Honda VT1100 Shadow: review, history, specs


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Class: cruiser

Production: 1985-2007

Successor: Honda VTX1300

Models
Honda VT1100C Shadow

1987-1996

(North America, Europe)

Honda VT1100C2 Shadow A.C.E. (Classic)

1995-1999

(North America, Europe)

Honda VT1100T Shadow A.C.E. (Classic) Tourer

1998-2001

(North America, Europe)

Honda VT1100C Shadow
Honda VT1100C2 Shadow A.C.E. (Classic)
Honda VT1100T Shadow A.C.E. (Classic) Tourer
Models (continued)
Honda VT1100C Spirit

1997-2007

(North America)

Honda VT1100C3 Aero

1998-2002

(North America, Europe)

Honda VT1100C2 Sabre

2000-2007

(North America, Europe)

Honda VT1100C Spirit
Honda VT1100C3 Aero
Honda VT1100C2 Sabre

History

History
Year Country Name / Frame / Engine
1985 USA Name: Honda Shadow 1100

Code: VT1100C / VT1100C AC

1986 USA Name: Honda Shadow 1100

Code: VT1100C / VT1100C AC

1987 North America Name: Honda Shadow 1100

Code: VT1100C / VT1100C AC, VT1100CH

1988 North America, Europe Name: Honda Shadow 1100

Code: VT1100C / VT1100C AC, VT1100CJ

1989 USA Name: Honda Shadow 1100

Code: VT1100C / VT1100C AC

1990 USA Name: Honda Shadow 1100

Code: VT1100C / VT1100C AC

1992 North America Name: Honda Shadow 1100

Code: VT1100C / VT1100C AC, VT1100CN

1993 North America Name: Honda Shadow 1100

Code: VT1100C / VT1100C AC, VT1100CP

1994 North America, Europe Name: Honda Shadow 1100

Code: VT1100C / VT1100C AC, VT1100CR

1995 North America, Europe Name: Honda Shadow 1100, Honda Shadow 1100 A.C.E.

Code: VT1100C / VT1100C AC, VT1100CS, VT1100C2 / C2S

1996 North America, Europe Name: Honda Shadow 1100, Honda Shadow 1100 A.C.E.

Code: VT1100C / VT1100C AC, VT1100CT, VT1100C2 / C2T

1997 North America, Europe Name: Honda Shadow 1100 Spirit, Honda Shadow 1100 A.C.E.

Code: VT1100C / VT1100C AC, VT1100CV, VT1100C2 / C2V

1998 North America, Europe Name: Honda Shadow 1100 Spirit, Honda Shadow 1100 A.C.E. / A.C.E. Tourer, Honda Shadow 1100 Aero

Code: VT1100C / VT1100C AC, VT1100C2-2A, VT1100C2W, VT1100T, VT1100C3W

1999 North America, Europe Name: Honda Shadow 1100 Spirit, Honda Shadow 1100 A.C.E. / A.C.E. Tourer, Honda Shadow 1100 Aero

Code: VT1100C / VT1100C AC, VT1100C2, VT1100C3 AC, VT1100C2X, VT1100T, VT1100C3X, VT100D2

2000 North America, Europe Name: Honda Shadow 1100 Spirit, Honda Shadow 1100 A.C.E. Tourer, Honda Shadow 1100 Aero, Honda Shadow 1100 Sabre

Code: VT1100C / VT1100C AC, VT1100C2Y, VT1100C2 AC, VT1100C3 / C3Y, VT1100T

2001 North America, Australia Name: Honda Shadow 1100 Spirit, Honda Shadow 1100 A.C.E. Tourer, Honda Shadow 1100 Aero, Honda Shadow 1100 Sabre

Code: VT1100C / VT1100C AC, VT1100C2 / C2 AC / C21, VT1100C3 / C31, VT1100T

2002 North America, Australia Name: Honda Shadow 1100 Spirit, Honda Shadow 1100 Aero, Honda Shadow 1100 Sabre

Code: VT1100C / VT1100C AC, VT1100C2 / C2 AC / C22, VT1100C3 / C3 AC / C32

2003 North America, Australia Name: Honda Shadow 1100 Spirit, Honda Shadow 1100 Sabre

Code: VT1100C / VT1100C A / VT1100C AC , VT1100C2 / C2 AC/ C2 A / C23

2004 North America, Australia Name: Honda Shadow 1100 Spirit, Honda Shadow 1100 Sabre

Code: VT1100C / VT1100C A / VT1100C AC , VT1100C2 / C2 AC/ C2 A / C24

2005 North America, Australia Name: Honda Shadow 1100 Spirit, Honda Shadow 1100 Sabre

Code: VT1100C / VT1100C A / VT1100C AC , VT1100C2 / C2 AC/ C2 A / C25

2006 USA Name: Honda Shadow 1100 Spirit, Honda Shadow 1100 Sabre

Code: VT1100C / VT1100C A / VT1100C AC , VT1100C2 / C2 AC/ C2 A

2007 USA Name: Honda Shadow 1100 Spirit, Honda Shadow 1100 Sabre

Code: VT1100C / VT1100C A / VT1100C AC , VT1100C2 / C2 AC/ C2 A

Specifications

Honda VT1100 Shadow: specs.

