2010 Honda Shadow RS Road Test Rider Magazine Honda RS Reviews

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Honda VT 750S Shadow RS

2010 Honda Shadow RS Test

photography by Brian J.

[This 2010 Honda RS Road Test was originally in the September 2010 issue of magazine]

The 2010-Honda-Shadow-RS in action.

when a 750 was one of the big boys, a hefty that you had to work up to? These 1,600cc is the new 750. In my line of I push a lot of bikes in and out of the garage, and endless U-turns on steep, roads during photo

When curb weight half a ton and displacement exceeds of a small car, it can all get downright

Throwing a leg over the 2010 Shadow RS brings a smile to my and a sigh of relief. Ah…simpler This is a solid, basic that leaves nothing to the what you see is what you get.

The Honda Shadows—the VT500C and onto the scene in 1983, when sub-liter engines the bread and butter of the metric market. The Shadow family has had a lot of branches, with cruisers from 125cc to 1,100cc and bearing names such as Classic Edition, Aero, and—a bit redundantly—the Shadow (a specter’s specter?). And that has produced lots of leaves: in the category alone, Honda has more than 250,000 to some of the nicest people in

The Shadow’s 745cc V-Twin

The RS and Phantom, both introduced for are the newest members of the Shadow 750 A classic sibling rivalry, the RS is the clean-cut do-gooder to the Phantom’s brooding rebel (see . June 2010). The classic styling of the RS—spoked wheels, exhausts, minimalist front a striking similarity to the Harley-Davidson 883

In fact, the Japanese interpretation of an icon was designed for Honda’s market. But when American executives caught a glimpse of it, said, “We gotta have

Beating at the heart of the Shadow RS is a SOHC, 52-degree, 745cc with three valves per and an offset dual-pin crankshaft to vibration. The RS and Phantom are the first in the Shadow 750 line to get fuel tried-and-true PGM-FI—and both crisp, precise throttle Delivering a lively rumble and the engine runs smoothly idle through midrange but unpleasant in the upper registers.

Short-shifting and moderate revs are the key to On Jett Tuning’s Dynojet the Shadow RS posted peak of 38.6 horsepower at 5,300 rpm and lb-ft of torque at 3,600 For a bike that weighs 507 pounds wet and will be ridden solo at boulevard speeds, all you need.

Unlike the other 750s, the RS gets chain drive rather than less weight, more

Spoked Wheels are a classic styling addition.

Feet-forward force me to compromise the good my mama worked so hard to in me, with hunched-over seating that require the discs my vertebrae to pick up where suspension leaves off. the Shadow RS has a fairly standard position that fits my frame better than Perched 29.4 inches off the you sit on the RS rather than down in it (as the Phantom’s 25.7-inch seat

The footpegs are higher and farther than on most cruisers, above-average cornering clearance. to a comfortable bend to my knees, a reach to the grips and a fairly back, all-day riding is not a affair. On the other hand, the induces … burn an hour and the pillion pad is little than a pot holder. But on this it’s about the journey, not the

Stop, rest, take in the Savor a cup of coffee and gab at the gas station, a you’ll visit often. The RS 43.8 mpg on this test; a waifish 2.6-gallon tank, the low-fuel light came on at the mark like clockwork.

down Main Street downtown San Buenaventura on the Shadow RS second glances and the occasional Its mildly syncopated exhaust no one. Pedestrians and pet owners its lines and chrome accents, the wiser that most of the bodywork—fenders, side covers, on the engine—is made of plastic.

scoff at anything that real steel, but I don’t plastic. Not only does it food fresh in my fridge, lightweight and won’t corrode, or dent. The shiny exhaust are the real deal, and the billet triple clamp is spiff.

And there’s metal where you it: the bulletproof frame and motor. The RS feels as reassuring and dependable as the

2010 Honda Shadow RS

Putting around town is all and good, but my Type A personality and intake demand that I every test bike and fast for at least a couple of On my BFF backroads, the Shadow RS was eminently It blends conservative steering (32-degree rake, 5.3-inch with a fairly short wheelbase and narrow tires. to axle, the RS is 3 inches shorter other Shadow 750s and 0.8-inch longer than sporty VFR1200F.

The tube-type D404s provided good and predictable steering. Shifting the five-speed gearbox was effortless, engagement perfect. The brakes and clearly an area where sought to limit costs, are yet they fulfilled their honorably.

The single front and rear drum are well to a bike like the Shadow RS, maxed out at an indicated 80 mph with my on the tank and the throttle pinned. suspension travel limited to 4.6 front, 3.5 inches rear and rear preload adjustability, the was harsh at times over pavement. But the bike never from my chosen line, and is, after all, a minimalist

Honda VT 750S Shadow RS

Amenities are nil. There is no and the LCD display set in the bottom of the large speedometer offers basic only: odometer, A/B tripmeter and And there is no storage space to of. Behind the left side you’ll find an owner’s and behind the right one you’ll a toolkit with one hex wrench and one screwdriver. Heck, even options are slim and understated: White or Metallic Gray.

have accoutrements? Ask your to bolt on some Genuine such as a backrest, rear saddlebags, handlebar bag and trim

You really can’t go wrong a bike like the Honda RS. Its only real drawback is the This is a bike which had of its tooling paid for back in the ’90s, yet it sells for $7,799.

A Sportster 883 Low, of which the RS is a image, starts at $6,999. And you get belt drive, a rear brake and automatic inclusion in The But American-made heritage isn’t for and many feel Hondas are a premium.

Honda Shadows will be the earth long after fodder for the next round of fuels. And I’m sure the stylish, RS will be highly coveted riders in that Brave New

2010 Honda Shadow RS

Base Price: $7,799

1 yr. unltd. miles



Type: Liquid-cooled, V-twin

Displacement: 745cc

x Stroke: 79.0 x 76.0mm

Ratio: 9.6:1

Honda VT 750S Shadow RS
Honda VT 750S Shadow RS
Honda VT 750S Shadow RS
Honda VT 750S Shadow RS


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