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2010 Honda Shadow Phantom First Look

Friday, September 4, 2009
2010 Honda Shadow Phantom
Honda's Spirit has turned into a full-fledged Phantom courtesy of a chopped front fender, a beefier fork, blacked out covers, and a meatier front tire.
First the Fury, now the Phantom. Honda again looks to give its cruiser motorcycles a tougher image with the introduction of its blacked-out 2010 Honda Shadow Phantom. Honda has taken its Spirit and chopped its front fender, beefed up its fork with large-diameter matte-finished shrouds, thrown black covers on the air filter and primary, spooned on a thicker front tire and added on a set of new spoked wheels. Matte finishes on the tank-mounted console and cylinder heads in addition the fork shrouds complement the bare-bones look.

“We have a new cruiser that offers a whole new look for Honda,” said Honda Powersports Press Manager Bill Savino.
 
The 2010 Honda Shadow Phantom also gets updated induction, making the switch from being carb-fed to EFI. The 745cc liquid-cooled V-Twin will now receive its juice from Honda’s Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) system with an automatic enrichment circuit that utilizes one 34mm throttle body.
 
The tank-mounted console features an analog speedo  digital odometer  a neutral light indicator  and low fuel  oil temp  and engine warning lights.
The tank-mounted console features an analog speedo, digital odometer, a neutral light indicator, and low fuel, oil temp, and engine warning lights.
A low 25.7-inch seat height, forward-mounted foot controls and handlebars positioned for upright ergos will appeal to beginning and smaller-statured riders. Its claimed 549-lb curb weight, 34-degree rake, and 64.5-in. wheelbase add up to a bike that should be easily manageable yet still fun to ride courtesy of its torquey 745cc powerplant.
 
The 52-degree V-Twin remains unchanged from the Spirit’s engine. The single overhead cam arrangement has three valves operating within each cylinder of the 79mm bore. Gases are compressed within the 76mm stroke at a 9.6:1 ratio. The engine is mated to a wide-ratio five-speed tranny that transfers power to the rear via shaft drive.
 
The 2010 Honda Shadow Phantom’s front end is one of the motorcycle’s best features. The bobbed front fender really shows off the shorter, wider front tire. The 2009 Spirit’s 90mm wide, 21-inch tall hoop has been switched out for a 120mm wide, 17-inch tall arrangement on the 2010 Phantom. The wheel features less spokes and a new pattern that adds to the bobber look. Mounting them between a beefed-up front end completes the attractive package.
 
The back end remains the same, except for the blacked-out treatment that’s on the dual-shocks of the rear suspension. The units are five-way spring preload adjustable with 3.5 inches of travel.
 
The 2010 Honda Phantom Shadow has a low 25.7-inch seat height  forward-mounted controls  and handlebars styled with bobber flair.
The 2010 Phantom Shadow has a low 25.7-inch seat height, forward-mounted controls, and handlebars styled with bobber flair.
Honda Genuine Accessories for the sporty cruiser include a backrest with pad (two styles: tall and low), a rear carrier, boulevard screen, custom leather seat, solo rider rear carrier, cycle cover, front pouch, and synthetic leather saddlebags. The Shadow Phantom appears to be Honda’s answer to Harley-Davidson’s blacked-out Sportster, the Iron 883. I smell a comparison on the horizon. Hope you like black, because that’s the only color the Phantom rolls on. It is scheduled to hit dealerships in November 2009, and has an MSRP of $7999.

