2013 Honda Shadow Phantom review and specs


When you look at the new 2013 Honda Shadow Phantom motorcycle you will see that it is simply the right model for you.This is perhaps the most impressive motorcycle that Honda has.It has a distinctive look that could be described as evil look that you simply enticed to take for himself one such model.

2013 Honda Shadow Phantom review

Starting with its proven Shadow platform, Honda blacked-out the motor, paint, forks, wheels and most other parts to create the Phantom.

Mechanically, it fits forward-mount foot controls, bobber-style bars and a single-piece, gunfighter-style seat. A smaller front fender aids the clean, simple aesthetic. The wheels are spoked, but come in totally reasonable sizes: 17-inches front and 15 rear. Oh, and the speedometer is mounted on the 3.7-gallon tank.

The Shadow platform is about as proven as it gets. The 745cc v-twin uses both liquid-cooling and fuel-injection, feeding power through a maintenance-free shaft final drive and wide-ratio, five-speed gearbox. It develops a respectable 47lb-ft of torque and 45bhp.

Think of the Shadow as the friendly face of cruiser-style motorcycles. Where most others tend to be difficult-to-ride, slow and uncomfortable, the Shadow is safe, efficient and easy, without sacrificing the burbling character that defines the class.

2013 Honda Shadow Phantom

What’s Good:
All the cruiser style in a package that’s not just rideable, but actually good to ride. So long as you take it slow.

Instead of being a ridiculous exercise in excess, the engine simply gets on with the job of providing motivation and does so in a willing, accessible, friendly manner alien to most cruisers.

The brakes are strong, reassuring and have plenty of feel. You won’t quite be able to trail brake into a corner, but you can use them in anger without washing the front tire.

With a reasonable reach to the bars, an upright riding position and sensibly-located forward foot controls, this is one cruiser that’s legitimately comfortable too.

Handling is competent and safe in a manner that’s nearly reminiscent of a standard-style motorcycle.

What’s Bad:
The Phantom does without the Aero’s ABS or the RS’s mid-mount foot controls. The former would make it even safer and even more confidence inspiring, while the latter would boost both comfort and control.

The key is located under your left butt cheek and the steering lock out-of-the-way, behind the left fork. Both are hard to locate in the dark and awkward to reach.

2013 Honda Shadow Phantom side

2013 Honda Shadow Phantom specs

Engine Type
Engine Displacement
Bore & Stroke
Compression Ratio
Fuel System
Starting System
Final Drive
Rake and Trail
Wheel Base
Seat Height
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Front Brake
Rear Brake
Front Tire
Rear Tire
Fuel Capacity
Dry Weight
Shadow Phantom
52° V-twin, SOHC; three valves per cylinder
79 mm x 76 mm
PGM-FI with automatic enrichment circuit, one 34mm throttle body
Digital with 3-D mapping, two spark plugs per cylinder
Wide-ratio five-speed
34° / 6.3 in.
64.6 in.
25.8 in.
41 mm fork; 4.6 inches travel
Dual shocks with five-position spring-preload adjustability; 3.5 inches travel
Single 296 mm disc with twin-piston caliper
3.7 gallons, including 0.9-gallon reserve
549 lbs. (Wet)
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