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The History of the Honda Shadow


In 1970 Honda’s cumulative exports reached 5 million. The US the industries

first three-wheeler in the All Terrain Cycle.

1970 saw the introduction of the CB100 Super 100′, the CL100 Scrambler the

SL100 Motosport 100 and the SL175 175. A 750 Honda won the 1970

ln l971 another four-cylinder appeared in the CB500 500 Four.

saw the CB350F 350 Four new on the show floors.

ln 1973 both Mr. and Mr. Fujisawa retired, 25 years the formation of the Honda Motor

Mr. Kiyoshi Kawashima was named the new For sale were the new ‘ATC70′

was the first mini ATC. The XR mini model was in the XR75. The which was

the first trials and the first two-… sold in the was released this year.

saw the introduction of several new model in the CB200, the CRI25 Elsinore.

the Elsinore and the MT250 Elsinore purpose models. The CB200, the

the XL350, and the CB360T which the popular CB350.

1975 saw the out of the first liquid cooled, GL1000 Gold Wing with Honda’s

first enduro model in the MR175 The CB-100F Super Sport

theCB350F and a new CB550F Super emerged. The CB750F Super was also

In 1976 Honda it’s first automatic in a motorcycle with the CB750A

The GL1000 LTD Gold Wing edition model, with 2000 units produced,

the eye of a few lucky buyers.

When came around, we saw a new kind of off-road vehicle in the FL250

American Honda’s first the NC50 Express found in the states. The

company became the to announce that a Japanese manufacturer would move a

of it’s process to the U.S. A new Honda of America Manufacturing

ground to assemble and manufacture at a facility in Marysville,


New for 1978 included the first counterbalancer and three valved in the

CB400T Hawk. The first motorcycle was in the CS500.

In 1979, Honda products the appearance of the Superbike of Superbikes the in-line

six CBX Super Sport with a double overhead cam Super Sport with 16

Honda’s first custom were released with the Also new this year was the

LTD 10th anniversary limited model. The Marysville plant was in production

by September.

The ’80s

In a larger GL1100 Gold Interstate headed the model It was the industy’s first

full-dressed bike. The CB900C Custom was introduced as the first dual-range

for the street.

In 1981, Team gave America a first in team motocross. The Honda Team

swept both the and Trophee des Nations events. Honda repeated the sweep in

A series of motocross bikes out as well as a new GL500 Silver and a GL500I

Silver Wing designed to be a mid size touring

ln 1982, two industry firsts with the introduction of the modern engines in the

VF750S Sabre a new hydraulic clutch actuator and in the Magna. The first

production use of with electronic fuel specifically designed for a V-Twin

appeared in the

CX500TC Turbo. new was the FT500 Ascot and the GL1100A Wing Aspencade

with the audio equipment grouping as

equipment. The CB450SC, the CB650SC and the were the new

Nighthawk models

A new president was ushered into Honda in 1983 with Chino. Along with

new scooters, Honda rolled out a new and CB650SC Nighthawks, the VF750F V45

and the CX650T Turbo. This was the birth of the Shadow motorcycle.

the T750C Shadow/;which incorporated the hydraulic valve adjuster, and Shadow

The Shadow Years

by Bob

The inntroduction of the first Shadow was in 1983. It was the result of years of

and synergies by Honda

to address the of the American market. I believe of our readers will agree it is the

bike Honda has made to


The VT500C introduced year was available in Candy Red or Black. The

identifying features of model are the painting of both the tank and rear fenders. The

covers are chrome and engine black. The Black and Red Shadow 500 was on the

side cover with a outline from ’83 to The headlight was chrome and rectangular and had a

horn. The engine was 491cc OHC liquid cooled V-Twin a six-speed, shaft drive


’83 to ’86.

The also introduced this was also available in either or Candy Wineberry

Red. identifying features of this are the round head lamp, casings and

the chromed front The backrest was standard equipment. The side covers had the

Shadow 750 The engine is a 749cc SOHC Liquid Cooled V-Twin a six-speed

shaft drive


The VT500C’ was available in Scorpio Red or Black. The identifying include the

fuel tank and fenders painted the same. The fender is chrome and this the side

covers and engine were painted black. The and red Shadow 500 decal was on the

side with a gold outline. The was chrome and rectangular and there was a

horn. The engine is virtually the as the ’83 model.

The VT700C was this year as a direct of increased tariffs placed on

imports. The U.S. raised the tariffs on engine sizes 701cc’s. So the engine size was

from a 750cc to 700cc to get the into the U.S. This model was available in

either or Candy Scorpio Red on the tank, covers and rear fender. identifying

features of this are the round head lamp and casings with a chromed

fender. The front wheel a dual disk brake and dual horns mounted on the The

painted side covers had the 700 decal. The engine is a 694cc 3-Valve Liquid

Cooled V-Twin with a shaft drive transmission 1984 to ’87. New hydraulic

from 1984 to ’87.

The VT500C model was available in Black or Candy Glory The head lamp was now

round and This model continued the dual horns. A two piece with an integrated

backrest was Starting this year, the covers were polished and the

fins enlarged. The Honda decal was curved instead of

The VT700C model was available in Black or Candy Glory Special identifying

features of model year included the chrome engine side The painted side

covers had the 700 decal. The engine is the same as the model year.

