2014 Honda Shadow Aero, Old-School Style, New-School Specs
Lovely to see Honda refining their bike-making art; a motorcycle doesn't necessarily have to be big to look big, and the 2014 Shadow Aero is the perfect example. A fat front wheel, full, deeply valanced fenders, a massive headlight and arched, pullback bars, laced rims and a low seat, they all speak of the heritage and retro DNA this bike boasts on.
On the tech side, the 645cc v-twin is fed through a 34mm throttle body operated by the Honda programmed injection system with automatic choke and electronic advance. This ensures hassle-free start-ups in the cold morning air or up in the mountains, and precise acceleration at your fingertips.
The 41mm fork comes with a 34-degree rake and a single 296mm rotor, backed by an 180mm in the rear. Dual adjustable shocks make riding with a pillion smoother while the shaft final drive needs virtually no maintenance at all.
Pack all these and add the peace of mind and safety (optional) ABS brakes bring and the affordable price, and you'll get a truly appealing bike both new and seasoned riders would like to swing a leg over. MSRP $8,240 and $9,240 for the base and ABS versions, respectively (€6,200-6,955).
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