2017 Honda Shadow Phantom 750 Review of Specs / Features | Blacked Out Cruiser / Motorcycle (VT750C2BH)
– Detailed 2017 Shadow Phantom Cruiser / Motorcycle Review of Specs & Features (VT750C2B = Phantom) –
Let’s take a look at one of Honda’s most popular cruisers in the 2017 motorcycle model lineup – the 2017 Shadow Phantom 750 (VT750C2BH) . The Shadow Phantom® celebrates the joy of back-to-basics motorcycling by delivering a V-twin ride packing a uniquely clean and uncluttered appearance. By staking out the low-profile approach to cool, the Shadow Phantom reinforces the idea that bling ain’t everything in a bike. If you want people to listen to you, a whisper can be louder than a shout. That’s the idea here: If you want to stand out in a world full of chrome and bright colors, maybe more chrome isn’t the answer. Maybe less is. Take one look at the Honda Shadow Phantom and you’re going to know that’s true. The Phantom is for riders who want a great bike, who love to ride and who want to make a powerful statement. Its blacked-out 745cc V-twin engine, black rims, bobbed fenders, spoked wheels and beefy front fork all set it apart from most of the other customs on the road.
- 2017 Honda Shadow Phantom Price / MSRP: $7,699
- 2017 Shadow Phantom 750 Horsepower: 44.6 HP @ 5,500 RPM (33.5kW/5,500min)
- 2017 Shadow Phantom 750 Torque: 47.9 lb ft TQ @ 3,500 RPM (65Nm/3,500min)
- 2017 Shadow Phantom 750 MPG: 56 Miles Per Gallon
- 2017 Shadow Phantom 750 Colors: Matte Black Metallic
- 2017 Shadow Phantom 750 Model ID: VT750C2BH
- 2017 Shadow Phantom 750 Weight: 549 lbs (curb weight = full of gas etc)
- * For more detailed specifications scroll down to the bottom of the page…
There’s No Substitute for V-Twin Power – The Shadow Phantom’s 745cc V-twin engine features Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI), ensuring easy cold-weather starting and seamless, all-condition fuel delivery.
The Phantom Look – Black engine, frame, rims and handlebar—black everything—that’s the Phantom’s trademark look.
Engineered for the Long Run – The Phantom’s durable and virtually maintenance-free shaft final drive ensures smooth, dependable power delivery to the asphalt. No hassles, no grease flying everywhere. Just smooth, quiet power transfer.
In 2007 Honda launched the popular VT750C2 Shadow. Based on the VT750 Shadow, it took similar design cues from classic cruiser tradition. However, the VT750C2 Shadow Phantom took the concept a step further with more traditional street rod styling, a leaner, meaner profile and a riding position that submerged the rider deep down in the bike for a full experience of the engine’s power. A new PGM-FI fuel injection system intensified the ride while improving fuel efficiency and emissions, and a large 17″ front wheel gave it an unmistakable presence on the street.
In 2010 Honda proudly introduced the Phantom, an intense variation on the Shadow Spirit theme with authentic bobber styling and a pure, minimalistic spirit. In one basic color, its bold character made its beefy performance and easy ownership all the more pleasurable. Over the years the Phantom has went unchanged except for the addition of new color options and variations each year. For 2017 the Shadow Phantom returns in Matte Black Metallic similar to what was used back in 2012 but this time around Honda has blacked out a few other miscellaneous pieces too that were originally a bronze’ish color.
The Shadow Phantom is based around a low, triangular profile that places the rider in the middle of the ride, and is accentuated with exclusive styling details. Proven technologies ease handling and usability, and deliver a highly involving yet relaxed ride. The fuel injection system is tuned for smooth, responsive control, allowing riders to enjoy the engine’s power. The maintenance-free shaft drive and reliable liquid-cooled engine mean stress-free ownership.
Riding the Phantom is a stirring experience, and its aggressive attitude and streetwise confidence create their own authority on the street.
Shadow 750 Engine
The power at the heart of the VT750C2B Phantom is supplied by the same 750cc liquid-cooled fuel-injected engine used in the VT750C2 Shadow that pumps out 44.6 horsepower and 47.9 lb/ft of torque. Its delivery is tuned for deep, rumbling pulses of power and torque. Accessibility and dependability are also essential to the VT750C2B experience, and the fuel injection system has been developed for quick throttle response and maximum fuel economy that comes in at 56 MPG.
The liquid-cooled 52° V-twin engine powering the Shadow Phantom is a time-proven standard of Honda excellence, essentially the same configuration that provides strong, dependable power to all our 750cc V-twin cruisers. Its compact shape allows the frame’s central backbone to be lowered, facilitating the cruiser’s long-and-low profile. The engine features a long-stroke, single-pin crankshaft configuration and optimal mass to enhance the feel of its low rpm torque peak. Efficient combustion and instant power thrusts are provided by SOHC three-valve cylinder heads with dual spark plugs, while close-ratio transmission delivers strong, exhilarating acceleration from anywhere in the engine’s power range. The sensation of strong, direct power delivery to the rear wheel is down to the machine’s enclosed shaft final drive. Requiring only minimal maintenance, the shaft drive operates smoothly and quietly while enhancing the feel of the engine’s power.
