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2010 Honda Shadow RS – Road Test Review
Remember when a 750 was one of the big boys, a hefty handful that you had to work up to? These days 1,600cc is the new 750. In my line of work, I push a lot of bikes in and out of the garage, and make endless U-turns on steep, narrow roads during photo shoots. When curb weight approaches half a ton and displacement exceeds that of a small car, it can all get downright strenuous.
Throwing a leg over the 2010 Honda Shadow RS brings a smile to my face, and a sigh of relief. Ah…simpler times! This is a solid, basic motorcycle that leaves nothing to the imagination; what you see is what you get.
The first Honda Shadows—the VT500C and VT750C—motored onto the scene in 1983, back when sub-liter engines were the bread and butter of the metric cruiser market. The Shadow family tree has had a lot of branches, with cruisers ranging from 125cc to 1,100cc and variants bearing names such as American Classic Edition, Aero, Spirit and—a bit redundantly—the Shadow Phantom (a specter’s specter?). And that tree has produced lots of leaves: in the 700-800cc category alone, Honda has sold more than 250,000 Shadows to some of the nicest people in America.
The RS and Phantom, both introduced for 2010, are the newest members of the Shadow 750 family. A classic sibling rivalry, the RS is the taller, clean-cut do-gooder to the Phantom’s dark, brooding rebel (see Rider , June 2010). The classic roadster styling of the RS—spoked wheels, straight-shot exhausts, minimalist front fender—bears a striking similarity to the Harley-Davidson 883 Sportster. In fact, the Japanese interpretation of an American icon was designed for Honda’s home market. But when American Honda executives caught a glimpse of it, they said, “We gotta have that!”
Beating at the heart of the Shadow RS is a liquid-cooled, SOHC, 52-degree, 745cc V-twin with three valves per cylinder and an offset dual-pin crankshaft to minimize vibration. The RS and Phantom are the first bikes in the Shadow 750 line to get fuel injection—Honda’s tried-and-true PGM-FI—and both have crisp, precise throttle response. Delivering a lively rumble and lope, the engine runs smoothly from idle through midrange but becomes unpleasant in the upper registers. Short-shifting and moderate revs are the key to happiness. On Jett Tuning’s Dynojet dyno, the Shadow RS posted peak figures of 38.6 horsepower at 5,300 rpm and 42.8 lb-ft of torque at 3,600 rpm. For a bike that weighs only 507 pounds wet and will be ridden mostly solo at boulevard speeds, that’s all you need. Unlike the other Shadow 750s, the RS gets chain final drive rather than shaft; less weight, more maintenance.
Feet-forward cruisers force me to compromise the good posture my mama worked so hard to instill in me, with hunched-over seating positions that require the discs between my vertebrae to pick up where short-travel suspension leaves off. Pleasantly, the Shadow RS has a fairly standard riding position that fits my 6-foot-plus frame better than expected. Perched 29.4 inches off the pavement, you sit on the RS rather than down in it (as with the Phantom’s 25.7-inch seat height). The footpegs are higher and farther back than on most cruisers, allowing above-average cornering clearance. Thanks to a comfortable bend to my knees, a natural reach to the grips and a fairly straight back, all-day riding is not a crippling affair. On the other hand, the seat induces butt burn after an hour and the pillion pad is little more than a pot holder. But on this bike, it’s about the journey, not the destination. Stop, rest, take in the view. Savor a cup of coffee and gab at the gas station, a place you’ll visit often. The RS averaged 43.8 mpg on this test; with a waifish 2.6-gallon tank, the RS’s low-fuel light came on at the 100-mile mark like clockwork.
Cruising down Main Street through downtown San Buenaventura on the Shadow RS elicited second glances and the occasional nod. Its mildly syncopated exhaust offended no one. Pedestrians and pet owners admired its lines and chrome accents, never the wiser that most of the RS’s bodywork—fenders, side covers, “chrome” on the engine—is made of plastic. Some scoff at anything that isn’t real steel, but I don’t mind plastic. Not only does it keep food fresh in my fridge, it’s lightweight and won’t corrode, rust or dent. The shiny exhaust pipes are the real deal, and the billet aluminum triple clamp is spiff. And there’s metal where you need it: the bulletproof frame and motor. The Shadow RS feels as reassuring and dependable as the sunrise.
