2004 Honda VT750C Shadow Aero from Australia
Top quality, comfortable and easy to ride
This bike is incredibly easy to ride. I have been off of motorcycles for 10 years and had never ridden a cruiser, so I was a little worried about the test drive, but this bike is comfortable and forgiving. It isn't learner approved in Australia, but it probably should be.
As people have mentioned, it's not a fast bike. You can feel the power deficiency quite keenly. For me that is a feature (licence protection), but for some it is likely to be a problem; if it is then the Honda VTX1800c might be a better option.
With a 33.5 inch inseam, the footrests are too close, my knees too high, resulting in a slightly unstable feel and a quickly sore back. To combat this I have a set of scootmod 6 inch forward extensions on their way.
The handlebars could do with being slightly higher, but the stock set have welded risers. My bike just happened to come with a spare bar, so I intend to modify it to accept aftermarket risers.
Another issue to be aware of is the location of the speedometer, which is on the tank. When wearing a full face helmet the speedo is hidden by the chin guard and requires a tilt of the head to see instead of just an eye movement.
Please note that the bike reviewed is fitted with aftermarket Vance and Hines pipes, sissy bar, leather saddlebags, 12V accessory port and USB charger, phone holder, and a windscreen.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th October, 2016