The VT750C2B Phantom is equipped with a highly developed Honda PGM-FI fuel injection system, featuring an idle air control valve which precisely controls incoming air for smooth idling operation. The system ensures easy starting, instant throttle response and smooth, satisfying thrusts of acceleration. With accurate fuel flow monitoring, efficiency is also optimized, keeping both emissions and fuel consumption low.
The chrome-plated dual shotugun exhaust pipes that accentuate the length of the Phantom chassis are more than just a visual accent on its street rod styling. They also pump out an exhilarating sound that combines with the throbbing feel of the engine to create an exciting ride sensation.
Each exhaust pipe is fitted with an oxygen sensor that feeds data to the fuel injection system’s ECU and a HECS3 (Honda Evolutional Catalyzing System) low emissions system. This strictly regulates exhaust gases while still maintaining the engine’s capable performance and thrilling sound.
For its design inspiration the Phantom went back to its custom roots. Its clipped rear fender, triangulated profile and thumping engine acknowledge a heritage that reaches back for decades.
To true custom bike aficionados, style is important and any lapse in attention to detail is unforgivable. The Shadow Phantom is a perfectly turned-out celebration of an iconic style and culture. From its bobbed tail to its assertive front wheel, every contour is carefully styled. Its bold, kicked-out forks and raised handlebars provide the point of focus from which it leans back into a long, tapered tank.
The instrument panel is placed on top of the tank. It features a large, easily readable speedometer dial, a compact assembly of practical gauges and indicator lights and an eye-catching silver-painted cover. The seat is easily the lowest in the 750cc cruiser class and creates a deep riding position that allows an easy reach to the grips and a laid-back cruiser feel.
The engine’s power is contained in a slim, lightweight and rigid double-cradle steel frame that is both responsive and easy to handle. A large-diameter single tube backbone and pressed steel pivot plates combine in a low overall chassis height, allowing for low tank and seat positioning. The seat rails and chopped rear fender are supported by a cast sub-frame. The frame design is an important contributor to the sensational ride quality, transmitting enough primary vibration to maximize enjoyment of the engine’s performance without allowing it to become uncomfortable.
The extended 41mm front fork and 17″ front wheel create a remarkably responsive and comfortable package. On the left side, the shaft drive is integrated with the swingarm adding to the clean and simple look. The exposed rear shock absorbers are tilted forward, providing progressive damping and a comfortable ride with precise control. A fat 160mm rear tire emphasizes the sporty custom styling as well as adding to comfort. The powerful brakes perform with smooth efficiency. A large-diameter 296mm front disc with a responsive dual-piston caliper is paired with a conventional 180mm leading/trailing drum brake at the rear.
Features & Innovations
- V-Twin Engine Nothing pumps out the torque like a big V-twin. The Phantom’s power makes it perfect for both around-town cruising, commutes and casual weekend-long rides.
- Five-Speed Transmission Wide-ratio five-speed transmission lets you cruise the boulevard at a low, unhurried pace, yet allows you hop on the highway without revving the engine through the roof.
- Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) Forget about fiddling with a choke—the Shadow’s fuel injection system means no-hassle startups on cold mornings or at high altitudes, and optimal performance in any condition.
- 2-into-2 Exhaust System Sleek pipes feature bullet-style mufflers for that classic cruiser style of yesteryear. Large-diameter head pipes and 2-into-2 system design combine to put out true, V-twin cruiser sound.
- Low Seat Height Skimming the pavement at just 25.7 inches, the Phantom’s low seat height makes flat-footing it at stoplights or in parking lots a breeze. And the Phantom’s narrow seat/tank junction makes it feel even lower.
- Gunfighter Saddle Sleek, one-piece gunfighter-type seat is comfortable and looks great too.
- Spoked Wheels Spoked black wheels and hubs feature a 120/90-17 front tire and 160/80-15 rear tire to complete the overall custom look.
- Shorty Front Fender Minimalist front fender gives the Shadow Phantom a lighter, cleaner, more progressive look.
- Front-Disc Brake If there’s one place you don’t want retro performance, it’s your brakes. That’s why Honda gave the Shadow Phantom a 296mm front disc clamped by a twin-piston caliper with sintered metal pads for distinctly modern stopping power. Rear brake is drum type.
- Front Suspension Sturdy and responsive 41mm front fork features large-diameter matte finished shrouds and large billet-aluminum triple-clamp for a distinctive look. Delivers confident, neutral handling.
- Rear Suspension Dual-shock rear suspension features five-position spring preload adjustability for a smooth ride.
- Stylish Finish Bobber-inspired styling with extensive blacked-out and matte finishes.
- Shaft Final Drive With the Shadow Phantom’s driveshaft you do not have to worry about the added maintenance of a chain or belt-drive. The shaft final-drive system helps provide a smooth and reliable low-maintenance option compared to other chain and belt-drive motorcycles on the market.
- Three-Valve Dual-Plug Combustion Chamber
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2017 Honda Shadow Phantom
The Honda Shadow is a classic styled, entry-level, standard cruiser built for riders seeking an affordable, comfortable, moderately powerful, and reliable motorcycle capable of tackling the everyday commute or long distance weekend trips.
The Honda Shadow is powered by a liquid cooled 745cc, 58-degree, V-Twin engine. In conjunction with the wide-ratio, 5-speed transmission, riders can expect smooth, predictable power at highway cruising speeds and a considerable grunt in stop and go traffic. To enable effortless maintenance and reliability, the Honda Shadow is fitted with a shaft drive so you can focus more on riding and less on chain cleaning.
