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2006 Honda Silver Wing 400

Honda Silver Wing 400


Featuring the very same size, shape and proportions as the original Silver Wing, as well as its same quality of construction, comfort and peerless reliability, the new Silver Wing 400 arrives as the new performance and quality leader of a rapidly growing new segment of the European scooter market.

Based on the same fundamental concept of the original Silver Wing, the new Silver Wing 400 features the same highly rated large-body aerodynamic design for exceptional riding comfort at higher speeds, the same giant under-seat carry space for incomparable utility and carrying ease, and the same spacious, well-supported seating for both rider and passenger that have won the original Silver Wing and Silver Wing ABS such a dedicated following of discerning riders.

However, the new Silver Wing 400 is no cheap imitation of its predecessor. Instead, extensive efforts were invested in assuring strong fuel-injected two-cylinder engine performance and a level of quality and comfort that would assure its standing with the best that the growing world of scooters has to offer. The Silver Wing 400's excellent build quality and attention to detail show through everywhere you look, and every ride fills you with a sense of prestige and responsive riding control that makes it hard to believe you're on a scooter.

Concern for the environment was also a top priority in the development of the new Silver Wing 400. Honda's latest HECS3 oxygen-sensing catalytic emissions reduction system was adapted to ensure such low emissions of harmful gases that this new addition to the Honda scooter line-up easily conforms with Europe's latest and most strict EURO-3 emissions regulations.

With all these features on offer, the new Silver Wing 400 takes its place as a new high-quality leader of the middle-range 400cc displacement segment of Europe's rapidly growing scooter market. With its high priority on performance, luxurious detail, and one of the most comfortable rides on two wheels, the new Silver Wing 400 is certain to attract not only admiring glances in both the showroom and on the street, but also a large number of converts to its special brand of riding ease and commuting comfort.

Development Concept;

In 2001, Honda shook up Europe's burgeoning scooter market with the introduction of an all-new big scooter powered by a specially developed 600cc liquidcooled, fuel injected parallel-twin engine. The prestigious, top-of-the-line Silver Wing offered the riding ease of a full-sized scooter built with the smooth and satisfyingly powerful performance of a 600cc engine to carry two in luxurious comfort, across town or across a country. With its large, comfortable proportions, spacious under-seat carrying capacity and exciting performance, the Silver Wing set the standard for the big scooter segment of the market for years to come.

Seeing a large displacement gap to be bridged between Honda's other 250cc large scooters and the Silver Wing, and wanting to make this superb top-of-the-line model more accessible to a wider range of potential riders who might not require all the performance offered by its big 600cc engine, the Silver Wing's development team began work on producing a smaller displacement version that could offer all the exceptional qualities of the Silver Wing, but in a less powerful and more economical package. The result of these efforts is the new Silver Wing 400.


The new Silver Wing 400 features exactly the same modern styling as its largerdisplacement predecessor, with a strong emphasis on luxurious riding comfort and a sleek design that provides ample protection against the blast of wind and elements. Its sharp, aerodynamic nose features the same distinctively tapered 'piggyback'-style dual multi-reflector headlight and large, clear-lens multi-reflector turn indicators integrated into its sleek design, which extends upward to a tall windshield which provides ample wind protection and riding comfort even at higher highway speeds.

Like its sibling, the Silver Wing 400's large, stepped dual saddle provides excellent lower back support for extended riding comfort whether riding solo or with a passenger. Beneath its easy-opening, spring-loaded seat lies a cavernous carrying space designed to carry two full-face helmets or a monstrous load of touring, shopping or daily activity necessities. Behind its tinted windscreen, the Silver Wing 400's beautifully designed instrument panel features a full complement of dials and indicators to keep its rider apprised of operating conditions with an attractive integrated look.

Colouring Concept;

The new Silver Wing 400 features the same size, design and proportions as its predecessors, the Silver Wing and Silver Wing ABS. However, its colouring features a sportier-looking black accent on its wheels, front fork bottom cases, pillion steps and rear spoiler which instantly distinguish this lithe and powerful new addition to the Honda scooter line-up from its larger-displacement twin.

Like the 600cc Silver Wing, the Silver Wing 400 will be released in three striking colour variations, two of which it shares with the larger model. First is a bright metallic silver like that featured on the Silver Wing since its debut. Following this is a dark new metallic blue variation which emphasises its superb look of quality and prestige. Finally, a darker shade of metallic silver sets the Silver Wing 400 apart from its larger sibling, lending a clean and sophisticated look of urban road riding excellence. Markings, as with the earlier models, have been kept to a minimum in order to accentuate the Silver Wing's look of prestige.