2010 Honda Shadow Phantom Specifications:

Model: VT750C2A
Engine Type: 745cc liquid-cooled 52° V-twin
Bore and Stroke: 79mm x 76mm
Compression ratio: 9.6:1
Valve Train: SOHC; three valves per cylinder
Induction: PGM-FI with automatic enrichment circuit, one 34mm throttle body
Ignition: CD with electronic advance, two spark plugs per cylinder
Transmission: Wide-ratio five-speed
Final Drive: Shaft

Suspension
Front:
41mm fork; 4.6 inches travel
Rear: Dual shocks with five-position spring preload adjustability; 3.5 inches travel
 
Brakes
Front: Single 296mm disc with twin-piston caliper
Rear: Drum

Tires
Front:
120/90-17
Rear: 160/80-15

Wheelbase: 64.5 inches
Rake (Caster angle): 34o
Trail: 161mm (6.3 inches)
Seat Height: 25.7 inches
Fuel Capacity: 3.9 gallons, including 0.9-gallon reserve
Colors: Black
Curb Weight*: 549 pounds
*Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel--ready to ride.
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ajyeley   July 14, 2013 05:06 PM
Does anyone know what kind of range the Phantom gets, or at least the mpg when ridden mellow?
ajyeley   July 14, 2013 05:04 PM
I ride a 2006 HD DYNA SUPER GLIDE, but will probably trade for a new, non-current 2010 Phantom. I'm a shorter than average male rider and the Phantom fits perfectly.
doesn't matter -to the guy writing the book  August 17, 2010 12:11 PM
seen your comment and had to throw my 2 cents in. the Honda CB750 Nighthawk would be perfect for your story they were plentiful and cheap during that era me and my girl had a blast on mine
200 Phantom -A Phantom You say?  July 29, 2010 07:46 AM
I got a 200 Phantom Shadow ( as they say in Thailand ) brand new... and had her for 8 (eaight) years (2001- 2008). The happyest day of my life when I got her...the sadest was when I had to sell her. At that time I was doing 6 months in Thailand and 6 in the States. Liveing in the states now...I shall return to Thailand and when I do. The first thing I shall do is buy a brand new Phantom !!!!
Yvette -Loves it!  July 8, 2010 11:47 AM
Last year I went shopping for a bike and fell in love with the Harley 883 Iron and the reason for it is that it was all black and sporty. Black is my farovite color and I don't care for "flashy" or colorful bikes. I like the dark look. I was happy I found a bike I really like and I made a commitment to buy it this year.

2010 came along and I'm ready... my friend ask me if I have seen the new Honda Phantom.... I said no, but I don't need to, I want the 883 Iron. She insisted I go and take a look at the bike.. so I went see it just to shut her up.. lol... any how, when I saw it I was in awe... what a beauty... I sat on it and said this is the bike I want. But I didn't rush into it.. I went back to the Harley dealer and test drove the Iron..hmmm love it, I call the Honda dealer and ask if I can test drive the Phantom and they said sure...

I'm now a proud owner of a 2010 Honda Phantom!!! I love this bike.. It's perfect!! I ride it to work at least three times a week. I get a lot of compliments and my friends say that bike has your name written all over it... they know very well I like colors and chrome..

So far, I replace the chrome mirrors to black mirrors and I will cange the exhaust to a black exhaust. :)

JIMC -BOUGHT IT.  July 7, 2010 02:41 AM
THE ONLY THINGS I DISLIKE ABOUT MY NEW PHAMTON IS NO TACH. AND IT HAS PRETTY TALL GEARS-RIDES LIKE A CADILAC.
LL -Just Ride!  June 5, 2010 07:04 AM
I find a lot of these motorcycle threads very interesting. Bikers/motorcycle enthusiasts can sure be passionate about their bikes and preferences.

My neighbor says it best... he likes "anything with two wheels and a motor!" I happen to agree with him. I'm new to riding and just got an '83 Kawasaki 440 LTD. I'm in love with "Lexi." When it's in my budget, I just might go for the Phantom.

I appreciate many makes and models of cruisers including HD, but the mid-sized Hondas are my favorite. They just seem to fit me better. And although I don't wish to ride a sport bike, I still appreciate them for what they are... crazy fast, wicked handling machines!

Let's all just ride what we love and not worry so much about what the other guy or gal is riding, what they think, or which is better.

And I'll be waving to everyone out there on my little LTD. Wave back to me or not, I won't care because I'll be having too much fun!


DrDiff -Needs more color and chrome  June 1, 2010 03:16 AM
I like the Fuely. I wish it had a rear disk break.