Putting around town is all well and good, but my Type A personality and caffeine intake demand that I ride every test bike hard and fast for at least a couple of tankfuls. On my BFF backroads, the Shadow RS was eminently capable. It blends conservative steering geometry (32-degree rake, 5.3-inch trail) with a fairly short 61.5-inch wheelbase and narrow tires. Axle to axle, the RS is 3 inches shorter than other Shadow 750s and only 0.8-inch longer than Honda’s sporty VFR1200F. The tube-type Dunlop D404s provided good grip and predictable steering. Shifting the wide-ratio, five-speed gearbox was effortless, clutch engagement perfect. The brakes and suspension, clearly an area where Honda sought to limit costs, are unremarkable yet they fulfilled their responsibilities honorably. The single front disc and rear drum are well suited to a bike like the Shadow RS, which maxed out at an indicated 80 mph with my helmet on the tank and the throttle pinned. With suspension travel limited to 4.6 inches front, 3.5 inches rear and only rear preload adjustability, the ride was harsh at times over rough pavement. But the bike never wavered from my chosen line, and this is, after all, a minimalist cruiser.
Amenities are nil. There is no tachometer, and the LCD display set in the bottom of the large analog speedometer offers basic functions only: odometer, A/B tripmeter and clock. And there is no storage space to speak of. Behind the left side cover you’ll find an owner’s manual, and behind the right one you’ll find a toolkit with one hex wrench and one Philips screwdriver. Heck, even color options are slim and understated: Pearl White or Metallic Gray. Gotta have accoutrements? Ask your dealer to bolt on some Genuine Accessories, such as a backrest, rear rack, saddlebags, handlebar bag and trim pieces.
You really can’t go wrong with a bike like the Honda Shadow RS. Its only real drawback is the price. This is a bike which had much of its tooling paid for back in the go-go ’90s, yet it sells for $7,799. A Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 Low, of which the RS is a spitting image, starts at $6,999. And you get low-maintenance belt drive, a rear disc brake and automatic inclusion in The Family. But American-made heritage isn’t for everyone, and many feel Hondas are worth a premium. Honda Shadows will be roaming the earth long after we’re fodder for the next round of fossil fuels. And I’m sure the stylish, sporty RS will be highly coveted among riders in that Brave New World.
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Maxed out at 80MPH in full tuck?
Come on. Other reviews say it will reach 100mph plus. My 06 Yamaha Morphous 250cc scooter which weighs 450lbs maxes out at 80mph!
My wife gets close to 60 mpg on her 2010 RS and has pulled a speedometer reading of 85 mph, her limit, not the bikes.
The bike is geared too tall and makes tight turns in low gear difficult. It also makes 5th gear an overdrive, I have gotten 83 mph out of 4th and not much happened when I shifted to 5th.
Best thing about the bike, my wife looks good on it.. dj
I bought a 2010 Shadow Phantom VT750c2B in May. I was told by the dealership that the bike had a top speed of about 110. I have taken this bike as fast as it will go and am not happy. The bike will hit 85 mph in 4th but after I shift into 5th I am only able to get 5 mph more. Is there a problem with the bike? The dealership took it for a drive and said that since he had it up to 85 in 4th the bike was fine and that I should try 5th gear. Maybe if he had he would have listened seen that the bike did not deliver as promised. I would love to hear from anyone with any ideas.
Joe Morand Billings, Montana [email protected]
The RS Shadow has a chain and sprockets and it is Geared very tall. 17 up front and a 38 rear makes for gutless gearing. We will be dropping a tooth on the countershaft sprocket. That should help the tall 1sr gear that gives my wife problems and maybe the bike can then pull some of 5th gear too. We can always go up a few on the rear if it needs more help…
My friend had a 750 Shadow and it was a nice lightweight bike to travel with. Worrying about no push past 85 is not a concern for most as it will nail you a hefty ticket. My concern is the range. Many places in Nevada this tank will get you out of gas before you hit a gas stop. That would be my first recommendation. My bike holds 5.5 gallons at 50-55 mpg. You can do a 200 mile day and have plenty to spare.
