The Honda VLX 600 was a cruiser motorcycle. It was also known as the “Honda Shadow VLX,” or under its internal company name of “Honda VT600C.” The motorcycle featured clean lines, and a low chopper style seat. It entered production in 1988. Initially the bike was available in candy blue and wineberry red. In 1991 Honda introduced the first model available in black, and it was the only color available for that year’s edition. The last edition of the Honda VLX 600 exited the production line in 2007.
Honda had two available models for the VLX 600. The two models were the standard production version of VT600C, and the deluxe edition which was dubbed VT600CD. The deluxe edition was also called the “Honda Shadow VLX Deluxe.” It entered production in 1993 and was available in a two-tone color. The bike had wider, slightly reshaped handlebars. It also sported a chrome engine case and valve cover. The deluxe edition was discontinued in 1998. The last version came with solid aluminum foot pegs, and hand rubber trim bands.
The Honda VLX 600 used a V2 four-stroke engine. It had a displacement of 583cc or 35.57 cubic inches. The engine was liquid cooled, and had a carburetor fuel system. The transmission type was a standard chain with a 4-speed gearbox. The suspension system was made of a front 39mm fork, and an adjustable seven-position single shock rear suspension. The brakes were a single disc front brake and a standard rear drum brake. The bike had a 63-inch wheelbase, and a riding height of 25.6 inches at the lowest position. The tear-shaped fuel tank was able to hold 2.90 gallons and had a reserve of 0.90 gallons. The average top speed of the VLX 600 was 100mph.
The VLX 600 was a good starter bike because of its low ride height and small figure. Used models and parts are still largely available. As of 2010, a standard version Honda VLX 600 will cost from $2,145 to $3,068. The deluxe version can cost up to $4,295. These prices will vary greatly based on mileage, production year, and condition.