2010 Honda Shadow RS First Look

November 12, 2009
Ken Hutchison
Ken Hutchison
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The ulcers keep piling on for the warden of the MotoUSA asylum. With the inmates running rampant around the globe, Hutch has opted to get in on the madness more these days than in years past and is back in the saddle again.

2010 Honda Shadow RS
2010 Honda Shadow RS

The 2010 Honda Shadow RS increases the Japanese marque’s entry-level Shadow line-up to four models. The Shadow RS is the sportiest of the quartet of low-slung beginner bikes, all of which are powered by the same liquid-cooled 745cc V-Twin. Like the new-for-2010 Shadow Phantom, the RS is fuel-injected while the less expensive Aero and Spirit retain their 34mm CV carburetors.

The Shadow RS clearly takes styling cues from the Sportster. It’s reported to have a more-upright riding position, higher pegs and a low seat height which Honda hopes will appeal to more new riders.

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With an MSRP of $7799 the Shadow RS is $200 less than the new Shadow Phantom and will be available by March 2010 in either Pearl White or Metallic Grey. Final specifications have not been released at this time.

While the RS is intended to fill the gap for consumers looking for something more than just a cruiser, the $7999 Shadow Phantom is aimed directly at people in the market for a smaller bike with a much more custom look. The Phantom features bobbed fenders, blacked out engine cases, frame, wheels and all around retro-looking appearance.

Other new bikes in the Honda cruiser range (though not yet confirmed for the US) include the VTX1300 motorcycles revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show.