1999 Honda Shadow VT1100 Tourer
- Make: Honda
- Model: Shadow VT1100 Tourer
- Price: Not Defined
- Year: 1999
- Engine: 1100
- Colour: Olive/Ivory
- Mileage: 8800
- Current Location: SOLD!!!
UK registered S634 TCV
This is a nice, reliable, fun to ride cruiser. You can cruise the A roads at 50mph or the Motorway at 90mph.
This beautiful low mileage example of the bike that Honda only manufactured for 4 years at the Marysville plant in Ohio USA before they were forced to stop due to a Harley Davidson lawsuit.
So-called “metric cruisers” from Japanese manufacturers had existed for a while, but no one would mistake one for a true American cruiser. Honda tried to change that by introducing a new version of the Shadow called the ACE, or “American Classic Edition.”
It took the American cruiser styling even further than the standard Shadow, with long fenders and a teardrop gas tank very much like a Harley. They even switched their V-twin engines from their standard dual pin crank to a single pin to get the stereotypical Harley engine note. Honda even printed “Made In USA” on the seat to remind everyone that despite being a Japanese company, this bike was just as American as any iron from Milwaukee.
This didn’t sit too well with Harley-Davidson. They filed lawsuits against Honda not only for copying their styling too closely but also for violating their sound trademark on the lope of a single pin crank V-twin. While sound trademarks are legitimate for short distinctive jingles, like the NBC chimes or 20th Century Fox fanfare, Honda argued that you couldn’t trademark the sound of an engine, particularly one like a V-twin that is common among many manufacturers. Yet there was little question the Honda had intentionally tried to mimic Harley’s sound with the single pin crank they used in the Shadow ACE. This change actually cost the engine 10 horsepower compared to its dual pin version, yet Honda seemed to believe that the loss in power would be worth the gain in cruiser cred.
Harley’s lawsuit against Honda lingered on into the early 2000s, with neither side ever really making a decisive argument. In the end, Harley-Davidson ended up dropping the case. By then, Honda had quietly discontinued the American Classic Edition of the Shadow. It seems the two brands agreed to disagree and just made the problem go away.
Honda VT1100T (a.k.a. Honda Shadow Ace Tourer) – was built and designed in Marysville, OH; however, the engine was manufactured in Japan. The VT1100T was made for four years 1998 – 2002 and it was Honda’s attempt to use some of the parts that they made for Honda Valkyrie Interstate model and also have a lower price bike that would compete against a Harley Road King, on the economy side. They put on saddlebags used Valkyrie Interstate , a heel toe shifter, windshield and longer forks, wider tires (Same as a Gold Wing 1500), higher first and second gear ratios into the standard 1996 – 2002 VT1100 Shadow Ace Cruiser. This also has higher horse power than some of the other VT1100s, as it does not have the cam balanced to sound or shake like a Harley. These bikes have rapidly become classics in the USA, finding super clean ones like this one is extremely difficult, finding one in this rare color combination nearly impossible.
This bike was purchased as part of a collection at an Estate Sale, at just 8k miles (cannot confirm but certainly looks that way) this bike is seriously in stunning condition.
All original and the rarest factory colours in Metallic Green/Cream plus subtle custom pin striping. This bike has lashings of chrome the overall combination set this bike apart and garner lots of thumbs up and comments.
A lot of extras are fitted and an easy transformation from full dresser to solo cruiser is easily achievable for a flexible riding style.
Brand new Dunlop tyres, fork seals and oil replaced, new brakes and service just completed to pass the MOT this is a nicely balanced and easy bike to ride with an unbelievable amount of punch from a 1100cc and super low maintenance from the shaft drive and water-cooled V Twin make this an easy bike to live with.
A future Classic and one that is very likely to continue rising in value.
Expensive extras fitted including: Vance & Hines exhaust that give it a nice rumble. Cobra running boards for the rider. Highway bar. LED headlight bulb. Highway light bar, Locking waterproof saddlebags. New OEM windshield, new OEM seat. New passenger backrest. 4.5 gallon fuel tank.
A Super rare and fully working Drag Specialties speedometer and tach. I have the owners Manual and a Clymer service Manual.