We dropped the front sprocket down 1 tooth, added a Powrflow Air Intake and put in a Fuel Management outfit from Cobra. That picked up the power for my wife. She gets around on it pretty good and the bike sounds good too even with the stock pipes.
We also added a chrome rack from Cobra that mounts over the rear fender and she puts her magnetic tank bag on that to carry a drink and whatever in it.
She traded in her 883 Sportster Iron on this bike and it is easier to ride and soaks up the bumps better. The sound is just as good maybe better stock for stock. She can ride this bike Much faster because the suspension is better and she is smoother on it.
The Sportster had 1.8 inches of rear wheel travel. It about broke your back anytime the rider hit a bump. I spent a couple of hundred more for new shocks. They also add setup and delivery to the harley. So the Harley cost a whole lot more than this discounted 750 Honda and the interest rate was over 5% better than Harley’s too.
As far as the gas thing goes, she gases up every ride and if we go for longer rides, we pull in for gas for her at 120 to 130 miles. No problem around here we have Gas stations… dj
I have ridden my 2010 Shadrow RS from Auburn, California to Washington D.C. twice. At legal highway speed I get 60-63 mpg with reserve light at 125 miles. I have ridden the bike at 95mph, it may have a few more MPH but that’s about it. I really like this bike but would like a solo seat and larger tank. The o-ring chain is a pain with short runs between recommend cleaning and relub. The transmission makes for fast gear changes – too bad it’s not a six speed. Bought mine out-the-door for $8,000 even, tax, license and all included and at 3 % interest. A really nice, relatively short range bike! Not enough accessories as yet. With nearly 14,500 miles on the bike – absolutely no problems!
I’m buying one now, 1600 miles on her and 7 years old! It’s a no brainer/basic bike, dependable and I have others bikes so why not 1 more?
I bought a 2010 Shadow RS with only 2425 miles on it a month and a half ago. Super clean with brand new tires! I changed the air filter to a K&N. Changed the oil to full synthetic. Cleaned and lubed the chain. Then I went riding. I got it up to 100 mph just a few days ago! Great bike! I am perfectly happy with it, and I get lots of compliments on it!
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First Look: 2010 Honda Shadow Black Spirit
YOU'RE LOOKING at the new 2010 Honda Shadow VT750C Black Spirit cruiser.
The Shadow 750 was originally launched back in 2007 and was based on the VT750 Shadow. The new bike is powered by a twin-cylinder, 750cc engine, with electronic ignition and IACV valve control.
The machine should prove head-to-head competition for Harley-Davidson's 883 Nightster.
Prices and availability TBA.
The Honda Shadow refers to a family of motorcycles made by Honda since 1983. This Honda is a cruiser-type motorcycle, meaning it has a relaxed, feet-forward riding position and wide handlebars. This makes it more comfortable than a sportbike for some riders, although the lack of fairings means that the rider is exposed more to the wind. The Shadow cruisers come in many flavours, including the Spirit, Aero, Sabre, VLX, and American Classic Edition. Engine sizes range from 125cc to 1100cc. A characteristic engine for the Shadow motorcycle is an 750cc liquid-cooled 52-degree V-twin.
The series was originally introduced as a replacement for the Honda Rebel series, although the Rebel 250cc is still produced and nearly as popular as some Shadow models.
You can read owner reviews of the Honda Shadow VT750C and VT125C here.
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2009 Honda Shadow® Spirit 750
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I have heard changing the sprocket on an older Honda 750 makes it seem as though it has a 6th gear. I have a shaft driven shadow 750 is there anything that can be done to have the same effect as a chain driven bike?
Perfect bike for me.
I love my 09 Honda Spirit 750. I was concerned about it being too big for me for my first bike, but I believe it is perfect for me. Easy to control, light weight, BEAUTIFUL! I love this bike. And very reliable. My friend bought a used Harley, I bought a new Honda. She has to have it constantly ... worked on... I turn the key, push the button and RIDE. LOVE IT!
