2004 Honda Shadow Aero VT750 Road Test Rider Magazine

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Honda 750 Shadow Aero
Honda 750 Shadow Aero

2004 Honda Shadow VT750 Road Test

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Ken Freund

January 29, 2004

the humongous-displacement cruisers with extreme dimensions seem to get the share of everyone’s attention. people are actually buying the models in droves; Honda’s Shadow ACE was in fact the best-selling in the company’s street motorcycle for 2002.

To stay fresh in the for 2004 Honda’s Shadow VT750 has undergone a major giving it a retro-look along a strong dose of VTX styling-including valanced fenders similar to its brethren. Despite its relatively displacement for a cruiser, the Aero now has the of a much larger machine, is especially accentuated by its oh-so-loonnggg fender. Another major is the switch from chain to final drive, which maintenance and cleaning chores.

Motivation comes from a 52-degree V-twin with overhead cams and three-valve heads. It features a long-… for big V-twin feel and low-rpm along with two spark per cylinder for combustion efficiency. A 34mm CV carb mixes the and compression has been bumped up to 9.6:1 for a little extra

With a pull on the choke (even that is retro) and a of the button, the twin rumbles immediately and settles into a cadence. Although it’s quite muted, Honda has up the exhaust note to a “huskier” that we found more to the ear. Performance is smooth and even during warm-up, nary a hiccup from to redline.

Turn the twisty handle and the pulls cleanly from low and feels more powerful the midrange than its predecessor. is well-damped across the rev range and obtrusive, but the engine feels and sounds like it’s hard at highway speeds. effort is low and shifting is smooth and even neutral is readily

Front suspension consists of a 41mm conventional fork 4.6 inches travel, which plush and appropriately sprung. rear shocks with spring preload adjustability 3.5 inches of travel in back. rear-suspension travel makes obvious over bumps and pavement by sending jolts up the back in typical cruiser

2004 Honda Shadow VT750

Steering is light and and the bike tracks well corners, which should confidence, especially in new or re-entry Spoked wheels carrying rubber in front and a 160/80-15 gummy continue the traditional Traction is good wet or dry, and the don’t wiggle in rain but the footpegs touch the pavement easily in tight turns.

The front disc brake a two-piston caliper handles of the stopping duties satisfactorily. “classic” touch is the rear brake, which makes one of the last holdout motorcycles this, ahem, “proven Yet the drum works better expected and actually helps get the to halt.

A roomy, low-slung saddle with a detachable welcomes rider and passenger. The steel-tube backbone frame was to yield a ground-hugging 25.9-inch height. If the seat is too tall for maybe you should consider pursuit.

Skateboarding, perhaps?

Forward-mounted footpegs add to the cruiser look, but are a bit for long-legged riders, forcing to sit on the upturned rear edge of the The wide handlebar is positioned low and is mounted on rubber-damped risers to reduce vibes that the rider. Both mirrors a wide view and are free of the

The Aero’s speedometer is set into the tank, again for classic-retro It features useful dual and the indicator lamps mounted the cluster are visible day or night.

Honda 750 Shadow Aero

economy is exceptional. Our test averaged 46 mpg overall, with our tank logging 47 mpg. to empty calculates out to 170 miles, and we hit reserve at around 133 miles.

The new Shadow 750 Aero has many of the VTXs’ styling cues.

So, if you the lowest seat in the house, or are in the market for a well-made cruiser in the range, be sure to take a at the Aero. Chrome highlights aiding the big-bike look and An abundant selection of dealer-supplied windscreens, backrests, saddlebags, a carrier, a lightbar, fender and other chrome goodies-will let you your Aero.

Two solid combos are standard, or for an extra you can pick from three two-tones.

What you get is a buttoned-down, well-sorted combining new styling with a powerplant, along with fit and finish.

2004 Honda Aero VT750 Review Chart

Base Price:

Bore x Stroke: 79.0 x

Transmission: 5-speed, cable-actuated wet

Honda 750 Shadow Aero
Honda 750 Shadow Aero

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