Honda VT700C Specs

by Christopher Rogers

The VT700C Shadow was a cruiser-style motorcycle introduced by Honda in 1984. Before 1984, Honda made the Shadow with a 750 cc engine. Designed for the U.S. market, engine size was reduced in response to 1984 tariffs imposed on Japanese imports with engines greater than 701 cc. Though other Shadow models would continue to be developed by Honda, the VT700C ended its production run in 1987.

Model Changes

The VT700C changed little over the course of its four-year production run. Available colors were black and different shades of red -- Candy Scorpio Red (1984), Candy Brilliant (1986) and Candy Glory (1985 and 1987). A two-piece seat and backrest were standard in 1984 and 1985. The backrest was removed and the foot peg support became solid in 1986 and 1987.


Powered by a SOHC, 694 cc, liquid-cooled, three-valve V-twin engine, the VT700C was capable of producing 62 horsepower at 7,500 rpm and 45.57 foot-pounds of torque at 6,000 rpm. It had a six-speed transmission and shaft final drive. Redesigned hydraulic valve adjusters and twin-plug cylinder heads were used in the 694 cc engine from 1984 to 1987.


The VT700C weighed 462.87 lbs.and was 85.77 inches long. A rear drum brake and dual front disc brakes with two-piston calipers provided braking power. In 1986, the 10-spoke cast wheels changed to a five-spoke design.

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