I havent ridden in many yrs and decided to go with the 750 compared to the way bigger models. Its very easy to get reaquainted with riding again. The bike handles smoothly through turns and takes just a few trips to get used to leaning more and more with it. Its mostly for in town and local use, ... not interstate and perfect for this. After a couple of years I hope to move up to the big cruisers.I will say like I've read before, when you run around 65 mph you do look for another gear but getting to 65 is a breeze.
I looked at many bikes before buying the 2009 Shadow Spirit 750 and I am glad I did because I love this bike. It handles great looks great. There are a couple of reviews about bounce but I haven't seen anything like that. They might try adjusting the shocks up a notch and for one it would help ... if he was reviewing the Spirit and not the Aero.
Great to be on a Bike
After 30 years being back on a motorcycle due to bad accident,The bike feels great handles well and has enough power,very comfortable to be on with the low seat height
I LOVE my Shadow!
I am a 52 year old woman who has been on bikes for "MANY" years. As a kid I bought my first little honda, a 70 trail bike, woohoo! I was a happy little gal and rode the wheels off of my cherry red trail bike. As an adult I have owned 4 more Hondas. A few years ago I had a 2001 750 shadow spirit, ... rode it for 4 years and LOVED it, then bought another spirit,a 2002 1100. Well, after being on the 1100 for almost 2 years I decided I would really love to have my sweet 750 back. So, this week I located a NEW 2009 spirit sitting on my dealers showroom floor. I raced to the rescue to bring it home. I can't seem to stop loving the shadow spirits. They are reliable, easy to handle, sharp looking,& easy to customize. For small women (& men) the 750 spirit is a perfect fit. I love the shaft drive on the 750. I have it on my 1100 but what a treat to also have it on this one too. Honda Shadow Spirits are sharp looking, easy to handle, great on the highway, backroads, and city streets. The one and only complaint I always have about bikes are the stock seats. To me, they just don't fit a womans butt right so they are always uncomfortable. Maybe I'm just spoiled to my corbin seat. Yeah, I'm sure that's it, I'm spoiled to good bikes (the spirit)and my favorite saddle. Do yourself a favor, go get a shadow! You will NOT be disappointed.
Great midsize cruiser
This bike is comfortable and fun to ride.It will keep up with or beat any 883 sportster.You could store this bike for 5 years, put gas in it,charge the battery and it will run great....Honda Quality Machines
Best City Cruiser....
I just started riding in April of this year. So this is my 1st bike. It has a nice smooth ride and has enough power for me. The bike handles real well.I love the bike.
I bought this bike because I fell in love with the looks. It was rather impulsive, so quite a risk. But all turned out good.
Next to the looks, let's look into:
Very powerfull in 0-100 kph acceleration. I've not timed it yet but i guess she could ... make it in around seven seconds (maybe faster)in second gear. For a 750 chopper, that's good.
Above 110 kph she loses her appetite, but is willing to bring you to 160 kph max.
For taller people (especially those with long legs) the sitting position is poor. As a result, your ass will no longer be satisfied after driving around 45 minutes
The suspension is good to around 80 kph. Serious bumps on the highway however can make you curse on your bike.
A chopper is less sporty than many other bikes, but that doesn't mean you can't have fun. The shadow makes relatively sharp cornering possible, but off course, don't treat her as a racing queen, she will never be that.
Manoevring between traffic does not form a problem at all once you get use to her weight.
All in all: A beauty that will turn heads and will initiate conversations with facinated strangers. Fun to ride thanks to it willing engine, but for the shorter distance due to its comfort.
I have only put 100 miles on it, but I really enjoy this bike. I will write back when I have a few thousand.
My first bike
I love my first bike. I was wondering why I took soo long to buy a bike. I looked at several bikes from different companies. The big reason why I brought the Spirit was low seat and feel of handlebars. The ride is not that bounce. This red bike will turn head toward you.
2009 Shadow 750
Great bike! The handling is great, and very smooth shifting (easy to get it in neutral to). I would also like to mention this is my first bike and I couldn't have made a better choice...not too much power where you could get yourself into trouble but enough to easily cruise the highway. The only ... thing thou is the gas mileage isn't so great..about 40 mpg but then it isn't fuel injected. I wish Honda would make a touring version of this bike with fuel injection, gas gauge etc...but in this line you don't get the fuel injection until you step into the 1800. All-in-all you can't loose getting this bike...
