fired right up. we Had a great afternoon on it and will neeeeeeever sell the bike, Beautiful ride need no other . A High 5 for the GL Silverwing interstate/ … Read Full Review

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“this bike makes me smile '81 Silverwing 500 Interstate ”

Written on: 05/02/2014

I had a couple of go-fasts when i was in my twenties. Now nearing 60, I decided to take it up again. Around christmas, bought this bike from an old gent, who'd bought it from an old gent...etc and so 32 years later it has 12k miles and looks nice. I am not a fast rider, but have to say my first impression was that it needed taller gearing or a sixth. Turned out that wasn't correct. The bike runs relatively high revs, about 5900 at 60mph, but for a couple of minutes I took it up to 80 and… Read Full Review

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“300,000 miles of pleasure”

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 how… Read Full Review

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“Love My Scooter”

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 replaced… Read Full Review

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“Baught to save gas and I AM GETTING 60 MILES TO THE...”

Written on: 17/09/2012 by modacbike (1 review written)

Baught to save gas and I AM GETTING 60 MILES TO THE GALLON !!!!!Shaft drive, superb design; what more can I say… Read Full Review

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“1981 honda gl500 interstate (Black)”

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 has… Read Full Review

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“The Honda GL500 Silverwing Interstate is the best 500...”

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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“If you are going to own a honda GL500 you need to...”

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 Full Review

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“I own a 1981 Silver Wing Interstate which I purchased...”

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 Full Review

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“I bought my 83 Silverwing a little over a year ago and...”

Written on: 22/05/2009 by jeff f (1 review written)

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 in… Read Full Review

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“This Honda GL500 Silverwing Interstate bike is like...”

Written on: 06/04/2009 by RichD (1 review written)

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 has… Read Full Review

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“I bought the first Silver wing Gl 500 in 1982. To...”

Written on: 12/01/2009 by Pedro S (1 review written)

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 Motril… Read Full Review

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“With 36,000 miles and a little TLC and my personal...”

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 Full Review

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Written on: 28/05/2013

go to e-bay type in 1981 gl500 silver wing, you can find the parts you are looking for. p51 mustangbruce@gmail.com. GOOD LUCK !

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★★★★☆

“Good smooth ride even when she is showing her age. ”

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 Full Review

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“Have owned my GL500i for three years now and never has...”

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 of a… Read Full Review

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“My interstate is a 1983 Honda product and after all...”

Written on: 09/09/2008 by jammax (1 review written)

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 Full Review

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447999_Jus4Fun's Response to 399556_jammax's Review

Written on: 16/03/2009

Disc-front, shoe-rear is a very common brake system. Disc costs a bit more, is more effective in my opinion, so is needed on the front, where most braking occurs.

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★★★★★

“I've owned this bike for 4 years and I've rebuilt it...”

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 Full Review

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“I ride a 1981 Honda Silverwing Interstate and really...”

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 Full Review

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★★☆☆☆

“I've owned 3 of them. never enjoyed any. Looks. Air...”

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 Full Review

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Written on: 28/12/2008

May I ask why you have owned 3 of them if you hated the first two? I've kind of made it a common sense personal policy that if I thouroghly dislike something I try to figure out why. If the dislike does not seem to be due to a design flaw then I might try a replacement of the same make/model. But never twice. You are right. They do vibrate. But the 4 Gl 500 Interstates I have ridden (including the two I have been fortunate enough to own) have ALL vibrated. This is not a secret. All Gl 500's vibrate. But I personally don't find the vibration objectionable. The only place I notice the vibes is at the handgrips. I upgraded the grips and the vibration is taken care of. The longest distance that I ride in a day is 500 mi.

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