Project Recycle- Honda Shadow Ace 750

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Honda 750 Shadow Aero

Project Recycle- Honda Ace 750

Cruisers are often defined by style and praised for glistening looks, rumbly engines and riding positions. There’s to like in the recent crop of cruisers, but the popularity of the genre in the decade has left the used swelling with really, er, motorcycles that don’t much.

Here’s an example. We our Project Re-Cycle Shadow ACE 750 in our backyard. This year-2000 had been owned for only a few by a young biology student who quite handle its heft.

A woman who had come from a Rebel, she quickly decided the 750 was simply too heavy and put it on the market. We $2500 for the bike, right the Kelley Blue Book it. Aside from a few scratches and there, the ACE was clean and evidently cared-for.

Why the Shadow? Back to and, therefore, availability. started building this of the Shadow in 1998 and continued 2003. A mechanically similar Spirit 750 was produced from to 2009.

The model has been and popular, so finding a good required only the usual with Craigslist. Honda for the 750s all to be affordable, and that down into resale which is to say they’re a superb According to the Kelley Blue a 2000 Shadow ACE Deluxe 750 is less valuable than a Shadow 1100 Aero.

Heck, that’s half the of what we’ll be adding to our bike right there!


Honda’s sohc, and two-plug-per-cylinder V-Twin is a sweet, performer, with good power, decent midrange well…ah, really shiny Its carbureted engine is in a very state of tune, so throwing dollars at it in search of triple-digit figures (much less horsepower) is not money well-spent. we worked the maintenance angle, at upkeep items expected in a bike.

After checking the sparkplugs—all a nice tan and properly would you believe?—we took to improve the Honda’s languid response. This ACE was fairly and possessed soft initial response, indications of a typically low-speed mixture. We opened up the checked the float levels and about raising the stock time-honored cheapskate trick.

On bikes, you can move washers on each needle to raise it the vacuum slide, but the Honda’s have no spacers or washers. A jet kit provided four washers have a 3mm inner diameter, a 6mm diameter and are 0.5mm thick. Two of on each carb raised the 1mm.

To improve idle response, we the idle mixture by a full from the as-arrived two-and-a turns out on the pilot fuel As a last measure, we installed a original-equipment-replacement air-filter element unlike the stock item, can be and reused.

Success? Yes, but not so. The ACE is more responsive and needs less time on the cold-start circuit before you can set off, but a dragster it is not. Check our Jet Kit page to see the results of the jet kit we just

Sometimes the inexpensive solutions work, sometimes you need to pay the

As a final powertrain-related update, the clanky stock chain was with a Regina chain-and-sprocket kit included steel sprockets (in the sizes) and a lovely gold-link chain. Incidentally, the chain in the kit is exactly the right length, no needed. Because the ACE is a five-speed and we for a touring-friendly finished product, it unreasonable to shorten the overall to get more off-the-line acceleration.

A for those of you unfamiliar with the 750: Don’t plan on a larger-than-stock countershaft sprocket. fit. A bigger cog will the sprocket to hit the shifter shaft.

You be wondering: Why no blatty aftermarket Not this time, for a couple of One, as we said earlier, not a lot of untapped power in this so a neighbor-infuriating tone isn’t to pay back in neck-snapping acceleration.

Two, loud pipes may cool to you on short hops, but can make a long tour


Honda the ACE twin shocks with travel and, at least in our example, only a mere of damping. Same for the conventional, damping-rod fork. Again, one eye on the bottom line, we kept it Up front, we slipped Progressive progressive-rate fork springs the tubes; on this model, you to cut your own spacers, which we did to 15mm of spring preload.

the hatch with 20-weight fork oil to a level 150mm the top of each fork tube.

Out are twin Progressive Suspension 440 shocks in the stock, 12.5-inch (Progressive makes versions for the ACE measure 11.0 or 11.5 as well.) Wrapped in progressive-rate topped by chromed caps, shocks feature Progressive’s Active System (I.A.S.) uses an inertial valve to separate chassis and wheel for a supposedly smoother ride.

cruisers need help in regard, so it’s good that the suspension upgrades are improvements. No, the ACE doesn’t have a Wing-glassy ride or the long-travel, absorption of a BMW R1200GS; but for a modest our Honda ACE is far less likely to you out of the saddle over sharp-edged and the fork action is about as as you’re likely to get, the bike’s heavy wheels and steering-head angle.

Honda 750 Shadow Aero

Because we didn’t test the stock rubber, it’s to say if the Pirelli MT66 Route we installed also helped the ACE’s ride, but their sidewalls suggest they Inside the stock-size tires—a front and 170/80-15 rear—are new tubes.

After checking the diameter and shoe wear of the back stopper, we left there as we found it but did fit a set of EBC Double-H pads to the two-piston, sliding-caliper brake. Precious fluids now through a Galfer braided-steel not just because we like its exterior but because this is, all, an 11-year-old motorcycle, and lines have a calendar-life Braking power takes a boost with these but don’t expect to stand the ACE on its


Superbike hardly notice their but cruiser pilots, particularly who like to travel, know seam, lump and stitch. this, we sought to improve the comfort quotient in the normal On our list was a Mustang Touring seat, which out to be a massive upgrade over the and figuratively.

As the title suggests, the Mustang is than the original piece, by than half an inch for the but by a whopping 4.25 inches for the Both parts of the two-piece are thicker than the Honda and are expertly shaped. While we put any really long days on the (yet), initial impressions are positive.

Cobra supplied for the other end of the rider’s body its Swept Floorboards, which onto the stock mounts supplied spacers in, honestly, 15 minutes. Depending upon the of your feet and how your ACE is set up, you want to raise the shift for boot clearance; we had the countershaft off at the time and moved the lever on the shaft by one spline to raise the

These floorboards give dogs a lot more yard to run in but touch down much than do the stock footpegs. You been warned.

Windshield for the Shadow ACE are vast. We landed on the Cycle SwitchBlade Chopped model, which features a quick-release mounting system. straps grip the fork on our Deluxe and hold chromed pegs designed to mate slots on the windshield frame.

The SwitchBlade is smaller than a touring shield but big enough to a reasonable amount of air. It easily and clears the stock

You can’t tour without unless, of course, you’re only for the nudist colony. A of River Road Zip-Off does the main duty, out of the back wheel by a set of Cobra Supports. These bags are sized—11 inches deep, 14 long and 6 inches wide—and we guess they’re not exactly

But they also cost than $140.

To boost capacity, the Project Re-Cycle ACE Nelson-Rigg Riggpak 250 roll bag to the Cobra Sissy Bar Luggage attached to—surprise!—a Cobra Bar. Among these you should find sufficient to hold enough for a long tour including a light set, a flat-repair kit and other

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