It needs more colors. I will keep my 1986 VT500C untill they add Fuel Injection across the line.
courtney hawkins -test ride  May 11, 2010 09:36 AM
I test rode the Phantom and fell in love with it! I just got my first bike in November 2009. An 84 honda shadow. A bit high for me, but the Phantom has everything in just the right spot for me to reach. No adjustments needed. And its so comfortable. and fuel injection... I LOVE IT! Alot more pick up and go than what i have. I just cant afford a new bike right now. But when I can it will definitly be the Phantom.
paul vancil -POPS  April 14, 2010 04:15 PM
Looks good. How does the sound with "after markets" compare to a Sportster or a Cobra tuned VLX?(got one sounds better than my friends bigger Hondas)
steve -Ride with your heart not your ego  March 24, 2010 02:44 AM
Ride what ya like, just ride.
hojman -ride what you like  March 18, 2010 12:50 PM
hey folks... i've read through most of this and i have to say... anyone who can't get past the name on the side of the bike is an idiot. your a dying breed and your not dying gracefully. I have a little 1973 CB 100....I love it... i learned on it and got my licence on it. its little and slow and so much fun to ride its not even funny. i have an 08 vulcan and i love that too. I work in a custom bike shop and i love and appreciate everything out there.

There is something to appreciate about any bike with maybe a few excptions. Bikes arent like cars... each is an individual and you have to look past the name and get your hands dirty and your hair blowing to understand the charms of each.

if you like harleys..buy a damn harley, you like sport bikes... buy a sport bike... you like metric cruisers...then buy one.. this is america...ride what you like and be safe...thats all you need to do.

if you pay for a name... thats all you will get... you buy the bike that is right for your body type and and has whatever features you are interested in and has what you truly want in a bike and your happy with your decision .... then you will be spending your money wisely and you will enjoy your ride and be much happier all the way around.

so if your stuck on a name... well i feel sorry for you... you might not wave at the rest of us but we will waive at you and keep on enjoying our ride and we wont be bothered with silly distractions like what the other guy or gal is ridin...
joblow -Not Enough power  March 6, 2010 10:19 PM
Love the look, but I need more than a 750--whats my options?
Ernesto -compared to the Iron 883  February 4, 2010 02:33 PM
The Phantom needs a single seat with springs. Don't ya think that the thing on there now wrecks the whole attempt at a bobber. And both the Phantom and the Iron are a little on the small side. What is best for a guy over 6 feet in this category?
mike -have read all of your comments  January 26, 2010 10:34 PM
I am going to buy my first bike in a month or two. It is as of right now for money purposes between the phantom & the iron. I understand the harley mistique, i know the resale will be better. someone help me sway in a direction. I really like the phantom alot. I felt right sitting on it. I don't know what I should do. I will say I am leaning towards the phantom. Read the reviews on phantom. Looks all good. Plan if I go with phantom,have a dealer that will change out the exhaust & throw it in ( loud ). Well anyone
whitefeather50 -Honda vs. Harley  January 13, 2010 06:04 PM
Harley, of course, is Americas "Dream". Everyone talks up Harley like they dont compare, fine. Honda comes out with a "Sportster" looking bike, you can bet your money I'm taking that Honda over that Harley. Honda just rides better, more comfort. I ride a cx500 deluxe, I have no issues with its comort for the way it was built. It sounds nice too Its kinda funny though, my dad and I put a cx500 custom together, put straight pipes on it and jokingly called it a Honda Davidson because of the way it sounded. Sounds real nice too! That just goes to say that you dont have to have a Harley to have a thunderous bike. Who does Harley think they are anyway?
super jack -u good luck  January 10, 2010 09:43 PM
u have a good luck to touch bigbike mc but in my country THAILAND not had and not to sale in showroom in need to ride a good mc same u every every..

super jack -u good luck  January 10, 2010 09:42 PM
u have a good luck to touch bigbike mc but in my country not had and not to sale in showroom in need to ride a good mc same u every every..

