Honda Shadow RS vs. Moto Guzzi V7 Caf Classic — Test Drives…

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Honda Shadow RS vs. Moto V7 Café Classic

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One is an Italian take on a icon while the other is a fake of an American icon. So are we.

The Honda Shadow RS and the Moto V7 Café Classic are two very motorcycles: one is a replica Sportster, and the is a replica café racer. You even call it the Guzzi, is a replica British café because it was British lads on bikes who defined the style.

So America vs. England in this of two 750s that appear to after iconic status. In words, they’re fakes.

not even American and British that would be seen by as a redeeming factor.

It is striking how the Honda Shadow RS takes its role: from an angle off the with the front wheel and the bike leaning into its with that James take-me-or-leave-me attitude, it’s asking for a light (for the that is). It’s a motorcycle. Every detail is to every other, and the performance is to a Sportster. Gone missing, in words.

But in 1957, when style was born, the Sportster was the of performance, so it’s not that the isn’t fast, it’s that there’s fast in and there was fast in 1957. bike is 1957-fast.

But it’s also smooth, and quiet. It feels like a motorcycle when you sit down on it, and the wind in your face and your hands on the grips, it almost as if there’s no motorcycle you. Years ago, was a television show called Came Bronson,” about a on a Sportster.

He once effected a with a rock that’s how it was; you really can fix a Sportster by it with a rock, you know and the Michael Parks, did come the James Dean school of constantly mumbling and looking at his shoes. The Honda RS plays in style: fading and quiet. It doubtful that you could any of the Honda’s components by hitting it a rock, though.

The Guzzi, on the hand, does not disappear you; in fact, it grows. Its burbles and snorts, its clip-on handlebar puts the rider a forward lean, its pegs are high; everything about it a statement. Where the Honda into the background, the Guzzi its own name, repeatedly, like mad, over-the-hill rock

The Café Classic recreates the of a Moto Guzzi V7 Sport, a that was released in the early though the modern bike’s seat and up-swept mufflers from the older bike’s and the performance of the new bike is not as stirring as the model’s.

Moto Guzzi is most looking of modern retro Paired tach and speedo forever remain classic. RS channels Sportster with accuracy, even down to the like the centrally mounted

That particular Moto broke records for speed early-’70s V7 Sport is claimed to been the first mass-produced to exceed 200 km/h). The V7 Café on the other hand, is not about to any performance records.

The Guzzi is not the hill, however. Its steering linear and precise, its braking is and predictable, its sound is an appealing rumble, and its seat is flat and On the highway, that forward catches the wind in a supportive and the sound exiting the chrome pipes is throaty and sensual.

It can be a especially if the road takes a few

Like the Shadow, however, the is driven by an engine that sufficient but never impressive Both motorcycles will briskly in lower gears, but tapped out in the higher gear

To be clear, both engines are though the Guzzi’s air-cooled V is and the Honda’s is front-to-back, and both less than 50 horsepower Guzzi claims 49; Honda publish power numbers for the RS, but told it’s a bit more 40 hp). The Guzzi is a two-valve with pushrods, and the Honda three valves and two sparkplugs per The Honda is liquid-cooled.

Both are fitted with fuel injection, which was of glitches.

These motorcycles hard to look like were built 40 years but they are modern motorcycles. starting is standard, of course. The is pushed by a drive shaft, and the has a chain final drive.

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have simple forks and rear shocks with a measure of adjustability (adjustable preload in the rear shocks is on bikes, but the Guzzi also adjustable rebound damping). A addition to the Guzzi is Brembo front and rear, with a caliper acting on the single-disc brake. The Honda is fitted a dual-piston caliper up front and a rear brake.

Braking on both bikes was smooth and enough to bring them to a quickly.

In operation, these are different motorcycles: one is an old-school and the other is an old-school café While the Honda disappears the rider, the Moto Guzzi its presence into your Take the Moto Guzzi out to a road with a few twists, and its crisp handling and café position create joy.

In a crowded downtown environment, the RS makes good use of its small and sprightly acceleration in lower but it also makes a nice, cruiser for ambling along a road.

If you accept the performance of twin-cylinder 750 cc motorcycles, the Honda RS and the Guzzi V7 provide acceptable and smooth handling, and on city both are nimble and quick to get past traffic jams. In we found that each of motorcycles got us across town quickly; they’re small and enough to be thrown around the traffic gets dense, and in gear, each will a quick getaway when bus tries to pull into lane. If each bike perform well in city and moderately well on highways the Honda’s upright seating does fight the wind, the Guzzi’s seating position use of the wind to support the rider), the between them comes to style.

These bikes built to sell on looks. If you can your eyes to the Legnano paint, the Moto Guzzi V7 Classic is a very good-looking with some nice accents and a taught, fit appearance is reflected in a wet weight figure of 198 kg lb). Its appeal is in the homage it to an old style of motorcycle and the simplicity and taste with which it is

The Honda Shadow RS is painted in Grey Metallic and also has the of being at a tidy fighting though its wet weight is a little at 230 kg (507 lb). The Honda tribute to American motorcycles of the and in that it strikes a classic This magazine has said that Harley-Davidson’s Sportster runs straight to the heart of design whatever you think of the performance, its look is pure, and masculine.

However, the Honda RS is an unexciting motorcycle. It’s to ride and will get you home city traffic quickly, it look great in your and with a Canadian list of $8,899, it will leave you money to buy that James T-shirt you’ve always But will it haul you out of bed at 6 a.m. on a Sunday for an out-of-town blast?


The Moto Guzzi will look great in your but will cost you an extra of grand, at $10,895 for the 2010 We think it’s more to also look great down the road early on morning, and for us, that’s almost difference to declare the Moto a winner.

We say “almost,” because we’re the effect of that $2,000 differential on the appeal of the Honda if you to pump the cash into the Would the Honda become exciting with 20 more It’s a good bet, and a motorcycle that started out as one and is turned into something can be thrilling; you notice the difference.

we’re not comparing what the could be against what the is; we’re comparing today’s motorcycles, and in that case, the still almost wins, but the definitely loses. If that a little confusing, remember we’re talking about and Japanese motorcycles that to be British and American bikes the 1950s and ’60s nothing be straightforward in a comparison like

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