2007 Honda Shadow Spirit 750 C2 motorcycle review @ Top Speed

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Honda VF 750 C Shadow
Honda VF 750 C Shadow


The sportiest cruiser a 21-inch front wheel and low one-piece gunfighter seat, the Spirit 750 C2 exudes street-rod with handling, comfort and levels only Honda can put

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When design and marketing teams sit to discuss upgrading an existing careful consideration is given to the customer profile. Who are they? do they like about the What can Honda offer riders like them? In the of Honda’s Shadow Spirit best-selling custom in the company’s with a heritage that all the way back to 1983-some might that it’s best to well enough alone, but would not be the Honda way.

In the manner that Honda has the flagship Gold Wing to a new of sophistication with each introduction, the 2007 Shadow 750 C2 has a whole new attitude. And it’s than ever.

The engineering three-fold goal was to make the new Spirit 750 look longer and like a larger-displacement machine, sacrificing the friendly ergonomics and of handling that appeal to so first-time and reentry riders. To this, the bike was fitted a new single-backbone frame first on the Aero. This produces a that is more than an longer (65.0 vs.

63.8) simultaneously stretching the ergonomic to accommodate physically larger Smaller riders were not however, as the rider triangle the seat, handlebar and footpegs was as close to the previous model as An added benefit is a seat that is even lower before-25.7 inches compared to

Nothing gives a rider like putting both flat on the ground.

To emphasize the styling of the new Shadow Spirit the designers added a 21-inch wheel and 90/90-21 rubber for a custom look that provides light steering A newly designed handlebar a sporty, upright riding The lightweight aluminum radiator is now out of between the frame downtubes, a gunfighter-style seat and a teardrop-shaped air cover add to the hot-rod aura.

Shorty fenders (the one now boasts a custom, integrated a chromed, tank-mounted speedometer/instrument and twin, bullet-style mufflers-all elements of the Spirit blueprint-were to complement the V-twin’s new low-slung

Perhaps the biggest news for 750 lovers is the all-new shaft A feature popular with new and riders alike, Honda’s system provides miles and of smooth, reliable operation and is maintenance-free. Despite the larger and added weight of the shaft the dry weight of the Shadow Spirit 750 C2 is 7.5 pounds heavier (503.5 vs.

than last year’s Which means it is still as to maneuver in parking lots and turns as it ever was.

Of all the essential goodness of the original 750 remains. At its heart beats a liquid-cooled 52-degree V-twin a bore and … of 79mm x Both connecting rods are to the same crankpin, delivering the cadence and torque that so riders especially seek

The Shadow Spirit 750 C2 features heads with three per cylinder and a 9.6:1 compression now fed by a 34mm constant-velocity carburetor in of the traditional Shadow dual-carb for ample acceleration and passing Coupled with the wide-ratio transmission, the Spirit also surprising economy.

The 41mm fork now provides 4.6 inches of travel, and the dual rear (with five-position spring-preload offer an ample 3.5 inches of Bringing it all to a stop is a single drilled disc with a brake caliper up front and a drum brake in the rear. observers will note the brake has moved to the right from its traditional position on the fork leg.

This was made to counter the effects of weight onto the left of the machine in the form of the shaft-drive

Honda has graced the new Shadow 750 with lots of chrome and new colors. Paint options Ultra Blue Metallic, Red/Flame and classic Black. can select from a long of Genuine Honda Accessories, Touring, Chrome and Billet to personalize their ride.

the 2006 introduction of the Spirit’s the Shadow Aero, fans of customs found the perfect And now for hot-rod aficionados of all sizes and levels, there can be only one all-new 2007 Shadow 750 C2.

Shadow spirit design: the process

New motorcycles do not roll out of the pen intact, like some three-dimensional extrusion. The design is long, arduous and guided by factors.

Nobody knows the better or can speak more on the subtleties of motorcycle design Martin Manchester, executive for Honda RD Americas. So when we had about the new Shadow Spirit 750 C2, we straight to Manchester-who was accompanied by Yamaguchi, motorcycle division for Honda RD Americas-for a little

Redesigning one of the best-selling cruisers in the is a challenging task. Stray too far the original concept, and you risk current customers. Stay too and you won’t spark the interest of new looking for something different.

It is a balancing act, one that knows well.

The Spirit 750 is a successful motorcycle, said But we needed to update it with a new chassis and new styling. The Spirit has been well received, so we to stay close to that concept of minimal bodywork in a lightweight machine. We wanted to that forward, add more and make it look more One of the ways to do this was to create a image without really the dimensions radically.

Physically, the have not changed dramatically in the Spirit 750 C2, but the appearance of it, the sense of gives the style of a bigger

We wanted to try to get separation from the machine and also maintain styling cues. The 21-inch wheel added some of the we were looking for. It was a key that gave some from the previous machine and to a big-bike look and feel.

In the new 750 C2 with the previous machine, the is three inches shorter, but the is three inches longer. We Manchester what accounts for

That’s the benefit of the shaft because the swingarm pivot no has to be close to the countershaft as it does in a system, said Manchester. created more space for us to with, and it helps achieve the Spirit 750 C2’s lower height.

There are some components on the Shadow Spirit 750 came from the Aero. Why these components redesigned?