Max -JaimeB said it right.  January 8, 2010 09:29 PM
this looks alot like the Iron 883, and for the same price most will go for the Iron.... if you can find one. HD has his thing about marketing a product to death but not supplying enough. Honda, let's not make that same mistake. I trust you won't.
Arnie A -shadow spirit owner  January 7, 2010 11:08 AM
I got to tell you guys, I love my spirit" but i would love to up-grade to fuell-injection, just wish it had rear disc. thanks honda but i"ll wait for disk in the rear
Roger -copy cats  December 17, 2009 01:40 AM
Wasn't it harley who copied the Japanese in making a softer ride, who in their right mind would ride a bike with less than adequate suspension? Oh yeah, Skeeter! His brain is where his seat goes, he doesn't have to worry about vibration anymore.
Roger -skeeter  December 17, 2009 01:30 AM
I don't drink lattee's and I don't ride a Harley, and a real man doesn't give a crank about what you think! And, I am sure there are many lattee drinking redneck Harley riders like you out there too.
Roger -copy cats  December 17, 2009 01:25 AM
So you say Honda is copying the Harley, so? I ride the Suzuki 1400 Intruder, 1987. I wouldn't trade it in for anyhing, love it, but I wouldn't turn away a free Road King or Springer, or a Kawasaki Nomad for that matter. I have had Harley folks come to my bike, liking it, one guy even told me he had the same Harley before. It's amusing, but if ll bikes had the same sticker price, which they should for comparable bikes, it would be a much harder decision on what to ride next. I just wish Germany had a bike I liked the looks of.
Roger -Honda = Suzuki  December 17, 2009 01:18 AM
My first bike, 1980 Honda CB 750K, I can't get myself to get rid of it. I upgraded to the Suzuki Intruder, a 1987, 1400, beautiful. This Shadow is nice, resembles my nephews new Harley 883. Has anyone ridden the Phantom? Tell me aout it, does it come in an 1100 or only the 750?
email me, please; Dragon1492@aol.com
Mikey -WHO CARES!  November 29, 2009 10:32 PM
who cares what you ride long as you are riding i have 2 bobbers i built 07 honda shadow 03 sporster i ride both but honestly i ride my honda more looks better than most harleys every body wants to look at it at shows and even at HD poker runs but hey harley people make fun of people ridin sportster my buddy has a nightster harleys guys give him a hard time bc what it is but they shut the f up when that 1200 bust they ass, hell you got yuppies that ride both harleys and jap bikes but harley yuppies buy the damn $37,000 harley wtf, and who cares if it has disc or drum i prefer drum old school hell i take the front disc brakes off but you like what you like should be able to ride anything you want and not worry about the other prick worrying about what your riding and i know how much harley riders love these i also have a 06 busa street bike oh s*** get the torch out i'm not a harley rider or jap rider or street rider i just like f***** ridin! But hey i get s*** talked to wether i ride my harley my honda or my busa!
KeithB -Phantom  November 14, 2009 04:00 AM
Some guys like blondes, some brunettes, some redheads. I like them all. But when you find that special one, the one that you can't explain why you like her so much, but still you do. That's THE one and it's the same with motorcycles. My first bike was a Honda 305 Superhawk. I have ridden just about every companies bike at some point. I ride a Harley now and I am in love. I wave at every biker, even scooters and hope they are in love too. If you are lucky enough to find the one you love, keep her and be happy. Would you really care if other guys wanted to ride her or not? Well, maybe but that's a whole new subject. :)
