1994 Honda Shadow VLX from Egypt
Sportster, Softtail, bobber, rat-rod, chopper, and/or muscle! You name it!! It's an all-in-1 bike!
* Brake oil started to slightly drip from my front brakes, even though my braking power was just fine.
Nothing else ever happened in its 40,000km!!
* I bought this bike on December 2010, cruised with it along the Red Sea and all, but then had to "properly" garage it for a while since I had my final college exams, and right after that was the Egyptian Revolution until this very moment. So you all don't get confused with the little KMs I did.
* I bought this bike based on the reviews listed on this website (especially this website) as well as many others, and they all were right when they mentioned the bike is very reliable, economical, durable, and easy to ride.
* Riding this bike makes you feel like you're riding a Harley Sportster or some sort of muscle bike, due to its seating position, which isn't so laid back.
* Its hidden (soft-tail) rear suspension is perfect for someone who wights 100kg or less, but it's very weak if you ride with a passenger and will hit its limit! Bang!
* One of the best things about this bike, is that it isn't under-powered, so you can cruise with all the way up to a Shadow 750cc; but you'll face high vibration at high speeds, and sadly you only have 4 gears, which are easy to memorize, but hard to cope with.
* The bike never heats up, even though I live in Egypt with heavy traffic jams and high temperatures of 30 to 45 degrees Celsius, it never ever heats up (I have the stock exhaust system, but without baffles), but at the same time it takes forever to warm up. I asked several VLX owners and they all have this same warm up issues; I'm guessing it's a normal thing. NOTE: if you have straight pipes on your VLX, it will heat up in traffic jams or high speeds for a long time.
* My one and only problem with this bike, is that I am 2 meters tall (6'8 feet) and I get cramps in my feet everyyyyytime I ride (I don't have leg extensions) and it ruins the day because it doesn't stop, plus my back hurts evvvverytime I ride, because of all the after-math of the suspension working goes all the way up my spine. So once again, my day is ruined completely. Unlike riding a Honda CB for example, where if you ever meet a hole in the street (which is a common thing in Egypt), you can just stand up and it won't vibe all the way to your spine...
P.s. If I am to buy another bike, it'll be 100% Honda manufactured, but will probably go for a street or sport bike.
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Thank you for reading my survey.
Ride Safe. Ride Forever.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th February, 2011