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Honda Shadow Spirit 750 (2001-2007, Carburettor + Chain) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

Honda Shadow Spirit 750 Stock Image

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Honda Shadow Spirit 750, also known as the VT750DC made between 2001 and 2007 with carburettors and a chain drive.

The Honda Shadow Spirit 750 is one of the Honda Shadow range of motorcycles, like the Shadow Phantom. It’s powered by the same 745cc liquid-cooled 52-degree V-twin.

The Shadow Spirit 750 is a sporty cruiser, with a 19 inch front wheel and a low 27-inch seat height. It is a simple, low-power motorcycle that still has a lot of street-rod style, with a lot of handling and comfort, typical Honda style.

In 2007, Honda released a new Honda Shadow VT750 with a shaft drive and some other minor differences — but it was still powered by the same carburettor-fed engine. In 2010, Honda released a fuel-injected version of the Honda Shadow — see its maintenance schedule here.

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Honda Shadow Spirit 750 Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Honda Shadow Spirit 750.

Difficulty levels — Honda likes to tell you what you can (and can’t) do to your motorcycles. Here are their suggested difficulty levels in asterisks.

  • * Should be serviced by your Honda dealer, unless you have the proper tools and service data and are mechanically qualified. Refer to the official Honda Service Manual.
  • ** In the interest of safety, we recommend these items be serviced only by your Honda dealer.

Maintenance Procedures:

  • I: inspect and clean, adjust, lubricate, or replace, if necessary
  • C: clean
  • A: adjust
  • L: lubricate
  • R: replace


  • 1. At higher odometer readings, repeat at the frequency interval established here
  • 2. (Air Cleaner) Service more frequently if the motorcycle is ridden in unusually wet or dusty areas
  • 3. (Crankcase Breather) Service more frequently when riding in the rain or at full throttle
  • 4. (Coolant, Brake fluid) Replace every 2 years, or at indicated odometer interval, whichever comes first. Replacement requires mechanical skill.
Itemsx 1000 km161218243036
x 1000 mi0.64812162024
*Fuel LineIII
*Throttle OperationIII
*Carburetor ChokeIII
Air Cleaner (HA-7500)NOTE (2)RR
Crankcase BreatherNOTE (3)CCCCCC
*Valve ClearanceIIII
Engine Oil (Pro Honda GN4)RRRR
Engine Oil Filter (HF204RC)RRRR
*Carburetor SynchronizationIII
*Enigne Idle SpeedIIIIIII
Radiator Coolant (Ethylene glycol pre-mix)NOTE (4)IIR
*Cooling SystemIII
*Secondary Air Supply SystemIII
Drive Chain (use a Motul chain care kit)EVERY 1000 km (600 mi) I, L
Drive Chain SliderIII
Brake Fluid (Castrol Dot 4)NOTE (4)IIRIIR
Brake Shoe/Pad WearIIIIII
Brake SystemIIII
*Brake Light SwitchIII
*Headlight AimIII
Clutch SystemIIIIIII
Side StandIII
*Nuts, Bolts, FastenersIIII
**Steering Head Bearings (Lithium soap-based grease)IIII
Honda Shadow Spirit 750 maintenance schedule

Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Honda Shadow Spirit 750

The Honda Shadow Spirit 750 has the following tyres and tyre sizes standard. The Spirit 750 uses tubeless tyres.

TyreSizeTyre pressure (cold)
Front110/80 – 19 59S29 psi (200 kPa, 2.00 kgf/cm2)
Rear160/80 – 15 M/C 74SSolo: 29 psi (200 kPa, 2.00 kgf/cm2)
Two-up: 36 psi (250 kPa, 2.50 kgf/cm2)
Tyres and tyre pressures

About the Honda Shadow Spirit 750

The Honda Shadow Spirit 750 is a retro cruiser, built with classic technology like a carburettor, but with occasional touches of modernity like in its handling.

Honda’s goal for the Shadow Spirit 750 was to make it look long and low like a large-displacement machine, without sacrificing the friendly ergonomics and ease of handling that appeal to so many first-time and reentry riders.

It’s powered by the now-iconic 745cc 52-degree dV-twin engine, fuelled by dual 36mm CV carburettors. Throttle response is crisp — this cruiser doesn’t lug.

To help with starting in cold conditions, the Shadow Spirit 750 has an electric heating system for the carburettors. This helps it while riding in the cold, too.

Helping with ignition is two spark plugs per cylinder, ensuring complete combustion and high power output.

Manual for the Honda Shadow Spirit 750

Honda Shadow Spirit 750 Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the Honda Shadow Spirit 750.

You can download it from here.

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