One of the was to make sure the machine got to with an attractive price, Manchester. But a major emphasis had to be on styling elements, such as the front wheel.

Students of cruiser line of motorcycles note that the C2 is the first custom sold in the U.S. uses a 21-inch front Why did Honda go in this direction?

We did research and showed them with both a 19-inch and a 21-inch front, said Overall, customers responded to the longer proportions and 21-inch We also introduced a lot more lines in the bike-in the exhaust and other components-that added to the long and low look.

The longer fender also contributes to the proportions. Also, things the size of the headlight and taillight to the look of a bigger image. stayed narrow and long, and we to make sure we had a lot of air space the engine so you can see through it, like a custom.

We had to create a balance a bigger-bike image but not one that be intimidating to people.

Minimal bodywork is a characteristic the bike, as are the relatively small and small body parts. The covers are relatively small, so don’t completely fill up The headlight is small compared to retro approaches. Everywhere, are relatively small so we can achieve body, maximum machine.

The of the body parts relative to the helps create the big image.

there we wanted to update the The previous Spirit 750 was a timeless not really dated one way or the other. We something more contemporary, so the rear fender is a little of a backyard style, a designer The integrated taillight is cleaner, and the section has a sharper, more shape. These little elements give the bike character.

And the teardrop shape of the cover and the gunfighter seat fairs into the rear bring the design forward a

The triple-clamp offset adds to the look as well. From a point, you want to create clearance for the 21-inch wheel. But from a styling standpoint, you can a more raked-out image offset.

While most of the changes that combine to the C2’s unique look are it is the subtle interplay and juxtaposition of scaled and sculpted pieces give this particular of motorcycle art its distinctive character. wait until you see and ride the Shadow.


New for 2007

looks and feel at a very price.

Classically styled

Tank-mounted speedometer features chrome instrument housing.

745cc liquid-cooled V-twin produces impressive power a broad rpm range.

Crankshaft long-… design along high-mass ACG to produce strong feel and low-rpm torque

Single 34mm constant-velocity carburetor offers crisp response.

Three-valve cylinder-head utilizes two spark plugs per for excellent combustion efficiency and power output.

Finned cylinders enhance and give a big-bike look.

radiator maintains consistent temperature for optimum performance and engine life. Mounted frame rails for enhanced

Wide-ratio five-speed transmission.

electric starting system.

CD with electronic advance dependability and is maintenance-free.

Air-injection reduces emissions by injecting air the exhaust ports to ensure combustion.

Honda VF 750 C Shadow


Innovative design features large, tube backbone reaching from cast steering to rear of the engine case for and strength.

Sturdy and responsive front fork features chrome-steel shrouds and large triple-clamp for a distinctive retro Delivers confident, neutral and plush 4.6-inch wheel

Large 4mm-thick fork mounted under fender rigidity.

Dual-shock rear features five-position spring adjustability and eye-catching chrome while offering 3.5 inches of travel for a smooth ride.

front disc brake twin-piston caliper grips a drilled rotor between metal pads. Rear is drum type.

Shaft system provides smooth and low-maintenance operation.

Speedometer is set the front of the fuel tank for retro styling.


Tank-mounted speedometer features chrome instrument housing.

lights mounted inside for optimum visibility.

Chrome include cylinder-head cover, cover, left and right sidecovers, brake and clutch brackets, rear brake shift lever, swingarm cap, ignition switch handlebar, rear shock and headlight.

Solid aluminum with wide rubber bands project a custom-made

Handlebar is positioned low and wide for a feel and is mounted on rubber-cushioned to reduce vibration.

Broad, solo seat with passenger seat.

Stylish fuel tank.

Brilliant, halogen headlight.

Large, custom-styled taillight and retro-styled turn indicators.

lock and helmet lock for security when parked.

one-year unlimited-mileage limited extended coverage available a Honda Protection Plan.

of a new, previously unregistered unit by an individual retail in the United States qualifies the for a one-year complimentary membership in the Rider’s Club of America(R) Benefits include roadside online access to the Honda Service Manual, six issues of the Honda Red Rider(TM) magazine, discounts, trip routing and MSF plus access to the HRCA Web (www.hrca.honda.com ). For details on the HRCA, should call (310) 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Time.

Available accessories

Accessories: Custom Windscreen, Wind Deflector, Leather (three styles: Studded, and Plain), Synthetic Leather Leather Tank Belt and Plain), Leather Front (three styles: Studded, and Plain), Leather Touring Bag styles: Studded, Fringed and Saddlebag Liner Set.

accessories: Light Bar, Visors, Backrest with Pad in Tall and Low styles), Backrest (available in Tall and Low), Carrier (Square-Tube), Passenger Radiator Guard, Allen-Bolt (three sizes: 5mm, 6mm and Throw-over Saddlebag Supports, Cover.

Billet accessories: Cap (four styles: Fluted, V Neo-Retro and Chrome), Handlebar Swingarm Pivot Cover License-Plate Frame (three Fluted, V Design and Neo-Retro).

accessories: Cycle Cover.

Engine Type: 745cc 52o V-twin

Bore and Stroke: x 76mm

Honda VF 750 C Shadow
Honda VF 750 C Shadow
Honda VF 750 C Shadow
Honda VF 750 C Shadow
Honda VF 750 C Shadow
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Honda VF 750 C Shadow

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