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post #1 of 32 Old 09-22-2012, 11:21 AM Thread Starter
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Is a Shadow 750 enough for 2 up?

Looking at the cruiser market. I have a short inseam (27") so anything with a long reach to the pegs is out. Trouble is of the bikes I have looked at they have forward contols & I have to just about sit on the tank to reach. I have test rode a Sabre & Yamaha Road Star. Both are a real stretch to ride for me. I looked at the Shadow & it looks like it might fit. so the question is would it be enough of a bike for 2 up rides? No big long trips, or day trips for that matter, just occasional rides. Thanks

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I wouldn't think you'd have any problems on short trips. I'd probably stay off of the highway with it though.

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If I was into the cruiser control setup a Shadow 750 would be an excellent choice for a trip from L.A. to New York. Honda has been making variations on that motor for over 20 years and have had plenty of time to massage any niggles out of it. I know several people who have made it their primary two up touring bike, one of which has well over 100,000 miles on it with absolutely no problems whatsoever.

Ignore the advice that you need at least 100 HP to tour! It just ain't so. Load your passenger of choice on the back and just take off. It'll do just fine, yes even on the highway.

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I stand corrected. I shouldn't have assumed it would lack power on the highway 2 up.

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I have a vtx 1300 and short inseam and its not bad, controls are forward but not real far forward. It has been great for two up trips. Check one out bit more power than 750 and just as nice riding. Either bike should do fine

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depends on the weight of the rider + passenger, But it'll do it without issue either way.

I have a 2000 Shadow Ace 750 and used to ride with my ex gf all the time, no problems but on the highway it was a tad weak, but still didn't have problem passing. We would have been about 275lbs together.

My parents also had a 750 shadow, they weighted together about 350lbs and it still went on the highway, but had a harder time (of course) when passing.

General riding on back country roads, the 750 has no problem at all.

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Have a shadow vlx 600 which has only 4 gears, and it would stomp any newish model 750 which is always fun.

Rode it 2-up all the time on the freeway with zero issues. Check it out, it would be a pretty good option for you. I would get a 98 or older which is dual carbed as opposed to 99+ which is single carbed.

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Have you looked at the Honda Magnas? They are a little older but the 750 V-4 make a little more power than a V-Twin.

My GF was looking at the Shadow 750 because it looked like a smaller bike for her to handle. We eventually stumbled across an 03 Magna with incredibly low miles and a great price. From time to time we ride 2 up on the Magna and it has no problems moving down the freeway at 90 mph.

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My cousin has one of these. 87 v45 magna. Super sweet bike. And real cool too.



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They make scooters that can be ridden 2-up well past legal freeway speeds, so a 750 should have more than enough grunt for riding 2-up.

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Get a larger bike than a 750 twin if the majority of your riding is going to be 2 up. With just you on it, it will be just ok. My buddies wife has one and I've put a few miles on it. That being said, I wouldnt own one. Its just got zero oomph compared to what I'm use to. Yea..yea yea,you dont NEED 100hp to tour but if the thing doesnt give you that "special" grin when you ride it, whats the point?

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Magna's are wicked cool!!! It is my goal one day to buy one to mod out.

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As someone who has a Shadow 750, I can say with absolute confidence that yes, it'll be fine with 2 people and luggage. It's also more nimble and flickable than a 1300 VTX, which I had for a while too. In fact, I traded the VTX in on a 750 just because it handled so much better.

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In fact, I traded the VTX in on a 750 just because it handled so much better.
Should of went the other way...This is one of my BIG, heavy, comfy cruisers. Quite brutal for what it is. Just did a 3800 mile 2 week trip on it and in most instants, I'd prefer to be on the 1800 rather than the Goldwing.
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My brother owns a 03 Shadow Spirit 750. I've borrowed it on several occasions and road 2 up with no problems at all. My dad has a 85 Magna, and for what it is, it will fly. Both are really awesome bikes with plenty of power for cruising 2 up.

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My brother and his wife go everywhere on his Vulcan 800. He's in the Iron Order MC and they have parties all over the place, latest one was in Evansville, IN and they live in Central IL. They have even come all the way to NC on the little guy. You don't need a big bike for two up or touring. Hell, he put major miles on a little Nighthawk 250 running up and down I-55 all the time. The 'I need a big bike with power' excuse is just something we tell the women so we can get the latest and greatest go fast machine. Makes me wonder how anybody got anywhere with a measely 45HP...

