congrats on the new bike! I took a safety course this summer and was eyeballing a 2012 shadow phantom...but after a deal gone bad at the dealer (they tried to sucker me into paying 11k with the extra fees, PLUS tried to put the entire loan on my co-signer alone and not let me co-sign) I decided to find a way to purchase a shadow cash.
a few weeks of browsing craigslist and an 84 shadow caught my attention listed at 1100. Just bought her last week and have been loving my first ride. I am glad that I went with an older, cheaper bike so I do not have to worry so much about damaging it. I have to push in the switch on my bike as well to turn the blinker off, it's not automatic.