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Old 10-18-2012, 09:03 PM   #1
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New to me Honda Shadow 750...

Well it might be the typical adventure bike but it won't scare me from traveling anywhere.

I just got a screaming deal on a 2009 Shadow Aero with less then 1200 miles from the dealer. I pick it up Saturday and I cannot wait to put some miles on the bike for as this will be my transportation back and forth from work.

Yes I do live in the mountains of NC but as long as there isn't snow or ice on the ground I will be riding.
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Old 10-18-2012, 10:01 PM   #2
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Nice bike - good luck and ride safe.
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Old 10-18-2012, 11:57 PM   #3
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Sounds like you got a good deal on a good bike. It sure doesn't hurt that you live in a great place to get out and ride also. Northwest NC is about my favorite place to ride.

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Old 10-19-2012, 06:03 AM   #4
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Sweet... Lets see some pics....
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Old 10-19-2012, 11:31 PM   #5
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Good choice, the Aero's got that classic styling and is a nice commuter ride.
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Old 10-20-2012, 08:41 AM   #6
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My ride to work is 20 miles away from the house and the first part of the ride is about 15 miles and twisty winding roads with speeds lower then 50mph.

I did look into getting a basic sport bike but with the roads I have to travel I would of either gotten into a lot trouble with the police are hurt myself.... I know I know its more the rider then the bike, but on a cruiser I wont be so tempted to crack the throttle so much.
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Old 10-20-2012, 03:56 PM   #7
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congrats on the new ride. I have a 2007 aero and love it. it doesn't have the power of my vtx1300, but it is a lot more nimble in the twisties, and gets better gas mileage to boot. even with a heavy wrist, i average 53-55mpg.

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Old 10-20-2012, 08:40 PM   #8
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I picked the bike up today and put about 50 miles on the bike. Temps where around 48 when I got home, have to change and upgrade some of my cold weather gear.
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Old 10-21-2012, 01:50 AM   #9
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Hey neighbor, congrats on the shadow, it is a great bike for our roads and a lot of fun. I commute from Banner Elk to Boone all the time and it really makes the prospect of going to work a little more exciting. Have a good time and be safe.
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Old 10-21-2012, 09:34 AM   #10
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Sounds like a great bike to have up there.
I'd look for some better shocks and fork springs to help it keep up with the curves, fit some heated grips, and then enjoy.
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Old 10-21-2012, 02:36 PM   #11
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I just ordered some BMG gloves and I will see how those work.

Also for the bike I need to move the controls a little more forward, I am 5'9" and I feel cramped on the pegs.
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Old 10-29-2012, 06:52 AM   #12
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Great bike!!! I have a 06 Aero and a 08 Spirit. The wife and I took them for a 500 mile weekend trip and we had a great time. Have fun with the new Bike!!!!!!!!
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Old 10-30-2012, 07:45 PM   #13
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Well after a week I have put a little over 500 miles on the bike and I am very surprised on the MPG I am getting, it has been close to 55 MPG. I am sure I could get a little better but living in the mountains I am always on and off the throttle.

For the cold mornings I am sure a windshield would be nice.
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Old 10-31-2012, 07:50 AM   #14
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Well after a week I have put a little over 500 miles on the bike and I am very surprised on the MPG I am getting, it has been close to 55 MPG. I am sure I could get a little better but living in the mountains I am always on and off the throttle.

For the cold mornings I am sure a windshield would be nice.
I usually cuise backroads at 55-60 and get 55mpg all the time. Your mpg will go down quite a bit when running at 70 or higher. A windshield would help with the cold but I took mine off because it created alot of helmet buffeting. I have found riding without the windshield much more enjoyable. I guess it is whatever works for you. Ride on!!!
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:23 PM   #15
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Well close to 6 months and 3k miles later I am starting to get a little bored of the Shadow.

That and there a few tiny things that I don't like...brakes could be a little better well at least a disc brake in the rear would be nice. Suspension could use a little work as well...seems to feel like a pogo stick at times, and I thought I felt cramped with the controls but in reality I would pay nearly anything for a mid-control kit. The controls to me are in a funky location, not too far foward to be called forward but far enough back to be call mid.

Right now I am not financially ready to purchase another bike but I will keep saving and riding the Shadow...in fact I have 1200 mile round trip planned in the beginning of April.
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