First Ride: 2010 Honda Shadow RS — Just another Harley imitator, or something…

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Honda VT 750S Shadow RS

First Ride: 2010 Shadow RS — Just Harley imitator, or something

If you’re interested in scraping and hightailing out of apexes, you probably have much interest in While some love the fist-to-the-wind riding position, are more interested in outright and back-road handling. Of course, the non-enthusiast thinks that the of the canceled-and-brought-back Orange Country were motorcycling’s answer to and that their bikes fantastic machines.

To put it nicely, wrong.

For the most part, cruisers with long and hardtail rear ends are comfortable nor sporting compared to about any other class of bike. The cynic might that cruisers are for poseurs. So do we make of the new 2010 Honda RS, a bike hailed by its maker as a cruiser?

Find out after the

All of us remember our first vehicle special clarity. My entrance the bike world involved a Honda Shadow 500, formally known as the VT500C. The 500 was an all-new bike in ’83, a water-cooled three-valve-per-cylinder 490cc six-speed shaft drive, stepped saddle and a terribly rectangular headlight.

Honda quite have the whole nailed at that point.

Like thousands of other I picked the Shadow over a Harley-Davidson because I couldn’t the real thing, and even if I have, I wanted to ride my not get stranded by it. H-Ds of that weren’t exactly known for Plus, being a scrawny the smaller Shadow was more

Aside from the driveline and the front end that was tuned a Wham-O pogo stick, it was a starter bike.

It was with pretext that I approached the new Honda Shadow RS. Was it a fake Was it designed for poseurs? Would it the interest for riders who genuinely to ride?

What advances 27 years of development yield?

at the new Shadow VT750RS from a the bike exudes a cool, British aura. The wire roadster tank (2.8 proper round headlight and stylistic elements make a statement. There’s chrome, but not too of it.

The single gauge riding ahead of the short bars The front end rake is 32-degrees, and if you off the RS decals, it’d be easy to the bike as a well-executed but conservative

The front rim is a 19-inch unit a 100/90 tire. Stopping comes from a single, disc. Out back, the 16-inch rim around a traditional drum and a chain sprocket.

The rear tire measures out at and in between the wheels, the 52-degree V-twin looks like it

The relatively low seat though, at under 30 inches it’s not as low as some other cruisers, as Honda’s own Shadow Spirit 25.7-inch seat invites you to a leg over. The difference in posture the Shadow RS and other cruisers is recognizable. The former’s posture is upright than on a chopper, but not sit-up-and-beg like a dirt or the crazy Ducati Hypermotard EVO SP.

Firing the liquid-cooled V-twin is as as keying the ignition and hitting the button. Because there’s no there’s no choke or the resulting they’re often afflicted by. An fuel injection system care of start-up enrichment, fuel-delivery duties handled a single 34mm throttle The charge moves to the cylinders it’s delivered to the combustion via twin intake valves to better combustion.

The charge through a single, larger that empties into exhaust pipes, but for those who want to leave a deafening in their wakes, aftermarket are a must.

The midsize V-twin vibrates at but smooths out as revs build. As for the smoothness arrives, we’re not because there’s no tach. We using the rule, Shift you feel like it or when you hit the rev whichever comes first.

We hit the rev limiter once. As for the RS’ Honda doesn’t publish times and we didn’t have the for instrumented testing, but our calibrated would put the run in the five-second range.

The is a wide-ratio five-speed. In the manner of Hondas, the shift action was and consistent. Clutch take up was perfect. not too easy, not too stiff, not to and not too deep.

Honda doesn’t horsepower figures for their but we have it on good report the Shadow RS gets shoved by around 60 ponies. However, does release fuel specifications, and claims 56 mpg based on the exhaust emission measurement protocols. In other words, mileage may vary and won’t match the number achieved on a with a sniffer up the tailpipe.

with this knowledge, we out from Honda’s American HQ in California in search of some fun The hills of Malibu were our requiring an interminable stint on I-405. Much traffic was

Just 15 minutes into the interstate run the seat’s sleep-inducing made themselves known and our felt as if it was stuck with a syringe of Novocain.

The relief of streets couldn’t come enough. We hoped hitting the Coast Highway running from Santa Monica prove to be an effective antidote. recognized for being one of the country’s great roads, the PCH doesn’t much visceral fun in this of the state. There’s simply too traffic moving much too so we found riding refuge in the traveled canyons off the PCH north of

Here, the 2010 Shadow RS prove whether it was more a poseur.

Snapping the throttle to run up a long, winding hill away from the Pacific, the was a ready, willing and able The power is dolled out with hesitation in a well-controlled manner. to the EFI, there’s no lag or flat

After a few corners, we found it was also easy to tip in just a power when you need it, your line through a corner.

Riding higher and into the mountains, the RS felt lighter than its 507-pound dry due to the fact that it carries of its mass down low. for the RS’s raised foot (compared to other Shadow came at about corner seven as confidence in the bike was The guys back at the Honda already know this, but we the pegs properly just

It requires little explanation the RS would be no match for a genuine bike through the canyons. the new Shadow proved to be thoroughly thanks to the chassis’ smooth, responses. The brakes were and effective, even though the drum seems archaic. The front fork’s damping the bike take a solid set in

The Wham-O pogo stick act to have been left in the 1980s.

Following hours of we slogged it back south to While not a small bike, the Shadow RS is narrow enough for splitting, which likely cut the time back to Honda HQ by This part of the ride, proved that the brake could be mounted a little to reduce the ankle fatigue comes with being for an emergency stop.

To my surprise, the 2010 Shadow RS a fake Harley-Davidson designed for While the styling isn’t it is well done. The engine and deliver the goods well to hold the interest of moderately riders. As for major advancements in here the new RS doesn’t appear to evolved as one might have

Familiarity with Honda’s bikes and the cutting edge in the company’s parts bins, it was a corporate choice to give the RS the equipment it has, technology be

But if you can live with that then you can live with the RS. And with a base price of it’s a bike I’d parking in my own garage. Again.


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