HONDA VT600 SHADOW (1992 - 2002) Review
At a glance
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Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
The Honda VT600 Shadow is pretty much the antithesis of the original chopper credo. If the first true chops were all about bad boy, bristly individuality, the 600 Shadow is about as soft, unthreatening and unoriginal as it gets. It’s bland, novice-friendly and safe and predictable, but you’;ve really got to ask yourself if you want that sort of thing. Neither is it anywhere near as versatile as Yamaha’s XV535 Virago.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
More softness, but not to universal success. The Honda VT600 Shadow’s riding position is more laid-back than rivals such as the Yamaha Virago putting more weight on your backside and making it less comfortable over distance. Nor is it a handler with that short travel rear suspension, kicked out forks, skinny front tyre and weedy brakes. Good for shorties, though…
EngineNext up: Reliability
The Honda VT600 Shadow's engine is soft, soft, soft. Detuned, three-valve, liquid-cooled shaft drive V-twin is about as unthreatening as a 600cc motorcycle engine gets. That said it’s smooth, effective in a commutery sort of way and rock solid reliable. Just don’t expect adrenalin overload.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
Being a Honda is a plus in terms of build quality. Being a budget one, knocks it down a peg or two (the suspension and brakes are strictly bargain bin, for example). Overall, however, the Honda VT600 Shadow, holds no fears under it’s metalflake paint and as its engineering is massively understressed, you shouldn’t fear any thrashed examples, either…
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
The Honda VT600 Shadow is one of the pricier bikes in the class (compared to rivals such as the Yamaha XV535) when launched and rarity keeps its value up, too. But unless you’re completely sold on the style, you’d be much better off with the better (and more plentiful) Yamaha XV535. Find a Honda VT600 for sale.
The Honda VT600 Shadow is fairly run of the mill. The Shadow’s been given what you’d expect from a middleweight, budget-priced cruiser, no more and no less, and being a custom, that doesn’t add up to much so don’t plan on taking pillions often or going far.
|Engine type||52-degree 6v V-twin, 5 gears|
|Frame type||Steel tube double cradle|
|Fuel capacity||11 litres|
|Front brake||Single 296m disc|
|Rear brake||160mm drum|
|Front tyre size||100/90 x 19|
|Rear tyre size||170/80 x 15|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||43 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£69|
|Annual service cost||-|
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How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two year unlimited mileage|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||54 bhp|
|Max torque||38 ft-lb|
|Top speed||111 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||13.7 secs|
|Tank range||110 miles|
Model history & versions
1992: Honda VT600 Shadow launched.
1993: New graphics, larger fuel tank, indicators now mounted on bottom yoke.
1997: New direct air injection system, new single carburettor.
2002: Honda VT600 Shadow discontinued.
Owners' reviews for the HONDA VT600 SHADOW (1992 - 2002)
3 owners have reviewed their HONDA VT600 SHADOW (1992 - 2002) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.
Summary of owners' reviews
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Low center of gravity works perfect for this short girl! I love it!
It's a very basic street bike. No frills, bells, & whistles. Some may not like that, that I prefer it this way!
Solid commuter, head turning cruiser. I ride 230 miles a week rain wind snow or shine, A roads and City. No issues with power or build quality, i can manuver it through heavy tight traffic with no problem and it polishes up amazingly compared with some of my previous selection of bikes. Brakes could be far better, more responsive but cruiser brakes always seem poor. Corrosion in the expected places but treat a bike right in the right and it will reward you.
Perfect 'starter' cruiser for born again biker. Will cruise happily at 80-90, very reliable, good fun and still turns a few heads. Just returned from 500 mile one day trip, no problems at all!