2007 Honda Shadow Spirit 750 1st Ride — Motorcycle USA

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Honda VF 750 C Shadow

2007 Honda Shadow 750 1st Ride

In 1983 the 750cc was the first of a quarter century of Honda cruisers to sport the name. For 2007, the 750cc Spirit returns to its shaft-driven and gets a styling facelift.

down the picturesque Pacific Highway, the perfect San Diego accompanies a serene view of waves rolling onto the Taking the occasional glance at the surf allowed a momentary from making mental on my test bike and instead I enjoyed cruising on one of the most pieces of real estate in the atop a true workhorse of the cruiser market — Shadow Spirit 750.

back in 1983, the Shadow 750 was the of a quarter-century of Honda V-Twin which bear the Shadow to this day. The shaft-driven 750 a 10-year hiatus when upped displacement to 800cc in with the 750 returning a decade as the Shadow ACE (American Classic In 2001 the current Spirit was slapped onto a chain-driven utilizing the ACE’s 750cc with the current 2007 Spirit 750 a direct descendant.

its sport-touring cousin, the Goldwing, the is an example of Hondas willingness to a model through piecemeal and the manufacturer’s efforts have rewarded with 243,000 750 sold since its inception.

For Honda engineers returned Spirit 750 back to its shaft-driven while the design team a crack at giving the machine a with some styling All of these changes add up to a practical, machine that Honda expects to be the in its class and keep clicking sales counter up past the mark.

As far as the cosmetic changes go, designers were torn on direction to take when it to restyling the new Spirit. To that end asked its own customers at rallies and groups for some feedback. The touchup is meant to retain the look of the original design, also managing to incorporate contemporary custom styling

Clean forks showcase one of the changes, the jump up from a to 21-inch front wheel. A high seat contributes to a look, with a tear-drop air cover and bullet-style mufflers a more stretched out vertical Mirrors change out from to square shape, with the panel sporting a very look.

The rear wheel is up by the return to a shaftdrive, with the back end benefiting from a rear fender that further down and integrates the and turnsignals underneath.

The Spirit is by a 750cc liquid-cooled V-Twin, its discreet aluminum radiator away between the front rails.

Our initial riding of the latest Spirit were during the San Diego press this October. Intending to a typical Saturday ride, our began with a brief up I-5, followed by a series of backroads, which would around before merging the scenic PCH, the iconic later shooting us back the Interstate and our San Diego starting As we got our journey underway, the first which sprang to mind was how easy the new Spirit is to ride, its user-friendly controls, easy to power and smooth transmission.

The generates ample, torquey throughout the powerband from its V-Twin, with an aluminum hidden between the front rails (similar to the new Vulcan 900 and 1300). Displacing 745cc via its bore and 76mm …, the Twin motoring the Shadow is the mid-sized option between its siblings, the 1099cc Sabre and VLX. The most notable to the ’07 engine comes the lone 34mm constant-velocity replacing the previous dual-carb to divvy up the air-fuel mixture, a three-valve twin-plug head intake volume for each — the three-valve twin-plug having remained a constant on the since its 1983 debut.

The biggest piece of news for the Spirit’s drivetrain is the aforementioned of the shaftdrive, which was utilized in the 1983 forebear. Although the has increased the bike’s claimed dry by 7.5 lbs, causing the latest to tip the scales at a claimed 504 lbs, is betting the increased weight will be offset by the popularity of the cleaner look and low-maintenance

Clutch lever pull on the is simple and provides responsive when shuffling up and down the gears. Shifting up into there is an audible clunk, but the makes super smooth from gear to gear. is one quirk about the Shadow’s gearbox, however, as when in there is still a considerable of downward play in the shifter.

condition can leave the rider if they are indeed in first, they stamp down a times at a complete stop to sure. On one occasion during our ride this meant a third-gear start on a left-hand but this rider gaffe, by allowed for the forgiving moniker to its way onto the transmission. All told, the tolerant but reliable power makes it a complimentary fit for a new rider or an one making a return to two-wheeled

Eliminating the waste from the powerplant is the EPA-compliant two-into-two Honda reps were of the exhaust’s sweet sound in to the point of saying they no one would find a reasonable to ditch the stock pipes for an alternative. Reasonable cruiser Syntax error.

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The greatest mechanical modification to the Shadow Spirit 750 is the return to a which adorned the original Shadow back in 1983.

At thought, something tells me the crowd will manage to a reason for more obnoxious but, then again, folks don’t figure to be the market for the 750cc Shadow On the freeway portion of our test I took an opportunity to take in the rumbling out of the dual side on the Honda. Taking away my I heard a thunderous bike on my left.

