2003 Honda Shadow Spirit 750
by Amy S
I have several friends who ride Harleys and so of course a couple of years ago when they heard I planned to switch from my sport bike to a cruiser they all assumed I wanted a Harley as well. Which of course that was my original way of thinking until I started shopping around and test riding. After a couple of months I had narrowed my search down to 2 motorcycles (3 if you count the very unreasonable Victory Vegas Jackpot). An absolutely gorgeous Harley Sportster and a very attractive Honda Shadow. To be completely honest I was leaning more toward the Harley for the namesake and the black and orange cafe racer colors, but after riding the bikes one right after the other the Shadow was hands down the bike for me. And because I was buying my bike used I brought along a friend (Harley rider) to check out the bikes and give me his seal of approval. After he too rode both bikes we were both very surprised to find that he too actually like the balance and handling of the Honda more than the Harley. Of course he still has his Harley Dyna but I am the proud owner of a Honda Shadow Spirit. I still get lots of flack from friends (and obnoxious strangers) about not having a Harley but I still LOVE my bike and am very happy with my choice.