The 2017 Honda Shadow Phantom doesn’t need any introduction as the bike has made its presence felt throughout the auto industry. With several generational changes, the Honda has let this model grow and evolve elegantly. With its 2017 generational change, the Shadow Phantom brings forth redefined styling and improvements in performance. The Honda definitely looks to cope up with modern market requisites and take on its nearest competitors.
2017 Honda Shadow Phantom – Beautiful Styling
This new 2017 Honda Shadow Phantom wears a blackened chassis along with bodywork which projects a striking contrast. The chrome finished exhaust, front fenders, and mirrors – Honda has gone the distance to maintain aesthetics. The bike also sports a revised seat unit which now has a Gunfighter-type styling. The driver’s seat height measures 25.8 inches along with a narrow seat/tank junction. This seat opens up space for a passenger over the rear fender.
As compared to the previous-gen model, the 2017 Shadow Phantom sports a short front fender with a cleaner and uniform look. The headlight’s design now looks crisper which complements its classic profile.
The bodywork of this cruiser has been embodied in a standard tubular steel frame which has a double-downtube/double-cradle configuration. The stellar improvements in stability are brought out by the steering head’s 34˚ rake and an impressive 6.3 inches of trail.
As to the tires, the 160/8 rear and 120/90 front are factored into the equation for convenient cornerings (especially at low speeds). The 17-inch front and 15-inch rear wheels integrate tensioned-spoke rims which display a classic styling.
Further details include:
- Curb Weight – 549 lbs
- Length – 94.3 inches
- Height – 43.9 inches
- Width – 32.9 inches
- Ground Clearance – 5.1 inches
- Seat Height – 25.8 inches
- Wheelbase – 64.6 inches
One of the sole factors that contribute to improved handling and the overall performance is the revised suspension of 2017 Honda Shadow Phantom. To be specific, the front portion incorporates a fork-type unit which measures 41 mm. This rear unit also allows a full 4.6 inches of travel. The Honda has used dual shocks which have five-position spring preload adjustability and 3.5 inches of travel here.
2017 Honda Shadow Phantom – Engine Specifications
The 2017 Honda Shadow Phantom uses a 745cc liquid-cooled V-twin engine which has a 52˚ mount. This engine has a three-valve dual plug combustion chamber which helps in breathing sufficient air via the two intake valves. This efficient air supply not only boosts output but also improves fuel efficiency.
The engine’s digital ignition system includes two spark plugs in each cylinder along with 3D mapping function. Other details include:
- Valve Train – SOHC, three valves per cylinder
- Compression Ratio – 9.6:1
- Bore and Stroke – 79 mm × 76 mm
- Transmission – 5-speed wide ratio
- Induction – PGM-FI, single 34 mm throttle body and automatic enrichment circuit
- Final Drive – Shaft
- Fuel Economy – 56 mpg
- Emissions – EPA and CARB
2017 Honda Shadow Phantom – Competitors, Colors and Price
The 2017 Honda Shadow Phantom competes with 2017 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy and Suzuki Boulevard C50 B.O.S.S. The Phantom will come with two color options which include Black and Light Silver Metallic. Its buyers will have to pay as much as $7,499 (starting price) and an additional destination charge of $350 for this new bike.