Cosmic -2 wheels  October 30, 2009 09:36 PM
I own a road king a shadow vt1000 a suzuki dirt bike and a riding lawnmover and if its got wheels and an engine and its a gas to ride who cares who makes it? Getting your knees in the breeze is what it is all about so loyality is one thing but blatent moran attitude about one bike towards another is just nuts!
skeeter -Jason  October 24, 2009 08:18 AM
Assuming that you really own a "motorcycle", how many miles a year do you ride?
Jason -HUH?  October 23, 2009 02:15 PM
I don't get the first comment? Harley t-shirt wearing who? I know alot of guys who wear Harley shirts, but have never owned one. 1 friend rides a Suzuki. Personal preference in the land of the (still for now) free. Harleys are a cool piece of Americana, but Honda's are better all around. I hate to say it, I will not own an import car... yet my bike of choice is Honda.
skeeter -AM  October 20, 2009 08:20 AM
Nobody understands what you are talking about! lol
AM -Honda V Harley  October 17, 2009 06:40 AM
Ok - As an owner of both Harley & Shadow I think this bike looks a lot like the HD Fat Boy/ Soft Tails and major weakness is the front indicators - chunky and a bit ugly. The exhaust probably is also a bit tame compared to the Harleys knowing Honda. The Fury is the most interesting Honda out there atm and would rather than - this styling is too copy-cat of a HD Soft Tail for my liking.
skeeter -Shaddow Phantom  October 13, 2009 12:38 PM
DEVIL, your jealousy and envy of Harley riders will get you nowhere. Keep the dream alive though!
DEVIL -Skeeter - Shadow Phantom  October 13, 2009 08:02 AM
OK Skeeter don't wave at us when we pass you on the road and you are next to you broken down and over priced hog.....unfortunately Charlie has surpassed HD in design, technology and power delivery, not to mention reliability. So I guess if it was not for Americana selling so well in America HD would not be around however Charlie and the Germans and a little British Company outside Slough are selling their products around the world.....I agree you can go and F..k yourself when riding that overpriced piece of ancient engineering. I will not wear a HD Tshirt if I got one for free, I doubt if I will ride the bike either !
skeeter -Wake up and smell the coffee...  October 10, 2009 10:26 AM
Real men ride Harley-Davidsons. All of you foolish latte-drinking yuppies need to get past your feelings of inferiority. We don't care about you, and we don't want to wave to you. Get over it and stop wearing Harley t-shirts. You may as well get over the fact that we kicked your metrosexual a**es back in high school too! Stay out of our way, and we'll ignore your stupidity like we have for years.
Bonnie Rider -Hate Radiators  October 7, 2009 09:02 PM
Can't bring myself to buy any bike that isn't air cooled. bikes wearing dirty big radiators simply suck.
Andy -Honda Harley  October 5, 2009 05:10 AM
I own a VT750 Spirit which in Europe is FI, I recently rented a Sportster. The Honda will out preform it, having said that I love the Harley, its no point everyone arguing, uy the one that suits you....
James Honda lover -unknown author.  September 30, 2009 11:14 PM
I bought my first bike in 1986. It was a 1976 honda cb550. It was small,quick,and only cost me $650.00. The paint was sun faded green and black,the chrome was slightly rusted. It did clean up nicely and ran like a charm. It was pretty quick on take off but struggled to get much past 100mph.Then in 1991 I got a 1987 Supermagna. That bike was very cool looking,low seat height, and pretty damn fast for a cruiser. It was red and I had it painted gloss black. Probably a little high price tag for a runaway. Maybe like the other guy said it belonged to her uncle or father.

