For those unfamiliar with the Shadow 1100 series, a quick introduction is in order. The original Shadow 1100, introduced over a decade ago, used a crankshaft with two crankpins, offset to quell the vibration that plagues other 45-degree V-twins. In 1995, responding to customer demand for a more-traditional V-twin, Honda rolled out the Shadow A.C.E., a single-crankpin design, with a traditional exhaust note and feel, but more vibration and less maximum power. The A.C.E. also brought styling closer to the cruiser mainstream (which some felt owed much to Harley). For 1997, the original Shadow 1100 was replaced by the Shadow Spirit, which retains the dual-offset-crankpin design combined with milder A.C.E. camshaft profiles for greater midrange power. Foremost on the list of changes was a five-speed transmission, found in the A.C.E., but not the original Shadow 1100. It also moved closer to the A.C.E. in terms of styling. For many, the Spirit represented the best of both worlds: a broad power range, little vibration, and the flexibility of five speeds.