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Honda VT500C

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Honda VT500C
Manufacturer Honda
Also called Shadow
Production 83-86
Engine 491cc, liquid-cooled, 52° V-twin with new offset dual-pin crankshaft provides perfect primary balance
Sparkplug DPR8EA-9 '83-86
Battery YB12A-A '83-86
Transmission 5-speed plus overdrive sixth speed
Suspension Air-adjustable, leading-axle front forks with front brace
Front Tire 3.50-18 '83-86
Rear Tire 130/90-16 '83-86
Wheelbase 1488mm (58.6 in)
Weight 183 kg (403.3 lb)
Fuel capacity 12 liters (3.2 gal.)
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The Honda VT500C is a motorcycle produced by Honda from 1983 to 1986.

1983

1983 Honda VT500C



The Honda Shadow 500, designated VT500C'83, was sold in 1983. Two colors were available: Candy Wineberry Red and Black. The fuel tank and rear fender were one of the two basic colors (red or black), but the side covers were chrome and the engine covers were black. The side cover decal "Shadow 500" was black and red with gold overlay. The headlight was rectangular and chrome. There was only a single horn.


  • Engine description: New, three-valve, OHC cylinder head with twin spark plugs
  • Drive: Shaft
  • Brakes: Front disc
  • Seat height: 777 mm(31.1 in.)
  • The serial number began JH2PC0804DM000020

1984

1984 Honda VT500C
1984 Honda VT500C




The VT500C'84 Shadow 500 was sold in 1984 in one of two colors: Candy Scorpio Red or Black. The side covers were the basic color (red or black). The engine covers were black. The side cover decal "Shadow 500" was black and red with gold overlay. The headlight was rectangular and chrome. The engine was a 491cc OHC 3-valve liquid-cooled V-twin linked to a 6-speed transmission and a shaft drive.

  • Engine: Liquid-cooled, 52° V-twin, 16-valve, with offset dual-pin crankshaft
  • Drive: Shaft
  • Seat Height: 770 mm (30.3 in)
  • The serial number began JH2PC080*EM100001

1985

1985 Honda VT500C
1985 Honda Shadow 500 in Candy Glory Red
1985 Honda Shadow 500 in Candy Glory Red



The VT500C'85 Shadow 500 was sold in 1985 in one of two colors: Candy Glory Red or Black. The side cover decal "Shadow 500" was black and red with gold overlay. The headlight was round and chrome. The bike had dual horns. The 2-piece seat had an integrated backrest. The side covers were the basic color (red or black). The engine covers were polished and the fins were enlarged. The "HONDA" gas tank logo was curved. The engine was a 491cc OHC 3-valve liquid-cooled V-twin linked to a 6-speed transmission and a shaft drive. The serial number began JH2PC080*FM200005

1986

1986 Honda VT500C



The VT500C'86 Shadow 500 was sold in 1986 in one of two colors: Candy Scorpio Red or Black. The side cover decal "Shadow 500" was black and red with gold overlay. The headlight was round and chrome. The bike had dual horns. The 2-piece seat had an integrated backrest. The side covers were the basic color (red or black). The engine covers were polished and the fins were enlarged. The "HONDA" gas tank logo was curved. The engine was a 491cc OHC 3-valve liquid-cooled V-twin linked to a 6-speed transmission and a shaft drive. The serial number began JH2PC080*GM300001

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