Additional features include spoked rims, full or chopped fenders, adjustable rear suspension (preload), chrome mufflers, and a generous low seat height of 25.7 inches.
The Honda Shadow comes in two variants, the Honda Shadow Aero ($7,499) and the Honda Shadow Phantom ($7,699). The Shadow Aero is available in one color: Candy Red. The Shadow Phantom is available in one color: Matte Black Metallic.
2017 Honda Shadow Phantom Specs and Pricing
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“The Honda Shadow 750 hasn’t seen many updates over the years, so while it is still a capable middle-of-the-road cruiser, it’s a little vanilla and could use some updating.” Morgan Gales - Editor, Street Chopper Magazine
2015 - 2017 Honda Shadow Phantom
In its promotion of the Shadow->ke1737 Phantom, Honda->ke291 wants me to embrace my dark side; but I already do embrace it. I have a safe word and everything. Of course, the “Red Riders” aren't talking about whips and chains inside a ten-foot-tall leather tent (though one can always hope...), and I don't expect to see any gimp suit-style riding apparel anytime soon, but I do see what the factory means.
The Phantom certainly carries a dark panache that raises the specter (forgive the pun) of the outlaw blackout look that has been picking up popular momentum over the last five years or so. Will Honda offer anything in the Shadow Phantom to make me use my safe word?
Continue reading for my review of the Honda Shadow Phantom.
- Make: Honda
- Model: 2015 - 2017 Honda Shadow Phantom
- Engine/Motor: Liquid-cooled 52 degrees V-twin
Honda is certainly going for that "boulevard bruiser" look. I like the not-quite-26-inch seat height and the narrow 'waist' at the seat-tank junction. As a height-challenged person, being able to sit on the bike and put my feet down is a plus. The 549-pound curb weight is a plus for me as a woman with not a lot of upper body strength to muscle around a heavy bike.
I also like the gunfighter-style seat, but that's about it. While the idea of making a more powerful impact by not going for colorful paint and chrome bling can be a strong statement, it completely misses the mark for me in the Shadow Phantom. The finish isn't as elegant as one might have hoped, and I'm not really feeling the sheen of the semi-matte paint, it just comes off looking a trifle cheap.
Oh, and a flanged fuel tank in this day and age? Really guys? To be fair, these issues are really only readily apparent upon close inspection, and once you back your perspective off 50 feet or so where only the overall generalities are apparent, that negative impression lessens quite a bit.
There is nothing extraordinary or groundbreaking about the chassis -- just the standard, tubular-steel fare set up in the ubiquitous double-downtube/double cradle configuration, and while that might be a bit boring, it's safe, and it fits the look the factory was going for.
The steering head is set for a 34-degree rake with a whopping 6.3 inches of trail; stellar numbers for stability at speed, but sure to feel a little reluctant in the corners especially with the width of the 120/90 front and 160/80 rear tires factored into the equation. One thing Honda definitely got right however, is the laced rims. To me, nothing says class like good, old-fashioned, tensioned-spoke rims, and the 17-inch front and 15-inch rear adds a little asymmetry to the mix that seems to accentuate the low-and-dirty look of the rear end.
Fat, 41 mm, rwu front forks float the front end on 4.6 inches of travel, and lend a heaping helping of visual weight to the front of the bike that plays right into the Boulevard Bruiser stereotype. Dual, coil-over shocks float the rear end on 3.5 inches of travel, and come with the usual preload adjustment; the only adjustable suspension parameter on the whole bike.
Honda's choice of brake components kind of swings the perceived quality downhill a bit. Even though the front disc is big enough at 296 mm, there's only one of them, with a mere, twin-pot caliper on binding duties. To make matters worse, Honda used a mechanical drum on the rear wheel, and that's nearly inexcusable on a bike that weighs in at 549 pounds wet, plus rider/passenger/cargo . Like I said, it looks ok, but only if one doesn't look too closely.
It's no secret that we Americans like us some V-twin action driving our cruising->ke392 machines, and Honda obliged with a 52-degree jug angle that looks fairly natural to Western eyes. The bore and stroke measurements reveal a nearly square engine at 79 mm and 76 mm, respectively, and a SOHC-type valvetrain actuates the three-valve heads and keeps the exterior free of external pushrod tubes.
While the engine might look better in an air-cooled configuration, there can be no doubt that liquid cooling helps keep temps more stable, especially in heavy traffic situations. Too bad the radiator is so visible, but meh, we don't get to have it both ways.
To meet EPA and CARB emissions standards, Honda feeds the beast through a 34 mm throttle body with an auto-enrichener circuit for reliable cold starts and a stable idle. This delivers around 56 mpg, depending on weight, riding style and altitude of course.
Essentially the same bike Honda's been selling since 2011, the 2015 Shadow Phantom -- in Black or Light Silver Metallic -- starts at $7,499 and that price held for 2016. MSRP hasn't been announced yet for 2017, but I expect it to be the same.
There were a few ways I could go with this. My first thought was going with a Fat Boy->ke2785 from Harley-Davidson->ke300 , which seems like the bike Honda wanted to emulate; but let's face it, hands down it's no competition. Let me cast a wider net and look at something that has the look and maybe sits on the same playing field as the Shadow Phantom -- the Boulevard C50 B.O.S.S. from Suzuki->ke371 . Yes, I know Suzuki didn't bring that Boulevard forward to 2015, but so what?