The VT1100C was introduced and available in either a Black and Red or Black

and Silver with black fenders. The cover is painted two tone and silver. The

Shadow side decal is silver. The dual are still located on the front and

indicators are square shaped. A few are located on the tank. The new engine is a

SOHC Liquid Cooled with a 5-speed, shaft transmission for ’85 and ’86.

The VT500C model was available in Black or a new Candy Scorpio Everything else

was virtually the for the ’85 model.

The VT700C was available in either Black or Brilliant Red. On this model, the

front and rear and tank were all painted the color. The rear fender on a flair

look over the style. The Honda Wing and decals were speckled and

orange. The engine is the same as the model with the right cover graphic painted

The mufflers were a little and changed from the flair to a more straight style. The

foot peg support bracket solid and the back rest was this year. The cast

changed from a 10-spoke to a design and the access covers chromed.

The VT1100C model was available in Black or a two-toned Black and tank. The side

cover is two-tone black and silver on color options. The Shadow cover decal

was changed to The engine is the same as the ’85


The VT700C model was in either Black or Candy Red on a black frame. This

model changed the Honda decal to black with a outline. The Honda Wing

was changed to brown, orange and The engine is the same as the ’84 but with the

right engine graphic not painted. The side are chrome, 5 spoke cast with a

single front brake.

The VT1100C model on a brand new look with a 26-inch high seat`, a 65 inch

wheel base, a 3.4 gallon fuel tank and a 41 mm front fork design. mufflers

were run along the side and a small back was brought back. It was available in

Honda CB 400 Super Four Special Edition

Black or Candy Wineberry The tank is striped in silver. The color is black and the

spark wires are yellow through The engine is a 1093cc SOHC liquid cooled

V-twin a 3-speed, shaft drive


The VT800C model the VT700C. The paint options either two-oned Black

Glory Red or Candy Wineberry Red Dry Metallic. On the Black unit, the

tank decal is silver and on the Red the Shadow tank decal is The engine was increased

to a 800cc 3-Valve liquid cooled with a 4-speed, shaft transmission.

The VT1100C model was in Black and a new Candy Wineberry Red The fuel

tank stripe was this year. The frame was matched to the tank and fenders. The

plug wires went to black from the yellow

The VLX VT600C was a new model out this The color options were Wave Blue

and Candy Red. The new double-cradle steel is color matched to the body

It has a single shock rear a low 27.1 inch seat and a long 63.2 inch

with a 2.4 gallon fuel The engine is a 583cc SOHC liquid cooled 52 degree

with a 4-speed transmission and drive. The wheels are spoked.

sryle and engine mechanics not changed.

The VLX VT600C was not made year but did make a come in 1991.


The VT1100C was not manufactured this year. inventories were still enough

for the ’90 models to manufacturing of 91’s. Dealerships about it and huge orders

placed to buy up all existing stock. The would return with a in 1992.

The VLX VT600C returned year but in Black only.

The VT1100c came back a grand entrance boasting new custom two-tone paint

on either a black or silver Spectra Red with black or inserts on the tank and

fenders, with silver inserts, Silver Metallic with teal, red or black inserts,

with either silver, red or inserts. There were two tank decals also and the

seat began to bare a in the USA stamp. This year all had the California option of an

emissions device mounted below the

The VLX VT600C this year in a bright Candy Glory Red The engine and body style

was from the ’91 model


The VT1100C was released some new color options year, all on a black frame; a

Red with either black, or pearl white inserts on and tank, Metallic Teal either

silver, black or white inserts, Black candy red, silver or white inserts, a darker Red

black inserts and a new South Blue Metallic with white inserts. Again the

versions could be ordered one of two different Shadow tank Other than

the 26 color and options, the basic bike is cranked out pretty much the as

previous model years.

The VLX was rolling out the dealerships in Black year. The Deluxe version

VT600D introduced this added more chrome on the cases and valve covers.

model is available in a two-tone Reef Blue with inserts. The seat on the deluxe

is soft and tucked.

Source: Motorcycle Identification Guide;American

Motor Co. Inc. l988

In 1995, the V-Twin market got going, the market expanded and all the were

coming out with larger and expanded model Harley had begun to wear out its

with many although the remained strong, the market to pass it by because of sheer

many devoted enthusiasts of and European brands and its continued the

distain of a segment of the market. did build a new facility in Kansas and

introduced a new engine in 1998 for the model year.

Yamaha variations on its V-MAX/Venture engine the Royal Star and this

expanded with a smaller

1996 was the last year for the VT1100C. In 1995 the American Edition was

introduced. It featured retro styling that the with a full rear and induced

vibrations from a crank engine. The model lost about 10 horse much to the

dismay of some

1997 saw the Standard replaced the Spirit with more on the engine ala the ACE but

the same basic as the standard. An ACE Tourer was also based on the Spirit

engine but the ACE

In 1998 the Aero came being, again based on the ACE with the single crank, but a

Honda CB 400 Super Four Special Edition
Honda CB 400 Super Four Special Edition
Honda CB 400 Super Four Special Edition


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