I can say i am in love with this bike handles like a dream ..To the above owner try putting the rear suspension to the 3rd adjustment (i did works a treat) .Cant get enuff :)WOW GR8 JOB HONDA !
2009 750 Aero brand new and starts bouncing like crazy at 55 mph. The dealership's respons is that the bike is what it, and that is, apparently a big mistake. Where is Honda's vaunted reliability? Turns out Honda has a hostory of the bounce problem with these bikes?
I been ride a sport bike 2008 honda cbr 600rr,and crossed over to the cruiser side. and i love this bike on long distance ride.no more leaning over like a sport bike. took me a little bit to get used to the pedal being in the front other than that. I Love it!
Now i need some pipe to make it ... loud!!
I love this bike
I bought the bike without knowing anything about it and I love it. It has good power and handles well. The brakes are good and it looks good. Overall it is a very good bike.
this bike sucks and honda wont stand by it i have had problems from day one it bounces and they wont fix it
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Honda Shadow Spirit 750, 2010
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The sportiest cruiser with a 21-inch front wheel and low 25.7-inch one-piece gunfighter seat, the Shadow Spirit 750 C2 exudes street-rod style with handling, comfort and quality levels only Honda can put together.
Features & Benefits
- A 21-inch front wheel for a narrow, custom look and light steering feel.
- Sleek one-piece gunfighter-type seat.
- Newly designed handlebar offers sporty, street-rod feel.
- New custom, integrated taillight design.
- Sleek two-into-two exhaust system features bullet-style mufflers for a classic street-rod style.
- Incredibly low 25.7-inch seat height.
- Shaft final-drive system provides smooth and reliable low-maintenance operation.
- New colors include Ultra Blue Metallic, Black/Flame, Red/Flame and Black.
- Big-bike looks and feel at a very attractive price.
- Classically styled headlight.
- Tank-mounted speedometer features attractive chrome instrument housing.
- 745cc liquid-cooled V-twin engine produces impressive power over a broad rpm range.
- Crankshaft features long-stroke design along with high-mass ACG to produce strong V-twin feel and low-rpm torque peak.
- Single 34mm constant-velocity (CV) carburetor offers crisp throttle response.
- Three-valve cylinder-head design utilizes two spark plugs per cylinder for excellent combustion efficiency and high power output.
- Finned cylinders enhance appearance and give a big-bike look.
- Aluminum radiator maintains consistent engine temperature for optimum performance and long engine life. Mounted between frame rails for enhanced appearance.
- Wide-ratio five-speed transmission.
- Reliable electric starting system.
- CD ignition with electronic advance offers dependability and is maintenance-free.
- Air-injection system reduces emissions by injecting air into the exhaust ports to ensure complete combustion.
- Innovative frame design features large, steel tube backbone reaching back from cast steering head to rear of the engine case for simplicity and strength.
- Sturdy and responsive 41mm front fork features large-diameter chrome-steel shrouds and large billet-aluminum triple-clamp for a distinctive retro look. Delivers confident, neutral handling and plush 4.6-inch wheel travel.
- Large 4mm-thick fork brace mounted under fender enhances rigidity.
- Dual-shock rear suspension features five-position spring preload adjustability and eye-catching chrome covers, while offering 3.5 inches of wheel travel for a smooth ride.
- Single front disc brake with twin-piston caliper grips a 296mm drilled rotor between sintered metal pads. Rear brake is drum type.
- Speedometer is set into the front of the fuel tank for classic retro styling.
- Instrument lights mounted inside meter for optimum visibility.
- Chrome highlights include cylinder-head cover, air-cleaner cover, left and right engine sidecovers, brake and clutch lever brackets, rear brake pedal, shift lever, swingarm pivot cap, ignition switch cover, handlebar, rear shock covers and headlight.
- Solid aluminum footpegs with wide rubber trim bands project a custom-made look.
- Handlebar is positioned low and wide for a comfortable feel and is mounted on rubber-cushioned risers to reduce vibration.
- Broad, low-slung solo seat with detachable passenger seat.
