Honda is celebrating yet another anniversary in the company’s rich and influential history in motorcycling. It was 40 years ago in 1983 when the Japanese manufacturer introduced the Shadow, a motorcycle specifically targeting America's mid-sized V-twin cruiser market.
Over the years, the Shadow has become legendary, with design cues always keeping pace with the times while retaining its deep-seated roots of old-school comfort and charm. In 2010, the Shadow added Phantom to its name, adding a touch of alluring mystery.
Like so many Hondas, the Shadow has an indescribable appeal. It is an accessible machine for new riders, while at the same time possessing enough performance and style to satisfy more experienced enthusiasts.
The 2024 model year Shadow Phantom is set to retain its place as a top choice in the mid-sized cruiser segment.
Style and Design
The Shadow Phantom manages to modernize its design while retaining its bobber-style appeal. Low and lean, with tastefully blacked-out engine components, wheel rims, and exhaust pipes, the machine has an undeniably bold aura.
To me, the most significant detail is the smart yet simple two-tone paint scheme of the fuel tank. The graphic is aligned with the rake of the front end for a dynamic, melded look.
Spoke wheels and rubber fork boots speak of the yesteryear, with the sweep of the twin exhaust pipes exuding a gently muscled look.