  • Digital Silver Metallic
  • Delta Blue Metallic
  • Cyber Silver Metallic
  • Engine;

    The new Silver Wing 400 is powered by a smaller displacement 398cm³ variation of the same liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine that powers the current Silver Wing. Although smaller in displacement than the original Silver Wing, this capable, smoothoperating engine provides remarkably quick response and exhilarating acceleration at the twist of its throttle, even when travelling with a passenger. And like its predecessor, the engine is laid out in the same low and compact, forward-facing horizontal configuration for excellent mass centralisation that makes an important contribution to the Silver Wing 400's quick and easy handling.

    Even though the Silver Wing 400's engine is approximately 30% smaller in displacement than its powerful predecessor, it's performance is still strong and tuned for excitement. Intensive development work on both the engine and V-Matic belt converter transmission was dedicated to ensuring that the new model accelerated with the thrust one might expect of a larger-displacement machine, but also provide the smoothest and highest top cruising speed in its class.

    Honda's famed PGM-FI fuel injection system not only assures optimal motorcycle-like performance in virtually all riding conditions from mountains to seaside, it also maintains miserly fuel consumption and low exhaust emissions.. Like all Honda scooters, the Silver Wing 400 gets its power to the ground by way of a V-Matic belt drive transmission system with specially matched ratios that keep acceleration strong and riding performance smooth and effortless as it ramps quickly up to speed.


    The Silver Wing 400's chassis and frame are also fundamentally the same as its predecessors, and are constructed on a strong and highly rigid centre backbone steel tube frame designed to handle both the stresses of its engine and of two-up riding loads that might overpower a lesser machine.

    To enhance driveability and reduce any hint of annoying buzz relative to its predecessors, the mounts for the Silver Wing 400's engine were changed in order to more effectively dampen out engine vibration.

    The Silver Wing 400's motorcycle-based suspension system includes the same rigid yet smoothly compliant 41mm trailing-axle telescopic front fork featured on the original Silver Wing for light, responsive handling in all riding conditions, as well as the same dual conventional motorcycle dampers supporting its rear swingarm to ensure a comfortable and confident ride.

    Combined Brake System;

    Like the original Silver Wing, the Silver Wing 400 comes equipped with Honda's exclusive Combined Brake System, which links together its front and rear disc brakes for an optimised balance of braking control that significantly enhances riding confidence. This advanced, extensively tested scooter-oriented system features a single Combined three-piston front brake calliper gripping a large-diameter 256mm rotor between sintered metal pads. At the rear, a compact dual-piston calliper stops a 240mm rotor in the same configuration as the standard Silver Wing.

    In the Silver Wing brake system, the right-side brake lever operates the two outer pistons of the front brake calliper to provide strong braking control much like a conventional motorcycle brake system. However, the left-side brake lever not only controls the rear brake, as in a conventional scooter system, it also delivers a carefully regulated level of braking force to the centre piston of the 3-piston front brake calliper by way of a delay valve. This system thus provides a more smoothly controlled balance of both front and rear braking forces when only the left-side lever is used. In this case, the rear calliper is engaged first, followed soon thereafter by the engagement of the front calliper, for a more smooth and effective range of braking response.

    When both levers are used, the Silver Wing 400 provides the same sharply responsive feel of braking control one would expect with many larger motorcycles.


    Honda Ignition Security System (HISS);

    Like its base predecessor, the Silver Wing 400 features HISS anti-theft security to ward off potential thieves and joyriders by preventing the engine from being started by any other than its two original keys. Since HISS disables the engine at the heart of its ignition system, it cannot be bypassed by either hot-wiring the ignition or exchanging the ignition switch module, thus rendering impossible one of the most common types of vehicle theft, that of being ridden away.

    Convenient Spacious Storage Capacity;

    Besides its cavernous under-seat carrying compartment, the Silver Wing 400 also features a pair of handy glove boxes positioned within easy reach on each of its side cockpit panels. As an improvement over the current Silver Wing, these relatively largecapacity compartments feature dual-layer lids for better sealing, and spring-loaded hinges that offer easy one-touch opening-and remain open until pressed down to close.

    Modified Centrestand;

    The Silver Wing 400's centre stand was also refined in the interests of easier operation, with its mounting position and shape changed to offer a lighter feel and less effort required to park it on the stand, even when carrying a full load of equipment in its under-seat carrying compartment.

    Optional Equipment;

    Like the standard Silver Wing, the Silver Wing 400 will be supplied with a wide range of optional equipment specially produced for it by Honda Access Corporation. This range of equipment includes:

    Taller Windshield;

    Designed especially for use on all Silver Wing models, this 630mm-high windshield complements the scooter's overall styling while providing enhanced wind protection for taller riders. Its LexanT construction resists chipping and cracking, and fully clears WVTA (Whole Vehicle Type Approval).

