2010 Honda Shadow RS Review —

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Honda VT 750S Shadow RS

The Shadow-ster

Photos by Brian J.

When manufacturers throw a stream of bigger-badder-better at us, it’s easy to overlook the simple of riding that drew us the hobby in the first place.

But along California’s Pacific Highway on a sunny day aboard ’s easy-to-ride new Shadow RS, we were of the elemental experience of simply a motorized two-wheeler that a smile to the face of all riders.

are set much more rearward almost any cruiser, which is a more intuitive and controllable for a rider. Adequate legroom is by a much taller seat than is typical of modern At 29.4 inches, the RS’s is 3.7 inches higher than the but it’s still easily for most.

The shifted riding allows for greater ground than many other

Stylewise, the Shadow RS looks and svelte. A chrome air cleaner and exhaust pipes are set off against engine cases and cylinder An unsightly tank seam away the Shadow’s budget as do the plastic fenders.

The RS rolls on spoked wheels chrome rims and nice hubs for an authentic vintage Also vintage-esque are the brakes: a single disc and twin-piston up front, and a low-tech drum for the rear. Despite their looks, they do a decent job of the Shadow within its humble limits.

As with the Phantom, the RS also receives a Keihin system new to Honda’s 745cc Although no gain is power is the injected mill is efficient to earn an EPA rating of 56 mpg. So, the modestly sized 2.8-gallon tank, the RS should be able to stretch more than 130 between fill-ups.

The EFI motor up easily, settling in to a loping typical of narrow-angle V-Twins (52 vs Harley’s iconic 45 degrees) single-pin crankshafts. Cylinder and a small radiator nestled the frame’s front downtubes disguise the Shadow engine’s cooling. Each cylinder is with three valves and two plugs.

Low-speed handling is also for a cruiser, undoubtedly aided by a short 61.5-inch wheelbase, 3 tighter than the long and low A 19-inch front wheel the way in front of a 16-inch rear, to the steeper 32.5-degree rake of the RS to the Phantom’s 34.0 degrees and the shorter trail (134mm vs respectively).

When the RS’s chassis geometry is combined less weight to carry than the Phantom, the Shadowster is a more agile machine. claims a fuelled-up curb of 507 pounds, lopping off 36 lbs from the due mostly to the adoption of chain instead of the Phantom’s shaft. Its front tire responds quickly to steering inputs, by a fashionable yet cumbersome wide tire.

Instead, a narrowish Dunlop provides all the grip the mild V-Twin requires.

the RS won’t win many bike-to-bike its rider is rarely looking for power. It excels when its decent torque to easily normal road traffic. The RS is friendly when dialing on and together with its cooperative it’s a peach for newer and those not in a hurry.

Acceleration is reasonably quick but near arm-stretching, and the motor some vibration and gets a bit when it is revved out at full Best to slow down and its pleasingly burly exhaust which is louder than from an unassuming little

Indeed, the Shadow RS was perfectly in its cruising down PCH on a sunny its rider enjoying the fresh sea air by his rare use of a half helmet. No or rolling burnouts, just a man and unhurriedly slicing through the

The newest Shadow has a springy, damped suspension that a reasonably plush ride via a fork and traditional dual the latter offering 5-position adjustability as the only means to the suspension. A thickly padded makes up for what the suspension in sophistication.

The Shadow RS was perfectly in its element down PCH on a sunny day.

Honda VT 750S Shadow RS

A array of rider sizes present on our ride, and the Shadow’s seemed to please everyone. My inseam legs are comfortably when at a stop, and the rear-set-for-a-cruiser allow a rider to take weight through the legs for an riding position. Even Barry Winfield said his body fit without issues on the RS.

A niggle is a pronounced lip for the pilot’s that prevents much and rubs the tailbone. A static fit of the passenger seat revealed a profile that would a tight grip from pillion to avoid being when accelerating.

As is typical of instrumentation is sparse. A large speedometer sits in a rider’s of sight above the handlebar, and the display options are for the twin and clock. Self-canceling signals be appreciated on a bike like – or any motorcycle.

Mirrors offer an unobstructed rearward, and metal hooks from the rear fender the passenger seat area a couple of tie-down locations.

tidbit: Despite the distinctly theme of the Shadow RS, it was actually and developed in Japan for the domestic market. When reps American Honda saw it, they to import it to our shores. Europe it, too.

Still in production are the Aero and Shadow Spirit both with a smaller of $6,999 but without the RS/Phantom’s injection that vault MSRPs to $7,799 and $7,999,

Of the four 745cc Shadows, new RS holds the most appeal in our It’s a real “knees in the motorcycle, one that needs no for what it is and what it isn’t. Its ethos, although derivative, is and will endure longer the cruiser flavor du jour.

It’s a real “knees in the motorcycle, one that needs no for what it is and what it isn’t.

not the only ones smitten by cruiser roadster. Honda pre-orders were very so the Shadow RS is set to add to the 250,000-plus Shadows since the original 750 debuted in

Prior to our ride, American assistant manager of motorcycle Jon Seidel, said, “It just a grin on your face,” to I remained skeptical. However, a few miles into our ride, the I was wearing demonstrated my agreement Seidel’s succinct assertion.

Honda VT 750S Shadow RS


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