First Ride: 2007 Honda Shadow Spirit 750 C2 —

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Smoothness that will the new or returning rider well

by Kevin Wing

If you asked to come up with a motorcycle in the line that they to be one of Honda’s greatest sellers of all what do you think you would Certainly the Gold Wing or the VFR would be on the list. Most any number of dirt bikes in the CR could be considered.

Or how about the that draws its lineage the mighty Hurricane, which became the CBR600 F series?

The F3 and F4 praised by the motorcycle media as almost too good-whatever that What it meant was that had refined a time-honored platform an excellent machine. Heck, not forget the CB750.

Didn’t of you dream of that bike way when?

Those bikes are all worthy of praise and have Honda to become the giant it is. But they have a bike probably wouldn’t even most riders’ radar as an hot seller. Give up? Would you that it’s a 25-year old cruiser?

That’s right, 1983 Honda has sold of 243,000 750 Shadow motorcycles. math tells us that a little over 9,000 a year — on average were ridden out of the showroom. no?

With such success you think that Honda be willing to just sit around and let the keep rolling in from a proven platform that can earning with little or investment. Not so with Big Red. don’t rest on their with any other models or most — so why should the be any different?

Indeed, it isn’t, and for they’ve made a number of that improve on its appeal still keeping the heart of the in place.

Use of a 21-inch front serves well to create the look without sacrificing

Let’s see exactly what has done to keep the 750 Shadow for what we imagine they is at least another 25 years. The of Shadow encompasses no less seven different iterations in line. All Shadows are V-twins, but not all are created equal. From the 583cc Shadow VLX/Deluxe all the way up to the Sabre and Shadow Spirit their 45-degree 1,099cc plants, it would seem there’s a Shadow for everyone.

Honda engineers had a specific in mind when they to update and revamp this Their aim was to create the much-loved look that so many makers strive for these According to Martin Manchester, designer for Honda R D Americas, the way to do was to create a big-bike image really changing the dimensions

In order to pull this it was time to look to the Shadow and draw inspiration from its frame. The next big step in the big bike look was to add a 21-inch wheel. A little known, but piece of trivia is the fact the C2 is the first Honda custom in the U.S that uses a 21-inch wheel. Who says old dogs learn new tricks?

Take one at the profile of the Spirit and you can’t but think Harley Softail Mission (mostly) accomplished

Fortunately, the longer, 65-inch and new-for-2007 custom-inspired large wheel doesn’t mean dimensions for not-so-large people.

endeavored to keep ergos to previous models, and in doing so able to come up with a height of 25.7 inches. just a hair shorter last year’s 26.6 Even wee Senior Editor can get both boots down on one. The other big news this motorcycle was Honda’s to go back to the sensible, user-friendly drive.

Although the wheelbase is than before, the swingarm is shorter. For those interested, little phenomenon is the result of a shaft final drive. to Manchester this is because the pivot no longer has to be close to the as it does in a chain-drive system.

away from the fuel is the gunfighter-style seat that well with the short and rear fender.

This ultimately generated more for designers to work with and the Shadow Spirit C2 its way-low height. Additionally, as a result of the heavier shaft drive — a difference of 7.5 lbs, vs. 496 claimed dry weight — engineers needed to swap the brake rotor from the side to the right side of the wheel in order to keep the of the bike in balance.

Naturally most people have ever noticed, but more of that neat, trivia you can use to impress and amaze riding and non-riding friends

So, to summarize, the meat of the big changes on the Spirit C2 are the single-backbone frame from its Shadow Aero a 21-inch front wheel and the choice of using a shaft

But that’s not all Mr.-or Ms. There’s of other changes afoot, functionally and aesthetically pleasing. is all-important to the market segment Honda has squarely set their on with the Shadow Spirit.

A look will reveal the twin bullet-style exhaust that Honda claims is as to the legal limits of acceptable emissions as any motorcycle they

I have to admit, it does quite good and is very like.

It’s nice for a to see a major OEM not accustomed to dancing the devil take a little risk now and again. But the changes stop there. Moving your gaze is caught by the but tastefully shaped tear-drop air cover.

At this point see the most-honorable 52-degree V-twin designer guru Manchester was purposely freed from covers or body work in to stay true to Spirit

In addition to using the 21-inch wheel to create the look were after, the team gave the triple clamp offset to work in concert the big, spoked front and the custom look it exudes.

behind the front wheel is change that Honda hopes you won’t see. managed to tuck the aluminum between the down tubes of the portion of the frame. In my opinion, if middleweight cruiser makers suit in doing their to hide the functional, nasty they could do wonders to their machines from the look that so many bikes have.

Moving eyes upward you’ll see moderately swept handlebars are held in place by custom-looking dog clamps. Honda wanted to sure the bars didn’t like dog bones, so they rubber mounts to help vibration. The fuel tank is rubber mounted and has received its of styling considerations.

Integrated into the tank find the easily readable cluster, styled like so well-known and more-expensive cruisers on the Finally, sweeping away the fuel tank is the gunfighter-style that blends well the short and narrow rear That rear fender within its shape the minimal custom inspired — light.

Those pretty are nice ‘n all but what the real stuff?

Fair then, we shouldn’t gloss what makes the Shadow the Save for the degree of V angle, has changed with the 745cc driving this Honda The 1983 Shadow was also but sat at 45 degrees.