Wow, this Shadow does sound great, I in disbelief. Then I noticed instead of being a rider our testing entourage, it was a beanie-toting (or was it a lawyer playing hoodlum) a Wide Glide, who gave a nod as he motored on past. Paying attention to the road than the I couldn’t tell if it was an aftermarket or not, but the point was made.

not that the sound emanating the Spirit’s cans is bad, I it, but it does lack the snarl of thunder or even, in my estimation, the sound produced by the latest from The Motor Company, the Spirit’s main competitor the 883 Hmm, perhaps a back-to-back would settle those

One area I felt the Spirit did a direct hit was in rider ergonomics, due in part to the comfortable seat. I was only in the saddle for a couple of but there just weren’t any at all with the gunfighter-type seat, is plush and also provides support to the small of the back. the most amazing aspect of the seat is that it rests 25.7 inches off the ground, ensures that almost will be able to touch with both feet.

The remarkable perch is lower the 27-inch seat on the puny Yamaha Virago 250 we tested in our Bike Comparo and is even than the seat on Honda’s own 250cc cruiser the 26.6-inch Rebel! Although the low seat had me it might feel like my Big Wheel, the Spirit manages to not tiny like its smaller-displacement yet doesn’t feel bulky

For stability the rider’s legs hug the 3.7-gallon fuel tank and the presents itself in a natural The foot controls are also in comfortable spots, making the not feel cramped by the low seat.

The comfort factor transferred to the bike’s suspension, where you had to hit awful to throw a curve at the 41mm front fork and adjustable dual rear and their respective 4.6 and 3.5 inches of travel. Almost all of the divots and in the road were sucked up trouble, although there a couple of larger potholes and on our route which created a jolt, but nothing which the machine to waiver or wobble. The and chassis, which features a new backbone frame developed on the Aero (the Spirit’s Shadow sibling), also steadiness through corners at which would befit a and its footpeg-terminating lean angles.

The transmission and clutch are smooth and but the downward play in the shifter in first gear takes getting used to.

The Spirit felt skittish at regular despite pre-ride concerns the larger 21-inch front might impact steering negatively. Honda engineers the Spirit’s steering geometry an increase in rake angle by of one degree, which in turn 158mm of trail compared to the of the previous model. The only I felt the Spirit’s handling was was in low-speed parking-lot maneuvers, it did feel a bit unwieldy.

Yet I can’t to the larger front wheel as the reason for low-speed handling, as a cruiser is unwieldy in a parking lot is as shocking an observation as suggesting a wrestler would make a figure skater.

The biggest component on the Shadow at first is its 180mm rear drum and 296mm front disc twin-piston caliper braking with the lone front swapped over to the right to help compensate for the added of the shaftdrive. Out on the open road and a couple simulated emergency in parking lot, the brakes got the job

Going back to MSF 101 by tapping the rear pedal and then progressive power to the front the Spirit came to a rapid without trouble. For its purpose the drum is adequate. Where the could stand to improve is up but the current system is sufficient and a passing grade for a mid-sized

When it came to aftermarket for the Spirit, Honda was candid how they have lagged their competitors, the unnamed of the Big Four who have nailed aspect being Yamaha’s brand. Honda is working on that trend with two of accessories: the licensed aftermarket created by outside sources, and the Shadow accessories designed by engineers themselves — the being covered under the warranty as that of the new machine adorn.

One can assume that Honda shifts its considerable and moolah on amping up its accessory consumers can expect a wide of choices to customize their in the years to come. So far the ’07 sports 41 accessories available, the piece de resistance being a new audio system. The Spirit has the usual touring-oriented amenities like a windshield and saddlebags.

one of the windshield-equipped Shadows for the first leg of our ride northbound on the I-5, the was unobtrusive and provided noticeable from the elements. At 6’1 my of site was well over the but peering down below and the plastic there wasn’t any distortion to my view. There was buffeting to my helmet but not enough to any real grief.

For the freeway on the return portion of our trip I sure to sample a bike windshield. At 65-plus mph my personal was for the non-windshield configuration, although the wind protection did help noise, where I could up a slight warbling sound the engine at high speed.

The Shadow Spirit’s bullet-style emits a pleasing note, should be more than for the majority of future owners.

asked whether Honda join the bandwagon and produce a touring-oriented edition of their cruiser, with windshield and already mounted, the answer was no, but it in future seasons as the manufacturer headed down that with its VTX1800T a prime of the growing industry trend.

As we up our test ride, the Spirit the biggest, most basic of any design in that I found wishing we could put on some miles. The Shadow 750 is a practical and a good fit for a beginner or casual looking to return to the sport. But one of those troublesome words practical.

Like reasonable, doesn’t quite meld the stereotypical notion of a cruiser Isn’t part of the cruiser that they are not the most transportation decision and make an amount of noise and power? that may be true to some but as the sales figures indicate, are plenty of folks who have and will continue to find, the 750 a comfortable fit.

Cruising the Pacific Coast Highway the harmonious ocean waves their peaceful ebb and flow, I that I did.

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