Do you love the look of Indian Motorcycle’s Chieftain; but are a new rider looking for a capable cruiser with similar styling that won’t break the bank? Honda’s Shadow Aero provides the perfect balance of price and cruiser pazazz to bring an added layer of intro-priced luxury to their 2022 model lineup.
Although it shares the same platform as the Shadow Phantom, the Aero takes a different approach to the Phantom name and provides a classically-styled chrome-clad cruiser with the same features and tech.
From a purely visual standpoint, it is easy to point out the style direction that Honda has taken with this Shadow variant. The large front and rear fenders are a blatant callback to cruisers of the past; and when you pair that with the elegantly spoked rims and ‘chrome everywhere’ attitude it is easy to recognize that this motorcycle is modeled after legendary relics of the past.
The Shadow Aero ABS comes packaged with the staple Shadow engine; a 745cc liquid-cooled V-twin engine the comfortable torque figures thanks to its long-stroke crankshaft and programmed fuel injection system for improved efficiency and response.
The bike rides as good as it looks, and for riders seeking a classic riding experience with all of the modern features you would come to expect from a Japanese cruiser being sold in 2022; the Shadow Aero is a great option that should not be overlooked by new or intermediate riders.
The 2022 Honda Shadow Aero starts at $7,799 USD / $9,983 CAD
On this page:we’ve curated specs, features, news, photos/videos, etc. so you can read up on the new 2022 Honda Shadow Aero in one place.
Dual shocks with five-position spring-preload adjustability; 3.5 inches of travel
Single 296mm disc with twin-piston caliper
Fuel Tank Capacity
3.7 gallons, including 0.9-gallon reserve
Ultra Blue Metallic
Digital transistorized with electronic advance
161mm (6.3 inches)
Rake (Caster Angle)
560 pounds (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and a full tank of fuel-ready to ride)
Transferable, unlimited-mileage limited warranty
Extended coverage available with a HondaCare Protection Plan®
2022 Honda Shadow Aero Features
Nothing pumps out the torque like a big V-twin. The Aero’s power makes it perfect for around-town cruising, commutes and casual weekend-long rides.
2-INTO-2 EXHAUST SYSTEM
Sleek pipes feature bullet-style mufflers for that classic cruiser style of yesteryear. Large-diameter head pipes and the 2-into-2 system design combine to put out true, V-twin cruiser sound.
Chrome highlights include cylinder-head covers, air-cleaner cover, engine sidecovers, brake and clutch-lever brackets, rear brake pedal, shift lever, handlebar, rear shock covers and more.
FULL FRONT FENDER
Wide metal front fender gives the Aero a classic styling touch.
Spoked wheels give the Aero a classic look.
Broad, low-slung solo seat features a detachable passenger seat.
LOW SEAT HEIGHT
Skimming the pavement at just 25.9 inches, the Aero’s low seat height makes flat-footing it at stoplights or in parking lots a breeze. And the Aero’s narrow seat/tank junction makes it feel even lower.
Wide-ratio five-speed transmission lets you cruise the boulevard at a low, unhurried pace, yet allows you to hop on the highway without revving the engine through the roof.
PROGRAMMED FUEL INJECTION (PGM-FI)
Forget about fiddling with a choke—the Shadow’s fuel injection system means no-hassle startups on cold mornings or at high altitudes, and optimal performance in any condition.
SHAFT FINAL DRIVE
Clean, efficient, proven, low-maintenance. Shaft final drive is the perfect choice for a machine like this, and for riders who pile on the miles. You never have to worry about lubrication or adjustment out on the road. And an added plus: it helps keep your bike cleaner, too.
THREE-VALVE DUAL-PLUG COMBUSTION CHAMBER
It’s the best of both worlds: The three-valve combustion chambers used on many of our V-twin cruisers feature two intake valves and one exhaust, helping them breathe efficiently to boost both horsepower and torque.
If there’s one place you don’t want retro performance, it’s your brakes. That’s why we gave the Shadow Phantom a 296mm front disc for distinctly modern stopping power.