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Old 08-08-2010, 04:33 PM   #31
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its actually a sparkle dark grey (not sure what they call it but thats what it looks like).

The bike really sounds great stock so I'm not swappin any pipes. They have a backrest and luggage rack but I've gotta see it on another bike before I spend the money. Usually just use a backpack any more since I also use it at work, but I wouldn't mind a rack to put some things on.
Lots of aftermarket stuff out there. If you go with the Honda accessories ( more expensive ), it fits and works. But stick with whatever brand of stuff you start with so it all works together. I would have no problem having one of these in my garage.
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Old 08-08-2010, 05:26 PM   #32
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That is a sweet little bike. If my mom wasn't so hell-bend on owning a Harley, I would totally suggest this bike to her.
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Old 08-08-2010, 05:40 PM   #33
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Nice looking ride!.Just curious,the plastic "rocker" covers, I presume they are ornimental.....covering up unpolished metal?.Also,tell us about your gas mileage as the bike accumulates miles!. TIA

Whats the ground clearence?.

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Old 08-08-2010, 05:50 PM   #34
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That is a sweet little bike. If my mom wasn't so hell-bend on owning a Harley, I would totally suggest this bike to her.
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Old 08-08-2010, 05:58 PM   #35
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lol I'm dead serious. She couldn't pick up an 883 if it dropped, yet she refuses to consider lighter/smaller bikes. Go figure
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Old 08-18-2010, 06:10 AM   #36
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Don't change the exhaust. it looks and sounds just fine. You might gain 3 or 4 horsepower at the expense of more noise and and less driveability at lower RPM's. I'm not an engineer, I'm guessing neither are you, but the person that designed the exhaust and intake on that bike probably is. I bet he knows alot more about this stuff than we do. Besides i think the bike looks just fine the way it is. Enjoy it, great bike.
Looks like you might need a front tire soon though.
Like my old Shadow Aero, I just drilled three small holes in each pipe. Sounds even better (not too loud at all but you can hear it over the wind easily)
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Old 08-18-2010, 02:55 PM   #37
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That is a nice looking bike! I like that it has a fairly standard seating position and isn’t overly low compared to the tank, etc. Is that paint flat or matte instead of a gloss finish? It looks tough.
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Old 08-18-2010, 09:17 PM   #38
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100 mile super mini review: I LOVE THIS BIKE.

The standard peg position is perfect for me - You can stand up at a stop without the peg being in the way. I had a bit of an issue with this on my sportster
Great-looking bike! The Honda stylists showed commendable restraint this time, and it just looks right.

I agree on the standard peg placement. In addition to being more comfortable, I would think they would make it a lot easier to handle the bike.
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Old 08-18-2010, 11:20 PM   #39
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The Shadow RS looks great. I looked at one up close today at the dealer. What is the point of the drum rear brake though? Just for looks, or is Honda trying to save some money or what?
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Old 08-19-2010, 05:10 AM   #40
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The Shadow RS looks great. I looked at one up close today at the dealer. What is the point of the drum rear brake though? Just for looks, or is Honda trying to save some money or what?
its on the standard aero so I'm thinking its the whole sharing parts / being cheap thing. Id rather see a disk back there but it works just fine.
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Old 08-19-2010, 08:01 AM   #41
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That is a great looking bike! It's actually quite a bit more attractive than a number of Sportsters I've seen (I love the classic Sportster look with the peanut tank, but there have been some fugly versions of the Sporty that HD has peddled on this market over the years).

That large rear drum brake is quite effective and the stock exhaust has a nice mellow sound. The basic platform is a very good one and these are some of the most reliable bikes you will ever find. My '04 Aero has been a great bike - zero issues since day one. I'm not shy with the throttle and I never get below 61 mpg!

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Old 08-19-2010, 02:34 PM   #42
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Drum brakes aren't all bad! Actually a double leading shoe drum stops pretty darned well and has a slight advantage in the wet. (no delay waiting for the water to squeegee off)
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Old 08-19-2010, 03:06 PM   #43
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Drum brakes aren't all bad! Actually a double leading shoe drum stops pretty darned well and has a slight advantage in the wet. (no delay waiting for the water to squeegee off)
Believe me, they are quite sufficient to lock up the rear wheel.

I might add that fishtailing all over the road while billowing clouds of smoke from the rear tire is a great way to make sure you are seen as you approach an intersection.
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Old 08-19-2010, 04:20 PM   #44
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I don't see what all the fuss is regarding the rear drum brake. On a 400-550lbs bike w/ 45-65 hp and 'comfort' based suspension it matters not the least. Both my W650 and R100GS have rear drums and both have performed more than adequately used within their intended performance envelope. What's more, I am happy that the W650 is so equipped as I find it is in keeping with the overall look of the bike. I could see myself thoroughly enjoying the RS and will likely pick one up when they start showing up in the used market. Above being or not being a Honda or Harley, it is simply a good honest bike; comfortable, reliable, immensely useable and eventually available for sensible money.
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Old 08-19-2010, 07:30 PM   #45
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I don't see what all the fuss is regarding the rear drum brake. On a 400-550lbs bike w/ 45-65 hp and 'comfort' based suspension it matters not the least.
Not meaning to hijack the thread, butyou are right -- it's probably more a matter of perception that drum sucks (just say "No!" to drums) than anything else, although I have to admit that I hate having to pull the wheel off to clean the brake dust out, especially since I am batting .000 for correctly aligning the rear wheel again after doing so.

I think the real debits are that they are not usually as easy to modulate as disc brakes due to their self-energizing characteristics and they seem to fade more quickly. But in addition to the wet-riding benefit FlySniper mentioned, my experience on cars and trucks is that they require a lot less maintenance to keep them in safe operating condition. And they just look right on this Shadow.
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