2018 Honda Shadow Phantom 750 Review of Specs / Features | Cruiser / Motorcycle (VT750C2BJ)

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2018 Honda Shadow Phantom 750 Review / Specs - Price, MPG, Release Date - Motorcycle / Cruiser

Today we’re going to take a look at one of Honda’s most popular cruisers in the 2018 motorcycle model lineup – the 2018 Shadow Phantom 750 (VT750C2BJ). The Shadow Phantom celebrates the joy of back-to-basics motorcycling by delivering a V-twin ride packing a uniquely clean and uncluttered appearance. By staking out the low-profile approach to cool, the Shadow Phantom reinforces the idea that bling ain’t everything in a bike. If you want people to listen to you, a whisper can be louder than a shout. That’s the idea here: If you want to stand out in a world full of chrome and bright colors, maybe more chrome isn’t the answer. Maybe less is. Take one look at the Honda Shadow Phantom and you’re going to know that’s true. The Phantom is for riders who want a great bike, who love to ride and who want to make a powerful statement. Its blacked-out 745cc V-twin engine, black rims, bobbed fenders, spoked wheels and beefy front fork all set it apart from most of the other customs on the road.

  • Key 2018 Shadow Phantom Specs:
    • 2018 Honda Shadow Phantom Price / MSRP: $7,799
      • 2018 Phantom VS 2017 Phantom = $100 price increase
    • 2018 Shadow Phantom 750 Horsepower: 44.6 HP @ 5,500 RPM (33.5kW/5,500min)
    • 2018 Shadow Phantom 750 Torque: 47.9 lb ft TQ @ 3,500 RPM (65Nm/3,500min)
    • 2018 Shadow Phantom 750 MPG: 56 Miles Per Gallon
    • 2018 Shadow Phantom 750 Colors: Matte Black Metallic
    • 2018 Shadow Phantom 750 Model ID: VT750C2BJ
    • 2018 Shadow Phantom 750 Weight: 549 lbs (curb weight = full of gas etc)
    • 2018 Shadow Phantom 750 Seat Height: 25.8 inches
      • * For more detailed specifications scroll down to the bottom of the page…

There’s No Substitute for V-Twin Power – The Shadow Phantom’s 745cc V-twin engine features Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI), ensuring easy cold-weather starting and seamless, all-condition fuel delivery.

The Phantom Look – Black engine, frame, rims and handlebar—black everything—that’s the Phantom’s trademark look.

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Engineered for the Long Run – The Phantom’s durable and virtually maintenance-free shaft final drive ensures smooth, dependable power delivery to the asphalt. No hassles, no grease flying everywhere. Just smooth, quiet power transfer.

In 2007 Honda launched the popular VT750C2 Shadow. Based on the VT750 Shadow, it took similar design cues from classic cruiser tradition. However, the VT750C2 Shadow Phantom took the concept a step further with more traditional street rod styling, a leaner, meaner profile and a riding position that submerged the rider deep down in the bike for a full experience of the engine’s power. A new PGM-FI fuel injection system intensified the ride while improving fuel efficiency and emissions, and a large 17″ front wheel gave it an unmistakable presence on the street.

In 2010 Honda proudly introduced the Phantom, an intense variation on the Shadow Spirit theme with authentic bobber styling and a pure, minimalistic spirit. In one basic color, its bold character made its beefy performance and easy ownership all the more pleasurable. Over the years the Phantom has went unchanged except for the addition of new color options and variations each year. For 2017 the Shadow Phantom returns in Matte Black Metallic similar to what was used back in 2012 but this time around Honda has blacked out a few other miscellaneous pieces too that were originally a bronze’ish color.

Development Concept

The Shadow Phantom is based around a low, triangular profile that places the rider in the middle of the ride, and is accentuated with exclusive styling details. Proven technologies ease handling and usability, and deliver a highly involving yet relaxed ride. The fuel injection system is tuned for smooth, responsive control, allowing riders to enjoy the engine’s power. The maintenance-free shaft drive and reliable liquid-cooled engine mean stress-free ownership.

