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2000 Honda Shadow Aero 1100 VT1100C3 Review: Classic Looking Cruiser

Motorcycle: 
Year: 
2000
Color: 
Black
Video Review: 
Review Summary: 

The VT1000C3 Shadow Aero 1100 was my first motorcycle in the US. I had ridden sportbikes in Germany before but now wanted a cruiser.
I was torn between a Harley Roadking, the Yamaha Roadstar and the Shadow. I really wanted a Harley but couldn't afford one yet.
The Roadstar also had classic looks, quite a bit more power but was also more expensive. I loved the looks of the Shadow but wasn't sure how it would handle.
The dealership didn't offer much help, they wouldn't let me ride it. The best they could do was pull it on the side of the street and start the engine ...
I bought the bike anyway and fell in love with it right away. I got so many "nice Harley" compliments when riding this bike it wasn't even funny.

When I added the Roadhouse fishtail exhaust I finally got more power and sound out of it and it was just perfect for me now.
I rode it in 2002 all over the US, 18,000 miles in that year. I turned out to be not such a great ride for highway riding as it reved pretty high at 80mph and was a bit underpowered for my taste.
With a 21" Memphis Fats windshield, saddlebags and sissybar bag I could haul all the gear even for those extended trips.

I've convereted it many times, from beach cruiser with fringes on the floordboars to now more of a gangster look with an aftermarket fender, forward controls and apehangers.

Best Features: 
Classic Look Vtwin sound of the then single pin crank
Improvements: 
more power
Compares to: 
Roadstar 1600 V-star 1100
My Overall Rating: 
4
Power : 
3
Looks: 
5
Handling: 
3
Comfort: 
4
Quality: 
4
Price/Value: 
5
Buy Again?:
Yes
Your Height: 
very tall
Years Ridden (This Motorcycle): 
10
Miles Ridden (This Motorcycle): 
35,000
Owned: 
currently own
Riding Style: 
around town, commute, with passenger, short trips, long trips
Customized: 
customized
Customizations: 

Roadhouse Fishtail exhaust then switched to Bubs Big Willies
Apehangers
Jardine Forward Controls
Aftermarket front fender
Progressive Suspension Shocks
Kuryakyn ISO grips and wide blade levers
Steel braided cables
K&N Air filter

1 Comment

Sir, beautiful machine! I too have a honda aero.. and love it. Mine is a 1999. I am looking for ape hangers that will fit using my stock risers, controls, and iso grips. could you please advise me as to what style, brand , and size will fit. I come across 1 1/4 tampered down to 1 inch on grips and in center, but the center of all these bars are 5 1/4 .. and i measure my bikes at 5 3/4. please advise. and thank you in advance.