2012 Honda Shadow Review


The 2012 Honda Shadow Aero is a sleek, retro-style cruiser that has always been popular with riding enthusiasts across the globe. From the classic retro style to the low seat height to the power behind this cruiser, it is no wonder why the Shadow has continued to gain popularity over the years. The Honda Shadow was first introduced in 1983 and over the years has gone through modifications to ensure that the latest in technology is used on these powerful and stylish cruisers.

In terms of performance, the 2012 Honda Shadow Aero delivers a smooth yet powerful ride thanks to the 745cc, liquid-cooled, V-twin engine that provides plenty of torque. The massive engine is specially tuned for low revving torque that helps make the 2012 Honda Shadow Aero look as good as it sounds. The present models also include a custom two-into-two exhaust system which helps deliver that classic V-twin cruiser sound.

With full fenders, long chrome bullet style mufflers, and the low seat there is no wonder why this cruiser has been known to turn heads where it roams. The 2012 Honda Shadow comes fully decked out in chrome to keep this bike one of the sharpest looking bikes on the road today. The chrome details can be found on the fenders, light-bar, windscreen, and back rests, as well as the spotlight visors. On top of all the chrome details and accents, the Shadow also features leather saddlebags and a leather front pouch. The new digital audio system is also a key feature on the 2012 Honda Shadow Aero. A digital enhancement kit is also available, which allows the rider to mount additional speakers to the handlebars.

The classic retro design mixed with the latest in cutting-edge technology delivers a smooth and powerful ride that is sure to delight just about any motorcycle enthusiast.

New For 2012

  • Available in pearl black/silver, as well as the classic dark candy red.
  • Single backbone frame designed to produce a longer wheelbase makes the Shadow Aero look longer and lower.
  • New digital audio system and a digital auto attachment kit.
  • Chrome plated accents throughout the bike. Some areas where the chrome can be found are the fenders, back rests, light bar, windscreen, and the spotlight visors.
  • Two-into-two exhaust system that is designed to deliver the true V-twin cruiser sound. Large diameter head pipes mixed with this innovate exhaust system deliver the sound that motorcycle enthusiasts crave.
  • Low seat height makes flat footing at stoplights a breeze. Seat height is 25.9 inches but the narrow design makes the seat feel even lower.

2012 Honda Shadow Specs

  • Model: Shadow Aero
  • Engine Type: 745cc V-twin, liquid-cooled
  • Bore and Stroke: 79mm x 76mm
  • Compression ratio: 9.6:1
  • Valve Train: SOHC
  • Induction: PGM-FI with automatic enrichment circuit
  • Ignition: Digital Transistorized with electronic advance
  • Transmission: Five-speed
  • Final Drive: Shaft
  • Fuel Capacity: 3.7 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: 56 mpg
  • Brakes (Front): Single disc with twin-piston caliper
  • Brakes (Rear): 180 drum with optional ABS and CBS
  • Suspension (Front): 41mm fork
  • Suspension (Rear): Dual shocks with five-position spring preload
  • Wheelbase: 64.6 inches
  • Rake: 34 degrees
  • Trail: 6.3 inches
  • Seat Height: 25.9 inches
  • Curb Weight: 560 pounds
  • Tires (Front): 120/90-17
  • Tires (Rear): 160/80-15


  • Chrome backrest with pad for the passenger seat
  • Heated grips with five temperature levels
  • Chip-resistant custom windshield
  • Custom-fit cycle cover
  • Digital audio enhancement kit

Key Competitors For The 2012 Honda Shadow

  • Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic
  • Honda Stateline
  • Suzuki Boulevard C50T