2010 Honda Shadow RS First Look

2010 Honda Shadow RS First Look

There are 38 comments on the Motorcycle USA story from Nov 12, 2009, titled 2010 Honda Shadow RS First Look. In it, Motorcycle USA reports that:

The Shadow RS is the sportiest of the quartet of low-slung beginner bikes, all of which are powered by the same liquid-cooled 745cc V-Twin. Like the new-for-2010 Shadow Phantom, the RS is fuel-injected while the less expensive Aero and Spirit retain their 34mm CV carburetors.

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bagger dude

Baden, PA

#22 Jan 24, 2010
MotorMike wrote:
Hey if you can afford the HD dealer maintenance, parts, upgrades and "lifestyle"...then get the HD Sportster XL883, it's an excellent motorcycle. However if you are not out to join an "elitist" group or you already trust Honda bikes because they have a solid reputation and won't break you in the parts/maintenace dept...then get the Honda. There's a bike for everyone out there, just get what fits your "lifestyle", what ever that might entail and enjoy the fact that it's on two wheels baybee!
wow..railing on harley folks with cool clothes...ever hang around any "wingers"? YIKES!
bagger dude

Baden, PA

#23 Jan 24, 2010
and I buy a service manual for every bike I own and do my own work...good for the soul.
bagger dude

Baden, PA

#24 Jan 24, 2010
UCBKMC wrote:
I ride a Harley & have friends that ride the Shadow. I tease them about staying the 3rd gear to they can keep up with me & they tease me saying they are riding slow so they can pick all the parts falling off my bike. It is all in fun. Harley & Honda or whatever....they are out there enjoying the breeze on their face. End of conversation.
AAANNND.... three years from now when your Harley still runs and looks like new and the import stuff is falling apart with faded paint and rusty chrome and is worth snake poop...you will emerge the hero as you should. Tear both bikes down at 65,000 miles and see what's left..HA!
mark bayer

Kansas City, MO

#25 Jan 25, 2010
All companies copy each other. HD copied the custom builders back in the early 70's with the Superglide. HD is now copying the specialty bike manufacturers and the "new custom" craze. There is no problem with that, they have every right to build for their customer. The first "cruiser" was an Indian, then Excelsior, then Henderson, then was copied by HD back before 1917. Harley tried to break out of the "cruiser" market in the 1970's but it didn't work. They even developed an in line four (Honda CB750 like). I like all bikes and that includes Harleys. What gets old is the criticism of the different brands! Harley has done very well in the marketing arena which is good for them. Harley is not a company known for innovation. Don't even try to pretend that they have! The new Harleys are really good looking, good sounding, fairly reliable, and are user friendly. They are not the "only" motorcycle, they are not the "best" motorcycle, they are not the "most modern" motorcycle, and they are not the most "reliable" motorcycle. Harley appeals to the "rebel" biker which is it's base. If you like Harley's, great, just don't be so critical of all the other motorcycles. I think if more motorcyclists would be honest about what "they" like and let others "like" what they want, we could enjoy the variety more! Check out:www.vcme.9f.com

United States

#26 Jan 25, 2010
bagger dude wrote:
<quoted text>wow..railing on harley folks with cool clothes...ever hang around any "wingers"? YIKES!
Actually I hang out with most types of biker groups including HD / cruisers/baggers/rats/rods/met ric/sports bikes/off road...and yeah..wingers too. The "elitist" comment was for another person that seemed to be a closed mind to all other motorcycles except HD...like there are no other choices under the sun. To those that would look down thier noses because someone rides something else other than an HD, to me that just what it is...a closed mind. Myself I have ridden and owned an HD/MotoGuzzi/Honda/Suzuki...an d ridden many others besides those mentioned. I don't really care what motorcycle you are riding, I think the person and their ideals are more important. I know many people that ride all sorts of different bikes...for the most part all are fairly decent folk. I see no reason to put down a person if they like the Honda Shadow RS...if you don't like the bike then fine, say so...it's a forum after all...but if you have to put someone down in the act of doing so, then that my friend is just sad. There's enough factions in the world that would love nothing more than to part the good people that love this country, lets not give them any help. Bikers in this country are opressed enough by central and local government, we should rather stick together in support of each other instead of quibbling like school children arguing to the tune of ..."my dog's better than you dog"...geeze.
bagger dude

Medical Lake, WA

#27 Jan 26, 2010
Both of you are right on the money! I've ridden and owned all types of all brands. Last year I had an R1, sporty prostreet, sporty bobber, and my Roadbarge in the garage all at the same time. The economy dictated I cut the fleet to one. The Roadbarge was the clear choice since my lovely wife throws a leg over 2-3 times a year....ha ha. I agree, lots of Harley "riders" get smug really fast after their big purchase puts them on a peanut butter and jelly diet and they must be justified. All brands put out quality products or they would go under.......shit, you ever ride that ugly-ass Yamaha Raider? The thing out pulls anything I've ever ridden and handles great, the brakes are super as well. Didn't rush out and buy one since I'm currently living in a pup-tent with my Harley, eating P.B.J.'s. PEACE!!!

