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.
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 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:
745cc liquid-cooled 52° V-twin
Bore and Stroke:
79mm x 76mm
SOHC; three valves per cylinder
PGM-FI with automatic enrichment circuit, one 34mm throttle body
CD with electronic advance, two spark plugs per cylinder
41mm fork; 4.6 inches travel
Dual shocks with five-position spring preload adjustability; 3.5 inches travel
Single 296mm disc with twin-piston caliper
Rake (Caster angle):
161mm (6.3 inches)
3.9 gallons, including 0.9-gallon reserve
*Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel--ready to ride.