While both bikes go for the same, blackout American custom look, they each come with their own spin. Similarities include a dash-mount instrument panel that defines the start of the upper lines before diving off down to deeply scooped saddles, and though the beefy P-pad on the C50 certainly looks to be the more comfortable of the two, the tapered seat on the Shadow just plain looks cooler.
Both sport beefy front ends, and Suzuki adds a bit of flair with flared fenders and turns right around and mounts mag wheels which kind of ruins the retro-cool factor. The Shadow, on the other hand, comes with rather plain fenders, but over the fabulous laced wheels. Oh, and as for the swingarm, Honda runs with a traditional, conventional yoke with external shocks, while Suzuki pulls a page from Harley's playbook with a rigid-looking, triangular swingarm. Like I said, it's kind of a mixed bag, and neither exactly nails it. Chassis considerations are too close to belabor here, but I would be remiss if I didn't point out that both bikes run drum brakes, to my unending disappointment. Like I said -- same playing field.
For the most part the motors are very similar as well, but Suzuki went to the trouble of building a 45-degree V-twin, where Honda was satisfied with a 52-degree layout. It's worth mentioning here that the American standard is 45 degrees, and so the Suzuki really nails the target look with the mill. Beyond that we are looking at liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, SOHC mills with very little to choose between the two.
Honda comes out ahead at checkout, though. At only $7,499, the Shadow Phantom takes some wind out of the C50's sails with its $8,699 sticker, and while $1,200 isn't that much of a difference when discussing a 20-thousand-dollar ride, it represents a significant chunk this far below 10K.
My husband and fellow writer, TJ Hinton, says, "The Honda Shadow->ke1737 family is a well-established line of bikes with plenty of fans. However, if I were looking for a mid-size cruiser, I'd spend a little more and look at a Harley Big-Twin of some sort. I kind of feel like the Shadow Phantom is akin to a work of art in that in order to look good, it must be viewed from something of a distance."
"For those of you that read to the end, hoping to discover my safe word, I'm sorry to say you'll be disappointed. Honda wants you to believe you'll be cool and chicks will dig you if you ride this bike, but I'm not feeling it. The Shadow Phantom is a cruising bike by design, and that's fine, but I'm far from impressed. With the seat low and the foot pegs forward just enough so you don't have to stretch for them, this makes for a laid-back, easy-cruisin' posture. Think "Easy Rider" but without the open road. I like the low seat height and relatively light weight, but overall it just seems like a wanna-be. Still, you can't ignore the fact that the Shadow Phantom is less than half the price of a Fat Boy."
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2017 Honda Shadow Phantom Features and Benefits
The Shadow Phantom® celebrates the joy of back-to-basics motorcycling by delivering a V-twin ride packing a uniquely clean and uncluttered appearance. Check out the minimalist look and extensive blackout treatment that bring your eyeballs back to that very cool 745cc V-twin engine, featuring the convenience and sophistication of Programmed Fuel Injection. By staking out the low-profile approach to cool, the Shadow Phantom reinforces the idea that bling ain't everything in a bike.
- Bobber-inspired styling with extensive blacked-out and matte finishes.
- Minimalist front fender.
- Handlebar shape enhances bobber styling.
- Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) for good throttle response and fuel efficiency.
- Spoke black wheels and hubs feature a 120/90-17 front tire and 160/80-15 rear tire to complete the overall custom look.
- Low 25.8 inch seat height.
- Sleek, one-piece gunfighter-type seat.
- Tank-mounted speedometer in a stylish 3.7 gallon fuel tank.
- 745cc liquid-cooled V-twin engine produces impressive power over a broad rpm range.
- Crankshaft features long-stroke design to produce strong V-twin feel and low-rpm torque peak.
- Three-Valve Dual-Plug Combustion Chamber.
- Wide-ratio five-speed transmission.
- Sturdy and responsive 41mm fork features large-diameter matte-finished shrouds and large billet-aluminum triple clamp for a distinctive look, and delivers confident, neutral handling.
- Dual-shock rear suspension features five-position spring preload adjustability for a smooth ride.
- Single front disc brake with twin-piston caliper grips a 296mm drilled rotor between sintered metal pads. Rear brake is drum type.
- Shaft final-drive system provides smooth and reliable low-maintenance operation.
Transferable one-year, unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.
Honda Genuine Accessories Boulevard Screen (smoke), Custom Rider Seat, Solo Rider Rear Carrier, Backrest (tall/low), Rear Carrier, Backrest/Rear Carrier Mounting Brackets, Tank Belt (plain/studded), Saddlebags, Saddlebag Supports, Saddlebag Liner Set, Touring Bag (plain/studded/fringed), Front Pouch (plain/studded), Cycle Cover
WARRANTY: Because we're so confident in the quality of each of our Honda Genuine Accessories, we're pleased to offer one of the best warranties in the industry. One-year warranty begins on the day accessories are purchased by the customer.
- Meets current CARB and EPA standards.
- Models sold in California meet current CARB standards and may differ slightly due to emissions equipment.
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2018 Honda Shadow Phantom Review
LOW PROFILE APPROACH TO COOL.
