The Honda Shadow is a family of motorcycles that made its appearance for the first time in 1983. The Shadow is classified as a cruiser-type bike, made for long road trips but good for daily commuting as well. It’s been a popular model since making its debut in the early 1980s. If you’re a fan of cruisers here are the 10 best Honda Shadow motorcycle models of all time.
10. 1997 Honda Shadow VT750C2 ACE
The 1997 Honda Shadow VT7502 Ace is a vintage beauty that was made for those who loved going out on the open road. It was a custom cruiser with a 745 ccm V2 four-stroke engine that generated 88 horsepower @ 9000 RPM with 48.7 ft-lbs of torque. It was paired with a 5-speed gearbox, chain drive, and liquid cooling system. It was one of the more popular models for customizing with lots of optional goodies available for a full dress.
9. 2009 Honda Shadow American Classic Edition VT750
This model became one of the best-selling Shadow models for 2009. It was easily one of the most aesthetically pleasing motorcycles in the cruiser class. The American Classic Edition featured a 749 cc V-twin engine with classic fenders, bullet-style mufflers, chrome everywhere it would fit, spoked wheels, and a gorgeous retro personality. It was available in a choice of five paint jobs. The price was affordable and it had a lot to offers for the cost with double the size as an added value when compared to other bikes in its class.
8. 1985 Honda Shadow VT500C
The 1985 Honda Shadow VT500 C was the solution to the vibration problems that the predecessors experienced in a motorcycle with durability and curb appeal. It was equipped with a 491 cc SOHC 3-valve engine with three valves, two intakes, and one exhaust, mated with 6-speed overdrive transmission.
7. 1987 Honda Shadow VT1100
The 1987 Honda Shadow VT1100 was a thrilling cruiser that offered riders an attractive bike with a powerful 1099 cc 4-stroke V-twin engine that generated 67 horsepower with 72.3 ft-lbs of torque. It featured a solid-state digital ignition system with 2 spark plugs per cylinder, an electronic starter and it was mated with a 4-speed transmission This was yet another popular model in the Shadow lineup for the late 1980s era.
6. 1997 Honda Shadow Spirit
()The 1997 Honda Shadow Spirit was a modern cruiser-style motorcycle that was built for easing down the road in comfort and style. It was equipped with a 40stroke liquid-cooled 1099cc V-twin engine. The claimed horsepower was 60 with a torque of 70.1 ft-lbs, mated with a 5-speed transmission and an electronic starter. This was a smooth cruiser that was available for a reasonable starting price for the late 1990s.
5. 1998 Honda Shadow Aero
The 1998 Honda Shadow Aero was a moderately priced cruiser that came in an attractive two-tone color scheme for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $9,995. It was equipped with a powerful 1099cc liquid-cooled 45 degrees V-twin engine that was paired with a 5-speed transmission. The bike had a seat height of 28.5 inches. The fuel tank held 4.2 gallons for making long hauls. the claimed dry weight of this bike was 623 pounds. It wasn’t the most affordable but was one of the most aesthetically pleasing in the Shadow lineup.
4. 2000 Honda Shadow Sabre
The 2000 Honda Shadow Sabre is a cruiser that was labeled as a performance first bike which meant that the emphasis for its design was upon performance on the road over beauty. The thing is that it was an attractive motorcycle. It was a stylish cruiser that was a model that made a big impression for its run in the new millennium. This was a bike that became a dominant model in the motorcycle industry. The Sabre’s design was straightforward with an emphasis on top-notch functionality. There were not many frills on the Sabre but it didn’t need them.
3. 2014 Honda Shadow Phantom
The 2014 Shadow Phantom made its appearance and for some, the world stood still for a few moments. This is the darkest bike aesthetically speaking, that Honda has built. The blacked-out theme is highly stylized with ample chrome in all the right places. The engine is a 745 cc V-twin featuring black rims along with highlights of matte silver along with spoke wheels and bobbed fenders. The Shadow made the news when it reported an estimated fuel economy of 56 miles per gallon on the highway.
2. 2010 Honda Shadow RS
The Honda Shadow RS made its debut in 2010. It fit the bill for those looking for a basic motorcycle that offered stability and reliability. It was a member of the 750 collections with a few distinctions including a clean-cut bike with a taller profile. It’s a classic with roadster styling featuring a minimalist front fender that is similar to the Harley 883 Sportster design, with straight-shote exhausts and spoked wheels.
1. 2008 Honda Shadow VLX Deluxe
The 2008 Honda Shadow VLX Deluxe was a model that was sold between 1988 and 2008. The model was also known as the VT600c and it enjoyed a long run. This version of the shadow was one of the most popular entry-level bikes because it was easy to ride and comfortable for longer trips. It was powered with a 583 -twin engine that was paired with a 4-speed transmission. It was the ideal size and power for those just learning how to ride. It became one of the best-selling entry-level bikes in the Honda lineup.