2006 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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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:
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).
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.
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.
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
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
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)
Ignition System - Computer-controlled digital transistorised with electronic
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)
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
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)
Type - Front, 41mm telescopic fork, 120mm axle travel
Rear - Dual conventional dampers with 5-step spring preload
adjustment, 115mm axle travel
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)
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.