2018 honda shadow phantom review on total motorcycle :.
The Shadow Phantom® celebrates the joy of back-to-basics motorcycling by delivering a V-twin ride packing a uniquely clean and uncluttered appearance. Check out the minimalist look and extensive blackout treatment that bring your eyeballs back to that very cool 745cc V-twin engine, featuring the convenience and sophistication of Programmed Fuel Injection. By staking out the low-profile approach to cool, the Shadow Phantom reinforces the idea that bling isn’t everything in a bike.
2018 Honda Shadow Phantom Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
2018 honda shadow phantom totalmotorcycle.com features and benefits.
Engine/Drivetrain •745cc liquid-cooled V-twin engine produces impressive power over a broad rpm range. •Crankshaft features long-stroke design to produce strong V-twin feel and low-rpm torque peak. •Three-Valve Dual-Plug Combustion Chamber. •Wide-ratio five-speed transmission. •Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) for good throttle response and fuel efficiency.
Chassis/Suspension •Bobber-inspired styling with extensive blacked-out and matte finishes. •Minimalist front fender. •Handlebar shape enhances bobber styling. •Sturdy and responsive 41mm fork features large-diameter matte-finished shrouds and large billet-aluminum triple clamp for a distinctive look, and delivers confident, neutral handling. •Dual-shock rear suspension features five-position spring preload adjustability for a smooth ride. •Single front disc brake with twin-piston caliper grips a 296mm drilled rotor between sintered metal pads. Rear brake is drum type. •Shaft final-drive system provides smooth and reliable low-maintenance operation. •Spoke black wheels and hubs feature a 120/90-17 front tire and 160/80-15 rear tire to complete the overall custom look. •Low 25.8 inch seat height. •Sleek, one-piece gunfighter-type seat. •Tank-mounted speedometer in a stylish 3.7 gallon fuel tank.
Transferable one-year, unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.
Honda Accessories Boulevard Screen (smoke), Custom Rider Seat, Solo Rider Rear Carrier, Backrest (tall/low), Rear Carrier, Backrest/Rear Carrier Mounting Brackets, Tank Belt (plain/studded), Saddlebags, Saddlebag Supports, Saddlebag Liner Set, Touring Bag (plain/studded/fringed), Front Pouch (plain/studded), Cycle Cover
WARRANTY: Because we are so confident in the quality of each of our Honda Accessories, we are pleased to offer one of the best warranties in the industry. One-year warranty begins on the day accessories are purchased by the customer. •Meets current CARB and EPA standards. •Models sold in California meet current CARB standards and may differ slightly due to emissions equipment.
2018 Honda Shadow Phantom – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details US MSRP Price: $ USD
Type 745cc liquid-cooled 52º V-twin
Valve Train SOHC; three valves per cylinder
Bore x Stroke 79.0mm x 76.0mm
Compression Ratio 9.6:1
Induction PGM-FI w/ automatic enrichment, one 34mm throttle body
Ignition Digital w/ 3D mapping, two spark plugs per cylinder
Transmission Wide-ratio five-speed
Clutch Multiplate wet
Final Drive Shaft
Front 41mm telescopic fork; 4.6 in. travel
Rear Dual shocks w/ five-position spring preload adjustability; 3.5 in. travel
Front Single 296mm disc w/ twin-piston caliper
Rear 180mm drum
Rake (Caster Angle) 34°
Trail 161mm (6.3 in.)
Seat Height 25.8 in.
Ground Clearance 5.1 in.
Wheelbase 64.6 in.
Fuel Capacity 3.7 gal., incl. 0.9-gal. reserve
Color Matte Black Metallic
Curb Weight* 549 lbs.
*Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel—ready to ride
Meets current EPA and CARB emissions standards
2018 Honda Shadow Phantom – Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details Canada MSRP Price: $ CDN
2018 honda shadow phantom – totalmotorcycle.com european specifications/technical details europe/uk msrp price: £ gbp (on the road inc 20% vat).
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Honda Shadow Phantom: Beginner Bike Profile + Owner Reviews
A True Japanese Classic
Shaking in their biker boots! That’s what the Honda Shadow caused in a certain head office in Milwaukee back in 1983. The fear was such that by 1984 the US government introduced tariff restrictions on imported Japanese bikes over 701 cc. Clearly, it would take more than that to stop this legend in the making.
The Honda Shadow in all its various forms during the last 38 years, has proven that a 750cc V-Twin cruiser really is an amazing ride. Over a 10 year run, the Honda Shadow Phantom brings the joy of back-to-basics riding within reach of new and experienced riders. With a torquey 745cc V-twin engine, and a clean uncluttered look accented by an extensive blackout treatment the Shadow Phantom is worthy of consideration for the cruiser crowd wanting to stick to a sensible budget .
Our Take: Why You Should Buy A Shadow Phantom
V-Twin cruisers are massively popular in North America, but why are some just so much more popular than others? Here are the basics of the secret sauce, you have to look damn good, you have to come with some power, and you need…… that sound.
Honda ticks each of those boxes with the Shadow Phantom plus, it is far lighter than its American peers, the 745cc engine is renowned for its reliability, and the bike is smooth. Buttery smooth power delivery, silky smooth gear changes, and from heels to hands hardly a negative vibration is felt.
