3 Honda Bikes that dominated the Cruisers segment in the late 20th century
When it comes to refinement, performance and build-quality then surely Honda is at the top of the heap. But this Japanese brand’s excellence doesn’t end here. It is also known for designing some of the best looking bikes in the world. From making café racers and cruisers to super sports bikes, Honda has always ensured consistency in quality and performance.
The 20th century saw the craze for cruiser motorcycles. Many super brands manufactured cruiser bikes. Honda is no exception. In that era too it was known to design some of the best cruisers that delivered astounding performance and great driving dynamics. With some exciting features and awe-spiring designs, Honda proved that a cruiser is not just about raising the handlebar. The more exciting fact is that these bikes came with exemplary capacities to be modified and customized as per the whims and fancies of customers.
Honda manufactured many cruiser motorcycles since 1983 under the name of ‘Honda Shadow’. It consisted of bikes from 125 cc to 1100 cc. Let us have a look at some of the best bikes of Honda Shadow.
125 cc Class
Honda manufactured 125 cc cruisers for the European market as it perfectly fitted the rules, regulations and restrictions of Europe. These bikes came with chain drive and were extremely durable.
500 cc VT Class
Honda VT500C was first launched in 1983 had some futuristic features with regards to the 20th century. It featured chrome garnish on side covers and black engine covers. It had 491 cc V-Twin liquid cooled OHC three-valve six-speed engine under the hood.
The bike was excellent in looks. It established a new definition for what a classical machine should look like. Features like chrome headlight cover, same colour of fuel tank and rear fenders, chrome front fenders and tank decals attracted loads of customers. It looked astonishing and had made lots of fans all over the world.
600cc VT Class
Honda VLX Shadow 600 or VT600C was introduced in 1988. It sported 583 cc SOHC liquid cooled three-valve V-Twin four-speed engine. It had excellent performance and mesmerizing driving dynamics. This bike was ahead of its time in a plethora of ways. It was one of the few bikes that had single shock rear suspension. It was extremely successful and made lots of fans. Its classical cruiser like looks that included a large inclined fuel tank, chrome front suspension and headlight covers and dual chrome exhaust gathered lots of attention and made a distinct segment of cruisers.
It was so popular that many people started modifying their bikes to look like VT600C. Many bike customization shops offered VT600C lookalike modifications and were extremely popular.
700cc VT class
The 700cc Honda shadow bikes were known for their attractive looks and powerful cruiser engine. It had 749 cc liquid-cooled V-Twin six-speed engine and offered excellent performance and refinement.
It had round headlight with chrome cover, long windblast protector, polished chrome engine side covers with classical "Shadow 700' decaling on them. It had slightly backwards wrapped rear fender that attracted many customers. It had excellent looks and was immensely popular among riders who liked large capacity cruisers with astonishing looks.