Mesquite, TX

#28 Jan 30, 2010
What the hall they almost got it right then they got stupid and out with the chain. Would you want your every day car to have a chain to adjust and lube all the time. Would you want solid lifters on your car. I dont know about the rest of the world but I would like a nice maintenance free good looking bike. In 85 Honda was on top of their game with the nighthawk S. Take that Idea add water cooling, fuel injection and all disk brakes with traction control and antilock brakes -perfection. I dont care if its inline 4 or Vtwin. Just give it plenty of power, good looks, comfortable seating position, very low maintenance, great brakes, and somewhere between 650 and 1000 CCs.

Los Angeles, CA

#29 Jan 31, 2010
Iam 51 years old and have owned 21 bikes in my life honda/yamaha /indian/bww and HARLEY all those other bikes were nice and I had fun BUT compaired to my TWO HARLEYS and the lifestyle the othes were a waist of time and money. THIS IS FOR YOU FRANK

Billerica, MA

#30 Feb 2, 2010
The Honda has dual overhead cams and is just more tame than the 883 rocker arm motor. Some people will like that. I have ridden an 883 Iron as well as the Nightster 1200. They are all good bikes. The Honda is a cleaner kind of look and feel whereas the Harley is more about character. The new Harley 48 is excellent as well. Very nice custom look. So many nice bikes these days.

La Mirada, CA

#31 Feb 2, 2010
Ohhh, yeahhh, I like that Fourty-Eight too! New (farther)-forward controls on this model frame will let this bike fit tallers guys like me too. The short fenders, fatter tires, peanut tank and pan seat make a big difference in the over-all look for sure. GOOd-Lookin' Bike. Oh...sorry for derailing this forum thread in advance.

Minnetonka, MN

#32 Feb 15, 2010
Incognito guy wrote:
<quoted text>
Hey "Frank", owning a Harley is more than price. Its a Lifestyle and preference to be part of a select few. I've seen ur postings in other places, "bashing" Harley.. Now maybe you got burned in a situation, or your broke-a$$ cant afford a Harley, I dont know. But if you dont like the bike MOVE-ON to another thread! Like the kiss-a$$ Honda thread.
Blah blah... Harley is still a piece of junk.

Erie, PA

#33 Feb 16, 2010
Who are the HD people kidding? The first thing Willie G. did was outsource parts to FOREIGN countries so HDs could be better. HDs are ASSEMBLED in the U.S., not made. Talk about copying.

"Rather than trying to match the Japanese, the new management deliberately exploited the "retro" appeal of the machines, building motorcycles that deliberately adopted the look and feel of their earlier machines and the subsequent customizations of owners of that era. Many components such as brakes, forks, shocks, carburetors, electrics and wheels were outsourced from foreign manufacturers and quality increased, technical improvements were made, and buyers slowly returned."

Denver, CO

#34 Feb 23, 2010
Frank wrote:
Honda makes an excellant bike at a fair price unlike Harleys that are way overpriced junk.
Who cares about these insignificant pygmies! When is big red going introduce a new super-cruiser to replace/supplant/supplement the mighty VTX 1800??? Look what Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki and even HD have done lately; many new and impressive models...and, of course, the reintroduction of the matchless V-Max, the ultimate bad-assed street fighter/super cruiser. Honda need not dally with toy bikes when it's in grave need of attending to its pack leader of old. Should have introduced that killer techno/street rod shown in the Tokyo shows back in "04!!! How's about a 2000c.c., chain driven, 240/250 rear ended, raked, six speeded street sweeper to knock 'em dead???!!!

Denver, CO

#35 Feb 23, 2010
...Had access to an EVO (HD ) S&S mill being broken down and it's inner components are predominantly CHINESE in origin! Just thought I'd throw this tid-bit into the mix...:)

Rochester, IN

#36 Mar 3, 2010
I will offer my two cents on the Harleys vs. Honda (and other foreign bikes). Though HD may offer a low price model at around $7k, bear in mind that this is their absolute cheapest bike. The overall average price of their bikes are in the neighborhood of what it would cost to purchase a new car. Some Harleys cost upwards of $35k. The Yamaha VMAX costs around $19k, which is their most expensive motorcycle.

In looking into what makes Harleys so expensive, one thing caught my eye: Harley manufacturing plants are unionized. In fact, they had a strike at their main plant in 2007. Some folks may subscribe to the whole union mentality, but after having worked in a union shop for a few years (as an outside contractor)- I most certainly am not willing to pay a premium on a product simply because it is tagged with a flimsy line such as "American Made", when it's actually "Union Made". Uh huh, I think I will go ahead and buy that Honda just to put my boot up another union's ass!!

Since: May 10

Sonipat, India

#37 May 6, 2010
Honda always make good cars.be it on looks basis or performance.Both are awesome for Honda cars.

Honda Wheels
dragon breath

Chicago, IL

#38 Jan 30, 2013
I love my shadow spirit
Mr Giblets


#39 Oct 1, 2013
HD will have to watch it, or they will be rubbed out like the British industry was before. People now are very nostalgic for British bikes and the whole '60s retro thing, but they were really unreliable and often badly built. Having a machine that breaks down and calling it "character" doesn't work with the public. I have just rebuilt a 1995 Shadow, and the Honda workmanship is very good. No need to even strip the engine.

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