The Shadow Phantom is longer and lower than many realize when they first approach one, but the low saddle and always good ergonomics from Honda give riders natural confidence to push the bike off its stand. A Phantom is all about keeping things simple, hence the clean lines that really look great with the black finishes. The fat tire look definitely creates a substantialness to the whole esthetic, but once rolling riders find the easy-handling traits Hondas are known for.
Traditional elements are retained on the Phantom. The classic fuel tank carries the simple gauge cluster showing only the speed and mileage. The front fork has a 34° rake and leads to a classic wire-spoke wheel and a single 296mm disc with a twin-piston caliper. At the rear, classic dual outboard shocks control the shaft-driven rear wheel, which is stopped with a traditional drum brake.
Honda has years of refinement into this package and that should matter to a new rider. The low seat height of 25.8 inches allows confident foot planting to the ground. The 745cc liquid-cooled V-Twin is practically unbreakable and churns out 48 lb-ft of torque to push the 549 lb machine with ease. Power to handle long road trips, 2-up riding, anything you want to throw at it, the Phantom takes in stride and all without a single element of intimidation just sweet sounds from the exhaust.
Bottom line: To be a legend in the Cruiser bike world doesn’t require 100 plus cubic inches, and 800 plus pounds of chrome. 38 years of 750cc V-Twins out of Japan, have made this beyond clear. Honda stereotypes exist because of bikes like the Shadow Phantom. It has the right look from every angle and backs it up with power, comfort, handling, and reliability. That is how you walk the walk and talk the talk. It is very hard to find fault with recommending a Shadow Phantom to new riders.
Reasons to buy the Shadow Phantom:
- V-Twin power
- Smooth shaft drive that is darn near maintenance-free
- The low seat height inspires confidence
- Great exhaust note with more rumble than expected
- The styling is on point
- The fat tires and blacked-out design looks great
- Affordable and holds its value well
Reasons not to buy the Shadow Phantom:
- If you are wanting any tech features you won’t find them here
- I know it’s a classic feature to have a drum brake…but really?
- Where’s the ABS? It is finally optional in 2018
Production Run & Notable Model-Year Changes
Production run & model generations.
Introduced in 2017 the Rebel is a clean, modern, Bobber-style bike.
First Generation – Shadow Phantom (2010-2020)
- Clean lines and cool looks influenced by “bobber” styling
- 745cc liquid-cooled 52º V-twin.
- Extensive blackout treatment
Owner Reviews of the Honda Shadow Phantom
Press & Magazines
Road test: 2010 honda shadow phantom, rs.
“What really is authentic, however, is that the Phantom is the best of Honda’s Shadows to ride. Perhaps it’s the 120/90-17 front tire that adds a little gravitas to its handling or the new fuel injection that adds to its throttle response, but the Phantom performs beyond its smallish 745 cubic centimeters. The 52-degree V-twin should have little trouble keeping up with some of the competitors’ 800-cc and 900-cc competition.”
– Driving.ca – David Booth – April 9, 2010
Here’s What Makes The Honda Shadow Phantom A Good Beginner Bike
“It is quite rare for people to go for a cruiser as their learner motorcycle, but Honda has given an eased-out approach that makes it even more soothing to just jump on one and worry about nothing. In fact, the Honda Shadow Phantom has been made popular, even by new lady-riders across the globe, thus showcasing its beginner-friendly characteristics.”
– Hotcars.com – Tijo Tenson – January 2021
2019 Harley Sportster Superlow vs. 2019 Honda Shadow Phantom
“Although it has a long wheelbase and an extremely relaxed rake, in addition to decidedly non-sporting ergonomics, the Honda Shadow Phantom does better in the corners than you might expect. As it’s low to the ground, it doesn’t demand much to initiate a turn, and the 15-/17-inch wheel combo helps turn-in.”
– Ultimate Motorcycling – Don Williams -June 7, 2019
What Owners Like
- The looks – Classic blacked out cruiser
- Riding comfort – Honda ergonomics seem to suit a wide variety of bodies
- The power – hard to beat V-Twin torque
- Fuel efficiency owners report up to 56 mpg with easy cruising
- The Sound – the exhaust note carries a surprising rumble
What Owners Complain About
- The rear drum brake is weak
- Not many color choices
- So smooth and capable it’s almost boring
The Bottom Line
It is a Honda, with that comes a set of expectations and the Shadow Phantom lives up to them all. It is a great-looking bike, but it doesn’t shout look at me. It has the power to match the looks and delivers it with typical Honda smoothness and reliability.
When compared to the competition, the Shadow Phantom will always be near the front of the pack. Doesn’t matter if you are talking performance, looks, sound, or comfort the Honda Shadow Phantom will run with the best of them and do so at a lower price and more reliably.
For 38 years Honda has been putting new riders onto its 750cc cruisers, that is the sort of sales record that shows they have this figured out. It is no secret there are many choices when shopping for a cruiser bike under $9000, I found plenty of clean low mileage used Phantoms around $5000. When measuring smiles per dollar, it is awfully hard to go wrong with the Phantom.
Honda Shadow Phantom Competitors
If you’re looking at a Shadow Phantom, you may also want to check out:
- Indian Scout Sixty
- Harley-Davidson Sportster Superlow
Honda Shadow Phantom Specifications
The important specs are listed below. See the Wikipedia page for more detailed specifications.