In 1998 displacement the same, of course, but the V angle That year it was widened to 52 where it remains to this Oops! I’ve got one more of Shadow trivia: the head on time-honored V-twin was from the and still is today, a Honda SOHC three-valve set up.

Two spark rest, ready and waiting, each cylinder to burn up the Bore and … are 79mm x and the compression ratio works out to be Doing away with the system from years by, the ’07 Shadow inhales a single, 34mm CV unit.

The is a wide ratio five-speed and is Honda: smooth and trouble

The frame, as mentioned above, is a single-backbone design that from the steering head to behind the engine case, all in the of simplicity and strength. Suspension in the is handled by 41mm forks don’t go looking for adjustability — with the ubiquitous shocks in the rear that are preload adjustable.

Slowing down — the bike is — is a single, 296mm and sliding-pin twin-piston caliper for the front with a time-tested brake for the rear. Lastly, drive duties are covered by a shaft drive. Hopefully will give you your fix for the day.

Clearly, comfort and a of friendliness is what Honda this bike to use, as its call to draw new and returning in.

Saddling up to the C2 one thing becomes just about anyone enough to ride a tricycle be able to comfortably climb the sub-26 inch seat. of how low the saddle is though, it could be On the return portion of our relatively ride, me … was getting after some 20 miles.

Chances are good though the average rider of the Shadow won’t be traveling ultra-long so the soft seat will be something that most either won’t notice or learn to live with. But bet any passenger willing to serve on the back won’t be so complacent. The on the gun-fighter seat appeared to be but this is only my observation I didn’t have a rider.

a Redwood-threatening 5’8, I found the triangle to be very accommodating. to the rubber-mounted handlebars was perfect as was the to the smartly-placed forward controls.

comfort and a sense of friendliness is Honda intended this to uses as its siren call to new and returning riders in. Flick the thumb the starter and the little that could rumbles it does a good job of rumbling to life quickly. Despite spoiled on EFI in this day and age, I was with the smooth carburation on bike.

I didn’t encounter any holes or soft spots and it briskly up to redline, or thereabouts. under power there was a amount of vibration in the neighborhood of or so, but after reaching the unofficial cruising speed of 80mph had dissipated to a livable degree. like to tell you at what speed this happened but the is sans tachometer.

Again, nuance isn’t significant or — the aforementioned buzziness but as a finicky journalist bent on every ripple in the paint or askew mirror all in the name of integrity and for your reading I figured I should make of it.

When you’re finally power and breezing up and down the and byways, you’ll have to what so many people about when they say like buttah! It being the transmission accompanied by the light pull. Like I said classic Honda.

I had some about Honda’s decision to use a big, narrow front but after plenty of freeway, road and surface-street time my of a twitchy, rain-grove-hopping front end abated. Handling and steering are and agile, just what a new or returning rider needs to or re-build skill and confidence.

I had the opportunity to ride the Shadow all out in Shadow-specific goodies such as a light bar, leather and backrest with luggage It was quite attractive and it creates package deal look. For me, was hardly any buffeting behind the and it was easy to look through, not to my field of view whatsoever.

a bike that is — frankly — easy and fun to Those two attributes alone carry a bike far and wide on the to longevity.

Unfortunately, no one or thing is flawless. There is nothing with the brakes per se, but I stand in my conviction that Honda has their resources to do a little Both front and rear performed sufficiently, again the typical rider on this Yet, to be nit picky I must that despite having power required to reel bad boy in the front sliding-pin, twin-piston was ultimately on the wooden side.

To put it clearly, they lacked or enough feel. Use of an opposed, caliper would probably most of that issue.

The in the rear is, well, just Most drum brakes get the job done; but we need to consider a majority of cruisers — that is — tend to stopping power from to rear — most bikes use roughly 70 percent force up front with the covered out back.

Combine braking power dynamic with the reality that new or inexperienced riders’ natural is to default to the rear simply out of or ignorance, and there’s no excuse for the not to have a decent caliper and in the rear. I would think many OEMs would this into account. it really cost that more to fish around the bins for some options?

Oh who am I to fiddle with the profit of a business I don’t own?

I’m willing to bet dollars to that Honda has some bits that could be matched with the styling of bike so as not to steal away the rider’s want of a looker, and them better and ultimately stopping power. Anyway, I Honda as much and they interested in our feedback that so perhaps in the not-too-distant future see a disc on the rear wheel. My opinions aside, the brakes admirably as did the drive shaft.

I experienced very little during my time in the saddle. smoothness will serve the new or rider well. Finally, we forget, the Shadow is a cruiser and — — as most do — — in ground

Keep foolish dreams of Nicky out of your head, that you’re on a cruiser and shouldn’t be a problem.

The solid-color carries a price tag of $6,799 and the paint job adds another to the total in case you like more of a custom look to bike.

Are there better to be had? Look hard — or not — and you’re to find something. Nevertheless, 25 years of sales to back bike and its predecessors, Honda has to be proud of in the 2007 Shadow C2. It’s a bike that is quite frankly — and fun to ride.

Those two attributes will carry a bike far and on the road to longevity.

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Engine Type 745cc 52-degree V-twin

Bore and 79mm x 76mm

Compression 9.6:1

Valve Train three valves per cylinder

Single 34mm constant-velocity

CD with electronic advance, two plugs per cylinder

Transmission five-speed

Honda VF 750 C Shadow
Honda VF 750 C Shadow

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