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Honda 750 Shadow Phantom

RideApart Review: 2013 Shadow Phantom

For 2013, has blacked-out its popular Shadow and called it the Phantom. Is that to keep it competitive in the mid-capacity class?

What’s New :

Starting its proven Shadow platform, blacked-out the motor, paint, wheels and most other to create the Phantom.

Mechanically, it forward-mount foot controls, bars and a single-piece, gunfighter-style A smaller front fender the clean, simple aesthetic. The are spoked, but come in totally sizes: 17-inches front and 15

Oh, and the speedometer is mounted on the 3.7-gallon

The Shadow platform is about as as it gets. The 745cc v-twin both liquid-cooling and fuel-injection, power through a maintenance-free final drive and wide-ratio, gearbox. It develops a respectable of torque and 45bhp.

Think of the Shadow as the friendly of cruiser-style motorcycles. Where others tend to be difficult-to-ride, and uncomfortable, the Shadow is safe, and easy, without sacrificing the character that defines the

I spent a week living the Shadow, using it to get around Los congested surface streets and high-speed highways. Not only is a tough environment for a cruiser, but it was in the of a tough reviewer too. grown up in Europe, I’m most on modern performance bikes and high expectations for things braking, handling and comfort as a

That Shadow actually to be remarkably decent transportation in environment and in my hands though. to virtually all other cruisers, it was to ride and confidence-inspiring both in and at speed on the highway, where totally comfortable and safe up to 75mph, at which point the rain grooves, seams, and ruts begin to cause it to and weave. It’s not that it go faster, simply that so begins to take a very hand and absolute attention.

things down and the Shadow’s 549lbs (wet) weight, chassis geometry and solid mean you can move through with confidence close to delivered by more performance-oriented of motorcycle. Unlike many cruisers, which are essentially to ride through busy the Shadow’s front wheel in the same time zone as …, giving you that more time and space to to things happening in front of

All the above is aided by a smooth, motor and gearbox combination. on largeer, air-cooled cruisers, you can the engine’s heavy internals changes in revs, the Shadow up and drops its RPMs in a willing, matter. You can even rev-match after a bit of practice.

The Shadow’s test came when a model thought it sounded fun to get picked up by a boy on a motorcycle for a date. All the bikes in my garage that lacked passenger accommodations, so the job to the Shadow.

Even with its smaller seat and without grab the report was that she felt comfortable and safe. As an added that smaller seat the passenger has to sit very close to with their legs your torso and their around your waist.

I’d that she wear jeans and but turned up to find long poking out of denim short Climbing off the bike outside the she managed to touch her exposed to the Shadow’s exhaust pipe, in a second-degree burn the size of my

Honda 750 Shadow Phantom

What’s Good :

All the cruiser in a package that’s not just but actually good to ride. So as you take it slow.

Instead of being a ridiculous in excess, the engine simply on with the job of providing motivation and so in a willing, accessible, friendly alien to most cruisers.

The are strong, reassuring and have of feel. You won’t quite be to trail brake into a but you can use them in anger without the front tire.

With a reach to the bars, an upright position and sensibly-located forward controls, this is one cruiser legitimately comfortable too.

is competent and safe in a manner nearly reminiscent of a standard-style

What’s Bad :

The Phantom does the Aero’s ABS or the RS’s mid-mount controls. The former would it even safer and even confidence inspiring, while the would boost both and control.

The key is located under your … cheek and the steering out-of-the-way, behind the left Both are hard to locate in the and awkward to reach.

Honda 750 Shadow Phantom
Honda 750 Shadow Phantom
Honda 750 Shadow Phantom
Honda 750 Shadow Phantom


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