2007 Honda Shadow Spirit 750 C2 Road Test Rider Magazine

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2007 Honda Shadow 750 C2 Road Test

On the USS Midway, of jet blast, props, rotors…and attractive motorcycles like the Spirit 750.

Photo Kevin Wing


February 5, 2007

Depending on you start counting, Honda has to celebrate the 25th year of its line. The first Shadow 750 arrived on the scene in 1983, so 2007 would qualify the for silver-anniversary status. In the spirit of achievement, Honda has redesigned its Shadow Spirit 750 and created a new C2 to appeal to a more diverse of riders, without straying too far its original intention of creating a easy-to-maintain cruiser.

To give the a peek at what 25 years of has done for one of its best-selling cruisers, invited a group of journalists to San California, for a test ride. We also treated to a tour of the USS . the longest-serving aircraft carrier in Navy history.

The carrier’s 4.02-acre flight probably would have for a test ride, but instead we led on a leisurely ride on curvy roads and along the coast.

The C2 is powered by the same liquid-cooled, SOHC, three-valve-per-cylinder, 745cc engine as the previous Shadow, but now it has drive. Honda has replaced the system with a single constant-velocity carburetor for better The Shadow’s new single- backbone stretches the wheelbase to 65 inches, adds 1.2 inches and gives riders more room. At the time, the seat has been by more than an inch.

How low can you go? Well, at 25.7 inches, I think of another cruiser in the class that has a lower The first several times I put my down at stops after I was caught by surprise-whoa, the pavement was there!

2007 Honda Spirit 750 C2

The Spirit’s mix of custom and styling mimics a drag with its long, low look, and fork and fatter rear The bike looks sleek its integrated taillight and two-into-two pipes. For a big-bike feel, the spoked front wheel has replaced with a 21-incher and a tire, which gives the a lighter feel.

The Spirit is easy to handle in all from steering around at highway speeds to maneuvering town at low speeds.

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While the bike, the compact ergonomics me feel connected to the Spirit. the new risers, the handlebar was situated right so that my arms are close to my body, and made me like I had good control if I to make a sudden swerve. All testers-from 5 feet, 3 inches, to 6 the sporty, upright seating and the comfortable gunfighter-style seat, we longer-legged riders felt the distance was a bit cramped.

Out for a leisurely just what the 750 Spirit best.

On the road the mellow pulls the Spirit along Little vibration reaches the and I did not experience the tingling in the seat and sometimes associated with The rear suspension is handled by shocks with five-position preload adjustability, with a fork providing 4.6 inches of up front. Overall the suspension is but a couple of times I was bounced out of the when hitting big potholes on the

As is usual for a low-set cruiser, clearance is limited and the pegs down easily in “spirited”

A single 296mm disc by a twin-piston caliper gives the good stopping power up though you’re stuck a garden- variety drum in the rear. There are 41 accessories for the Shadow models and one of the test was outfitted with seven of including decent-sized saddlebags a built-in helmet lock. a full-face helmet you’ll to lower your head to the tank-mounted speedometer, and the rectangular mirrors provide a clear, rear view.

All these years of fine-tuning created a Spirit 750 cruiser reliable, easy to handle and It may not have the power of one of the four that give the Midway its horsepower, but the Shadow Spirit has enough muscle to keep a group of riders content. And like the Midway . the Shadow endures and has proven to be bulletproof.

wearing a full-face helmet need to look down to the speedometer in the chrome tank-mounted housing.

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