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