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Honda Shadow


 The Honda Shadow is family of motorcycles made by Honda since 1983 to appeal to the American market. The Honda Shadow was the Japanese manufacturers’ second attempt at building a V-Twin cruiser motorcycle. The 1983 VT500C had a liquid-cooled, 491cc OHC V-Twin with a 6-speed, shaft-driven transmission. The early Honda Shadow had a Candy Wineberry Red or Black paint scheme on both the fuel tank and rear fender. The VT750C was also introduced in 1983 and was equipped with a 749cc V-Twin. It was available in the same colors but had a round head lamp, instrument casings and a chromed front fender.
Honda Shadow
The easy-to-ride nature of the Honda Shadow 750 line makes it an ideal match for new riders or for those returning after an extended hiatus.

Several Honda motorcycles have carried the Shadow name, including the Spirit, Aero, Sabre, VLX, and American Classic Edition. The Honda Shadow VT1100C was introduced in 1985, while the American Classic Edition debuted a decade later, featuring more retro styling than the standard model to go along with its full rear fender and a more vibey single crank engine. The Honda Shadow engines range from 125cc to 1100cc, but the Shadow’s characteristic engine is a 750cc SOHC 45-degree V-Twin.

The cruiser-style Honda Shadow has a relaxed, feet-forward riding position and wide handlebars. The series was originally introduced as a replacement for the Honda Rebel series, but the Rebel is still in production today and is a popular entry-level commuter bike for Honda. The Shadow continues to represent the small- to midrange-line of cruiser-style V-Twin motorcycles for Honda.
Honda Shadow Motorcycle Reviews
2010 Honda Shadow RS First Ride
Monday, May 17, 2010
Our editor-at-large John Hensley, who you may know from the TV show Nip/Tuck, tackled the recent Honda Shadow RS intro on our behalf. Check out what he has to say about the new cruiser here.
2010 Honda Shadow Phantom Comparison
Monday, March 01, 2010
The 2010 Honda Shadow Phantom lines up against three other cruisr competitors in our Middleweight Cruiser Shootout.
2010 Honda Shadow Phantom First Ride
Monday, January 18, 2010
All decked out in black matte silver, the 2010 Honda Shadow Phantom may put this smaller cruiser back on the map. Read what our MotoUSA Correspondent had to say.
2007 Honda Shadow Spirit 750 1st Ride
Monday, November 13, 2006
Honda's mid-level cruiser workhorse returns to its shaft-driven roots and gets a styling makeover.
2004 Honda Shadow Aero 750
Wednesday, May 26, 2004
Honda has bagged the 750 A.C.E., the 750 Spirit, and even the 750 Nighthawk, and placed all their eggs in the new Shadow Aero 750's basket.
2003 Honda Shadow Spirit Comparison
Thursday, August 21, 2003
Not every motorcycle requires you take out a second mortage as this capable quartet of cruisers proves.
Honda Shadow First Looks
2010 Honda Shadow RS First Look
Thursday, November 12, 2009
With the arrival of the 2010 Honda Shadow RS the entry-level Shadow line-up is expanded to four different models.
2010 Honda Shadow Phantom First Look
Friday, September 04, 2009
Honda continues to change the appeal of its cruiser motorcycle line with the release of its latest blacked-out bad boy, the 2010 Shadow Phantom.
2008 Honda Streetbikes First Look
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Honda releases information on its 2008 crop of streetbikes, including news about the trusty sport-touring extraordinaire Gold Wing.