Riding the Phantom is a stirring experience, and its aggressive attitude and streetwise confidence create their own authority on the street.

Shadow 750 Engine

The power at the heart of the VT750C2B Phantom is supplied by the same 750cc liquid-cooled fuel-injected engine used in the VT750C2 Shadow that pumps out 44.6 horsepower and 47.9 lb/ft of torque. Its delivery is tuned for deep, rumbling pulses of power and torque. Accessibility and dependability are also essential to the VT750C2B experience, and the fuel injection system has been developed for quick throttle response and maximum fuel economy that comes in at 56 MPG.

2017 Honda Shadow Phantom 750 Engine Review / Specs - Cruiser Motorcycle

The liquid-cooled 52° V-twin engine powering the Shadow Phantom is a time-proven standard of Honda excellence, essentially the same configuration that provides strong, dependable power to all our 750cc V-twin cruisers. Its compact shape allows the frame’s central backbone to be lowered, facilitating the cruiser’s long-and-low profile. The engine features a long-stroke, single-pin crankshaft configuration and optimal mass to enhance the feel of its low rpm torque peak. Efficient combustion and instant power thrusts are provided by SOHC three-valve cylinder heads with dual spark plugs, while close-ratio transmission delivers strong, exhilarating acceleration from anywhere in the engine’s power range. The sensation of strong, direct power delivery to the rear wheel is down to the machine’s enclosed shaft final drive. Requiring only minimal maintenance, the shaft drive operates smoothly and quietly while enhancing the feel of the engine’s power.

The VT750C2B Phantom is equipped with a highly developed Honda PGM-FI fuel injection system, featuring an idle air control valve which precisely controls incoming air for smooth idling operation. The system ensures easy starting, instant throttle response and smooth, satisfying thrusts of acceleration. With accurate fuel flow monitoring, efficiency is also optimized, keeping both emissions and fuel consumption low.

The chrome-plated dual shotugun exhaust pipes that accentuate the length of the Phantom chassis are more than just a visual accent on its street rod styling. They also pump out an exhilarating sound that combines with the throbbing feel of the engine to create an exciting ride sensation.

Each exhaust pipe is fitted with an oxygen sensor that feeds data to the fuel injection system’s ECU and a HECS3 (Honda Evolutional Catalyzing System) low emissions system. This strictly regulates exhaust gases while still maintaining the engine’s capable performance and thrilling sound.


For its design inspiration the Phantom went back to its custom roots. Its clipped rear fender, triangulated profile and thumping engine acknowledge a heritage that reaches back for decades.

To true custom bike aficionados, style is important and any lapse in attention to detail is unforgivable. The Shadow Phantom is a perfectly turned-out celebration of an iconic style and culture. From its bobbed tail to its assertive front wheel, every contour is carefully styled. Its bold, kicked-out forks and raised handlebars provide the point of focus from which it leans back into a long, tapered tank.

2017 Honda Shadow Phantom 750 Review / Specs - Cruiser Motorcycle V-Twin Engine - VT750C2B

The instrument panel is placed on top of the tank. It features a large, easily readable speedometer dial, a compact assembly of practical gauges and indicator lights and an eye-catching silver-painted cover. The seat is easily the lowest in the 750cc cruiser class and creates a deep riding position that allows an easy reach to the grips and a laid-back cruiser feel.


The engine’s power is contained in a slim, lightweight and rigid double-cradle steel frame that is both responsive and easy to handle. A large-diameter single tube backbone and pressed steel pivot plates combine in a low overall chassis height, allowing for low tank and seat positioning. The seat rails and chopped rear fender are supported by a cast sub-frame. The frame design is an important contributor to the sensational ride quality, transmitting enough primary vibration to maximize enjoyment of the engine’s performance without allowing it to become uncomfortable.

