Friday, August 1, 2008

Honda Shadow Aero (VT750C8)

Make: Honda
Model: Shadow Aero VT750C8
Body type: Cruiser / Easy rider
Color: Candy Dark Red / Dunhill Red
Engine: 750cc, Liquid cool V-twin SOHC
Transmission: Wide-ratio, 5 speed
Fuel capacity: 3.7 gallons (inclusive 0.9 gallons reserved tank)


It has been almost 2 months now since Shadow is around. As of July 31, she clocked only at 75 miles. Most of the time Shadow was used for leisure ride and groceries shopping. So far, it is a great bike. Physical wise, she's a beauty. The long, low and wide fender with retro styling design really makes her stunning. Some might see her as the little sister of Harley Davidson's Fat Boy, which physically there's some resemblance (at least, from my point of view). The Dark Candy Red color with chromes really blends well together.

In terms of performance, I'm really happy with it for now. The muscular 750cc V-twin SOHC engines gives you the performance as expected. The mid-sized engine enough to drag the 550 lb bike to swoosh like a high performance cruisers on the street. I rode this bike on average speed between 40 to 55 mph. I know it can go faster than that, but I choose not to. She's a cruiser, not a superbike. You're supposedly to enjoy cruising on this bike, not race on it.

Handling the bike for a first timer is not that bad. You can adapt to its handling style after sometimes riding it. For those who are used to handling cruisers, handling Shadow is not a problem. The weight, handlebars and mid-sized engine are all in appropriate ratio.

Being a Japanese bike, the fuel consumption is really economical. In average, it can go up to 55 MPG on a normal street and up to 60 MPG for highways. That means, with a full tank, Shadow can clock an average of 200 MPG. What more can you asked? With the global increase of the price of petroleum, Shadow can really helps to streamlined your budget.

Shadow produces a reasonably loud sound from its tailpipe. It's not as loud as a Harley, but the sound that comes from the engine is really sweet for motorcycle enthusiasts. You can always upgrade to a Cobra exhaust system with K&N air filter to "sweeten" the sound. But, I choose to keep the stock exhaust system, for now.

Overall, the VT750C8 is really a great bike for rookies or experience riders. As Honda quoted, "The Honda Shadow Aero - Full-sized looks and 750cc performance without the full-sized price tag." However, I wished some other features that are lacking such as tachometer, fuel indicator and top speed / gear indicator should come together with it. Nothing major, but if these features are made available, it would be a plus point. Again, it is really a great bike!

Born to ride...

16 comments:

Olpicture said...

kena ingat tau u janji nak memboncengkan i ngan motor tu... ada helmet sedondon tak? takpe2. i leh pinjam yang Zatil punya. Muahahhahah

the cheeky wife said...

perghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

best best...colour merah...nampak fiery sgtttt

the evil genius said...

dah lama tak naik moto..planning to get a scooter balik msia..tp other half takmo...kan best mcm awie and erra dulu2

~ayoi~ said...

Oldpicture: InsyaAllah janji akan ditunaikan. Helmet sedondon mmg ada. Hehehe

Cheeky Pah: Thanks. As we said in our previous entry, kereta + motor semua red kaler.

Mr. Evil: Sekali sekala romantic apa naik motor. Luckily my other half sudi jadi my Erra Fazira. Hehehe

Apples of My Eyes said...

Hello there..lama tak jengok blog nko nih..yea lah mak pun sibuk berpantang, dgn anak2 yg semakin bertambah..tup..tup bukak blog nko..dah angkut shadow sejibik rupanya...and dude..i'm finally back to ROCK the world!!! thank god that confinement is over...by the way, did i read somewhere here that there is someone from Northeastern University?...need some intro pleaseee!!!...really need to know about the true NU & boston environs as we may be leaving in december...klu ada kenalan..senang laa sikit kan...?

Joey aka Rizal said...

Damn you...show off....jealous aku tgk bike hang. You have to convince your sponsor to extend you for PHD gak, leh kita gie travel naik motor. Malang nye, aku tak de motor lagi...nanti lah in the future.

~ayoi~ said...

Cik Puan Apple: Welcome back from berpantang. Aku keciwa ni kau tak nak dtg Uni aku. Kau punya nego skills tak meyakinkan pihak penganjur, kalau tak abis aku turunkan segala ilmu aku kat kau kalau kau dtg sini. Nak sgt dok tempat orang byk duit kat Boston tu, pegi la. Hehehe. Nanti kau email aku privately pasal kawan ku yg pernah belajar di NU tu.

Joey: Show off? No la. Ni namanya info sharing. At least nanti kau tau la bike apa nak beli. Hehehe. Tak sempat kita nak bike tour together via Rte 66 kan? Tapi baru nak masuk Fall ni, sempat lagi beli. Hahaha.

Joey aka Rizal said...

Ayoi: yea,you show off, jgn terasa. Aku jealous jer. Nice info, nanti i have to get your consultation lah when i decide to buy one gak.

~ayoi~ said...

Joey: Hehehe. Let me know when are you getting one...

marjan said...

aku pun nak beli tapi tak tau bawak... :p

zatil said...

marjan: takpe, ko leh prektis naik beskal dulu... belajar balance :P

Ahmad Fikri said...

perghhh...shadow, besarnyer V engine dier....nie sumbat Jardine Exhaust mau pekak telinga duk sebelahnie...ish2...

~ayoi~ said...

Fikri: The V-twin does make Shadow a head turner. The stock tailpipe is good enough for me for now. And Jardine's pipe? You really talking, man

Abah said...

nanti bawak balik mesia tak ni? :D
bole race ngan aku...

zatil said...

abah: tu dier nak bwk balik m'sia la tu... ;)

marjan said...

aku pun nak race gak... tapi aku pakai seribu cc... kenari leh tak?

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