In the Honda factory OEM service manual it gives instructions for changing the engine coolant in our Shadow's. There is a bit of a problem in following the information. When you start in the coolant section, it doesn't give you the right order of things??. The manual refers you back to other areas of the manual for stuff like, removing the fuel tank, removing the seat, removing the steering head cover........So in this page I corrected this little problem.

The seat needs to come off first, then the tank, and so on and so on.

Changing the coolant in many of the VT Shadow's is pretty much the same process except for removing the seat or seats.

The below information is from the 97-2004 Honda Shadow VT1100C Spirit OEM service manual.