HONDA VT750 SHADOW (2004 - 2007) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4.8 out of 5 (4.8/5)
Power: 45 bhp
Seat height: Low (25.9 in / 658 mm)
Weight: High (525 lbs / 238 kg)


New N/A
Used £3,800

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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.


Next up: Reliability
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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 vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
3 out of 5 (3/5)

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.


4 out of 5 (4/5)

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.


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

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 47 mpg
Annual road tax £93
Annual service cost -
New price -
Used price £3,800
Insurance group 10 of 17
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

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.

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.

Review your HONDA VT750 SHADOW (2004 - 2007)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 (4.2/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 3 out of 5 (3/5)
Engine: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4.8 out of 5 (4.8/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.2 out of 5 (4.2/5)
Equipment: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
5 out of 5 Honda Shadow VT750 Aero 2012
06 December 2016 by Carnero

Version: Honda Shadow Aero 2012

Year: 2007

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

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

4 stars because of the rear brake.

Engine 5 out of 5

Sound is fantastic, no problems whatsoever.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 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 and customizing.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 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 good.

Ride quality & brakes 1 out of 5
Engine 3 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 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

Ride quality & brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
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