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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.