2017 Honda Shadow Phantom 750 Review / Specs - Cruiser Motorcycle V-Twin Engine - VT750C2B

The extended 41mm front fork and 17″ front wheel create a remarkably responsive and comfortable package. On the left side, the shaft drive is integrated with the swingarm adding to the clean and simple look. The exposed rear shock absorbers are tilted forward, providing progressive damping and a comfortable ride with precise control. A fat 160mm rear tire emphasizes the sporty custom styling as well as adding to comfort. The powerful brakes perform with smooth efficiency. A large-diameter 296mm front disc with a responsive dual-piston caliper is paired with a conventional 180mm leading/trailing drum brake at the rear.

Features & Innovations

  • V-Twin Engine
    Nothing pumps out the torque like a big V-twin. The Phantom’s power makes it perfect for both around-town cruising, commutes and casual weekend-long rides.
  • Five-Speed Transmission
    Wide-ratio five-speed transmission lets you cruise the boulevard at a low, unhurried pace, yet allows you hop on the highway without revving the engine through the roof.
  • Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI)
    Forget about fiddling with a choke—the Shadow’s fuel injection system means no-hassle startups on cold mornings or at high altitudes, and optimal performance in any condition.
  • 2-into-2 Exhaust System
    Sleek pipes feature bullet-style mufflers for that classic cruiser style of yesteryear. Large-diameter head pipes and 2-into-2 system design combine to put out true, V-twin cruiser sound.

