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Honda Motorcycles
Shadow VT500C

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1983 Honda
VT500C'83 Shadow 500 The Honda Shadow 500, designated VT500C'83, was sold in 1983. Two colors were available: Candy Wineberry Red and Black. The fuel tank and rear fender were one of the two basic colors (red or black), but the side covers were chrome and the engine covers were black. The side cover decal "Shadow 500" was black and red with gold overlay. The headlight was rectangular and chrome. There was only a single horn.
Engine: 491cc, liquid-cooled, 52° V-twin with new offset dual-pin crankshaft provides perfect primary balance
Engine description: New, three-valve, OHC cylinder head with twin spark plugs
Drive: Shaft
Transmission: 5-speed plus overdrive sixth speed
Brakes: Front disc
Suspension: Air-adjustable, leading-axle front forks with front brace
Wheelbase: 1488mm (58.6 in)
Seat height: 777 mm(31.1 in.)
Fuel capacity: 12 liters (3.2 gal.)
Weight: 183 kg (403.4 lb)
The serial number began JH2PC0804DM000020
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Clymer: Honda VT500, 1983-1988
VT500C'84

VT500C'84
The VT500C'84 Shadow 500 was sold in 1984 in one of two colors: Candy Scorpio Red or Black. The side covers were the basic color (red or black). The engine covers were black. The side cover decal "Shadow 500" was black and red with gold overlay. The headlight was rectangular and chrome. The engine was a 491cc OHC 3-valve liquid-cooled V-twin linked to a 6-speed transmission and a shaft drive.
Engine: Liquid-cooled, 52° V-twin, 16-valve, with offset dual-pin crankshaft
Displacement: 490cc
Transmission: Five-speed plus overdrive sixth
Drive: Shaft
Wheelbase: 1490 mm (58.6 in.)
Seat Height: 770 mm (30.3 in)
Dry Weight: 183 kg (403.3 lb)
The serial number began JH2PC080*EM100001
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Clymer: Honda VT500, 1983-1988
VT500C'85 The VT500C'85 Shadow 500 was sold in 1985 in one of two colors: Candy Glory Red or Black. The side cover decal "Shadow 500" was black and red with gold overlay. The headlight was round and chrome. The bike had dual horns. The 2-piece seat had an integrated backrest. The side covers were the basic color (red or black). The engine covers were polished and the fins were enlarged. The "HONDA" gas tank logo was curved. The engine was a 491cc OHC 3-valve liquid-cooled V-twin linked to a 6-speed transmission and a shaft drive. The serial number began JH2PC080*FM200005
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Clymer: Honda VT500, 1983-1988
VT500C'86 The VT500C'86 Shadow 500 was sold in 1986 in one of two colors: Candy Scorpio Red or Black. The side cover decal "Shadow 500" was black and red with gold overlay. The headlight was round and chrome. The bike had dual horns. The 2-piece seat had an integrated backrest. The side covers were the basic color (red or black). The engine covers were polished and the fins were enlarged. The "HONDA" gas tank logo was curved. The engine was a 491cc OHC 3-valve liquid-cooled V-twin linked to a 6-speed transmission and a shaft drive. The serial number began JH2PC080*GM300001
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Clymer: Honda VT500, 1983-1988