HONDA VT750 SHADOW (2004 - 2007) Review
At a glance
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Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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 & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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 vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
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.
|Engine type||6v V-twin, 5 gears|
|Frame type||Steel double cradle|
|Fuel capacity||14 litres|
|Front brake||296mm disc|
|Front tyre size||120/90 x 17|
|Rear tyre size||160/80 x 15|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||47 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£93|
|Annual service cost||-|
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How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two year unlimited mileage|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||45 bhp|
|Max torque||47 ft-lb|
|Top speed||125 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||12.3 secs|
|Tank range||155 miles|
Model history & versions
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.
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.
Owners' reviews for the HONDA VT750 SHADOW (2004 - 2007)
4 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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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Version: Honda Shadow Aero 2012
I am beginner, this is my first big motorbike. Owned it for over 4 months, done 1500 miles in normal condition, mainly city cruising. I bought it from mechanic, had 18700 miles on the clock drives and handles great. Forget about choke and related problems, just turn the ignition on and start every day, whatever the weather. I am 6'1 tall and find this bike just right for my height - few more inches and it wouldn't be comfortable as it is now. No rev counter so shifting gear takes short time to used to, but it's not a problem. Enough power for laid back cruising, junctions and taking over. When riding over 60 mph wind can become an issue, but nothing unusual. Very forgiving bike. Always gives me big smile when starting engine or pulling off from junction ;). Fuel consumption ~ 4.0L - 4.5L / 100 km city riding. What I dislike about the bike: ~ rear brake, ~ 2nd shift is a bit clumsy, Overall opinion: 8.5/10
4 stars because of the rear brake.
Sound is fantastic, no problems whatsoever.
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 and customizing.
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 good.
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