The VT1100C model was introduced in 1985 and available in either a two-tone Black and Red or Black and Silver tank with black mudguards. The side cover is painted two tone black and silver. The "Shadow" side cover decal is silver. The dual horns are located on the front and turning indicators are square shaped.. The all new engine was a 1099cc SOHC Liquid Cooled V-Twin with a 5-speed, shaft drive transmission.
With 88.30nm of torque at just 2500 rpm, this was a cruiser in every sense of the word, and has evolved steadily into the VT1100 Spirit of today, and now with a muscular looking 45 degree V-twin looks set to continue as a favourite with cruiser enthusiast for years to come!