- Stylish 3.7-gallon fuel tank.
- Brilliant, 60-/55-watt halogen headlight.
- Large, custom-styled taillight and attractive retro-styled turn indicators.
- Steering-head lock and helmet lock for added security when parked.
- Transferable one-year unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.
- Purchase of a new, previously unregistered Honda unit by an individual retail user in the United States qualifies the owner for a one-year complimentary membership in the Honda Rider's Club of America® (HRCA®). Benefits include roadside assistance, online access to the Honda Common Service Manual, six issues of the bimonthly Honda Red Rider™ magazine, travel discounts, trip routing and MSF reimbursement, plus access to the HRCA Web site (www.hrca.honda.com). For details on the HRCA, dealers should call (310) 783-3958, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time.
- Touring Accessories: Custom Windscreen, Lower Wind Deflector, Leather Saddlebags (three styles: Studded, Fringed and Plain), Synthetic Leather Saddlebags, Leather Tank Belt (Studded and Plain), Leather Front Pouch (three styles: Studded, Fringed and Plain), Leather Touring Bag (three styles: Studded, Fringed and Plain), Saddlebag Liner Set.
- Chrome accessories: Light Bar, Spotlight Visors, Backrest with Pad (available in Tall and Low styles), Backrest Trim (available in Tall and Low), Rear Carrier (Square-Tube), Passenger Grabrails, Radiator Guard, Allen-Bolt Inserts (three sizes: 5mm, 6mm and 8mm), Throw-over Saddlebag Supports, Driveshaft Cover.
- Billet accessories: Master-Cylinder Cap (four styles: Fluted, V Design, Neo-Retro and Chrome), Handlebar Clamps, Swingarm Pivot Cover Set, License-Plate Frame (three styles: Fluted, V Design and Neo-Retro).
- Additional accessories: Cycle Cover.
(Accessory availability and specifications subject to change without notice.)
HONDA SHADOW SPIRIT 750 2010
The motorcycle Honda shadow spirit 750 of 2010 was manufactured by the company Honda and belongs to the series of Honda shadow spirit that includes motorcycles with different displacements.
This bike belongs to the category of custom / cruiser and the first model of the Honda shadow spirit generation was launched to the market in the year 2004, that's why we talk about a a motorcycle generation that already has 18 years.
To make the specifications more concrete, it has an engine displacement of 45.46 ci with an v-twin 4-stroke engine with electric start.
We encourage you to take a look at the technical data sheet of this fantastic motorcycle.
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS HONDA SHADOW SPIRIT 750 2010
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HONDA Shadow Spirit 750 C2 VT750C2 (2011-2012) Specs, Performance & Photos
2011 honda shadow spirit 750 c2 vt750c2 specs, performance & photos.
Segment: Custom/Cruiser Production years: 2011, 2012
Sporting an aggressive roadster-is look, the 2011 Shadow Spirit 750 C2 retains the compact attire of the family, but brings in the narrow front tire of the chopper class and exclusive graphics to match. A large 21" front wheel adds a more commanding spirit to the bike, while the v-twin and its throaty exhaust will set the tone of the ride.
A middleweight cruiser with tons of attitude, the 2011 Honda Shadow Spirit 750 C2 is great as a first bike, but will still be a thrilling ride even for seasoned motorcyclists. And with a really low seat, ladies and riders with a shorter inseam will also be able to operate this bike in full confidence.
HONDA Shadow Spirit 750 C2 VT750C2 2011-2012
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10 Things You Should Know About The Honda Shadow 750
T he Honda Shadow 750 is a timeless classic that has won over motorcycle enthusiasts worldwide. The Shadow is ideal for both beginners learning the ropes and experienced riders wanting a perfect local ride. It's been a key part of Honda's motorcycle lineup for 40 years now.
The Shadow 750 epitomizes what Honda is all about: approachability, toughness, and dependability, with a healthy dash of nostalgia. A lot of folks started out on this motorcycle. It was a trailblazer when it first came out, and now, as a grizzled veteran, it continues to inspire the next generation of motorcyclists.
