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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 09-18-2017, 04:19 PM Thread Starter
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Vulcan 750 vs Honda Shadow Ace 750

I'm looking for opinions here. I have owned two VN750's (86&87) and currently own a 2002 Honda Shadow Ace 750. Which do you think is the best between the two?
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Never touched a Shadow, but I would bet the ergonomics are better, for me personally, than the Vulcan.

You've had both, what did you think as far as the seat, bars, pegs?

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The Shadow has better ergonomics without a doubt a lot more room in the seat and a more comfortable reach to the bars. I have to say though, the stock seat on my last Vulcan had a bout the same comfort level as the Saddlemen seat on my Shadow.

The biggest complaint I have about the Shadow is the lack of power, HP and torque are both down on the Shadow. To get the same power in a Shadow you would have to move up to the 1100. The Shadow also feels heavier. The Vulcan was more fun to ride because it was sportier handling in the turns.
As far as the philosophical comment about Shadow's following things, that is spot on, it sure won't win any races with a Vulcan. But styling wise they are a better looking bike.
Thanks for the comments, I'm thinking seriously about switching rides from the Shadow to a 2004 Vulcan 750. Just weighing some options.
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The Shadow is more a 'fat bike' cruiser, and I would guess more 'tractor-like', similar to the Suzuki Boulevards. Though much better suited for 2-up riding.

The VN750 is a cruiser style with a sportbike heart. ... and legs.

When I'm around a bunch of tractorbikes, I tell'em I'm riding a dirt bike.

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The Shadow is styled after the American cruiser style hence the American Classic Edition (Ace) designation in it's name.
The Vulcan 750 is a true Japanese cruiser with it's 80's style like the original Shadow from 1983. And it's more form follows function style and more bang for the buck features, like the full instrument cluster including gas gauge and tachometer. The Vulcan has the torquie feeling like riding a large cc 4 stroke dirt bike more so than a tractor.
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Yep, the 2002 750 Shadow is a different bike than the 1985 750 Shadow. The older one is almost an exact copy of the Vulcan style wise (likely the other way around )
The 2002 Shadow was a direct style theft of the Harley. The bike got a different seat, a HD looking airbox and they somehow made it bigger. Boring bike.


Which ones "best"? Really? Asking folks on a Vulcan 750 forum if their bike is better than the Honda? LOL 😂
"Best" in what way? Looks? That's very subjective. The 1985 models of both bikes were so similar one could argue either way.
Honda did make some nice cruisers. The VTX 1300 maybe the best. But the Shadow 750, be it the earlier model or later one, didn't stack up to the Vulcan in most areas.
My neighbor has an early model Shadow. She likes it. I rode it. I'll stick with the Vulcan if I had to make a choice.

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Our 750 is the highest revving v-twin I've seen. Well I guess the VRod redlines at 9k, so beats us by 500.

The transmissions on the tractorbikes just kill me. Ka-chunka, ka-clunka, rrrrrrr, rrrrr, The Vulcan just rips through the gears. The fatbikes/tractorbikes dictate how you will ride. Most will not be zipping around corners in town like a Vulcan. Though there's at least one dude that can gymkhana a dresser Hog.

I suppose my best ergonomic mod would be moving the rear fender back a bit, and changing the seat to take advantage of that. When I get back to riding, I'm going to tilt the bars forward a bit. When I bought it they were tilted way forward, enough that my buddies said it looked strange when I was riding. I adjusted them back using the standard method, and bam, my seat problems began.

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my neighbor has a shadow Ace, not sure what size engine, but it sounds like an anemic lawn mower compared to my vulcan, which has stock exhaust

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