Honda VT750C Shadow Aero Reviews from United States of America

2007 Honda VT750C Shadow Aero

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Acceleration marks 6 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 4 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.1 / 10
Distance when acquired22000 miles
Most recent distance27000 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda PC800 Pacific Coast

Summary:

Easy on the eyes, wallet and to own, in a word fun fun fun

Faults:

Zero has gone wrong. It's like owning an anvil... It's a Honda.

General Comments:

I'm a sport touring person. I like the upright position and ability to go fast and far. That was then, and now I'm close to 60, years not mph, and the ability to flat foot a bike is paramount with my old knees and replaced hip.

I had a Pacific Coast and wanted to move "up" to an ST1300, but just could not handle the weight of the PC800 or the ST1300. I rode the VT1100 and VT1300's. The 1300 (and 1800) is a big heavy piggy bike. The 1100 to me seemed to have the same speed of the 750 with more weight, so I got the 750.

It's been fun comfortable ride. For a 750 it has a big frame and a long relaxed wheel. Engine cc size is not a good indicator of what a bike will be like. I find the bike fits me good at 5'10"...

I had to put on a Mustang seat as the stock seat stank.

I used to complain that the bike was slow for 2 up touring at high speeds, but my wife got her own bike, and for one it's got plenty of speed. It can run 85 all day, but the wind tears at you even with a windshield. I put a cover on the crashbar and it helps a lot with that. Also wearing dedicated riding boots and tuck your pants in. I never ride without the gear. Full face helmet, boots, padded jacket and at least Draggin jeans with knee and hip pads in them. Dress for the fall.

You would do well with this as your first or last bike.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th April, 2010

2005 Honda VT750C Shadow Aero

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2007
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 5 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.1 / 10
Distance when acquired5000 miles
Most recent distance10000 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda PC800 Pacific Coast

Faults:

The only thing wrong with this bike has been a loose nut behind the handle bars, seriously nada zip zero, what a bike.

General Comments:

Best bang for the buck out in MC world. I check all the other 750-800s and have to admit I got the Shadow as it was a Honda. The Suzuki seemed faster and handled better.

This is a good bike for the older rider like me or the new rider as the seat is so low. The stock seat for me was horrible, and I got a Mustang and what a difference.

If I'm 2 up with lots of gear, there is some lack of power, but I can cruise up I75 at 80mph and no problem. There's a little buzz at 60 that seems to go away at 70.

If your corner aggressively, you will drag the foot pegs, so watch out till you get the hang of things.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th November, 2009

2008 Honda VT750C Shadow Aero

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance400 miles

Summary:

Great bike with good looks

Faults:

The dealer/assembler failed to put in a set screw in the ignition kill switch. Easily fixed by the dealer at no cost.

General Comments:

The motorcycle is very comfortable and handles moderately well given its size. For a 750 it feels a bit heavy and takes a minute to get used to.

The low slung seat of the bike places taller riders like myself (6' with a 32" inseam) in a decent position. Still, forward controls, highway bars, etc. might be a useful upgrade.

The transmission is very smooth, although the ranges of 4th and 5th have a good deal of overlap.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th June, 2008

2004 Honda VT750C Shadow Aero

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired1660 miles
Most recent distance4200 miles
Previous motorcycleSuzuki GZ250

Summary:

It truly is amazing how much bike you can get between two wheels

Faults:

This particular bike is not a morning person. It is likely to be disagreeable starting, and is a bear to ride until it's up to operating temperature (about 5 miles). I ride my other bike if it's a short hop.

General Comments:

Once it is warmed up, this Shadow Aero performs like a champ. Has excellent acceleration once you are familiar with the gear spread, which is pretty wide compared to other bikes I've known.

Roll on power is good. As wide as the other gears are, 4th and 5th are pretty close. You will want to downshift when passing or taking a hill. 4th leaves you in better stead on the climb. This bike moves along smoothly at 45, but is quite pleased to kick it up to 70 where it is right at home. You will notice some vibration after 60MPH. You wouldn't notice it as much if you add gel padded grips and seat pad.

As for economy, I've gotten 50 - 55 MPG highway and an even 60 on the slower secondary roads. It consumed no oil between changes. Being a Honda, parts and service are readily available.

Braking really likes to be planned in advance. This bike has more stopping power in the rear drum than in the front disc. I can't say that every Shadow Aero is like this, but mine sure is. It takes real effort to stop this one fast.

This cruiser needs space to handle. Those who are used to standard, sport or off-road bikes will fell like they are driving a bus in comparison. The longer wheel base makes for a more comfortable ride, but the handling suffers.

The Shadow Aero is a heavy machine for being a 750. You will appreciate the weight when you're hit by the wind wake of a passing semi. You will be equally impressed at the way the little V-Twin pushes this machine along.

The Shadow Aero is a style winner. Looking a lot like a vintage glide, from a distance I didn't know what it was. I was quite surprised to find it was a Honda. If you like to do custom, this Aero is open to so many possibilities.

This bike has the look, performance, economy and possibilities. There's not much out there that can deliver all those things at the price. New or pre-owned, you get a lot of bike for the buck!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 8th December, 2007

14th Sep 2008, 20:40

I think each bike has its own personality. My wife's VT750 starts great, no choke needed, and runs great even cold. She said she doesn't even know where the choke is ha ha ha.

24th Sep 2008, 00:17

Just purchased a 2004 with 5500 kms (3400 miles) on it yesterday. Rode it from Vancouver to home (500kms - 310 miles). Everything in the review is right on the mark, with the exception of the cold starting problems.

I rode thru the city, down the freeway, up into the mountains with cold, wind, rain and even snow. No windshield, but the bike handled very well at all speeds up to 140 km/h - 87 mp/h (I didn't go over that).

The ride was cold, but smooth. The bike felt firmly attached to the pavement thru all the conditions. Once over 100 km/h (60 mp/h) the wind feels like it wants to pull your hands off the controls, there's also some handlebar vibration, but it could have been partly because I was so cold.

Lots of power at the low end, and lots of overlap in the upper gears, smooth down-shifting when extra oomph is needed on long, wet uphill climbs or passing.

I can't wait till next summer!

20th Feb 2009, 07:39

I too just traded a GZ 250 (13,650 miles on it) for an '07 Aero with 1100 miles on it. I agree with the poster about the feel of "driving a bus". I could turn the 250 around within the lines of one space in a parking lot. The 750..not so much! I love it though so far.

I've only put a few hundred miles on it, but I think it's going to be a long term relationship. I felt like I too was going to be pulled from the handlebars over speeds of 60mph. A Memphis Shades windshield took care of that. A much more civilized machine now. Mine had a Cobra jet kit and a set of Cobra Dragsters pipes installed at the dealer. Man, what a great sound! And the power.. it's a rocket now. Mileage so far is 54 mpg. I'll update again after a few thousand miles.

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 4 reviews