Honda Shadow Phantom / Black Spirit (2010+) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Honda Shadow Phantom, also known as the Shadow Black Spirit in some markets, made from 2010 onward.

The Honda Shadow Phantom is part of the family of modern Honda Shadow motorcycles which have a 745 cc liquid-cooled 52-degree V-twin with fuel injection.

The Shadow Phantom is unique for having

  • Fuel injection
  • A low, bobber-style design
  • Blacked out engine and body
  • Shaft drive (to contrast with the Honda Shadow RS/VT750RS chain drive).

The Shadow Phantom just looks really good. Here are a couple more pics of it.

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Honda Shadow Phantom Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Honda Shadow Phantom.

Honda recommends that you take wheels/tyres and steering head bearings to a licensed mechanic. Everything else can be done at home, with the help of a service manual as needed.


  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 if the motorcycle is ridden often at full throttle or in the rain.
  4. Brake fluid/coolant: Replace every 2 years, or at indicated odometer intervals, whichever comes first. Replacement requires mechanical skill.

Maintenance Procedures legend:

  • I: Inspect and clean, adjust, lubricate, or replace, if necessary
  • C: Clean
  • 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 rain/dust
Crankcase Breather CCCCCCMore often if riding in rain or at full throttle
Spark Plug (NGK DPR7EA-9, gapped to 0.8-0.9mm)IRIRIR
Valve ClearanceIII
Engine Oil (Pro Honda GN4)RRRYear
Engine Oil Filter (HF204RC)RRR
Engine Idle SpeedIIIIII
Radiator Coolant (Honda coolant)IIR2 years
Cooling SystemIII
Secondary Air Supply SystemIII
Evaporative Emission Control SystemII
Final Drive Oil (Lucas Oil 80W-90)IIR
Brake Fluid (Use only DOT 4)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 Phantom maintenance schedule

Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Honda Shadow Phantom

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

Note that the Shadow Phantom has tubed tyres.

TyreSizeBrand(s)Tyre pressure (cold)
Front120/90-17M/C 64SDUNLOP D404 FG
29 psi (200 kPa, 2.00 kgf/cm2)
Rear160/80-15M/C 74SDUNLOP D404
Below 90 kg (200 lb): 29 psi (200 kPa)
Above 90 kg (200 lb): 36 psi (250 kPa)
Tyres and tyre pressures for the Honda Shadow Phantom

About the Honda Shadow Phantom

Honda Shadow Phantom on road

The Honda Shadow Phantom is a classic entry-level cruiser from Honda, extremely easy to ride, stylish, and very dependable.

If you want to stand out from the crowd and get something a little more old-school than the Honda Rebel 500, for example, the Shadow is for you.

The Shadow Phantom is a very long-running version of the Shadow platform.

At its core, it’s quite a simple motorcycle. The engine is a 745 cc liquid-cooled 52-degree V-twin that’s fuel injected. It has a single overhead cam per cylinder head and three valves per cylinder. The engine has a very mild compression ratio of 9.6:1… this bike isn’t exactly tuned for high-end power.

The drive train is a 5-speed transmission and a low-maintenance shaft. Take that, belts, shafts are even easier to maintain!

And the chassis is nothing to write home about — a non-adjustable fork, and dual shocks with five-position spring preload adjustability just to cater to people of different weights.

The Honda Shadow Phantom is clearly aimed at the Harley-Davidson Sportster Iron crowd. It looks very similar.

But with the Honda Shadow, you get a liquid-cooled engine and a lot more reliability. You also lose out on brand cred, of course… so it depends on your priorities.

The 745 cc engine capacity isn’t tiny, but it’s not much. The Shadow Phantom has decent (but not massive) low-end torque, enough to not leave you wanting unless you decide you have some adrenaline you want to burn via high-speed runs. If that’s the case, you might be looking at an angrier Honda motorcycle, something like the Honda Fury.

Manual for the Honda Shadow Phantom

2015-2020 Honda Shadow Phantom Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the most recent Honda Shadow Phantom.

You can download it from Honda’s repository here.

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