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09/02/2003 — Calif.

A 24-Year Heritage of And Customs

Over the years, has built a rich heritage of and custom-style motorcycles. Before the factory-made cruisers were there was an equally important that set the stage for generations to

1978: Honda Builds A For The Masses

Honda’s first street motorcycle in the U.S. is the CX500. With a transversely 500cc liquid-cooled V-twin a pushrod-actuated four-valve head and a driveshaft, the CX500 is an instant with riders. Together the subsequent introductions of the custom-style and deluxe CX500D models, the series tallies more 96,000 retail sales 1982.

1983: A Pair of Cruisers

American riders are by the emerging custom-styling cues appear on many manufacturers’ standard-style motorcycles. Teardrop pull-back handlebars, stepped and flashy chrome are the rage in the 1980s. Yet no one is ready for the truly custom styling of Honda’s purpose-built cruisers, the Shadow® 750 and Shadow 500 (VT500C).

Honda’s Shadow 750 features an liquid-cooled 45 — 750cc The twin-plug, three-valve heads Honda’s exclusive Hydraulic Clearance Adjusters (HVA™), eliminating the need for valve Honda also debuts the offset dual-pin crankshaft, a that offers perfect engine balance and allows to tune the engine for added

Despite its radical profile, the 750 provides a very comfortable riding posture. Successful? customers buy more than Shadow 750s in the first alone.

Honda unveils a sibling to the Shadow 750 in 1983, the 500. Like its big brother, the 500 features a liquid-cooled engine an offset dual-pin crankshaft, valve heads with overhead camshaft (SOHC), a transmission and a maintenance-free driveshaft. than 18,000 Shadow are sold in the first year of

1983-85: Bigger Is Better

By Honda is selling almost custom-style motorcycles a year, in displacement from 450cc to The success of the mighty V-65 (VF1100C), introduced in 1983, indicates riders are ready for displacement. Shadow riders are with the Shadow 1100 an all-new design that breath from the successful 750 (and 700cc versions)

The 45- V-twin engine delivers the features that customers in Honda V-twins: liquid-cooling, dual-pin crank, three-valve heads with HVA, and solid-state ignition. The big twin out gobs of torque and horsepower. The of a future generation of 1100cc models, the first Shadow sells more than units in its first full

1986-88: A Time to Redesign

In Honda’s Shadow 700 receives a facelift, with stronger styling cues that relaxed, laid-back cruising. In displacement is increased to 800cc.

For the Shadow 1100 is also with chopper-like styling fuels increased demand. a slowing market, Shadow sales jump 23 percent the new bike’s introduction. The popular is essentially unchanged today in the Spirit™.

Honda’s littlest the Shadow 500, is completely in 1988. The new 600cc, 52- V-twin is the Shadow VLX. With its bobtail rear fender, seat height, and traditional sound from its single-pin design, the Shadow VLX becomes a bike for many first-time

1995: Another A.C.E. Up Our

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As retail sales of motorcycles renewed signs of strength, captures the growing interest in custom cruisers with the of the Shadow American Classic (VT100C2). The Shadow A.C.E.™, as it to be called, features simple, lines that draw inspiration from motorcycles of the The same trouble-free 1100cc that powers the Shadow now features a single-pin crankshaft and a shifter.

In the first year the Shadow A.C.E. nearly Honda’s 1100cc V-twin sales.

1997: A New 750 A.C.E.

a brief hiatus from the Honda’s mid-sized Shadow is and introduced as the Shadow American Edition® 750. With of the same design features and cues as the larger Shadow the new Shadow A.C.E. 750 quickly Honda’s best-selling custom

1998: A Time To Tour, A To Remember

Honda introduces the American Classic Edition (VT1100T). Based upon the powerful, 1100cc offset pin crankshaft engine, the Tourer two spacious 35-liter weatherproof and a large windscreen for all-day comfort. The A.C.E.

Tourer is hailed as one of the best values by the motorcycle press.

also pulls the wraps off the Aero® (VT100C3), a beautifully custom that harkens to the aerodynamic industrial designs of the and 1940s. Honda’s first with floorboards is also one of its stretching more than 8 tip to tip.

2000: Performance To The Shadow Line Honda’s all new Sabre™ (VT1100C2) replaces the A.C.E. and introduces a new level of for V-twin customs. Inspired by high-performance street-rod customs on at bike shows throughout the Sabre name is resurrected Honda’s own 1982 V-45 V-4 powered sport-custom that set new of performance for its class. The new Shadow is true to its namesake, outperforming all customs in its class, and many V-twins as well.

2001: A Value-Laden 750

Honda the Shadow Spirit 750 to enthusiasts. the same engine featured in the A.C.E. 750, its street-rod and low, 26.6-inch seat are a big hit with riders-not to mention the low suggested retail price.

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