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.
VT1100C ... specifications
- 1099cc liquid-cooled
45 degree V-twin
- Bore and
stroke: 87.5mm x 91.4mm
- Compression ratio:
- Valve Train:
SOHC with three valves per cylinder
- Carburetion: two 36mm
Solid-state digital with two spark plugs per
- Final Drive:
- 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:
- Rear tire: 110/80-15
- Wheelbase 65.0 inches
- Seat Height 28.7
- Dry Weight 553.0
- Fuel Capacity 4.2
gallons, including 0.6-gallon reserve
- Color: Pearl