I just posted one of these last week, but I can’t pass up the opportunity to write about the massively-engined, and massively cool Honda CBX. I’d love to own a six-cylinder bike: they really do make the sweetest ripping-silk sounds, and that massive engine sticking out on either side will always have people wondering just what is going on with this bike. I’d love to go Italian, but the idea of finding parts for a Benelli Sei 750 or 900 is intimidating to say the least. So while I typically don’t lust after Japanese bikes, I surely do want one of these.
Styling is largely unremarkable: apart from the little turned-up ducktail spoiler, the look is basically Standard 1970’s Universal Japanese Motorcycle. But you don’t need to make much more of a statement, with that glorious engine out in front! Supposedly, the six is only a few inches wider than Honda’s own 750 four, but you’d never know it by looking at it.
The bike was introduced in 1979 as a sport touring machine: it was powerful, but also very heavy and far from a nimble handler. But the 1047cc, 24-valve six-cylinder motor gave it charisma to spare, and the bike is blessed with Honda’s famous reliability. Although rebuilding those carburettors might give you or your mechanic pause…
Another really cool bike with a very spare eBay listing: 1979 Honda CBX for Sale
- Runs perfectly – fast, smooth and strong all the way to red-line
- Replacement seat with new upholstery included
- Ready to hop-on and ride home!
- New tires: Dunlop 491 Elite 120/90-18 rear, IRC Grand HS 3.25H-19 front
Let’s hope he means a “6-into-1 exhaust,” or those two unmuffled cylinders are going to be VERY loud… Bidding’s at about $5,500 right now, which seems like a real bargain for a machine this nice. I’m a big fan of these early CBX’s, as opposed to the later, more touring-oriented bikes. I’d love to upgrade the running gear a bit, fit some lower bars and smaller indicators, find out a way to unobtrusively protect those protruding cylinders, and go howling around, scaring my neighbors.