59 y/o biker -cool bike for the girl in the story  September 30, 2009 02:54 PM
Hi, just passing through here; following a news story. How about an old Brit bike, not sure about in the States (am in Oz, ex-UK), but 80's there were quite a few around before current nostalgia boom (Triumph Bonnie remake etc). What about a BSA 650 her uncle - ? had been keeping in a shed (Hunter S.T. rode one of these in the 60's); or the 500cc twin from either BSA or Triumph, this smaller bike no collector's item then but do they go? Oh yes. Cool? Hell yeah! Or you could get more esoteric whilst still avoiding bikes which had already become collectors items. A site specialising in chat about old Brit bikes could be far more specific. No put-down on the Japs (I ride a Suzy GSX 1400 myself), but a lot of 'street cred' imho in a girl riding a slightly oil-leaking but mean & tough old piece of Brit iron. The tension; is the damn thing gonna start? (as the baddie approaches). All the best anyway :)
EAB -Author Unknown  September 30, 2009 09:00 AM
For that timeframe, I would go with a Kawasaki EN500, which is still made today as the Ninja 500R. Back then, as now, they were cheap, and while they are dated now, back in the 80's and early 90's they were not. THey are quick, cheap, fast, and bulletproof. Yeah, EN500. Do a search.
James -Phantom  September 29, 2009 07:58 PM
You say Honda is copying Harley dark customs. Isn't Harley copying several successful custom shops who were already making "Dark" bikes?Honda should blow Harley away by making a new fuel injected Magna. I have a'02 Magna that no stock sportster can touch. It does have a drum brake in the rear.I would like to see a new magna with a disc brake.Even though I have had no difficulty stopping, a disc would seem like a reasonable performance upgrade.You can't beat chain drive for absolute speed.Fuel injected,disc brakes,and chain drive.Make a new Magna NOW!
OK TULSAN -honda rocks!!!  September 21, 2009 09:22 PM
1.- honda=reliable HD= he nop
2.- honda quality proven HD upss nop
3.- honda style= diversity HD trying to get out of the hole 4 decades
4.- honda your money well worthed HD payin for the name (ridicoulos)
5.- jap.=natural evolution for tech and business HD trying to survive
well the list can go on and on, but you know what just enjoy your ride no matter what kind of motorcycle you have.
Author unknown -Need a bike for a character in the story I'm working on.  September 20, 2009 12:56 PM
I'm turning to the members of the audience out there who have lived, loved, and rode for years. I'm working on a story, based back in the late 80's and early 90's. She is a young girl on the run, and I want to add a motorcylce into the story. Has to be something she can get fairly cheaply, but I want the type of bike to give her some edge and some style. Any ideas? I know Harley's are the bikes everyone loves, me too although I don't ride, but I don't see that realistically being in her price range. She has to get out of town, and fast. I've got an old boyfriend who owns a Shadow, and I had been thinking about using it, but they weren't manufactured back then. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
aniday -WHY ALL BLACK?  September 19, 2009 10:59 PM
I buy cruiser because of CHROMES. I'll wait another year for new color. To y'all hard head out there, I will never buy or take a junk american bike for FREE. I'm sick and tired of branding.
B1091 -No Info Yet.  September 18, 2009 11:32 AM
Contacted my local dealer about the bike and they don't have any info yet.
Butch -Shadow Phantom...no thanks.  September 11, 2009 07:17 PM
Come on Mother Honda. What were you thinking?

