Honda Shadow 750 test
D.a is it again, the Shadow 750. Removed from the range a year ago, the smallest Honda cruiser is now rolling off the production line again. But be careful. Only in name she is the old one. The rest is new or at least radically revised.
The look alone.
Then the seat height: at 670 millimeters, one of the lowest ever. Smaller drivers can rub their hands with joy, because the Shadow weighs a full 256 kilograms when fully fueled and ready to drive, which thanks to the low center of gravity are easy to get under control not only when maneuvering. The handlebars, which are pulled far back and mounted in rubber, enable a casually upright, comfortable sitting position. Neither beefy instruments nor a massive headlight restrict the view to the front. The round speedometer with its few indicator lights is easy to see.
In the usual manner, the choke must first be pulled on the left between the cylinders to start. No sooner said than done, and the Shadow starts up at the push of a button. The 52-degree V-Twin swings quietly, barely audible, when idling. With a smooth coupling and under
With a subtle clacking, the gears engage softly with short shift travel. The Shadow starts moving gently. Vibrations? Barely. And the few are perceived as pleasant.
As always, the V-engine has a nominal output of 45 hp. That is not a lot, but cruising is always enough. Apart from the top performance, Honda has probably pre-buttoned the three-valve engine. Three catalytic converters and a secondary air system reduce the pollutants in the exhaust gases. A higher compression, a new, computer-controlled ignition system and a new throttle valve sensor should make the thrust in the lower and middle speed range more powerful than in the previous model. With a courageous turn of the throttle, the temperament is still within limits. And the Honda doesn’t like high speeds at all. Then she works hard and the transmission can only be shifted with force. That is why gear changes and low-speed driving are the order of the day. From as little as 50 km / h, the engine picks up the gas cleanly in fifth gear, pulsing with a gentle beat.
Load change reactions? Not a trace. Power transmission? Rather inconspicuous. Anyone who wants to lubricate the chain will be surprised to find that Honda has the Shadow on
has converted a low-maintenance cardan drive. It therefore rolls with ease. Your brakes react well and are easy to adjust. The rear drum already keeps the heavy Shadow safely in check. The driving behavior is balanced, the suspension set-up comfortable, tending to be a little soft. Hard potholes sometimes hit the back. Then the pleasant rest is over. NK
Technical data – Honda Shadow 750
Engine: water-cooled two-cylinder four-stroke 52-degree V-engine, one overhead, chain-driven camshaft, three valves per cylinder, constant pressure carburetor, Ø 34 mm, uncontrolled catalytic converter, five-speed gearbox, cardan.
Bore x stroke 79.0 x 76.0 mm
Displacement 745 cm³
Rated output 33 kW (45 PS) at 5500 rpm
Max. Torque 64 Nm at 3000 rpm
Chassis: double loop frame made of steel, telescopic fork, Ø 41 mm, two spring struts, front disc brake, Ø 296 mm, double-piston floating caliper, rear drum brake, Ø 180 mm.
Tires 120 / 90-17; 160 / 80-15
Dimensions and weights: wheelbase 1640 mm, seat height * 670 mm, weight with a full tank * 256 kg, payload * 192 kg, tank capacity 14 liters.
Colors red, black
Two year guarantee
Price including additional costs 7160 euros
MOTORCYCLE Measurements – Honda Shadow 750
Top speed1 150 km / h
0 100 km / h 7.7 sec
0 ?? 140 km / h 21.1 sec
60 ?? 100 km / h 8.0 sec
100 ?? 140 km / h 14.1 sec
Consumption in the test
Country road 4.6 l / 100 km
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