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Honda introduced the US market to the Shadow line in 1983 with the Shadow VT500 and Shadow VT700. The Japanese version of the 1984 Shadow was actually 750cc but heavy tariffs imposed to protect the sales of large American V-Twins forced Honda to reduce the bore to 699cc. The following year the US lifted the tariff and Honda was able to import the VT1100C and since then Honda has expanded the Shadow family to include bikes ranging from 500-1100cc.

Honda introduced the VT1100C Shadow in the US market in 1985. The big water-cooled V-twin cruiser's styling resembled the popular Harley Davidson Dyna and became an instant hit. The VT1100C had many refinements over the legendary US made cruisers which made the Shadow more comfortable, safe and reliable. To reduce the vibration Honda used a offset dual-crankpin design to help balance the large displacement pistons. The Big Shadow also had an electronic ignition that provided more precise spark and timing over the old Points style ignitions. To transfer all the torque to the ground Honda used a driveshaft instead of a chain drive which reduced maintenance and provided an extremely smooth ride. To help slow the beast Honda also installed Disc Brakes upfront. Honda dropped the Shadow 1100 from the line-up in 2007 after nearly 25 years in production. 

In 1988 Honda added the Shadow VLX a 600cc 52 degree V-twin to the Shadow Line-up. The VLX has one of the lowest seat heights available on a factory cruiser making it a popular choice for new riders. The VLX has a 4 speed manual trans which provides great power around town but limits the cross country tour abilities. The small peanut style tank and traditional american style cruiser lines the VLX enjoyed 20 years of production with very few changes until Honda pulled it from the line-up in 2008.

One of the biggest changes in the Shadow series came in 1995 when Honda went full blown USA while creating the new A.C.E. or American Classic Edition. Honda assembled the new Shadow A.C.E. in Marysville Ohio making it a true American made cruiser. The bike had classic cruiser styling, longer fenders, a big fat gas tank, wide pull back bars, staggered dual exhaust, and chromed covered everything. The bike definitely had the look but Honda wanted it to feel like an American Cruiser. To accomplish the feel portion Honda installed a single pin crank to achieve that distinct uneven lope similar to the American V-twins. The Standard Shadow VT1100C remained in production with the double pin crank and in 1997 Honda rebranded it the Shadow Spirit.

In 1998 Honda went full retro with the introduction of the Aero. With long low fenders and a 2 into 1 exhaust the Aero resembled Indian's from the forties. The Aero as such a timeless look the 750cc version remains in production to this day.

In 1998 Honda also introduced the 750 version to the Shadow line that has grown into 4 distinct versions with styling to fit almost any personality.

Honda Shadow Aero

Honda Shadow Spirit

Shadow Aero -

Long and low fenders, fat tank and front forks with classic retro styling

Shadow Spirit -

Narrow front wheel, smaller diameter front forks, gunfighter seat, short bobber style fender and sporty styling

Honda Shadow RS

Honda Shadow Phantom

Shadow RS -

Modeled after old-school flat trackers this sporty cruiser features a small"Peanut" style fuel tank, a taller and flatter seat, higher foot-pegs for improved ground clearance, and more upright aggressive handle bars.

Shadow Phantom -

Blacked out motor, wheels, forks and controls with bobber styling cues and some serious attitude.

 

 

 

 

HONDA SHADOW 750 CROSS REFERENCE

MODEL YEARS NAME
VT700C 1984-1987 Shadow 700
VT750C 1998-2000 Shadow 750 ACE
VT750C 2004-2014 Shadow Aero
VT750C2 2007-2014 Shadow Spirit
VT750C2B 2010-2014 Shadow 750 Phantom
VT750C2F 2007-2014 Shadow Spirit
VT750CA 2004-2014 Shadow Aero
VT750CD 1998-2001 Shadow 750 ACE Deluxe
VT750CD2 1998-2001 Shadow 750 ACE Deluxe 2 Tone
VT750CDA 2002-2003 Shadow 750 ACE Deluxe
VT750CDB 2002-2003 Shadow 750 ACE Deluxe
VT750CDC 2002-2003 Shadow 750 ACE Deluxe
VT750CDD 2002-2003 Shadow 750 ACE Deluxe
VT750CS 2004-2014 Shadow Aero
VT750DCA 2001-2009 Shadow Spirit
VT750DCB 2001-2009 Shadow Spirit w/Flames
VT750RS 2010-2013 Shadow RS

Honda Shadow Specs

Tires, Battery, and Spark Plug

Honda Shadow 500 Specs

1983-1986 VT 500 C

Front Tires 3.5x18

Rear Tires 130x90x16

Battery YB12A-A

Spark Plug DPR8EA-9

Honda Shadow 600 Specs

1988-1989, 1991-1997 VT 600 C (VLX)

