Welcome to Tom's Honda Shadow VLX 600 web site!
The stock paint and chrome are nice. Remember, this is a VT600CD and the D stands for Deluxe. I bought the bike because it had features I wanted, and the looks were not a primary concern. However, the more I look at it, the better it looks. The chome is really nice.
Water cooled, overhead cam, 3 valve heads, dual constant depression carbs, manual choke, dual spark plugs (2 plugs per cylinder head) with an electronic control. The engine is a two cylinder 583 cc engine, with an offset crank for vibration reduction.
My 1996 model does NOT have water heated carbs. It warms up fine using a little choke. At one point, the air inlet to one carb had slipped off. This had a big impact on cold weather driving, but it was a 5 minute fix to slip it back on. This VLX runs great, even at freezing temperatures.
As of July 2002, this bike had 19,000 miles and not a drop of oil leaks.