2012-08-15 14:43:04+0000
  • Make:
  • Honda
  • Model:
  • Shadow Sabre
  • Year:
  • 2004

This is Pete and his son just outside Quebec City. They'd been touring Nova Scotia for a few days. It's the first time the father and son had taken a motorcycle trip together.

Pete's Honda Shadow Sabre is a limited edition. The front wheel is uncommon because of its design which is useless in the wind - it looks good but it acts as a sail. Coming around a corner reasonably slow, Pete got a gust of wind and it tipped the bike over. He was going at walking speed so it wasn't a big deal. I guess that's why you don't see this type of wheel on more bikes.

A Japanese made bike, the Honda Shadow Sabre (VT1000C2) was in production from 2000 to 2007. The VT1100 is the motorcycle engine used in numerous bikes in the Honda product line since its debut in 1985.Measuring 1098 cc, the engine is a 52 degree twin-cylinder with liquid cooling, and provides around 50 horsepower. This cruiser has a top speed of 101 mph (163 km/h).

At the time of production, the Shadow Sabre was the "hot rod" of Honda's cruiser line. It had a lower gearing than the other 1100cc Shadows, for a stronger punch off the line, while retaining exactly the same dual pin crank engine as the others. Some models used chain drive and the shaft drive returned with the 2004 to 2007 models. The most notable feature was its cast aluminum wheels. The majority of the Sabres in the United States were made in Marysville Motorcycle Plant, Ohio.

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