Honda Shadow Phantom Communities & Resources
- Honda Shadow Phantom Facebook Group
- Shadow Owners Clubs Worldwide on Facebook
Blogs & Wikis
- TJ Brutal Customs
Honda Shadow Phantom Photo Gallery
Japan Cars Manufacturer
2017 honda shadow phantom review, price, specs.
The 2017 Honda Shadow Phantom doesn’t need any introduction as the bike has made its presence felt throughout the auto industry. With several generational changes, the Honda has let this model grow and evolve elegantly. With its 2017 generational change, the Shadow Phantom brings forth redefined styling and improvements in performance. The Honda definitely looks to cope up with modern market requisites and take on its nearest competitors.
2017 Honda Shadow Phantom – Beautiful Styling
This new 2017 Honda Shadow Phantom wears a blackened chassis along with bodywork which projects a striking contrast. The chrome finished exhaust, front fenders, and mirrors – Honda has gone the distance to maintain aesthetics. The bike also sports a revised seat unit which now has a Gunfighter-type styling. The driver’s seat height measures 25.8 inches along with a narrow seat/tank junction. This seat opens up space for a passenger over the rear fender.
As compared to the previous-gen model, the 2017 Shadow Phantom sports a short front fender with a cleaner and uniform look. The headlight’s design now looks crisper which complements its classic profile.
The bodywork of this cruiser has been embodied in a standard tubular steel frame which has a double-downtube/double-cradle configuration. The stellar improvements in stability are brought out by the steering head’s 34˚ rake and an impressive 6.3 inches of trail.
As to the tires, the 160/8 rear and 120/90 front are factored into the equation for convenient cornerings (especially at low speeds). The 17-inch front and 15-inch rear wheels integrate tensioned-spoke rims which display a classic styling.
Further details include:
- Curb Weight – 549 lbs
- Length – 94.3 inches
- Height – 43.9 inches
- Width – 32.9 inches
- Ground Clearance – 5.1 inches
- Seat Height – 25.8 inches
- Wheelbase – 64.6 inches
One of the sole factors that contribute to improved handling and the overall performance is the revised suspension of 2017 Honda Shadow Phantom. To be specific, the front portion incorporates a fork-type unit which measures 41 mm. This rear unit also allows a full 4.6 inches of travel. The Honda has used dual shocks which have five-position spring preload adjustability and 3.5 inches of travel here.
2017 Honda Shadow Phantom – Engine Specifications
The 2017 Honda Shadow Phantom uses a 745cc liquid-cooled V-twin engine which has a 52˚ mount. This engine has a three-valve dual plug combustion chamber which helps in breathing sufficient air via the two intake valves. This efficient air supply not only boosts output but also improves fuel efficiency.
The engine’s digital ignition system includes two spark plugs in each cylinder along with 3D mapping function. Other details include:
- Valve Train – SOHC, three valves per cylinder
- Compression Ratio – 9.6:1
- Bore and Stroke – 79 mm × 76 mm
- Transmission – 5-speed wide ratio
- Induction – PGM-FI, single 34 mm throttle body and automatic enrichment circuit
- Final Drive – Shaft
- Fuel Economy – 56 mpg
- Emissions – EPA and CARB
2017 Honda Shadow Phantom – Competitors, Colors and Price
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2024 Honda Shadow Phantom Review | First Ride
A Spirited Phantom Ride
When something has been around for four decades, it’s usually because of a combination of inherent quality and general likability. Take a look at Rider magazine, for example. Next year, we celebrate our 50th birthday. There’s a reason for that. But quality doesn’t live in a vacuum. To survive – and even better, to thrive – there has to be change. Honda has succeeded in finding the next step in the evolution of the Honda Shadow Phantom, and the company hopes the changes, combined with a 40-year history, will help the bobber-style bike succeed in the middleweight cruiser market.
The Spirit of 750
The Honda Shadow was introduced in 1983 with two options. The larger of the two cruisers featured a liquid-cooled 745cc 45-degree V-Twin with SOHC and 3 valves per cylinder. It had a 6-speed gearbox, a slipper clutch, and shaft final drive. More than 19,000 Shadow 750s were sold that year.
Related: Retrospective – 1988 Honda VT800C Shadow
There were several other chapters in the Shadow story, but if we’re following the lineage to the Phantom, significant mileposts included the shift to a 52-degree V-Twin in 1988 with the 583cc Shadow VLX. The 52-degree V found its way to the larger displacement 750cc Shadow ACE in 1998, which dropped down to a 5-speed gearbox, chain final drive, and no slipper clutch. The Shadow Phantom was introduced in 2010 with blacked-out styling (the exhaust was still chrome), the introduction of fuel injection, and a return to shaft drive.
The 2024 Honda Shadow Phantom sees the blacked-out styling now carried through the exhaust – a good look that represents a more modern appeal. It still features a liquid-cooled 745cc 52-degree V-Twin, but machine-cut cylinder head fins add a nice visual contrast that makes the engine pop. There’s also a new two-tone paint scheme on the tank (Deep Pearl Gray or Orange Metallic), LED turnsignals, fork boots, shortened fenders, and a new single seat (a passenger seat and footpegs are available as accessories).
