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|Honda Releases ABS-equipped Versions of the Silverwing 600 and 400 Large-Displacement Scooters|
|Tokyo, March 24, 2003 --- Honda Motor Co., Ltd. has announced that, in addition to the standard versions of its luxurious, elegantly styled Silverwing 600 and 400 large-displacement scooters, it will also offer versions equipped with Combined ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) brakes, for increased stability and more effective control while braking. The two new types, the Silverwing 600 ABS and the Silverwing 400 ABS, will go on sale Tuesday, March 25th (Only available in Japan).
The Silverwing 600 and 400, equipped with water-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC 2-cylinder 600cc and 400cc engines respectively, combine high driving performance with a relaxed riding position and ample storage space, making them the model of choice for a wide range of riders young and old.
To compliment the addition of ABS, the Silverwing 400 has also been given a change of coloring for the front and rear wheels and the front forks, along with an attractive price.
Leading-edge ABS technology employed for increased stability and more effective control while braking
The Silverwing 600 and 400 are the only bikes in their class to come equipped with a Hydraulic Combined Brake System. This popular feature appropriately distributes braking force between the front and rear wheels, resulting in balanced, stable application of braking force. In addition to the Hydraulic Combined Brake System, the ABS-equipped models also employ ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) to prevent wheel lock-up when the brakes are over-applied, further enhancing braking stability. Honda already offers the FORZA S lightweight scooter with ABS, but the Silverwing is the first scooter in its class* (scooters requiring a large-displacement motorcycle license) to come so equipped. The ABS models come with a newly developed ABS modulator (hydraulic regulator) that is around 20% lighter than the one used in the FORZA S. The diameter of the front brake disc has also been increased from 256mm to 276mm, for increased braking stability.
Improved high-speed handling and greater ease of use
In both the standard and the ABS-equipped models, the rubber bushings on the engine mounts have been redesigned for improved handling during high-speed driving. Left and right pocket lids have also been added, further enhancing the Silverwing's reputation for ease of use earned through its relaxed riding position, ample storage space, and other convenient features. The sturdy, formed lids add a quality feel, and are designed to be easy to open and close. The lamp in the under-seat trunk space has also been equipped with a manual on/off switch.
ABS-equipped models come in a two-tone color scheme
The ABS-equipped models come in two different two-tone color schemes, while the standard models offer a choice of two monotone colors each for the 600cc and 400cc versions.
Silverwing 600 and 400 ABS:
Specifications-Silverwing 600 and 600 ABS
Specifications-Silverwing400 and 400 ABS