You took a plain Shadow Spirit and blacked it out.
You took a wider front tire off the Aero.
You (thankfully) upgraded the 750 engine to EFI.
But yet you still keep using a drum for a rear brake.

*sigh*

CharChar -HD and Honda  September 11, 2009 11:07 AM
Harley's reputation is no joke. Honda's reputation has proven reliable bikes. This Honda Phantom is dope. The Iron 883 is dope. We ALL know the reputation jap bikes have. I'd put my safe money and pride aside on the Honda Phantom. People have their own preference. Either way is fine be me.
tc - shadow dark  September 10, 2009 05:35 AM
i like it but i like anything with a engine made anywhere. think blackout started in the 70's here and over there.
BC -HD attitude  September 9, 2009 07:39 AM
Gee mike, I guess that makes you a "real biker", eh? Gimme a break. Get over yourself...
KayakMike -Almost there!  September 9, 2009 04:45 AM
I'm not a cruiser rider (I long for the days of old when the UJM ruled), but I've always liked the HD Iron look. Honda almost got it right here, with two exceptions. The drum brake is simply a deal breaker for me. Just not happening on a bike of this size. And secondly, I think that inverted forks wouold have been a much more aggressive touch than putting shrouds over the forks like they did. Much like fake hood scoops and vents on cars, I just loathe useless trim. But overall, the look is good.
Treadsoft -HD and Honda? Can't we coexist  September 8, 2009 04:53 PM
I pick up my '10 Wide Glide on Sept 12th, but to sit here and say this bike sucks is just a flat out lie. I'm new to this whole 2 wheel scene, but one thing I've noticed is everyone has a deep spiritual opinion on Metrics Vs Harley Vs Sport bikes. Let's all chill-out and realize were part of a two wheel community. Live to Ride! ....we are the world, we are the children... sorry I got too carried away
EAB -Gotta agree with the HD crowd here  September 8, 2009 09:57 AM
I figure if you want to have the look, feel, and prestige of GUCCI, or Rolls Royce, or whatever else you might have in mind, you don't buy a knockoff, especially if the knock off is the same money. It's well known that a $30 digital watch keeps better time than a Rolex, but that was never a consideration, now was it? Bottom line is if I am going to buy a blacked out cruiser, it will be a Harley. All of that being said, none of the cruisers are my cup of tea. Perhaps Honda should have made an attempt to emulate the XR1200. Now THAT would have been a machine, eh?
milwaukee mike -Stupid honda  September 8, 2009 08:47 AM
Just another cheap attemp by honda to imitate HD's new Fat Boy Dark. It never ceases to amaze real bikers that the metrics cannot come up with an original style (or at least a non-goofy style).
Honduh -Original thoughts wanted  September 7, 2009 02:27 PM
So ... NW ... what's your "original thought"?
themountain -disc brake...drum brake  September 7, 2009 08:24 AM
What are your concerns about that??..pretty sure the Honda drum brakesa 1000 times better than any Harley brake...lol
Bike looks awesome, only they should loose the shaftdrive...its sooo damn hard to customize that!!
8000$...well done Honda!!
Jess -Seriously?  September 6, 2009 10:08 PM
Are Honda really trying to sell me a bike with a drum on the rear - in 2009 - seriously - for 8k - seriously? HAHAHAHA!
Frazer -No Thanks!  September 6, 2009 10:03 PM
A Price tag of 8k and I don't even get a disc on the rear? That's just stupid. I can't imagine how anybody would take this 750 imitation over the real deal 883 Iron.
Jasper -Phantom Lord  September 6, 2009 01:17 PM
I totally dig it! Yes, Honda may be following some particular trends with this one, but who cares? If it looks good, is affordable, handles well enough, and is reliable, that's all that matters to me. To me, the point of motorcycling is this: get the bike that moves YOU... emotionally, and literally.
Nitin -Shadow over Sportster  September 6, 2009 12:25 AM
I've never bought a sportster for simple reason that its so skinny and vibrates, even 2009 models rattle.. Shadow in comparison looks much better and i'm sure will have a smoother ride. As far as power is concerned.. even 883 is way short of breath!!
NickS -Where's Milwaukee Mike...  September 6, 2009 12:09 AM
I'm just waiting for him to unload his crap... He's the unofficial spokesperson for HD.. Sorry Cribbing-spokesperson!
Phil -Shadow.  September 5, 2009 01:34 PM
i dont care what any of you say. i'm absolutly creaming over this bike. it looks amazing and the shadow is a great ride anyway. engines are bullet proof. i wrote off my bike in a crash a few weeks ago and, if there was anyway i could get the phantom to the uk. id be buying it. you yanks are too lucky. Phil. ps. i agree what you say about the iron but i dont like the riding position. i have to be exctremely comfortable. anyway. yeah. go phantom.
JaimeB -Shao  September 5, 2009 07:55 AM
Agree...but this new Shadow has a raw look to it that is very appealing.
shao -883 and Shadow  September 4, 2009 10:36 PM
883 Iron has better detail and finish, and better resale value. Shadow probably has better suspension and sales below MSRP....
JaimeB -Shadow Phanton  September 4, 2009 06:34 PM
Very nice! However, for this same price you get the Iron 883 with disc rear brakes and aluminum wheels. This is where Honda blew it.
Price it at $6,999 and I'm in.

NW -When?  September 4, 2009 05:19 PM
When will this flood of "me too" cruisers end? Isn't the market saturated yet? Last go around it was flashy paint and tribal graphics. Now it's dark and brooding "bobbers" and "choppers"..... oooh scary. Someone please have an original thought for once.