2000 Honda Shadow ACE

What was your intended objective when you started the build?

I wanted to lower the bike slightly, make her a bit more aggressive, but keep the heart of what the Shadow was. A simple, clean and easy riding motorcycle. And do all of it on my own with a sub-$1000 budget.

What motivated you to start your project?

I have owned this bike since I purchased it new in 2000. When I picked it up, it had 6 miles on the odometer. I’ve loved riding this bike since I’ve owned it and it is by far the easiest riding bike I’ve ever owned. But, I was getting bored and wanted a change-up. Still, my love for the bike and sense of adventure convinced me to change this bike, rather than find a new one. I wanted something simple and straightforward, but more than just bolt on.

What was the most unique and creative thing you did to the bike?

It is hard to name just one, but perhaps two? For one, a good number of the parts were not designed for the Shadow. So, to keep the costs low, I used a LOT of parts made for Harley’s and modified as need to allow proper and safe fit.

The other is the tail end. I removed the tail lamp and plate mount assembly from the rear fender and, shaved the stamped mounting points, welded in new tin and got to work filling and blending. Losing all of that material from the rear fender helped the lines quite a bit and since I did the work, cost virtually nothing.

What are you most proud of?

Making some sweeping appearance changes to the bike that altered its feel, without changing the feel of the ride and keeping the whole thing under $900. Lots of time scouring classifieds and swap meets paid off.

What do other people say about your motorcycle?

Is that a Shadow?


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