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2012 Honda Shadow 750 Cruisers First Look

Friday, September 23, 2011
Honda brings a four-bike-strong Shadow lineup to the table for 2012. Shadow styles run the gamut, from the long-standing classic look of the Aero to a more roadster-like Shadow RS to the dark stance of the Phantom. All of the 2012 Shadow cruisers are powered by a 745cc liquid-cooled 52-degree V-Twin mated to a wide-ratio five-speed transmission. The 2012 Shadows feature Honda’s Programmed Fuel Injection with a single 34mm throttle body across the board now. Honda’s 750s are accommodating enough to serve as a good starter bike or commuter. Better yet, they’ve got great customizing potential as demonstrated by Cobra last year when it debuted the Cobra Honda RS750 Tracker and RS750 Scrambler at the 2010 Long Beach IMS. All four of the 2012 Honda Shadow motorcycles have a base price of $8240 and will be available in December 2011. That said, let’s take a little closer look at the latest iteration of Honda Shadows.

2012 Honda Shadow RS
Honda switched up ergos a little on its classic-styled roadster by bringing the footpegs up a bit to allow for better cornering clearance, adding a shorter, more upright bar and a slightly flatter seat. Its peanut-shaped tank is reminiscent
2012 Honda Shadow RS
Honda brought the footpegs up, added a shorter, more upright handlebar and a flatter seat on the 2012 Shadow RS.
of the ones you used to find on the Sportsters. It’s the only of the 2012 Honda Shadows with chain final drive. Dual rear shocks have five-position preload adjustability and 3.5 inches of travel. It sports a 19 inch tall/100mm wide front tire and a 16 inch/150mm rear. The 2012 Honda Shadow RS has the tallest seat at 29.4 inches and the smallest tank at 2.6 gallons (it is peanut-sized, remember?). Best part is, Honda estimates gas mileage at 56 mpg. Available in Candy Blue only.

Here’s the spiel on the 2012 Honda Shadow RS courtesy of Honda’s diligent PR people:

The Honda Shadow RS serves as rolling proof that classic ideas never go out of style. By combining agile and responsive handling, V-Twin power, clean, crisp lines and standard-style riding ergonomics, the RS is perfectly poised for whatever the journey may bring. The Shadow RS’s higher footpegs enhance ground clearance, and its thoroughly modern liquid-cooled 745cc V-Twin engine boasts Honda’s sophisticated Programmed Fuel Injection to enhance your riding pleasure. Climb aboard the Honda Shadow RS, and the open road is all yours.

2012 Honda Shadow Phantom
The 2012 Shadow Phantom is the edgiest of the bunch, courtesy of the blacked-out treatment on its engine, frame, rims, and handlebar. Bobbed fenders and spoke wheels contribute to its darker demeanor. It’s got beefier tires than the
2012 Honda Shadow Phantom
The blacked-out treatment, a low seat height and beefier wheels give the 2012 Shadow Phantom a wicked stance.
RS, 120mm up front and 160mm out back. Though sporting wider dimensions, tire size is trimmed down to 17 inches on the front and 15 inch rear. The Shadow Phantom has lowest seat height of the bunch at 25.8 inches and its more traditionally styled tank holds 3.7 gallons.

Here’s a brief description straight from the good folks at Honda:

The Shadow Phantom celebrates the joy of back-to-basics motorcycling by delivering a V-Twin ride packing a uniquely clean and uncluttered appearance. Check out the minimalist look and extensive blackout treatment that bring your eyeballs back to that muscular V-Twin engine featuring the convenience and sophistication of Programmed Fuel Injection. By staking out the low-profile approach to cool, the Shadow Phantom reinforces the idea that bling ain’t everything in a cruiser.

2012 Honda Shadow Spirit 750 C2
On the opposite side of the spectrum to the Phantom is the 2012 Honda Shadow Spirit 750 CE. This is the custom
2012 Honda Shadow Spirit 750
The 2012 Honda Shadow Spirit 750 C2 is the most custom of the bunch.
version of the Shadow, chromed out and dolled up with shiny paint. It’s got a tall, 21-inch front hoop and a 15-inch rear. Spoked wheels add to its classy disposition. Like the Phantom, it too sports a low 25.8-inch seat height. It’s a little bit heavier than some of the others.

Here’s a few words about it courtesy of the Honda peeps:

Here’s a machine that’s perfect for cruising city streets as well as exploring back-country roads—the Shadow Spirit 750 C2. Honda has brought together a big-bike look, distinctive street-rod styling and a muscular V-Twin engine—now including the sophistication and metering precision of Programmed Fuel Injection. And it all comes wrapped up in a surprisingly affordable package.

2012 Honda Shadow Aero: MSRP: $8240 (Candy Dark Red, standard model), $8540 (Pearl Black/Silver, standard model), $9240 (ABS model)
The venerable styling of the Aero once again made the cut in 2012. With full fenders and long, chromed bullet-style mufflers, the 2012 Honda Shadow Aero features classic cruiser styling. Like all the Honda Shadow models, it sources a drum brake on the rear but is the only one offered
2012 Honda Shadow Aero
The 2012 Honda Shadow Aero  has full fenders, long bullet-style mufflers and is the only one of the Shadow 750s with optional ABS.
with ABS. Tire dimensions measure out at 17-inches tall, 120mm wide on the front tire and 15-inches tall and 160mm wide on the rear. Its seat height is comparatively low at 25.9 inches and Honda has a long list of Genuine Accessories to customize it to riders’ tastes which come with a one year factory warranty.

Once again, a word from our hosts, Honda Motorcycles:

As a proven favorite, the Shadow Aero serves as a most satisfying ride for a wide range of enthusiasts. Factor in the Shadow Aero’s classic retro styling, low seat height, power-packed V-Twin engine now with sophisticated Programmed Fuel Injection and fine handling—all at a price that’s just right for today’s budgets—and you understand why the Aero is so popular with riding enthusiasts.
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Mitch   September 25, 2011 09:57 PM
ABS and a drum brake seems like such an odd pairing. It's almost like fuel injection for a steam engine =).