Colin Miller, American Honda assistant manager of public relations, said members of Generations Y and Z are more attracted to Honda’s Rebel platform, partially because of its more aggressive styling, and Honda is leveraging some of that style with the Shadow Phantom. Whereas the Shadow Aero still has the more laid-back appearance of a traditional cruiser with a swept-back handlebar and more relaxed seating, the revamped Phantom takes a more contemporary approach, with a new handlebar and clamp that puts the rider in more aggressive forward position. A graphic during the presentation showed the handlebar position close to that of the Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight.
And from a customization standpoint, while the previous model’s rear fender and license plate holder was one piece that had to be cut if a customer wanted to make changes, the holder on the new model can be unbolted to aid customization.
Another significant update to the Phantom is its stopping power. Braking in the front is still provided by a 2-piston caliper gripping a 296mm disc, but the previous rear brake drum has been replaced by a 276mm disc and 2-piston caliper, and a new ABS version is available for an extra $300.
Front suspension travel has been increased by half an inch (to 5.1 inches) but remains the same 3.5 inches in the rear courtesy of dual shocks with five-position spring-preload adjustability. Otherwise, seat height is essentially the same at a very cruiser-like 25.6 inches. Even though fuel capacity has been bumped 0.2 gallon to 3.9, curb weight of the 2024 model is 6 lb lighter at 543 lb.
Unlocking the Phantom Zone
The middleweight cruiser market exploded during the Covid pandemic. The wave crested in 2021, but Miller said Honda is hoping the Shadow Phantom will bring in both new riders and existing cruiser fans looking for something new. I don’t know about the younger generation – in more ways than just their riding preferences – but I can say this Gen X cruiser guy sure enjoyed the ride.
The first thing I noticed when firing up the bike was the rumble, which was surprisingly satisfying for a Japanese bike with the stock exhaust. The Phantom continued to impress as we rolled through the streets of San Dimas, California. When we tested the 2013 Shadow Aero, it made 44.7 lb-ft of peak torque at the rear wheel, with more than 40 lb-ft available between 2,200 and 5,000 rpm. I appreciated that level of low-end grunt when pulling away from intersections in town, and it held its own as we climbed 6,000 feet on State Route 39 to Crystal Lake.
Related: 2013 Honda Shadow Aero Review
The rear suspension was a little squishy in some of the bumpier parts, but that was likely a result of the preload being set for someone a little lighter than my two-plus bills. Fortunately, the new saddle is nice and cushy and didn’t give me any grief during the four hours I was on it.
- Helmet: HJC RPHA 91 Modular
- Jacket: Fly Racing Coolpro Mesh
- Gloves: Fly Racing Street Surveyor
- Pants: Highway 21 Blockhouse Jeans
- Boots: Highway 21 Low Primary Engineer
The pull on the clutch lever was a little heavy, and I would rate it “medium.” Since I own an older cruiser, it’s not anything new to me, but many bikes today are equipped with slip/assist clutches, and once you get used to this feature, you notice when it’s not there. I was okay with the lever pull – although a slip/assist clutch would’ve lightened it – but there was a moment going up the twisty, narrow one-way route to Crystal Lake where a quick downshift, combined with some debris in the road, gave a hop of the rear wheel on a curve that was a little bracing.
At just $8,399 ($8,699 for the ABS version), the 2024 Honda Shadow Phantom may not have all the bells and whistles, but it is a very attractive proposition for either a new rider or someone looking to add another steed to their stable from a segment without a lot of competition.
Only Breath and Shadow
I had only one other issue with the Phantom. The bike has a decent 27.4-degree lean angle. However, when I put the arch of my boot on the forward-mount footpegs, if I didn’t want my toe resting on the brake pedal, the heel of my boot found the road surface before the pegs did. This required a shifting of my right boot to various positions, none of which were as comfortable or confidence-inspiring as having the peg positioned directly under my arch.
This is not to say that I was high-speed slaloming up the canyon. In fact, I was the most conservative of the riders that day on the winding SR-39. As to those peg scrapes, I was once advised by my colleague and editor-in-chief of our sibling publication American Rider , Kevin Duke: “Ride your own ride, but challenge your limits when your confidence grows.”
So I did. Most riders won’t treat the Honda Shadow like a sportbike, but it certainly responded to my prodding enough to make it a spirited ride up the winding SR-39. When it comes to riding my own ride, I like to cruise, take in the scenery, breathe the air, and get my heart pumping enough to remember I’m alive.
If you are of a like mind, you’ll be very happy with the Phantom. And for those of you wondering if it’ll haul a little ass, the Phantom has something for you as well, as I can attest based on the taillights winking in the distance ahead of me from some of the other riders in my group.
The new Phantom has brought the Shadow into the light, and it looks to be a bright future indeed.
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2024 Honda Shadow Phantom Specs
- Base Price: $8,399
- Website: Powersports.Honda.com
- Warranty: 1 yr., unltd. miles
- Engine Type: Liquid-cooled, transverse 52-degree V-Twin, SOHC w/ 3 valves per cyl.
- Displacement: 745cc
- Bore x Stroke: 79.0 x 76.0mm
- Transmission: 5-speed, cable-actuated clutch
- Final Drive: Shaft
- Wheelbase: 64.6 in.
- Rake/Trail: 34 degrees/6.4 in.
- Seat Height: 25.6 in.
- Wet Weight: 543 lb
- Fuel Capacity: 3.9 gal.
- Fuel Consumption: 56 mpg (claimed)
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