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Yesterday I was warning up my two bikes and decided to just take them each down the road for a better warm up. I first took the old 82-Magna 750, I opened it up to blow the cob webs out and that old gal just hauls @*%% down the road. Then took out the 2011 Shadow 750 but it seemed to be not as fast on responce as the Magna more on the lead sled side. So road both again with the same out come, the carbureted Magna just fly's while the Shadow FI resonance to speed is a lot slower.
Are carbureted bikes faster than FI bikes or can there be something on with the Shadows FI system?

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The Magna is a v4 pattern motor and considered a muscle bike. Shadow is a detuned vtwin and is more of a cruiser, I have ridden both and both are great bikes just two different worlds


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Like comping my 1100 V65 Magna to my 1100 Shadow. Not even close. I don't have either one anymore.

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Your 82 Magna has almost 100hp and the 750 has about 40hp. Not even in the same class. it has nothing to do with carbs or fuel injection. Honda did not develop the 750 to be a muscle bike just a cruiser.
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The magna has always been a fast bike.. It's a sleeper (except they're too well known to actually be sleepers). They look like cruisers, they move out like a sport touring bike..
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I had a 1985 V45 Magna...... to this day I wish I never sold it!
That little 4 cylinder engine loved high rpms. Not real torque'y but the high revving engine made up for that in a big way.
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Yup, the Magna V4 is from the Interceptor, so it is basically a detuned sport bike engine in a cruiser style frame.
Two different style bike with totally different performance designs.

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I may be wrong but I think the first V4 Honda made was the 1983 V65. (65 cubic inches) I bought the first one my dealer got. It was wicked fast for the day. Pee Wee Gleason turned a 10.92 1/4 mile on a stock one. The Yamaha Vmax came out shortly after. I attached a picture of the one I owned.
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Yup, the Magna V4 is from the Interceptor, so it is basically a detuned sport bike engine in a cruiser style frame.
Two different style bike with totally different performance designs.
The Magna and Interceptor came out the same year, 1982 and it wasn't detuned when it first came out.
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I may be wrong but I think the first V4 Honda made was the 1983 V65. (65 cubic inches) I bought the first one my dealer got. It was wicked fast for the day. Pee Wee Gleason turned a 10.92 1/4 mile on a stock one. The Yamaha Vmax came out shortly after. I attached a picture of the one I owned.


I believe all magnas were v4s even the 500 version


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