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You don't need a big bike for two up or touring. Hell, he put major miles on a little Nighthawk 250 running up and down I-55 all the time.
I bet that was just a blast to do......I once road my 1981 CSR305 from Detroit MI to Cleveland Oh. Did I make I make it to my destination?....Yes.
Was it at all a fun ride......ahhh, no. If you want to be "that guy" that road all those miles on a small bike,then by all means buy the small bike and just do it. Just be ready to take a hit on it when you sell it after you realize you just should of bought a bigger one in the first place.

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I bet that was just a blast to do......I once road my 1981 CSR305 from Detroit MI to Cleveland Oh. Did I make I make it to my destination?....Yes.
Was it at all a fun ride......ahhh, no. If you want to be "that guy" that road all those miles on a small bike,then by all means buy the small bike and just do it. Just be ready to take a hit on it when you sell it after you realize you just should of bought a bigger one in the first place.
Eh, it was his first bike and he enjoyed that little bike. It was good around our home town and got 70mpg with him on it. He put alot of miles on that thing and he still got what he paid for it when he sold it.

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Thanks for all your replies. Sorry I havent posted earlier but life has been a little crazy as of late. You all have giving me so things to think about

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Have you looked at the Shadow RS? It's in the Honda shadow cruiser line, but is set up for standard foot position. May fit you a little better. Many believe the standard riding position makes slow speed maneuvers much easier and the RS is also a 750.

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my buddy and his wife fully packed go every where on there shadow 750...he loves it.. does everything well......and yes he has a grin from ear to ear........he ride the hell out of it...on the other hand he could own 25 bikes and be a know it all

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I have an 03 Shadow Spirit. I've never done 2up cruising on it and I probably never will. In my opinion the bike is too small to do 2up riding. I think it does have enough power to handle it, but I don't believe that my passenger nor I would be comfortable for very long - a bit too cramped. On short rides though I think it would be ok.

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I have an 03 Shadow Spirit. I've never done 2up cruising on it and I probably never will. In my opinion the bike is too small to do 2up riding. I think it does have enough power to handle it, but I don't believe that my passenger nor I would be comfortable for very long - a bit too cramped. On short rides though I think it would be ok.
My bro has an '03 and he 2 ups with his wife all the time. Then again he has a mustang seat on his too.

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I have an 03 Shadow Spirit. I've never done 2up cruising on it and I probably never will. In my opinion the bike is too small to do 2up riding. I think it does have enough power to handle it, but I don't believe that my passenger nor I would be comfortable for very long - a bit too cramped. On short rides though I think it would be ok.
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My bro has an '03 and he 2 ups with his wife all the time. Then again he has a mustang seat on his too.
Puh'lease.....

Rode 2-up on my ninja 250 all the time! Sometimes for 6+ hours...

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i change a local guys tires for him on his 05 750. he has 170,000 miles on it. he does ride 2 up every now again and says its fine... but then again when he drops his bike off to me he jumps on his wifes rebel and rides 2 up on that, so he is not to picky.


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Weight capacity for the 750 I just downloaded a manual for says 375 lbs. That being said,i am about 315 and my wife is around 145, we ride together just fine. It's a cruiser not a speed bike.

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I had a CB750 and it handled 2 people like nothing. I guess if you love to ride nothing will stop you from getting there. I can't complain about performance, I wasn't trying to race anyone. The gas mileage was outstanding too.

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Power wise, the thing is capable enough for 2up. People are afraid to beat the shit out of an engine and prefer to have a 140 hp bike and use the bottom 30% of the rev range. Sure, you'll have to downshift to take over cars but this is why you have a manual transmission.

This is not a big bike so the only worry I'd have with touring is being comfortable enough. If both of you measure above 6feet and weigh 250 pounds, this might not be the best bike for long distances. If you're comfortable on the bike, go for it!

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These are bullet proof bikes. I spent a weekend on a 1100 Shadow once and found it to have ample grunt. The only issue with the 750 I've ever heard tell of is the limited range. If you find yourself 2 up in a headwind, fuel consumption of the laboring v-twin will rise. You might want to carry extra gas or look into an aux tank.
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If 2up on a grom works, 2up on a 750 is nothing.


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A shadow spirit 750 was my first bike 8 years ago. Gave my future wife a few rides on it and we no problems. Plenty of power to haul us around. (We weighted 310 lbs together) The low seat height helped any time we stoped. It was a great bike. To bad I wrecked it in the rain. I'd still own it today.

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