I’m a new rider looking to buy my first bike and a 1983 Honda Shadow 500 has caught my eye. It looks like it its in very good shape and the seller says it is it tip top condition mechanically. I’m just wondering if this would be a good bike for a new rider and how reliable would it be given its age. I don’t want to get something that I’m going to have to be fixing constantly.
This topic was modified 9 months, 2 weeks ago by buster_007.
As a heavy duty mechanic with over 30 years experience I would say your question is more complicated than it appears. First materials degrade with time. Having said that motorcycles are small and it is common for them to be stored inside a building, That will buy them time. Without knowing its full history or your mechanical ability I am unable to give you a good answer. As a guess considering that it is 36 years old there is the potential for at least 1 failure in the year. (likely a corroded electrical connection)
I am confident that I could bore you for hours and type my fingers to the second knuckle but the reality is if its a good deal and your willing to chance it, I say go for it. If you don’t want the headache of repairs then worry less about the odometer and more about the years.
I would like to point out that it is my opinion that your goal of a 500cc cruiser is a very good choice for a first bike.