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HONDA GL 500 Silver Wing (1981-1982) Specs, Performance & Photos

Segment: Touring
Production years: 1981, 1982

HONDA GL 500 Silver Wing 1981-1982

The Honda GL500 Silver Wing was a touring motorcycle made by Honda from 1981 to 1982. It was a mid-sized touring motorcycle based on the Honda CX500 engine. The engine used a more reliable transistorized ignition system, offering more power for lights and other touring devices.

In 1981, the Japan-based manufacturer launched the Honda GL 500 Silver Wing, a touring motorcycle available as naked and an Interstate model with a fairing. The Interstate model packed a large factory fairing, a trunk, and hard saddlebags, which made the model look like a miniature version of the Gold Wing GL1100 Interstate.

The 1981 model featured a small top box that was interchangeable with the passenger seat, making it rider-only while the tail box was on. The Box was swapped with a larger one in 1982, and an aftermarket extender was available to allow the trunk to be mounted behind the passenger.

In the performance department, the 1981 Honda GL 500 Silver Wing had its heartbeat set by a 496cc liquid-cooled four-stroke V-twin engine fed by two 34 mm Keihin carburetors, delivering 50 hp at 9,000 rpm and 41 Nm (30 b-ft) torque at 7,000 rpm.

The power generated by the V-twin engine was handled by a five-speed manual transmission that sent it to the rear axle via a final shaft drive, launching the touring motorcycle to a top speed of 175 kph (109 mph).

HONDA GL 500 Silver Wing 1981-1982

HONDA GL 500 Silver Wing 496

engine specs
Type:Liquid cooled, four stroke, longitudinal 80 degrees V-twin cylinder, SOHC 4 valves per cylinder
Displacement:469 cm3
Bore X Stroke:3x2 in OR 76 mm
Compression Ratio:10:1
Horsepower:50/9000 KW(hp)/RPM
Torque:30/7000 lb-ft/RPM OR 41/7000 Nm/RPM
Fuel System:2x34mm Keihin carburetors
transmission specs
Gearbox:5 speed, manual
Clutch:Wet Multi-plate
Primary Drive:Gears
Final Drive:Shaft
chassis specs
Frame:Steel tube
Front Suspension:Telescopic coil spring air assisted
Rear Suspension:Swing arm compound linkage to single shock
Front Brake:Double disc 240 mm
Rear Brake:Drum
dimension specs
Overall Length:-
Overall Width:-
Seat Height:-
Wheelbase:-
Ground Clearance:-
Weight:529 lbs OR 240 kg
Fuel Capacity:5.2 gallons OR 19.7 L
tyres specs
Front:2.15-19
Rear:130/90-16
power system specs
Power pack:-
Nominal Capacity:-
Maximum Capacity:-
Charger type:-
Charging time (normal):-
Charging time (quick):-
Range:-
Notes
Ignition: Transistor
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