Honda Shadow 400 (Shaft Drive) Highlights

Honda Shadow 400 (Shaft Drive) belongs to the latest Learner Approved Motorcycle (LAMS) developed by Honda which has been trendy for beginners in most countries. Supplying ample power to Shadow 400 is a 398cc, 4 Stroke – liquid cooled – V-Twin engine partnered with an electronic fuel injection system. It claimed a maximum power output of 24.6 kW @ 7500 rpm and a maximum torque of 34 Nm @ 6000 rpm. It has an excellent power-to-weight ratio, having said it has 228 kg dry weight. From its comfortable seat, upright stance and fair seat height, its the best choice of learning motorcycle for novice riders. The 5-speed gearbox along with flawless shaft final drive operates seamlessly together with its stopping power supported by a front single disc with twin-piston Nissin caliper and a rear drum brake. Front and rear tires takes the pressure on the ground smoothly. Its front non-adjustable conventional suspension is paired with a rear preload adjustable shock thats easily adjusted by hand. It has good wheelbase and ground clearance, making it a decent cruising motorcycle in its class. For the dashboard, Shadow 400 has analogue and LCD display panels which displays current trip, fuel, speed stats. This instrumentation is very beneficial to learners. One of the unique features of this LMS machine is the (HISS) Honda Ignition Security System that ensures additional safety and protection. Only the two original keys of the Honda Shadow 400 (Shaft Drive) can start the engine – nothing more, nothing less.

Honda Shadow 400 (Shaft Drive) Technical Details


Engine Type: 398cc, 4 Stroke – Liquid Cooled – V-Twin
Bore And Stroke: 64 mm x 62mm
Compression Ratio: 10.3:1
Claimed Horsepower: 33 hp (24.6 kW) @ 7500 rpm
Maximum Torque: 34 Nm (25.1 ft. lbs) @ 6000 rpm
Starting: Electronic
Fuel system: Electronic fuel injection
Type of Lubrication: forced splash combined use system
Transmission: 5 speed
Final Drive: Shaft
Clutch System: Wet multiple plate coil springs


Front Suspension: Conventional telescopic fork, non-adjustable
Rear Suspension: Twin shocks, adjustable for preload
Front Brake: Single disc with twin-piston Nissin caliper
Rear Brake: Drum
Front Tire: 120/90-17 64S
Rear Tire: 170/80-15 M/C 77S
Ground Clearance: 130 mm
Wheelbase: 1640 mm
Seat Height: 675 mm
Fuel Capacity: 14 liters
Dry Weight: 225 kg

Honda Shadow 400 (Shaft Drive) Review

On the Road Cruising with Shadow 400

Being a LAMS machine, Honda Shadow 400 (Shaft Drive) offers several features that suits a beginner. Allow us to share our experiencing in riding it so you’ll have a better idea on how does it perform. Hitting the starter and the machine is ready to roll. It has low seat height which can suit anyone, weight is kept low boosting the confidence of novice riders. Ergonomics is excellent with enough room and its upright stance is the most comfortable. The cable clutch is light while the 5-speed gearbox snaps with ease. The gearbox work out just fine for us though it does not have the same precision as the sportsbike, after all its a cruising motorcycle. Ease out the clutch, sit comfortably, use plenty of revs and blast away. The low center gravity of its body mass combines with easy controls and natural riding position makes the overall package great for novice riders. Shadow 400 has adequate power and torque, its more than enough to give excitement to learners. Power delivery is linear and a little inclined towards the mid-range but nevertheless it has usable capacity for up, down, go, low shifting. We reached a top speed of 135 km/h while on longer rides with wind blast it may be down to 110 km/h. Fuel injection is responsive, suspension is basic and its braking power delivers good feedback without initial bite. Its fuel economy and looks attractive on the road too, you can surely get the value of money you paid for Honda Shadow 400 (Shaft Drive).

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