Front Tires 100x90x19

Rear Tires 170x80x15

Battery YTX9-BS

Spark Plug DPR8EA-9

Honda Shadow 600 Specs

1999-2007 VT 600 C (VLX)

Front Tires 100x90x19

Rear Tires 170x80x15

Battery YTX9-BS (1999-2003)

Battery YTZ10S (2004-2007)

Spark Plug DPR8EA-9

Honda Shadow 600 Specs

1993-2007 VT 600 CD (VLX Deluxe)

Front Tires 100x90x19

Rear Tires 170x80x15

Battery YTX9-BS (1993-2003)

Battery YTZ10S (2004-2007)

Spark Plug DPR8EA-9

Honda Shadow 600 Specs

1999-2000 VT 600 CD2

(VLX Deluxe 2-tone)

Front Tires 100x90x19

Rear Tires 170x80x15

Battery YTX9-BS

Spark Plug DPR8EA-9

Honda Shadow 700 Specs

1984-1985 VT 700 C

Front Tires 110x90x19

Rear Tires 140x90x15

Battery HYB16A-A

Spark Plug DPR8EA-9

Honda Shadow 700 Specs

1986-1987 VT 700 C

Front Tires 100x90x19

Rear Tires 140x90x15

Battery YB14-B2

Spark Plug DPR7EA-9

Honda Shadow 750 Specs

1983 VT 750 C

Front Tires 110x90x19

Rear Tires 140x90x15

Battery HYB16A-A

Spark Plug DPR8EA-9

Honda Shadow 750 Specs

1997-2003 VT 750 C/CD/CD2

(Shadow, ACE, Deluxe)

Front Tires 120x90x17

Rear Tires 170x80x15

Battery YTX14-BS

Spark Plug DPR8EA-9

Honda Shadow 750 Specs

2004-2013 VT 750 C (Aero)

Front Tires 120x90x17

Rear Tires 160x80x15

Battery YTZ12S

Spark Plug DPR6EA-9 (2004-2009)

Spark Plug DPR7EA-9 (2011-2013)

Honda Shadow 750 Specs

2007-2013 VT 750 C2 (Spirit)

Front Tires 90x90x21

Rear Tires 160x80x15

Battery YTZ12S

Spark Plug DPR6EA-9 (2007-2009)

Spark Plug DPR7EA-9 (2012-2013)

Honda Shadow 750 Specs

2010-2013 VT 750 C2B (Phantom)

Front Tires 120x90x17

Rear Tires 160x80x15

Battery YTZ14S

Spark Plug DPR7EA-9

Honda Shadow 750 Specs

2001-2003, 2005-2007 VT 750 DC

(Shadow Spirit)

Front Tires 110x80x19

Rear Tires 160x80x15

Battery YTZ14S

Spark Plug DPR8EA-9

Honda Shadow 750 Specs

2010-2012 VT 750 RS

Front Tires 100x90x19

Rear Tires 150x80x16

Battery YTZ14S

Spark Plug DPR8EA-9

Honda Shadow 800 Specs

1988 VT 800 C

Front Tires 100x90x19

Rear Tires 140x90x15

Battery YB14-B2

Spark Plug DPR7EA-9

Honda Shadow 1100 Specs

1985-1986 VT 1100 C

Front Tires 110x90x18

Rear Tires 140x90x15

Battery HYB16A-A

Spark Plug DPR7EA-9

Honda Shadow 1100 Specs

1987-1996 VT 1100 C

Front Tires 110x90x19

Rear Tires 170x80x15

Battery HYB16A-A

Spark Plug DPR7EA-9

Honda Shadow 1100 Specs

1997-2007 VT 1100 C (Spirit)

Front Tires 110x90x19

Rear Tires 170x80x15

Battery HYB16A-A (1997-2000)

Battery YTX14-BS (2001-2007)

Spark Plug DPR7EA-9

Honda Shadow 1100 Specs

1995-1999 VT 1100 C2/D2 (ACE)

Front Tires 120x90x18

Rear Tires 170x80x15

Battery HYB16A-A

Spark Plug DPR7EA-9

Honda Shadow 1100 Specs

2000-2007 VT 1100 C2 (Sabre)

Front Tires 120x90x18

Rear Tires 170x80x15

Battery YTX14-BS

Spark Plug DPR7EA-9

Honda Shadow 1100 Specs

1998-2002 VT 1100 C3 (Aero)

Front Tires 140x80x17

Rear Tires 170x80x15

Battery HYB16A-A (1998-2000)

Battery YTX14-BS (2001-2002)

Spark Plug DPR7EA-9

Honda Shadow 1100 Specs

1998-2001 VT 1100 T (ACE Tourer)

Front Tires 130x80x18

Rear Tires 170x70x16

Battery HYB16A-A

Spark Plug DPR7EA-9

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