Honda Shadow 750 RS

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by dynamos2000, Aug 7, 2010.

  1. soboy

    soboy Long timer

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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!

    Enjoy!
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  2. FlySniper

    FlySniper Bleh...

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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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  3. PalePhase

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    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. :lol2
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  4. GuinnesS

    GuinnesS Been here awhile

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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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  5. PalePhase

    PalePhase Humour Noir

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    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. :baldy

    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. :deal
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  6. PalePhase

    PalePhase Humour Noir

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    If you shop carefully on eBay, you can sometimes find a deal on Leatherlyke sidecases for a couple of hundred bucks for a used set in excellent condition. I found some for my Magna that way, and they are about the same size as those for the Shadow. The Leatherlykes won't do anything for the looks while they are on the bike, but:

    ∙ They are detachable and when they are off, there are no unsightly brackets dangling from the accessory rails. :D

    ∙ They hold a LOT of stuff and keep the CG lower than a T-Bag or backpack of similar capacity would.

    ∙ They are mostly waterproof.

    ∙ They are lockable. :deal Sometimes you just need to keep honest people honest, you know what I mean?
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  7. soboy

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    Regarding luggage: When I bought my Shadow, I thought long and hard over how I was going to deal with luggage and I checked out all the possibilities - leather saddlebags, hard saddlebags, rear rack, tail bags, tank bags, etc. I bought the Shadow to take my girlfriend riding, as all my other bikes were too tall for me to carry a pillion. Figured I needed some carrying capacity if we were going to do two-up day trips. Turns out she is scared out of her mind to ride. So the luggage decision at that point was a no-brainer: I just use my old standby method - a backpack. I like the looks of my bike and didn't really want to mess up its appearance with luggage. I have two other bikes to use that both have carrying capacity, so why put luggage on the cruiser if I don't need to?
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  8. dynamos2000

    dynamos2000 is boinking your mom

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    Thats my new thing, backpack is just easy and I use it for work. SWISSGEAR! :D
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  9. frog13

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    Ok,not trying to highjack or any other negative here,but,of the two ----Harley sportster or Honda RS 750 which do you think would be easier to work on if you HAD to dig into the engine.....dream-up your own scenerio on this one!....TIA
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  10. dynamos2000

    dynamos2000 is boinking your mom

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    Just 200 miles so far, 57.5mpg on the first tank - this is a fun bike. :D
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  11. Bar None

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    I would not worry about having to "dig into" either engine because they should be rock solid as long as you don't start monkeying with them.
    If you are interested in trying to get better performance by "digging into" the engine then buy a different more powerful bike.
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  12. Yamadavidson

    Yamadavidson Been here awhile

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  13. dynamos2000

    dynamos2000 is boinking your mom

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  14. kraven

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    yeah, pretty much.

    They're both reliable.
    The sporty being air cooled automatically takes 1 big headache out of the equation- cooling system.

    They're both great bikes.
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  15. tbirdsp

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    dynamos2000, Just curious, did you consider the Triumph Bonneville? The Bonnie came in ahead of the RS and Sportster Iron in a Cycle World road test I read. I'm biased though:evil

    That said - I really like the looks of your bike. Much better than the mag pics I've seen:thumb
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  16. moto_loco

    moto_loco poser extraordinaire

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    I like it. If I wear shopping this style bike...
    I'd be at my local Honda dealer.
    Not a "wannabe" in my opinion. Great bike.
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  17. dynamos2000

    dynamos2000 is boinking your mom

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    Hi I love the bonneville but there is only one dealer in Nashville and I'm not overly fond of it. I can take the Honda anywhere however if it needs serviced. My first and only triumph wasn't very reliable and I've had several Honda bikes with no issues (my experience only) but I would like one still if there was a bigger dealer presence.
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  18. tbirdsp

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    Cool. I had a '98 Thunderbird Sport for 9 years with only a few very minor problems. We have a local dealer but I like one that is 70 miles away better.

    My '93 ST1100 (bought new in '94) has almost 76,000 miles on it now and is still going strong, so I hear you on Honda:D

    How is the stock suspension on the RS? That's one thing that is lacking on the Bonnie. I've already replaced the shocks.
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  19. frog13

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    I like both bikes.....the tubeless tires on the sporty I like better though.
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  20. PalePhase

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    Was behind a late-model Shadow for most of my ride home today. Definitely an enjoyable exhaust note -- rich-sounding without being obnoxiously loud.
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