Honda range includes “traditional” bikes

Honda’s Shadow range appeals to the new riders, and the more experienced alike.

FOR those who prefer traditional good looks, Honda’s range of bikes includes the classically-styled Shadow RS.
Built to appeal to a wide range of riders from newcomers to the more experienced, the Shadow RS shares the frame and engine from Honda’s popular VT750 cruiser and has been developed to deliver all-round riding enjoyment and versatile performance for commuting, weekend ride-outs and light touring.
It features a V-twin 750cc engine with a traditional air-cooled look, luxurious chrome-finished details, shining wire-spoked wheels and stylish twin mufflers. The tank shape flows back into a short, neatly chopped tail while the large front wheel creates an imposing street presence. The combination of easy handling with its retro styling really makes this bike stand apart.
The friendly riding position with a low seat height and upright position is backed up by smooth power delivery and a chassis that has been designed to give confidence inspiring handling.
A 19″ front wheel and sturdy 41mm front forks add to the feeling of precise, responsive control. At the rear, forward-tilted dual conventional dampers with adjustable spring preload provide smooth, progressive damping. These combine with a fat 150mm rear tyre to deliver excellent comfort, even over long distances or with a passenger on board. The front wheel is stopped by a large 296mm disc brake with a responsive dual-piston caliper, while the rear features a conventional 180mm drum brake. Together, they supply assured stopping power that complements the bike’s easy, proficient control.
The robust and dependable liquid-cooled V-twin engine pumps out strong power over a broad rpm range. Easy starting, instant throttle response and smooth, satisfying acceleration are assured by Honda’s PGM Fuel Injection system and an idle air control valve which precisely controls incoming air for smooth idling operation. Fuel flow is also accurately monitored to optimise efficiency, ensuring fuel consumption and emissions are kept low. Power delivery is focused in the low and mid range, creating a satisfying experience of power that is easy to control. Close-ratio transmission delivers powerful acceleration from anywhere in the engine’s power range, ensuring plenty of riding enjoyment. The engine is compact enough to allow the low seat height and its power is delivered to the rear wheel by a lightweight chain drive.
The Shadow RS makes its debut in a grey metallic colour that enhances the sleek lines of its bodywork and the strong impact of its black-painted engine. This creates an impressive contrast to the gleaming dual exhaust pipes and the chromed headlight cover, grab rail and air cleaner cover that highlight its traditional appeal.

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