Honda Shadow VLX Reviews from United States of America - Page 2 of 2

1988 Honda Shadow VLX

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1990
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 6 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired6 miles
Most recent distance24733 miles

Summary:

The three B's, Big, Black, Beautiful

Faults:

Absolutely flawless.

General Comments:

I am 68 years old and have been riding since I was 17. This Honda Shadow 1100 has been the best overall machine I have had, and I have had many.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th August, 2009

2006 Honda Shadow VLX

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired3000 miles
Most recent distance4500 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda Sabre

Summary:

I would buy another one

Faults:

Burned out tail light.

Tripometer knob broke.

General Comments:

Always starts and runs without any problems.

The fastest I can get it to go is around 95 miles per hour.

The seat is not bad, but after a few hours riding, it can be a little uncomfortable.

It gets around 60 miles per gallon at 80 MPH on the freeway.

Really, the only complaint I have is the 4 speed transmission. Honda really should have given it a 5 speed tranny.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th June, 2008

2003 Honda Shadow VLX

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.1 / 10
Distance when acquired750 miles
Most recent distance2750 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda Shadow VLX

Summary:

Great reliability and value, and it looks good too

Faults:

Fork seals needed to be replaced. This was most likely due to the previous owner riding it a total of only 750 miles over 4 years.

General Comments:

This motorcycle is not the largest displacement mid size cruiser out there. This motorcycle isn't loaded with "cutting edge" technology. This bike has three things going for it: reliability, style, and it's affordable.

Because it's relatively uncomplicated, there's less to go wrong. The VLX has been around for many model years. Over time, the Honda engineers have worked out all the kinks. Do your pre ride inspection, turn the key, press the ignition button and you're ready to go.

The VLX also has an old school look to it. For me, it's what a motorcycle should look like. The Deluxe model has chrome everywhere. The bike just looks good.

The VLX is also very affordable. It's relatively inexpensive to maintain. It gets good fuel economy. It's cheap to insure. Owning this bike won't break the bank.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th March, 2008

2006 Honda Shadow VLX

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance1025 miles
Previous motorcycleSuzuki Savage 750

Summary:

Awesome!

Faults:

Nothing at this point.

General Comments:

Bike is great! I'm a female rider, and this bike is great if you're looking for a bike with power, that isn't too heavy to handle.

Although I've been riding for almost 16 years, this bike is great for beginning riders, as I taught my 16 year old to ride it.

The new models, VLX 600 look awesome with the chrome that has been added. I get asked all the time, "Is that a Harley?" Great bike, great price!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd October, 2006

24th Jul 2009, 16:45

I've heard the 4 speed gearbox sucks. Hopefully, Honda will update this bike with 5 speed gearbox, like Suzuki did with the Savage when it stopped making it for awhile and then brought it back.

25th Aug 2009, 08:39

For years now I have been reading about comments from Honda steed riders. I am green with envy, but no matter what I do, I cannot afford to buy one, much more register it here in the Philippines, a country of live alligators out to devour a registrant of a motorcycle bought from abroad! However, I will still keep on reading what you guys write. Keep on riding high...

27th Nov 2009, 21:10

This motorcycle is awesome!! The v-twin has so much power, and rumbles a sweet note too! Big fat tire in the rear, and pizza cutter up front, it's a true street rod.

Chrome header pipes. The ride is solid. There's no need for a Harley Sportster if you get this Shadow. Plus you'll save big bucks.

Overall, top of line engineering.

13th Mar 2014, 14:45

The EU counterpart Steed has a 5 speed gear box :) Great for long rides!

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 7 reviews