By now, you probably can I am a chopper/cruiser rider. My last 2 bike being Shadow 400 and Marauder 125.
The Shadow VLX 600 is my latest ride. Compare to the Shadow 400, this Shadow VLX looks more like the Steed with minimal front and back wheel fender. Also the handlebar is higher and not as wide compared to the 400.
Overall it is a rather economical class 2 cruiser. Fuel consumption averaging about 150km to 10 l petrol. If I remember correct (that was 6 years ago) this is about similar to the 400.
The only gripe is the 4 speeds transmission. At top gear it gives a feeling that there is still another gear to shift up. Above 100kmh, the engine vibration is rather noticeable. Not sure if it is because this is an old 2nd hand bike. Other reviews online also mentioned about the vibration.
It is not a speed demon bike but as for me it has more than enough power and acceleration to pull away from a tailgating car in a swift.
Sundiro (新大洲控股) is a holding company with multiple businesses. The motorcycle business is a joint venture with Honda forming Sundiro-Honda Motorcycle Co., Ltd. (新大洲本田摩托有限公司).
(Interesting how things are linked, we just mentioned Honda in the last manufacturer post.)
Sundiro-Honda has manufacturing base in Shanghai, Hainan and Tianjin. Production capacity is 1.5million unit per year.
The Honda Shadow 400 was the last bike I had ridden before I sold it to a friend and left for China.
The Shadow was brought used from the same shop that I brought the Marauder. I basically traded in the Marauder and got the Shadow.
Having ride 2 smaller motorcycles, the Shadow gave me a taste of what power “pull” is like. Of course compared to motorcycles of similar capacity, the Shadow is really heavy and slow.
I remembered my first time on the Shadow, the handle bar was so wide and low and it to ok a while to get use.
Nice and stable, I had no accident with it except once I slipped while waiting at the red light. Boy, was it heavy to right the Shadow. I learnt never to ride with a flat soled business shoe.
(My Shadow was with a red-black color scheme)
Do you know Honda is largest producer of motorcycle in the world? A title it has maintained since the 1970s.
Like Suzuki, Honda also produces cars and engines. In fact, Honda is the largest internal combustion engine maker in the world.
Taking a look at the Honda’s Fiscal 2005 report, it is interesting to see that Asia is top in terms of number of units sold, but North America top in terms of net sales value. This should be no surprise for anyone that had visited any major Asian cities.
For a moment you might think Honda-Forums talk about all Honda bikes. But they seriously only focus on Honda sports bike. So if you are a speed demon, you will find company on the forum.
Check out also the workshop section where bikers talks about the maintenance of these speed machine.