Honda Shadow 1100 Specs

Honda Shadow 1100 Specs

The Honda Shadow 1100 motorcycle belongs to the Shadow line of cruiser bikes produced by the Japan-based Honda Motor Company Ltd. The Shadow has been produced since 1983 and ranges in engine displacement from 125cc to 1099cc. Larger Honda motorcycles, ranging from 1300cc to 1800cc, do not belong to the Shadow line. Among the Shadow models manufactured are the VF100s, the Shadow ACE, the ACE Tourer, the Shadow Sabre and the Shadow Aero.

The Look

The Honda Shadow 1100 is a medium-sized cruiser for riders who want a bit more heft and road comfort for long distance traveling, but not a tourer that can be overwhelming in city riding. The bike generally comes in black, Pearl Dark Red, Metallic Dark Gray and Candy Dark Red, depending on the model-year. Late 1990 models were offered in Pearl Ivory Cream, Pearl Glacier White, Pearl Hot Rod Yellow with black trim and American Red with Pearl Glacier White, among other color schemes. Mechanically, the motorcycle generally remained unchanged over the years; however, its styling often changed. Oil and cooling lines in the later 1990 models, for example, were relocated to improve the bike’s profile. Yet its handlebar-mounted speedometer is rather utilitarian and spartan for a cruising machine.


The seat of the 2000 VT1100 C3 Shadow 1100 stands 28.5 inches off the ground. The rake of the front forks is angled at 32.4 degrees with the fork travel allowing 4.7 inches. The rear trail is 6.3 inches. The wheelbase measures 64.6 inches. The Shadow carries 4.2 gallons of fuel in the tank with just a tad over a half-gallon in reserve.


The engine of the Honda VT1100 C3 Shadow model is a 1099cc water-cooled, 45-degree V-twin with an 8.0:1 compression ratio. Its bore measures 3.44 inches, and the stroke is 3.59 inches. The engine, equipped with twin carburetors, generates 58 horsepower and 70 foot-pounds of torque. By contrast, the lighter 2000 Shadow Sabre generates 64 horsepower and 72 foot-pounds of torque. Power is transmitted on the 2000 Shadow models through a five-speed transmission with early versions equipped with a four-speed transmission.


The 2000 Shadow Sabre‘s front and rear brakes are single discs measuring 12.44 inches in diameter for the front brakes and 10.86 inches in diameter for the rear. Tire size is 120/90 x 18 inches. The suspension features spring-loaded rear dual shock absorbers adjustable in five positions. The shocks have a maximum travel of 3.9 inches. The 2000 Honda VT1100 C3 Shadow’s dry weight is about 615 lbs. The 2000 Shadow Sabre model is considerably lighter at 573 lbs.


The 1998 Shadow Aero 1100 could achieve an average 35 MPG with a range of 147 miles on a full tank of gas. It reached the quarter-mile in 15.13 seconds at 85.7 MPH and hit 3,310 RPM in top gear at 60 MPH.