Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Cedar Rapids, IA
Hawaii Phantom Vs. My VLX
Hello all! I just got back to the midwest from my vacation with my wife in Hawaii. The weather sure was nice there compared to here in Iowa, and we even got some ride time, my favorite part of the vacation! We rented a 2014 Phantom from a place in Waikiki and went up to the north shore and rode around the island.
This was exciting for me because prior to me purchasing my VLX 600 from my good friend, I was considering saving more and getting a newer Phantom 750. However the opportunity came up to buy my friends VLX and I couldn't pass it up, so I never did get to test ride any phantoms, or any other shadow models.
Now that I have got to ride both bikes, here's what I have figured out... Personally, I am glad I am on my VLX instead of a Phantom. While the Phantom is a cool, more "modern looking" bike, I think the VLX rides better. The 750 engine on the Phantom does have a little bit more spunk to it, and the 5 speed transmission is different, although for riding in town, I would say I prefer the 4 speed of my VLX. Less shifting. Also, maybe I'm crazy, but I think the VLX controls are a tad more forward than the phantom. But ultimately, I suppose every rider is different, and I'm sure many of ya'll would prefer the newer bikes to an 01 VLX. And I am not knocking the Phantom, just pointing out differences.
Lastly, my wife said she much prefers the seat of VLX! The Phantom had her pretty sore after a full day of cruising Oahu. But it was a fun ride that I will never forget. Beautiful scenery, and so nice to be able to ride when its cold back here, and not much riding going on.
Basically what I am getting at is, if anyone is out there looking at buying a shadow, maybe looking at used shadows and the different models; try them out. Test ride them, because while they do have similarities, and they are all "Shadows", they can be a bit different!
2001 Honda Shadow VLX 600