You could not make a list of the most influential motorcycles in history and leave the Honda Shadow 750 out. It doesn't brag about blistering performance or cutting-edge technology, yet this age-old cruiser is the first love of many gearheads.
When you ride a Honda Shadow, you know what you're getting: comfort, superior handling, decent performance, and classic cruiser esthetics at an affordable price.
In a market where most affordable motorcycles for beginners lean towards sport and dirt bikes, the Honda Shadow offers a dependable cruiser option for those seeking a laid-back ride around town. There is no need for flashy wheelies; just grab your helmet and keys and hit the open road. That's all there is to it.
Let's dive into the ten essential things you need to know about the Honda Shadow 750: its performance, design, and lasting popularity.
The information for this article was sourced from TopSpeed, Honda, MotorcycleSpecs, and Motorcyclist. All the quotes have been taken from CycleWorld's First Ride Review.
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Great for beginners.
The Honda Shadow is the go-to choice for beginner riders because it ticks all the boxes: style, comfort, handling, affordability, power, and performance. It embodies the dreamy, low-profile cruiser without breaking the bank. While there are other good starter options like the Harley-Davidson Iron 883, Honda Rebel 500, and Kawasaki Vulcan, many opt for the Honda Shadow for its easy handling, 745cc engine, and a 3.9-gallon fuel tank—everything needed for a starting motorcyclist.
Whether navigating city streets or winding through scenic highways, the Honda Shadow 750 shines in the handling department. According to CycleWorld ,
"The Shadow Phantom is light steering with excellent and balanced low-speed handling."
However, there's one drawback—it weighs 500 pounds. Although typical for a full-size cruiser, it's too heavy for a novice. While a new rider may manage to straddle the seat and touch the ground if the bike falls over, it'll be painful, and getting it back up might be a challenge.
Riding Dynamics Are Tuned To Be Breezy
With a manageable weight and a low center of gravity, the Shadow 750 ought to be a joy to handle in various riding conditions.
"The suspension is plush and offers a cushy ride, eating up bad asphalt with no issues."
Built for relaxed cruising, the bike surprisingly easily handles dense urban areas. Maintaining control is crucial for beginner riders, and the Shadow's 41mm front forks provide ample turning radius.
2023 Honda Shadow Phantom Dimensions
Specs sourced from Honda Powersports , Honda News , and Motorcycle Specs
Easy On The Wallet
Price is always an issue when trying to get your first wheels. The 2024 Honda Shadow is a solid cruiser with a base MSRP well below $10k . Pre-owned Honda Shadows also make for great deals.
The Honda Shadow 750 is also surprisingly fuel-efficient. The thoughtful engineering behind the motorcycle ensures that riders can cover long distances without constantly worrying about fuel stops. Whether commuting through the city or embarking on an extended road trip, the Shadow 750 is a practical choice.
Other budget-friendly options like the Honda CB500, Yamaha YZF-R3, and Suzuki SV650 exist, but none capture the classic, old-school cruiser look that many have come to adore. So, if you're on a budget but still want to ride a cool bike, the Honda Shadow is the way to go.
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At the core of the Honda Shadow 750 is a powerful engine . The V-twin engine configuration delivers 745cc of displacement. Motorcycle riding is already nerve-wracking, and the last thing a beginner wants is a bike so powerful that it feels uncontrollable.
"Performance from the 745cc V-twin is good, with decent low-end to midrange torque on tap. Around town and exiting tight corners, the engine provides good drive...the engine is smooth, with excellent fueling and a good spread of power for a middleweight cruiser."
The Honda Shadow's engine generates a maximum of 44.9 horsepower and 47.9 lb-ft of torque. This power output is just right for a new rider—enough to get comfortable and a bit extra when needed.
2024 Honda Shadow Phantom Engine Specs
Specs sourced from Motorcycle Specs
Honda Shadow 750 Design: A Cruiser With Many Faces
Like many popular motorcycle models, the Honda Shadow has been reworked, re-modeled, and re-made. Over its 40-year career, this cruiser has showcased an impressive array of looks.
The Honda Shadow Spirit offered a slightly leaner version with a factory chopper style . The Shadow RS took a more café racer approach. From 2008 to 2009, the Shadow Tourer was designed for longer highway rides, featuring a windshield, saddlebag, additional passenger seat, and backrest. It's safe to say the Honda Shadow has worn many hats since its inception.