    Leg Deflectors;

    This set of dark black tinted side-mounted shields enhances wind protection by deflecting wind and cold away from the rider's feet and legs.

    Cargo Net;

    This black elastic net hooks on under the rear carrier and/or pillion seat to more securely hold luggage or large parcels that can't fit in the carrying space under the seat.

    Bike Cover;

    This water-resistant yet breathable cover protects the Silver Wing 400's paint and bodywork from the elements while allowing it to dry more efficiently when covered. A lower draw rope allows the cover to be tightened to avoid fluttering, which could damage paint. Two holes built into the lower front area of the cover allow a Honda Genuine U-lock to be attached.

    Heated Hand Grip Kit;

    Heated hand grips with adjustable thermostat control and Honda-engineered battery-protection circuitry to help prevent excessive battery-power drainage when the grips are in use.


    This compact yet sturdy U-lock can be mounted on the rear carrier or stored under the seat.

    Large 45-Litre Top Box;

    This large, stylish 45-litre top box can store two full-face helmets and more. Equipped with a key lock and a quick-detach mount, it can be easily carried inside or left in security mounted on the rear rack.

    Top Box Inner Bag;

    This black nylon bag features a size-adjustment zipper that permits easy expansion from 21 litres in volume to 33 litres. It also features a handy A4-sized front pocket with a silver Honda Wing logo, and an adjustable shoulder belt and carrying handle for easy transport out of the top box.

    Technical Specifications - Silver Wing 400 (ED-type);

  • Engine Type - Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 8-valve DOHC parallel twin
  • Displacement - 398cm³
  • Bore x Stroke - 64 x 62mm
  • Compression Ratio - 10.8 : 1
  • Max. Power Output - 28kW/8,000min-1 (95/1/EC)
  • Max. Torque - 37Nm/6,500min-1 (95/1/EC)
  • Idling Speed - 1,300min-1
  • Oil Capacity - 2.6 litres
  • Fuel System;

  • Carburation - PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
  • Throttle Bore - 30mm
  • Aircleaner - Dry, cartridge-type paper filter
  • Fuel Tank Capacity - 16 litres (including 3.5-litre reserve)
  • Electrical System;

  • Ignition System - Computer-controlled digital transistorised with electronic advance
  • Ignition Timing - 12° BTDC (idle) ~ 43° BTDC (8,250min-1)
  • Sparkplug Type - CR8EH-9 (NGK); U24FER9 (ND)
  • Starter - Electric
  • Battery Capacity - 12V/11AH
  • ACG Output - 441W
  • Headlights - 12V, 55W x 1 (low) / 55W x 2 (high)
  • Drivetrain;

  • Clutch Type - Automatic; centrifugal
  • Transmission Type - V-Matic
  • Belt Converter - Ratios 2.450 ~ 0.900
  • Final Reduction - 6.394
  • Final Drive - V-belt
  • Frame Type - Centre backbone; steel tube
  • Chassis;

  • Dimensions - (LxWxH) 2,275 x 770 x 1,430mm
  • Wheelbase - 1,595mm
  • Caster Angle - 28° 30'
  • Trail - 105mm
  • Turning Radius - 2.8m
  • Seat Height - 740mm
  • Ground Clearance - 140mm
  • Dry Weight - 228kg
  • Kerb Weight - 246.4kg (F: 95.6kg; R: 150.8kg)
  • Max. Carrying Capacity - 180kg
  • Loaded Weight - 396kg (F: 130kg; R: 266kg)
  • Suspension;

  • Type - Front, 41mm telescopic fork, 120mm axle travel
  • Rear - Dual conventional dampers with 5-step spring preload adjustment, 115mm axle travel
  • Wheels;

  • Type - Front, U-section triple-spoke cast aluminium
  • Rear - U-section triple-spoke cast aluminium
  • Rim Size - Front, 14M/C x MT2.75
  • Rear - 13M/C x MT4.50
  • Tyre Size - Front, 120/80-14M/C 58S
  • Rear - 150/70-13M/C 64S
  • Tyre Pressure - Front, 200kPa
  • Rear - 225kPa (with passenger: 250kPa)
  • Brakes;

  • Type - Front, 256 x 5mm single disc with Combined 3-piston calliper and sintered metal pads
  • Rear - 240 x 6.5mm hydraulic disc with dual-piston calliper sintered metal pads
  • All specifications are provisional and subject to change without notice.