2008 Honda Shadow Review


The 2008 Honda Shadow is a series of cruiser-style bikes that have been in production by Honda since 1983. The current range features two distinct models, the Honda Shadow Aero and the Honda Shadow Spirit 750 C2. Both are equipped with a liquid-cooled, 52 degree, V-twin, four-stroke engine that produces 745cc of power. The engine is paired with a five-speed transmission. For the launch of the 2008 models, new colors were added for both models, and the 2008 Honda Shadow Aero underwent a minor tweak, otherwise, they are unchanged from the 2007 models.

Overall, both the 2008 Honda Shadow Aero and the Honda Shadow Spirit 750 C2 are almost the same bike. Not only do the two models look very similar, but they have been built with the same components and overall design. The 2008 Honda Shadow models have a rugged and retro look with a low seat height and classic ergonomics for carrying two passengers. The low center of gravity of the bikes means that most riders will feel confident while on the bike and will be able to place both feet firmly on the ground when stopped.

The 749cc engine provides plenty of power for this large and heavy bike, but also isn’t too powerful so that newer riders can master handling a bike this size. The length of the bike provides it with good balance, even when a passenger and full load of luggage is being carried. The low height and even balance of the bike mean that even slow speed maneuvers are easy to perform on the 2008 Honda Shadow models.

The design of the 2008 Honda Shadow bikes is one of a traditional American cruiser. The Honda Shadow Aero has large tires mounted on spoked wheels with wide rims. The front tire is a 120/90-17 tire that gives the bike an even wider footprint when viewed from the front. Chrome highlights are used throughout both models of the 2008 Honda Shadow including the ignition switch cover, the rear brake pedal, the engine side covers, the brake and clutch lever brackets, and the handlebar. The headlight is a classically styled halogen headlight, and the rear taillights feature retro turn indicators. In keeping with the retro feel, the speedometer is set into the front of the fuel tank.

New For 2008

  • The 2008 Honda Shadow Aero features a new two-into-two exhaust system that has bullet-style mufflers to give the bike a classic cruiser style. A new Shadow tank logo is featured on the 2008 Honda Shadow Aero. New colors for the 2008 Honda Shadow Spirit 750 C2 include metallic silver, candy dark red / flame, and ultra blue metallic / flame. New colors for the 2008 Honda Shadow Aero are candy dark red, metallic silver / black, black / white, and candy dark red / white.

2008 Honda Shadow Specs

  • Model: Shadow Aero; Shadow Spirit 750 C2 Engine Type: 745cc, liquid-cooled, 52 degree, V-twin Bore and Stroke: 79 x 75 mm; 79 x 76 mm Compression ratio: 9.6:1 Valve Train: SOHC; three valves per cylinder Induction: Single 34 mm constant-velocity carburetor Ignition: CD with electronic advance, two spark plugs per cylinder Transmission: Wide-ratio five-speed Final Drive: Shaft Fuel Capacity: 3.7 gallons Estimated Fuel Economy: N/A Brakes (Front): Single 296mm disc with twin-piston caliper Brakes (Rear): 180mm drum Suspension (Front): 41mm fork Suspension (Rear): Dual shocks with five-position spring preload adjustability Wheelbase: 64.5 inches; 65 inches Rake: 34 degrees Trail: 6.3 inches Seat Height: 25.9 inches; 25.7 inches Curb Weight: 519 lbs. Tires (Front): 120/90-17; 90/90-21 Tires (Rear): 160/80-15; 160/80-15


  • Adjustable, easily installed windshields can provide protection from wind buffeting for the rider and passenger. A low-profile seat for two that is narrower and has a thin profile is designed so that the seat can be dropped down into the lowest riding height. A backrest can provide additional comfort as well as a handgrip for the passenger, and can have a rear luggage rack installed for carrying gear. Honda custom luggage for both the Shadow Aero and Shadow Spirit 750 C2 includes leather saddlebags, a leather tank belt, and a leather front pouch. A motorcycle cover protects the bike while parked and is large enough to fit around saddlebags that are installed on the bike.

Key Competitors For The 2008 Honda Shadow

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