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Model:Honda VT 750 C Shadow
Year:1983
Category:Custom / cruiser
Engine and transmission
Displacement:749.50 ccm (45.73 cubic inches)
Engine type:V2
Stroke:4
Compression:9.8:1
Bore x Stroke:79.0 x 75.5 mm (3.1 x 3.0 inches)
Fuel system:Carburettor. Dual Carb
Valves per cylinder:3
Ignition:Electronic
Cooling system:Liquid
Gearbox:6-speed
Transmission type
final drive:
Shaft drive (cardan)
Clutch:Sprague
Physical Measurements
Dry weight:210.9 kg (465.0 pounds)
Overall height:1,199 mm (47.2 inches)
Overall length:2,192 mm (86.3 inches)
Overall width:861 mm (33.9 inches)
Ground clearance:150 mm (5.9 inches)
Wheelbase:1,524 mm (60.0 inches)
Chassis and dimensions
Rake (fork angle):57.0°
Trail:139 mm (5.5 inches)
Front tyre dimensions:110/90-19 62H
Rear tyre dimensions:140/90-15 70H
Front brakes:Double disc
Rear brakes:Expanding brake (drum brake)
Exhaust system:Double Stainless Steel Pipes
Other specifications
Fuel capacity:12.50 litres (3.30 gallons)
Color options:Black or Candy Wineberry Red.
Comments:This is the grandfather of all ´Shadow´ bikes today. Honda introduced many new ideas on this bike, but the biggest change was the style. The low seat, swept back lines, the extended forks, teardrop tank, all lent to a look that is still going strong in the Shadow of today. This was the first purpose built cruiser. The engine had a unique offset dual-pin crankshaft that achived perfect primary balance. The Sprague (one way) clutch allowed slight slip one way to elliminate wheel chatter when down-shifting at high RPM. This bike was the debut of the three valve, twin plug head also. Hydraulic valve adjusters, electronic ignition, cam chain tensioners, hydraulically actuated clutch and front brakes, brushless generator, shaft drive, all were things that Honda added to make this new bike low maintenance for the rider. If you want to ride, not tinker, the Shadow is the bike for you.