1998 Honda VT1100C ... Shadow Spirit 1100

In 2000 when we decided that we wanted a pair of road bikes to play on, we scoured the want ads for used bikes.  We found this Honda Shadow Spirit (Honda's official moniker was the VT1100C) at a Ducati dealer in Watertown.

It was early August and the asking price was below book.  After very short negotiations, we got it for close to $2000 below the book price.  In all resects, this was a very nice bike.  It had nice lines, a sharp paint scheme (Harley racing colors!), a great sound, handled and performed very nicely, was quite comfortable to ride and only had 1500 miles on it when I bought it.

Ironically, I rode it for only a month and put about 1000 miles on it when I decided that I wanted a touring bike.  At the time, I stated that I had a frame mounted fairing on my motorcycle when I was 25.  Now that I was almost double that, I wanted that comfort again.  I sold it less than eight months later and because I sold it in the spring, I actually made money on it and still sold it for under book.  

This bike was a 1099 cc liquid cooled 45 degree V-twin with a 5 speed transmission.  This picture of it is the only one I took when I owned it.  We took a day trip along the St. Lawrence and the western end of Lake Ontario looking at lighthouses.  The backrest and saddlebags were on it when I bought it.  I added the Memphis Fats windshield (MEM3410) with mounting hardware (MEM9909).  It also had some sharp directional light trim on it which I transferred to the VLX when this was sold.

Model VT1100C ... specifications
  • 1099cc liquid-cooled 45 degree V-twin
  • Bore and stroke: 87.5mm x 91.4mm
  • Compression ratio: 8.0:1
  • Valve Train:  SOHC with three valves per cylinder
  • Carburetion: two 36mm CV
  • Ignition:  Solid-state digital with two spark plugs per cylinder
  • Transmission:  Five-speed
  • Final Drive:  Shaft
  • Front suspension:  41mm fork with 6.3 inches travel
  • Rear suspension:  dual shocks with five-way spring preload adjustability with 3.9 inches travel
  • Front brakes:  single disc with twin-piston caliper
  • Rear brakes: drum
  • Front tire:  110/90-19
  • Rear tire: 110/80-15
  • Wheelbase 65.0 inches
  • Seat Height 28.7 inches
  • Dry Weight 553.0 pounds
  • Fuel Capacity 4.2 gallons, including 0.6-gallon reserve
  • Color:  Pearl Orange/Black


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