Reviews of the Honda Shadow praise its convenient price and stylish form while complaining about its slightly underpowered engine. Reviewers also praise the ergonomics of the motorcycle's construction and the comfort of its riding position.
The 2010 Honda Shadow RS takes on a form similar to that of a Harley-Davidson Sportster, with foot pegs placed below the rider rather than on the front of the vehicle. This makes the rider adopt a neutral position that some reviewers claim is more comfortable than the forward-facing foot pegs of earlier models. The Honda Shadow has a comfortable seat and excellent suspension, giving even heavy riders a smooth experience.
The major drawback of the Honda Shadow is the power of its 745cc fuel-injected V-Twin engine. At 38.4 horsepower, the engine produces significantly less power than comparable engines of similarly sized motorcycles. For some reviewers, this makes the Honda Shadow ideal for riding around town but less than ideal for highway riding or intercity transport.
In a comparison with a Harley-Davidson Sportster, the Honda Shadow performed less than admirably, being beat out in a quarter-mile race with a motorcycle 61 pounds heavier and with an engine displacement only slightly larger than that of the Shadow.