Honda Shadow Drive Shaft Issues

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Hello, anybody have any issues with their shaft drive? Thanks.

Stacey 6 years 22 Answers 1928 views 0

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    Nope what’s going on?

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    More info would be nice.

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    I haven’t bought one yet and I’m actually trying to figure out what will be a better buy, chain or shaft. Shaft requires less maintenance but I have heard if you give it gas coming out of a turn it can lift the back tire…

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    No issues with shaft less maintenance . The chain needs adjusting and if you go with a bike with a belt piss off some.

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    No that’s not true about tire coming off the ground. I have a 95 Honda shadow 1100 and it’s hard tailed with no issues.

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    The newer bikes don’t jack up like the early 80’s shaft bikes.

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    I’ve got an 85, have no idea what you mean by picking up.

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    The shaft causes the rear to rise a little but it’s all in the suspension. The rear tire won’t leave the ground on you.

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    My 82 v45 sabre and 83 v65 where horrible when u got on them and the back end raises up for a few then settles back down. Was a pretty common issue on the early shaft bikes. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaft_effect

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    Never noticed it, front suspension comes up a good four inches.

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    As much power as my v65 made if I hammered it hard leaving a light it would sometimes hop because the rear suspension was coming up and trying to pull the front tire off the ground at the same time.

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    Never. Wish all my bikes were shaft.
    It’ll lift but seems to grip great. And wheelie second gear if you’re really in it.

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      On a Shadow? Pics or it didn’t happen.

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      Well not stand up wheelie but the front leaves the pavement for a few yards. 86vt700

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    Chain will allow you options to change final drive ratios. Shaft drive, has no real option. Never heard of shaft drive lifting the back wheel. I have a shaft drive and I screw it on out of corners all the time.

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      Mostly true. Yeah only option I have found so far that has the same effect as changing a sprocket is changing the size of the rear tire. I went from a 160/80 to a 170/80 and it lowered my highway rpms a decent amount and I still have all the power I did before. Actually now I can lite the tire up when cranking 1st through 3rd gear and never could before. But I also think that has to do with the fact that I’m hella more confident I my bike now.

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    Yeah my shaft has bumps all over it & it burns

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    Shaft is the best!!

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    My shaft is working just fine…

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    I love my shaft ­čÖé

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    I love and prefer shaft. Chain is too much maintaince and belts will eventually wear and snap. My belt was a little smoother than my shaft but I like the direct feel of the engine more / no play. Chains are messy and sprockets are a pita to to replace. I rather ride than sit next to my bike tinkering.

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    None so far. Will never go back to a chain.

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