Specifications
DIMENSIONS Overall length 2325 mm / 91,5 in – VT1100C (1985-1986)

2376 mm / 93,5 in – VT1100C (1987-1996)

2380 mm / 93,7 in – VT1100C (1997-2007)

2435 mm / 95,9 in – VT1100C2

2485 mm / 97,8 in – VT1100T

Overall width 810 mm / 31,9 in – VT1100C (1985-1986)

791 mm / 31,1 in – VT1100C (1987-1996)

880 mm / 34,6 in – VT1100C (1997-2007)

965 mm / 38,0 in – VT1100C2, VT1100T

Overall height 1230 mm / 48,4 in – VT1100C (1985-1986)

1200 mm / 47,2 in – VT1100C (1987-1996)

1220 mm / 48,0 in – VT1100C (1997-2007)

1160 mm / 45,7 in – VT1100C2

1430 mm / 56,3 in – VT1100T

Seat height 750 mm / 29,5 in – VT1100 (1985-1986)

660 mm / 25,9 in – VT1100 (1987-1993)

690 mm / 27,2 in – VT1100 (1994-1996)

730 mm / 28,7 in – VT1100 (1997-2007)

Wheelbase 1610 mm / 63,4 in – VT1100C (1985-1986)

1651 mm / 65,0 in – VT1100C (1987-1996)

1650 mm / 65,0 in – VT1100C (1997-2007), VT1100C2

1655 mm / 65,2 in – VT1100T

Ground clearance 150 mm / 5,9 in
Dry weight 245 kg / 540 lbs – VT1100C (1985-1986)

242 kg / 534 lbs – VT1100C (1987-1996)

251 kg / 553 lbs – VT1100C (1997-2007)

260 kg / 573 lbs – VT1100C2

284 kg / 626 lbs – VT1100T

Curb (wet) weight
FRAME Type Steel
Front suspension, travel Telescopic fork 41 mm
Rear suspension, travel Swingarm with twin-shock
Front tire size 110/90-18 61H – VT1100C (1985-1986)

110/90-19 62H – VT1100C (1987-2007)

120/90-18 65H – VT1100C2

130/80R-18 66H – VT1100T

Rear tire size 140/90-15 70H – VT1100C (1985-1986)

170/80-15 M/C 77H – VT1100C (1987-2007), VT1100C2

170/70R-16 75H – VT1100T

Front brake Dual disc, 269 mm, 2-piston caliper – VT1100C (1985-1986)

Single disc, 316 mm, 2-piston caliper

Rear brake Drum – VT1100C

Single disc, 276 mm, 1-piston caliper – VT1100C2 / C3, VT1100T

Fuel capacity 15,0 l / 4,0 US gal – VT1100C (1985-1986)

13,0 l / 3,44 US gal – VT1100C (1987-1996)

15,8 l / 4,17 US gal – VT1100C (1997-2007), VT1100C2, VT1100C3, VT1100T

Trail 161 mm (6,3 in)
Fuel economy 5,17 l / 100 km (45,5 mpg)
ENGINE Type Water cooled 4-stroke
Cylinder arrangement 2 cylinders V-twin
Bore & Stroke 87,5 x 91,4 mm
Displacement 1099 cm³ (67,0 cu in)
Compression ratio 9.0:1 – VT1100C (1985-1986)

8.5:1 – VT1100C (1987-1996)

8.0:1 – VT1100C (1997-2007), VT1100C2, VT1100C3, VT1100T

Valve train SOHC, 3 valves per cylinder, hydraulic tappets
Max. power 78 hp (58 kW) / 6000 rpm – VT1100C (1985-1986)

67 hp (49 kW) / 5500 rpm – VT1100C (1987-2007)

53 hp (39 kW) – VT1100C2, VT1100T

Max. torque 101 Nm (10,1 kg*m) / 4500 rpm – VT1100C (1985-1986)

91 Nm (9,27 kg*m) / 2700 rpm – VT1100C (1987-2007)

88 Nm (8,9 kg*m) / 2700 rpm – VT1100C2, VT1100T

0 to 100 km/h 6,1 sec
Top speed 172 km/h (107 mph)
CARBURETION SYSTEM Type Carburetors, 2x Keihin CV36
ID VD7XX – 1985-1986

VDGXX – 1987-1996 (VT1100C)

VDKXX – 1995 (VT1100C2)-2007

DRIVE TRAIN Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Transmission 5-speed constant mesh – VT1100C (1985-1986), VT1100C (1997-2007), VT1100C2, VT1100C3, VT1100T

4-speed constant mesh - VT1100C (1987-1996)

Final drive Shaft
Primary reduction 1.692
Final reduction 3.091
Gear ratio

I

II

III

IV

V


2.375

1.391

1.037

0.888

0.766

ELECTRICAL Ignition Transistorized
Alternator 329W at 5000 rpm
Battery capacity 12V-16AH

Images

Honda VT1100 Shadow: images, gallery.

Honda VT1100C Shadow (1985-1986)
Honda VT1100C Shadow (1987-1996)
Honda VT1100C2 Shadow A.C.E.
Honda VT1100T Shadow A.C.E. Tourer
Honda VT1100C Shadow Spirit
Honda VT1100C3 Shadow Aero
Honda VT1100C2 Sabre

Videos

Honda VT1100 Shadow: video.

1988 Honda VT1100C Shadow
Honda VT1100C2 Sabre
2000 HONDA VT1100 SHADOW 1100 SPIRIT

Manuals

Honda VT1100 Shadow: manuals, parts, microfiches.