New to me Honda Shadow 750...

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by jearnshaw, Oct 18, 2012.

  1. jearnshaw

    jearnshaw Adventurer

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    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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  2. Tilter

    Tilter Been here awhile

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    Nice bike - good luck and ride safe.
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  3. FishHunt

    FishHunt slow poking...

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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.

    <>< Fish
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  4. rs42sport

    rs42sport Been here awhile

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    Sweet... Lets see some pics....
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  5. DarthJ

    DarthJ Been here awhile

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    Good choice, the Aero's got that classic styling and is a nice commuter ride.
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  6. jearnshaw

    jearnshaw Adventurer

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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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  7. pilotguy299

    pilotguy299 Given up...

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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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  8. jearnshaw

    jearnshaw Adventurer

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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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  9. ncmtnrider

    ncmtnrider n00b

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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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  10. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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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. :clap
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  11. jearnshaw

    jearnshaw Adventurer

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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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  12. loosethebands

    loosethebands Shadow Land

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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!!!!!!!! :clap
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  13. jearnshaw

    jearnshaw Adventurer

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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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  14. loosethebands

    loosethebands Shadow Land

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    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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  15. jearnshaw

    jearnshaw Adventurer

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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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  16. JerryH

    JerryH Banned

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    It's a cruiser. Way to go. It will take you just about anywhere you want to go.
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  17. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    Look into some progressive fork springs and shocks. That'll take the pogo out of it.
    Mid controls are around, but you also might want to change the seat as well so it's a bit higher to ease the hip/femur angle a little if you move the foot backward.
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  18. Drummer

    Drummer BMW/Sonor

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    Congrats - all the best and be safe. Watch out for the "tar & gravel" spring paving events about to head our way. Other than that, have fun -

    I had a Spirit 1100 and it was a good fun bike.
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  19. ahwarm

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    I've had mine for about 2 weeks now and have put around 150 miles on it. I like the bike and the ride but I cannot get a comfortable right foot placement while cruising. I usually place it off to the side of the peg away from the brake lever but it feels like it will slip off.


    Andy
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  20. soboy

    soboy Long timer

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    I had a Shadow Aero for 4 years. Bought it as my 3rd bike to take my girlfriend riding as I am short and my other two bikes were tall. She took one ride on it and said that was enough for her, I kept the bike anyway because I liked the looks, the laid back riding position and the exhaust note. I never got below 60 mpg - incredible gas mileage. Cruisers are fun but not the best bike to have as your only bike. They lack cornering clearance. I never spent one penny on my Shadow, nothing ever went wrong and I sold it to make room for my T-Max (which corners like a sportbike). Didn't lose much money when I sold it, they hold their value well if you buy them used. Enjoy it.
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