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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-17-2010, 05:49 PM Thread Starter
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Are these reasonably priced Shadows?

Since I don't really know much about Shadows yet, just wondering what everyone's thoughts are on some bikes I plan on checking out in my area. I'm open to anything really, Spirit, ACE, Aero, etc. Looking to keep it under $3500.

I really am leaning towards these two.

But some of these others look decent with reasonable mileage.
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Those prices look competitive with what we see in our area (DFW, Texas), especially if you can negotiate the asking price down a bit. Personally, we would tend toward the older 1100's over the newer 750's. We rode a 750 for a bit over a year and found it to be a great little bike but a bit lacking in power. Others will disagree.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-17-2010, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
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Are there common issues to the 1100's or 750's I should be on the look out for?
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3 yellow wire connector comes to mind. There isn't much else that's too major that I'm aware of. Just typical maintenance type stuff.

I would 2nd the 1100. I've ridden both and the 1100 is superior especially if you want take any longer rides. Plus the age 2000 over a 2007 or 2004 won't make much of a difference so long as it was well cared for.


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i was in a similar situation as you, i am located in Sacramento area and recently purchased a 2007 shadow 750dc with 8k miles, private party one owner for around 3900 OTD with taxes. Owner babied it and has few upgrades..

when i was looking at shadows 2000+ they were all in the around 3k price range... i decided the 2007 with 8k miles would be better versus 2002 with 5k miles because of resale value....

if you can go with 1100 model versus 750, i have owned 750 for 2 weeks now and already feeling a bit under power....
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That silver and blue one is really nice! I love my 750...but this forum does make me want to go to an 1100. I'm not a big guy so for now, my 750 is just fine. At 60k miles, the only problems I've had is my regulator blew, so the bike died and I had it replaced with a new stock version. Usual maintenance stuff, replacing of chain/sprocket at wear indicators, new tires, bulbs, etc..nothing major. Also, I had my starter button not work one time during 110 degree weather...opened up the controls and the spring had melted into the plastic! Replaced it with a spring from a lighter.

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V&H Cruzer pipes, Corbin seat, risers, other chrome bits

65000 miles and counting!
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-17-2010, 10:53 PM
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This one:

Is a steal, provided it's in good shape, hasn't been abused and doesn't have 100K on the clock. The ad doesn't really say much about the bike. Worth a phone call at the very least.

If you can only buy one bike right now, go with the 1100. Still nimble enough in-town and excellent on the slab.

Tho, if you want a 750, this one is a beauty, but would talk the owner down on the price (I LOVE the ACE 750's!!!):

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