2009 Honda VT750C Shadow Aero from Canada


Wish I had one of these 10 years earlier.



General Comments:

After 2 decades of sport bikes, my old bones needed to switch to a cruiser layout. Was ready for low and slow, and this bike fit my needs perfectly. Was initially worried about fitting my 6'4" 250lb frame onto it, but added some extras to compensate. Added floor boards, and engine guard with extended highway pegs to allow me to stretch out my legs on longer trips. Added a carrier and hard trunk, and gel seat cover for the terrible stock saddle and now have a very inexpensive long-range cruiser. Have done 500km at a stretch (refuel needed at 250km), with no problems.

Mileage averages 61 MPG since purchased and this tends to be better in city driving. Can keep it in top gear at 60km/h and it just chugs away. Will run 100km/h all day in any conditions.

Mechanically amazing reliability - cheapest bike I've ever owned. Also the slowest, but I'm rarely in a hurry anyway, so I can live with the anemic but unbreakable powerplant. Have started in -5C mornings, and no problem when using the choke and it warms up in 2 minutes.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th July, 2016

2006 Honda VT750C Shadow Aero from United States of America


That silly grin is going to be hard to remove when riding this bike


10% ethanol does not agree with this bike over time. The petcock assembly basically rotted out from it. Not the manufacturer's fault. Dealer knew what to do from the get-go.

General Comments:

This is a great all purpose cruiser for local and highway speeds. You can even go long distances without a lot of discomfort. Saddlebags and trunk bags from US Saddlebag in Mass. and you are ready to go.

I recommend a GearBrake for the rear lights, because when you roll off the throttle, she bleeds speed incredibly fast.

I have gotten 80 MPG on long distances and a reliable 56-60 MPG locally. Just keep in mind that this is a 745cc bike and you are going to have to get your Harley buddies to slow their take off a bit to keep up. 65mph+ it gets a bit buzzy, making you wish that there was a 6th gear or tall 5th.

It is a well mannered, forgiving bike, especially for short guys or women getting their first bike, or guys like me, who are still happy with it after 9 years and 40k miles. The other nice thing is that a new one won't break your wallet, and neither will the maintenance costs.

I would get another one in a heart beat.

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

Review Date: 7th July, 2015

2005 Honda VT750C Shadow Aero from United States of America


A beautiful, reliable, and comfortable bike a newbie or senior rider can enjoy for years


Nothing - except replacing the tires at about 7500 miles.

General Comments:

I'm a 50 something, this is my first bike, and it was love at first sight (and still is). The bike was in perfect condition when I bought it in the spring of 2013, and came with Cobra slash-cut pipes and a Memphis shades windscreen. The first thing I did was to take off the rear seat and sissy bar - I love the "long & low" look of the Aero with its fat front tire and full fenders.

Over the past two years I've installed a set of large black flame bags from US Saddlebag Co., Cobra highway bars, and Kuryakyn ISO Dually pegs.

I ride the bike everywhere for everything - commuting, for fun, on errands around town - and I put 12,000 miles on it the past two years. I've done my own routine maintenance and everything is running perfectly.

The only thing I need now is more horsepower and a little more legroom. When I hit the throttle, it's not so much a hit as a smooth pull - I have no sense the bike is going to run off without me. At 6ft I'm just a little long for this frame and seat height (although the highway bars and pegs help) and the stock solo seat supports my 165lbs fine for most riding, but I must admit that any more than an hour or so and my "saddle" and lower back starts getting a bit sore.

Overall I love the bike, and as another reviewer stated, it's a great bike for a beginner or an older rider. I love the durability of shaft drive, the water-cooled engine, and the renowned Honda reliability.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th June, 2015