2017 Honda Shadow Phantom 750 Review / Specs - Cruiser Motorcycle V-Twin Engine - VT750C2B

  • Low Seat Height
    Skimming the pavement at just 25.7 inches, the Phantom’s low seat height makes flat-footing it at stoplights or in parking lots a breeze. And the Phantom’s narrow seat/tank junction makes it feel even lower.
  • Gunfighter Saddle
    Sleek, one-piece gunfighter-type seat is comfortable and looks great too.
  • Spoked Wheels
    Spoked black wheels and hubs feature a 120/90-17 front tire and 160/80-15 rear tire to complete the overall custom look.
  • Shorty Front Fender
    Minimalist front fender gives the Shadow Phantom a lighter, cleaner, more progressive look.
  • Front-Disc Brake
    If there’s one place you don’t want retro performance, it’s your brakes. That’s why Honda gave the Shadow Phantom a 296mm front disc clamped by a twin-piston caliper with sintered metal pads for distinctly modern stopping power. Rear brake is drum type.
  • Front Suspension
    Sturdy and responsive 41mm front fork features large-diameter matte finished shrouds and large billet-aluminum triple-clamp for a distinctive look. Delivers confident, neutral handling.
  • Rear Suspension
    Dual-shock rear suspension features five-position spring preload adjustability for a smooth ride.
  • Stylish Finish
    Bobber-inspired styling with extensive blacked-out and matte finishes.
  • Shaft Final Drive
    With the Shadow Phantom’s driveshaft you do not have to worry about the added maintenance of a chain or belt-drive. The shaft final-drive system helps provide a smooth and reliable low-maintenance option compared to other chain and belt-drive motorcycles on the market.
  • Three-Valve Dual-Plug Combustion Chamber
2018 Honda Shadow Phantom Specifications
Model VT750C2B
Engine Type 745cc liquid-cooled 52º V-twin
Bore x Stroke 79.0mm x 76.0mm
Compression Ratio 9.6:1
Induction PGM-FI w/ automatic enrichment, one 34mm throttle body
Ignition Digital w/ 3D mapping, two spark plugs per cylinder
Transmission Wide-ratio five-speed
Final Drive Shaft
Valve Train SOHC; three valves per cylinder
Front 41mm telescopic fork; 4.6 in. travel
Rear Dual shocks w/ five-position spring preload adjustability; 3.5 in. travel
Front Single 296mm disc w/ twin-piston caliper
Rear 180mm drum
Front 120/90-17
Rear 160/80-15
Rake (Caster Angle) 34°
Trail  161mm (6.3 in.)
Seat Height 25.8 in.
Ground Clearance  5.1 in.
Wheelbase 64.6 in.
Fuel Capacity 3.7 gal., incl. 0.9-gal. reserve
Color Matte Black Metallic
Curb Weight* 549 lbs.
2018 Honda Shadow Phantom 750 Specifications
Publication Order Numbers: Specification
Service Manual: 61MFE55
Owner’s Manual: 31MFE680
Engine: Specification, Units: mm (in)
Cylinder arrangement: Two cylinders, 52° V transverse
Bore and stroke: 79.0 x 76.0 mm (3.11 x 3.0 in)
Displacement: 745 cm³ (45.4 cu-in)
Cylinder compression at rpm: 1,373 ± 98 kPa (14.0 ± 1.0 kgf/cm²,199± 14 psi) at 400 rpm
Standard: 0.010 – 0.045 (0.0004 – 0.0018)
Service Limit: 0.10 (0.004)
Intake: 0.15 ± 0.02 (0.006 ± 0.001)
Exhaust: 0.20 ± 0.02 (0.008 ± 0.001)
Recommended engine oil/classification/viscosity: Pro Honda GN4 or HP4 4-stroke oil or equivalent/API SF or SG/10W-30
Oil capacity after draining/engine oil filter change: 2.5 liters (2.60 US qt, 2.20 lmp qt)
Oil pressure at oil pressure switch: 530 kPa (5.4 kgf/cm², 77 psi) at 5,000 rpm
Final Drive: Specification
Rear: Hypoid gear oil, SAE #80
Rear: 160 cm³ (5.4 US oz, 5.6 lmp oz)
Cooling System: Specification
Recommended antifreeze/concentration: Ethylene glycol antifreeze/1:1 w/distilled water
Coolant capacity,radiator and engine: 1.58 liters (1.67 US qt, 1.39 lmp qt)
Fuel System: Specification
Type/throttle bore: PGM-FI/34 mm (1.3 in)
Carburtetor/throttle body ID #: GQ9QA
Idle speed (+/- 100 rpm): 1,200 ± 100 rpm
Fuel pressure at idle: 333 – 353 kPa (3.4 – 3.6 kgf/cm², 48 – 51 psi)
Throttle grip/lever free play: 2 – 6 mm (1/16 – 1/4 in)
Suspension: Specification
Recommended fork fluid: Pro-Honda Suspension Fluid SS-8
Fork fluid capacity/and level: 474 ± 2.5 cm³ (16.0 ± 0.08 US oz)/100 mm (3.9 in)
Tires: Specification
Front  Size: 120/90-17M/C
Cold tire pressure: 200 kPa (2.00 kgf/cm², 29 psi)
Rear  Size: 160/80-15M/C
Cold tire pressure: 200 kPa (2.00 kgf/cm², 29 psi)
Battery/Charging System: Specification
Charging system type: Triple phase output alternator
BatteryCapacity/Model: 12 V – 10Ah or 11Ah/YTZ14
Fully charged: 13.0 – 13.2 V
Needs charging: Below 12.4 V
Normal: 1.1 A/5 – 10 h
Quick: 5.5 A/1.0 h
Regulated voltage at rpm: Measured BV < Measured CV < 15.5 V @ 5000 rpm
Lighting Equipment: Specification
Hi: 12 V – 60/55 W
Lo: 12 V – 60/55 W
Brake/tail light: 12 V – 21/5 W
Front turn signal/running light bulb: 12 V – 21/5 W X 2
Rear turn signal light bulb: 12 V – 21 W X 2
Ignition System: Specification
Ignition system type: Computer-controlled digital transistorized with el
Ignition timing (F mark): 8° BTDC at idle
Standard – NGK: DPR7EA-9
Spark plug gap: 0.8 – 0.9 mm (0.031 – 0.035)
Ignition coil peak voltage: 100 V min.
Ignition pulse generator peak voltage: 0.7 V minimum
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  1. My local dealer has a 2015 Phantom that they say is new with 1 mile on the odo, presumably untitled…what should I be aware of in a bike that’s been sitting for a couple of years? Where would I go to find out what a fair purchase price should be? Thanks in advance for your guidance!

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