I purchased this bike new in January 2004. Here is the bike in almost basic condition - just the rear carrier and sissy-bar have been added in this photo
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Bike with saddlebags fitted
left side of bike
Shadow saddlebag from Ledrie
Rear carrier and sissy-bar from Honda
Chrome radiator cover from Ledrie
Mirrors, handlebar grips and brake reservoir cover
The bike is fitted with a Scottoiler chain lubrication system. Click here to see the installation.
In Bermuda, the official speed limit is 35kph! The maximum engine size permitted for a motorcycle is 150cc.
The VT125 Shadow at John Smith's Beach during the Bermuda Classic Bike Club's 2005 Charity Christmas Ride
TYRES and SPOKES
For some reason, HWP (the local Honda dealer) doesn't stock replacement Bridgestone Tyres for the Shadow. They do stock the cheap Cheng Shin tyres that I would not put on my motorcycle. I therefore had to locate better quality tyres for my bike.
Fortunately, HWP did have a limited supply of Dunlop tyres for the front wheel (Dunlop F17) but none for the rear. I was able to locate the correct Dunlop rear tyre (D404) from online supply company Bike Bandit - www.bikebandit.com - and had one shipped to me.
After three years of use, the spokes on my bike were rusting and spoiling the look of the bike. As I was going to have the tyres replaced, I decided to have stainless steel spokes fitted. Unable to locate stainless spokes in Bermuda, I set about locating a supplier overseas.
Wheel House Tyres in England agreed to custom make stainless steel spokes for the bike. I had to buy sample spokes locally and send them over so that stainless replicas could be made (the rear wheel has two different spoke sizes whilst the front wheel has one). Now that they have the sizes on file, it should be easier for anyone else wishing to order some spokes. The Wheel House Tyres website can be located using this link - www.wheelhousetyres.com
Time to Sell the Shadow
After owning the Shadow for almost 4 years, I sold it. The Shadow had to make way for another classic bike. I used the funds from the sale of the Shadow to purchase a 1973 Honda CB125 to restore as well as a 2004 MZ RT125 to get me to work everyday.
Below are some photos of the Shadow at 3.5 years of age. I pampered the bike since new and I think she still looked terrific when I sold her. Hopefully the new owner will take equally good care of her.