Sold My 1998 Honda ACE Shadow Tourer

Its sad to depart with this bike.  Its actually the 2nd Tourer I have owned and is a wonderful motorcycle. I’ve struggled with the decision to sell this motorcycle for several months, and after considering how much time I spend at work combined with the frustration on our ongoing construction on the Milwaukee freeways, I’ve decided that if the right offer comes along I’d be willing to part with the Tourer along with most of my accessories, which means my cover, dolly and trickle charger(battery tender) plus any other parts I have for this wonderful motorcycle (maybe not the spare parts with my history I’ll likely buy another T in a couple of years.)

Sadly Sold

1998 Honda ACE Shadow Tourer

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This 98 actually started its real life in 2001.  The first owner purchased the motor cycle in the Denver area out of the crate in 2001.  It was originally a cream and turquoise color, which as you can see didn’t last.  The original owner took the bike to an auto body shop and had it painted this almost metal flake maroon, its actually a Pontiac color for the 1980′s, I’ll check later to see if I can find the documents.  I have all the records of the work and all the receipts for the paint and most of the service work done on the bike.

You might be wondering why you would want to buy an Honda Shadow?  This isn’t any ordinary motorcycle, as you will see below it was designed with an engine specifically designed to run smoother than the standard VT1100, has heavier suspension and hard saddle bags that protect your valuables from the environment.  When I started looking for my first motorcycle I wanted something stable, reliable, comfortable and with shaft drive.  In searching the web I found this website  http://hondashadowacetourer.yuku.com/directory .  This is undeniably the best motorcycling community on the web; always welcoming and always willing to lend advice if not a hand.

Some information from http://www.cyclechaos.com/wiki/Honda_VT1100T

The VT1100T’98 Shadow 1100 (American Classic Edition) was sold in 1998 and was available in one of four colors: Black, Black with Pearl Ivory Cream, Pearl Jade Green with Pearl Ivory Cream, or Pearl Senona Red with Black. The bike had hard saddle bags and standard windshield. It also had a specially designed 2-into-2 exhaust system. The serial number began 1HFSC370*WA000001.

  • Hard saddle bags and windshield (standard equipment)
  • Exhaust was specially designed 2-into-2 system
  • Available colors: Black; Black with Pearl Ivory Cream; Pearl Jade Green with Pearl Ivory Cream; and Pearl Sedona Red with Black
  • Model designation: VT1100T (California designation: VT1100TL)
  • Serial number began: 1HFSC370*WA000001 (Calif: 1HFSC371*WA000001)
  • Engine serial began: SC37E-2000001 (Calif: SC37E-2000001)

Rear Quarter view of the Tourer

Shadow 1100 ACE Tourer Specifications

Model: Model 1998 VT1100T
Engine Type: 1099cc liquid-cooled 45° V-twin Bore and Stroke 87.5mm x 91.4mm
Compression Ratio: 8.0:1
Valve Train: SOHC; three valves per cylinder
Carburetion: Two 36mm CV
Ignition: Solid-state digital
Transmission: Wide-ratio five-speed
Final Drive: Shaft
Suspension: Front: 41mm fork; 5.9 inches travel
Rear: Dual shocks with five-position spring preload adjustability; 3.9 inches travel
Brakes: Front: Single disc with twin-piston caliper Rear: Single disc
Tires: Front: 130/80R-18 radial
Rear: 170/70R-16 radial
Wheelbase: 65.2 inches
Seat Height: 28.7 inches
Dry Weight: 630.5 pounds
Fuel Capacity: 4.2 gallons, including 0.6-gallon reserve

What really makes this bike special is the engine, in 1998 Honda Honda replaced the A.C.E.’s loping, shaky single-pin-crank V-twin engine with the smoother, offset-dual-pin crankshaft design found in the standard Shadow Spirit 1100.

Legendary VT1100T V Twin Water cooled dual pin engine, note also the heel toe shifter and both front and rear floorboards.

