Rough, ready, and back to basics, the Honda Shadow Phantom is available in any color you like, as long as it’s Matte Silver Metallic or Black. It shares the same platform and engine as other Shadows, so it stands out with its minimalist styling that is definitely cool metro.A plump 160mm 15-inch tire holds court in the rear, and a beefy 120mm 17-inch tire handles steering chores. A shaft drive keeps maintenance simple and the bike clean. Handling is quite good, and the seating position comfortable for all-day rides in the canyons or through town.
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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at email@example.com and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
So on that note, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!