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Honda Shadow VLX Deluxe

submitted by Jan H. & Puddin

I am 5'6" tall and can flat foot a Honda Shadow VLX easily. I think it is a great starter bike because you won't want to move up to more power in a month or two after you have gained confidence with this bike. It takes the twisties just fine and is also good on the highway. I recommend the Deluxe model over the regular model because there is less chrome for you to buy after market. That can save you a bunch. There are plenty of after market goodies available for you to personalize this beauty too! This is a four speed 600cc engine with plenty of pep. I added Vance and Hines slash cut pipes to mine when I owned one. I found out I didn't like the louder sound, but you may just like it. It did increase my gas mileage a little bit. It's a fun bike.


The VLX is a great beginner bike. After researching lots of bikes, I decided on the VLX because of the low seat height. It has a seat height of 25" which is about 2 inches lower than the Yamaha V-Star 650, and it's about 50 lbs lighter than the V*. (I sat on both).


Thanks to Jan for submitting her personal review. Jan says, "I currently ride a Kawasaki Vulcan Classic 800 and have ridden over 20 years on 5 different bikes. I belong to Southern Cruisers, and Greater Gwinnett Motorcycle Club (secretary)."

Thanks to Puddin for submitting her personal review. Puddin says, "I ride a '99 VLX, been riding about 5 weeks, after taking the MSF Basic Riders Course. I am in CMA (Christian Motorcyclists Assn) and Star Touring and Riding Chapter."

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