This Tourer has been customized with a lot of chrome, for example you can see all of the side plates are chromed, as is the Radiator cover.  This makes the bike stand apart from the stock bike quite appreciably.

Chrome Radiator Cover, Chrome Horn, and Chrome Crash bar

Other enhancements to this motorcycle include a Vance and Hines 2 into 2 exhaust system that provides little more horsepower and provides a nice throaty sound that isn’t obnoxious, though if you want to make it louder there are baffles that can be removed to make sure motorists around you know when you are coming and going,  I’ve never played with removing the baffles, but if you are so inclined the ACE Tourer site would be able to provide you with a host of solutions to making this motorcycle heard.  Today it has a deep but mild mannered report.

Rear view of the Tourer, notice the Vance and Hines pipes and the LED illuminated license plate for additional visibility at night.

Other customization to the Tourer include:

Custom headlight bezel with American Eagle emblems.

Gel saddle with Passenger back rest.
Hard sided saddle-bags with luggage rack on the lid

Studded Tank Bib

Here are a few more pictures to help you get an overall feel for the condition of this motorcycle

Standard alumiunum spoked wheel.

Famous V-Twin

Another view of the v-Twin

Oh and how could I have forgotten this the best thing!!

A low mileage odometer- this bike doesn’t have 15,000 miles yet its hardly broken in , when you talk about VT1100T miles. Many T’s are reporting 50,000 miles or more!

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7 Responses to “Sold My 1998 Honda ACE Shadow Tourer”

  1. Anastasia says:

    Thank you for such wonderfully detailed description and history of this amazing bike. I am in the market for my first motorcycle at 51 and was introduced to the Honda ACE Tourer recently from a friend of mine. Until this weekend, I’d only tested on a 350cc bike two years ago while getting my endorsement and that was it…have always been on the back. My friend generously offered to let me give it a whirl on his bike (must have been biting his nails when he watched me take off). Getting into 2nd gear was like putting on a custom pair of kid leather gloves…it just purred and I knew then that this would be the bike for me. I can see how parting with it could be so difficult-and I don’t even have one…yet! Anyway, good luck with the next one and thanks again.

  2. Dave Hege says:

    1998 VT1100T for sale.

    Black and Pearl Cream color; 52,000 miles; Runs Great! Oil changed regularily, added features: Saddlemen Custome Seat with drivers backrest; adjustable highway pegs; extra new front tire; current PA inspection, luggage rack on back, passenger armrest and backrest. I currently get around 45 MPG. Has visited 30 US States. Fantastic runner. Former owner had an alarm system on it (I don’t use), but still operates. Changed out horn to a loud airhorn and changed out driving regular lights to driving LED 5 inch, bright lights.

    Contact Dave Hege – dshege@verizon.net or phone: 814-364-9896.
    Submitted: 28 Jan 2012

  3. Rocky says:

    Beautiful just beautiful….do you remember the crash bar make and or model?

    Same bike and I love it…just needs bars and she will be perfect. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Daniel Miller says:

    Would like to know the part no. for the Vance and Hines pipes that you had installed. I have the 1998 Ace Tourer, Sedona Red in colour. I just love this bike, but would like a little more sound and pep. With thanks;

    Daniel
    Lac du bonnet
    Manitoba
    Canada

  5. admin says:

    Daniel,
    I don’t know the specific Vance and Hines part number however looking at their site I believe one of these would work

    VH Product ID : 19403*
    Parts/Drag ID: V19403*

  6. Daniel Miller says:

    Thank-you for your reply, and I’ll check that out. Also, did you have to adjust carbs. or anything else technical when the pipes were installed?

  7. Daniel Miller says:

    I have a 1998. I would like to find the paint number for the Pearl Sedona Red colour. My saddle bags are a little scuffed and I would like to get them repainted. With thanks. Daniel Miller

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