HONDA VT750 SHADOW (2004-2007) Review

Published: 24 November 2006

"Looks the part, rides well and lacks the agricultural feel of its, ahem, American counterparts"

Honda VT750C Shadow motorcycle review - Riding

"Looks the part, rides well and lacks the agricultural feel of its, ahem, American counterparts"

  • At a glance
  • 745cc  -  45 bhp
  • 47 mpg  -  155 miles range
  • Low seat height (658mm)
  • Suitable for A2 licence

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

The Honda VT750C Shadow's a sleek and smooth (if slightly underpowered) cruiser. The shaft drive is a welcome addition but carbs and drum brakes are a bit old hat for a modern machine. Still, it looks the part, rides well and lacks the agricultural feel of its, ahem, American counterparts.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

The Honda VT750C Shadow's saddle-style seat’s lower than low, and complimented by swept-back bars. Combined with the forward footrests, you’re looking at a love or loathe seating position. The weight makes slow turning precarious but suspension and brakes are ample for cruising. Gears are smooth, pegs touch down early.

Engine 4 out of 5

The Honda VT750C Shadow's engine’s the same as the one which has powered the VT750 range from the start but detuned to give more low down and midrange grunt at the expense of top end power. It does a good job of propelling the 238kg machine forward but a few more ccs would give it a little extra oomph.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

There was a recall in 2005 regarding failing headlights due to bad connections; otherwise, problems with the Honda VT750C Shadow are few and far between. Cost isn’t the only reason Japanese cruisers are giving the traditional US machines a run for their money: they’re well built (the Hondas, especially) and reliable.

Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5

The Honda VT750C Shadow sits comfortably in the market, fairly priced amongst its competitors. However, for a little more, you could get Suzuki’s VZ Intruder M800 which boasts 53bhp, or a Triumph Bonneville America, with 61bhp. Failing that, go for the original: a Harley-Davidson XL883 Sportster, with 55bhp and costing considerably less than the Honda. Find a Honda VT750 for sale.

Insurance group: 10 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 4 out of 5

In its plain clothes, the The Honda VT750C Shadow looks uncomplicated: sleek lines and yards of chrome but not over-the-top. However, aftermarket parts give wannabe Harley owners the opportunity to splash out: saddle bags, screens and back rests can be bought to compliment the existing “Art Deco” control panel, tank-mounted speedo, hazard lights and HISS security system.

Owners' Reviews

3 owners have reviewed their HONDA VT750 SHADOW (2004-2007) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 2.7 out of 5
Engine 3.7 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.7 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 3.7 out of 5
5 out of 5

750 Areo

08 January 2012 by MuNNzY

Its a fun cruiser to ride, make right noises and turns plenty of heads. Picked mine up for a steal and Love it to bits. I do recommend adding a Windscreen as dose make it a dream to cruise. Im Looking forward to many more years of motoring with her... Read more and customizing.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
3 out of 5

07 Shadow Spirit

24 August 2011 by craigzx6r

Traded in my 02 Ninja for 07 Shadow Spirit as I do alot more miles now with the wife. The bike is very uncomfortable on long journeys for the pillion (done 140 miles in one day and my wife could hardly walk). Apart from the seat the overall bike is... Read more good.

Overall Rating 3 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 1 out of 5
Engine 3 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

09 vt750

19 February 2010 by honwal

a nice easy going bike, a bit down on power, came from vfr 750 to vt totally different style of riding for me, all in all two up with misses it does the job, did 1,600 miles in a week last year going to nw200 no bother Read more

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
Read all 3 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2004
Year discontinued 2007
Original price £5,845
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 10 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 45 bhp
Max torque 47 ft-lb
Top speed 125 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.3 secs
Average fuel consumption 47 mpg
Tank range 155 miles
Specification
Engine size 745cc
Engine type 6v V-twin, 5 gears
Frame type Steel double cradle
Fuel capacity 14 litres
Seat height 658mm
Bike weight 238kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload
Front brake 296mm disc
Rear brake Drum
Front tyre size 120/90 x 17
Rear tyre size 160/80 x 15

History & Versions

Model history

1997: Original Honda VT750 C Shadow launched. It had twin chrome pipes, weighed 229kg, had chain drive and different bodywork. Otherwise, very similar to the current model. It was discontinued in 2001 but lived on in its DC guise (see below).
2004: Current bike launched in the UK with new bodywork.

Other versions

VT750 C2: 1997 until 2001, it was basically the same as the original but had twin rear shocks and telescopic forks.
VT750 DC: 2000 – 2004, it was a stripped down version with similar specs to the C and C2 bikes but weighed less and had more ground clearance.
VT750 DC Shadow Spirit:  2007-current, a more custom style version with 21-inch front wheel.

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