Moreover, one of the most enticing aspects of owning a Honda Shadow 750 is the plethora of customization options available. Riders can personalize their motorcycles with a range of aftermarket accessories. From custom exhaust systems to handlebar upgrades and paint schemes, the Shadow 750 provides a canvas for riders to transform their bikes into unique, one-of-a-kind machines.
For 2024, Honda has introduced the Shadow Phantom and Shadow Aero.
Dependable And Versatile
The Honda Shadow's reputation attracts newer riders and garners praise from seasoned ones who fondly reminisce about their beginnings on the back of a Shadow 750. The Shadow 750 rarely breaks down , can be serviced in a jiffy, and its spare parts are easy to find.
Additionally, a well-engineered chassis enhances the motorcycle's stability, which inspires confidence in the rider. Investing in a motorcycle is not just about the thrill of the ride; it's also a financial consideration. The Honda Shadow 750 also excels in this aspect, with a reputation for excellent resale value and longevity.
Timeless Design And Style
First introduced in the 1980s, the Shadow cruiser's classic design pays homage to the golden era of motorcycles, featuring a low-slung profile and teardrop-shaped fuel tank. In the days of yesteryear, we often pictured ourselves on a specific type of bike, and for many, that dream involved a Harley-Davidson. However, lacking deep enough pockets to buy one at the time, the Honda Shadow became a fitting substitute.
Adorned in chrome (although the 2024 model is now blacked out), featuring a low-profile seat, forward controls, and a muscular design, the Shadow served as a stand-in to fulfill your fantasies. This bike will stand by your side until you've gained enough confidence (and saved up a down payment) for that Harley.
2024 Honda Shadow Phantom 750 Design Features
- V-Twin engine configuration
- Low-slung profile
- Contoured seat
- High handlebar placement
- Round headlight
- Teardrop-shaped fuel tank
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Ergonomics on point.
Comfort is a crucial factor that many new riders may not immediately appreciate. Like many cruisers, the Honda Shadow prioritizes rider comfort , ensuring they stay happy and relaxed during long periods on the road. The handlebar placement promotes a natural and stress-free posture.
"The seat is firm enough to provide good support for the lower back, but comfortable enough for longer stints. The low seat height should provide solid footing at stops for all but the most height-challenged riders."
Its design prepares new riders to have the right expectations from the cruiser—a size that provides comfort on the highway while remaining light enough for backroad journeys.
2024 Honda Shadow Phantom Notable Features
- Bobber-style look
- New rear brake disc
- Optional front and rear ABS
- New LED lighting
- Redesigned front end
Bang For Buck Thrills
The Honda Shadow boasts a powerful 745cc liquid-cooled V-twin engine. Its three-valve combustion chambers, featuring two intake valves and one exhaust, ensure ample breathability, optimizing horsepower and torque.
With a five-speed transmission, this bike can reach commendable top speeds. While the top speed figure of the latest Honda Shadow hasn't been disclosed, we do know that the 2010 Shadow Phantom VT750 model had a top speed of 107 mph and could do 0-60 mph in 6.7 seconds. For stopping power, it's equipped with a reliable braking system—296mm front and 269mm rear single-disc brakes—and newer models even come with the option of ABS.
The suspension system includes dual shocks with a five-position spring preload, offering 3.5 inches of travel that can be adjusted for a personalized riding experience.
Legacy For Posterity
While the Honda Shadow 750 pays homage to classic design principles, it is not devoid of modern technology. The motorcycle is equipped with advanced braking systems and modern instrumentation.
It's not common for motorcycle models to have a long lifespan, with many lasting only a few years before being discontinued. However, the Honda Shadow stands out as an exception, remaining in production for four impressive decades.
This longevity isn't just a stroke of luck; it's a testament to the Shadow's status as one of the most trusted starter motorcycles in the market. There's no reason for Honda to retire this enduring model anytime soon, either.
Sources: Honda Powersports, Motorcycle Specs, Honda News, CycleWorld, The Motorcyclist, Motor and Wheels, and Topspeed
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