In the Shadows of a Sportster no more?? You Decide

After a recent online poll, its apparent that our K and G Gang has covered the globe with the brands of bikes in their garages all over the nation. We want to make sure and bring you features, news and updates about all types of motorcycles too!

How about  an American Inspired mid-size cruiser with a wing on the tank? Yes that would be the RS version of the Honda Shadow and we’d love to hear your thoughts on bikes like this one. Obviously the Harley Sportster 883 is the direct competition.

We recently ran across a Honda Shadow RS review and thought our gang here at metricmotorcycleblog would like to ride along with this Red White and Blue blast of a bike!

Unlike its more traditionally cruiser-oriented stablemates, Honda Shadow RS is a “roadster”-style ride that ditches ornate custom features for a more trimmed-down look.

Power comes from a 745cc v-twin, with the usual modern amenities including fuel injection and liquid cooling which help it achieve an EPA average of 56 miles per gallon. A five-speed transmission drives the rear wheel through a chain, and a 2.8 gallon tank offers a theoretical cruising range of 156 miles.

If the Japanese are good for one thing with motorcycle design, it’s a user-friendly interface and bulletproof operation. So it’s no surprise that the Honda Shadow RS spins like a top and runs like a charm, with accommodating ergonomics whose only limitations are a saddle that can sometimes be taxing on longer rides due to its close quarters with the fuel tank, a firm-ish ride, and an engine buzz that becomes apparent at higher speeds.

The 745cc twin transmits a slight pulse to the rider’s tailbone as it runs through the revs (exactly how quickly you’ll never know, since this bike doesn’t offer a tachometer.) There’s ample power for around town scooting, though passing on the freeway demands a bit more patience. Brakes are adequate but not outstanding, requiring some lever effort for the single-disc front and a bit of pedal travel before the rear unit kicks in, which feels a bit wooden due to its drum setup. As you’d expect from the wide ratio transmission, shift action is clean and crisp, with easy to find gears and super simple engagement of neutral– a big plus for beginner riders.


  • Price: $7,999 ($8,240 for 2012 model)
  • Engine: Liquid-cooled, fuel-injected 745cc v-twin
  • Fuel Capacity: 2.6 gallons (with .7 gallon reserve)
  • Fuel Economy: 53 mpg (EPA rating)
  • Transmission: Five-speed
  • Final Drive: Chain
  • Front Suspension: 41mm fork, 4.6 inches of travel
  • Rake/Trail: 32.3º/5.3 inches
  • Rear Suspension: Dual shocks, preload adjustable with 5 settings; 3.5 inches of travel
  • Front Brake: Single 296mm disc, 2-piston caliper
  • Rear Brake: Single drum
  • Seat Height: 29.4 inches
  • Curb Weight: 503 pound

Well Gang – we’d love to hear from you Shadow owners out there and let us know what plans you have to customize your ride. Remember, when it comes to outstanding parts for your Metric Cruiser Custom, we think you’ll be glad you’re shopping at our online superstore!