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Honda Shadow RS (2010-2013) VT750S/VT750RS Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

Honda Shadow RS VT750RS Tricolor

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Honda Shadow RS, also known as the VT750S in Australia and VT750RS in the US. The “RS” stands for “Retro Standard”, referring to the upright seating position.

Here are all the models of Honda Shadow VT750 for which we have maintenance schedules:

The Honda Shadow RS or VT750RS is a cruiser, part of the VT750 line, but with an upright, almost standard position. It’s part of the Shadow line of mid-size cruiser motorcycles that Honda has been producing since 1983 in many guises.

The Shadow RS uses the same liquid-cooled, 745cc V-twin that produces an amount of power that’s just “fine” — not slow, but not hair-raising by a long shot. The Honda Shadow RS was different to other cruisers in the Shadow line in that it has:

  • Different geometry — mid-mounted foot controls and handlebars that put the rider into an upright posture, and slightly higher seating (750mm/29.5 inches)
  • Fuel injection (some others in the same era had it, like the Phantom, but the Shadow line is old)
  • Spoked wheels with tube-type tyres
  • A chain drive (most of the Shadow line were shaft drive)

The Honda VT750RS is sometimes compared to an entry-level Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 Iron.

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Honda Shadow RS/VT750RS Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Honda Shadow RS, a.k.a. the Honda VT750RS.

Notes (some correspond to numbers below in the table):

  • At higher odometer readings, repeat at the frequency interval established here.
  • The break in service is omitted (that time has passed)
  • Honda recommends you get the steering and wheels serviced by a qualified mechanic. Other stuff you can do with the right tools, skills, and a service manual.

Some recommended replacement items are linked below for convenience.

Maintenance Procedures:

  • I: Inspect and clean, adjust, lubricate, or replace, if necessary
  • C: Clean
  • L: Lubricate
  • R: Replace
x 1000 mi4812162024
x 1000 km6.412.819.225.63238.4Every
Fuel LineIII
Throttle OperationIII
Air Cleaner (K&N HA-7504)RRMore often if riding in wet/dusty areas
Crankcase BreatherCCCCCCMore often if riding at full throttle or in rain
Spark Plug (NGK DPR7EA-9, gapped to 0.8-0.9mm)IRIRIR
Valve ClearanceIII
Engine Oil (Pro Honda GN4)RRRYear: R
Engine Oil Filter (HF204RC)RRR
Engine Idle SpeedIIIIII
Radiator Coolant (Honda coolant)IIR2 years
Cooling SystemIII
Secondary Air Supply SystemIII
Evaporative Emission Control System (if fitted)II
Drive Chain (Motul chain paste)500 mi (800 km): I L
Brake Fluid (4) (Pro Honda GN4)IIRIIR2 years
Brake Shoes/Pads WearIIIIII
Brake SystemIII
Brake Light SwitchIII
Headlight AimIII
Clutch SystemIIIIII
Side StandIII
Nuts, Bolts, FastenersIII
Steering Head BearingsIII
Honda Shadow RS/VT750RS maintenance schedule

Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Honda Shadow RS/VT750RS

The Honda Shadow RS has the following tyres and tyre sizes standard, as well as the following recommended tyre pressures.

Note that the Shadow RS has tubed tyres.

TyreSizeBrand(s)Tyre pressure (when cold)
Front100/90-19M/C (57H)DUNLOP D404F
METZELER ME 880 Marathon
29 psi (200 kPa)
Rear150/80B-16M/C (71H)DUNLOP D404 G
METZELER ME 880 Marathon
29-36 psi (200-250 kPa) depending on load
Tyres and tyre pressures

About the Honda Shadow RS/VT750RS

The Honda Shadow RS serves as rolling proof that classic ideas never go out of style. In this case, people will always want an approachable, easy to ride cruiser that’s as good as it is in the city as it is for short stints on the highway.

Not too powerful, but not too weak; not a bad handler, not overweight… the Honda Shadow RS manages to add up to a perfect package for many riders. It handles well, has a decent rumble, and is comfortable enough to accidentally ride for very long periods.

The Honda Shadow RS’ higher footpegs relative to its stablemates give it more ground clearance, and its liquid-cooled 745cc V-twin engine has fuel injection, meaning you never have to touch the twin 36mm Keihin carburettors (nor the choke), and that it’ll start up every time no matter what the air conditions outside.

The front fork is a simple 41mm large-diameter unit. The suspension setup gives the Honda shadow RS confident, neutral handling, and a plush 117mm (4.6 inches) of wheel travel.

The classic roadster tank shape and seat are inspired by the world of flat-track racing. Finally, the brilliant 60-/55-watt halogen headlight means riding in the dark won’t stress you out.

Maybe the only unconventional choice for the Honda Shadow RS is tubed rather than tubeless tyres. This means a flat will have you pulling out your patch kit rather than your plugging tools. Not for everyone, but the Shadow RS definitely has many homes.

Manual for the Honda Shadow RS/VT750RS/VT750S

2012 Honda Shadow RS Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2012 Honda Shadow RS. It’s the same as in other years.

You can download it from here.

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