Honda VT750C Shadow ACE (1998-2003) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Honda VT750C Shadow ACE, or “A.C.E.”, standing for “American Custom Edition”.

The VT750C Shadow ACE is part of Honda’s long-standing Honda Shadow range. It’s powered by a The A.C.E.’s performance is powered by a 745cc 52-degree V-twin, a bored and stroked engine from the Shadow VLX, which has a 600cc engine.

Honda VT750C Shadow Ace RHS studio black
Honda VT750C Shadow Ace

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Honda VT750C Shadow ACE Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Honda VT750C Shadow ACE. It’s modified to make it easier to read and understand (see notes).


  • I: Inspect/clean
  • R: Replace/change
  • L: Lubricate


  • At higher odometer readings, repeat at the frequency interval established here
  • If there’s a time-based interval, observe the earlier of the time or distance interval.
  • The break-in service is omitted
km x 10006.412.819.225.63238.4
mi x 10004812162024Every
Drive Chain800 km (500 mi): I/L
Brake FluidIIRIIR2 years
Brake WearIIIIII
Brake SystemIII
Brake Light SwitchIII
Headlight AimIII
Clutch SystemIIIIII
Side StandIII
Nuts, Bolts, FastenersIII
Steering Head BearingsIII
Fuel LineIII
Throttle OperationIII
Carburetor ChokeIII
Air CleanerRRMore often if riding in rain/dust
Crankcase BreatherCCCCCCMore often if riding in rain or at full throttle
Spark PlugsIRIRIR
Valve ClearancesIII
Engine OilRRR
Engine Oil FilterRRR
Carb. SynchronizationIII
Engine Idle SpeedIIIIII
Radiator CoolantIIR2 years
Cooling SystemIII
Honda VT750C Shadow ACE maintenance schedule

Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Honda VT750C Shadow ACE

The Honda VT750C Shadow ACE has tubeless tyres. It ships with Bridgestone G701/G702 or Dunlop D404 tyres.

Here are the standard tyre sizes and recommended tyre pressures:

WheelTyre sizeTyre pressure (cold)
Front120/90-17 64S29 psi
Rear170/80-15 77S29-36 psi depending on load
Honda VT750C Shadow ACE tyre specs

About the Honda VT750C Shadow ACE

The Honda VT750C Shadow ACE (or American Classic Edition) is a budget-minded cruiser that makes you want to think it’s a one-off custom.

But the Shadow ACE is anything but — in fact, it was one of Honda’s highest-selling models for the year 2003.

The Shadow ACE is powered by a 745cc liquid-cooled V-twin engine. It is fuelled via dual 36mm constant velocity carburettors, and the engine is designed around a SOHC, three valve per cylinder design (two intakes, one exhaust), with twin spark ignition.

The drivetrain is similar to other VT750s. There’s a five-speed transmission and a chain drive. The braking is performed by a 296mm disc up front with a simple twin-piston caliper, and a 180mm drum at the rear.

With a mild compression ratio of 9.0:1 and modest learner-friendly power, the Shadow ACE won’t set your hair on fire. But it’s a competent cruiser that looks really good and has very low maintenance requirements.

Manual for the Honda VT750C Shadow ACE

Honda VT750C Shadow ACE Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the Honda VT750C Shadow ACE.

You can download manuals for Honda motorcycles directly from Honda.

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