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Lost in Translation: 1977 Benelli Sei 750 for Sale

1977 Benelli Sei L Side

Everything sounds beautiful and exotic when spoken in French or Italian, especially if you don’t understand the language. I mean, couldn’t Bidet be a luxury water-fountain manufacturer? And don’t Quattroporte and Benelli Sei just roll off the tongue? What’s that you say? Quattroporte just means “four doors” and Sei is just Italian for “six”? Well that’s disappointing… So basically, today’s Benelli Sei 750 is the epitome of “truth in advertising”: a motorcycle from Benelli that displaces 750cc and has six cylinders.

It sounds way less sexy when you put it that way.

1977 Benelli Sei Engine

Of course, when you’ve just produced an exotic, inline-six motorcycle, giving it a fancy name probably isn’t necessary: the bike speaks for itself. And that’s exactly what Alejandro De Tomaso intended: when the bike was introduced, it was meant as a statement to the Japanese “big four” that the Italian brands could compete with them on every level. Not completely true, of course, but at least in terms of engineering extravagance it was accurate.

1977 Benelli Sei Tank

The early 750cc bikes were superseded by a 900cc version in 1978 that looked basically identical, only with more displacement. Styling is relatively conservative, although that fat engine sitting across the frame shouts the bike’s intentions loudly enough, with a wall of exhaust headers that helps create one of the most exotic noises in motorcycling. You might be tricked into thinking the cylinder count would give it a car-like exhaust note. The reality is a ripping noise that’s impossibly smooth and electric, head-turning in a way that the styling is not.

1977 Benelli Sei Clocks

From the original eBay listing: 1977 Benelli Sei 750 for Sale

A Six cylinder Italian work of art, one of the three or four of the best sounding motorcycles in the world and one of the most coveted collector motorcycles available today. This example has been with the same owner/mechanic since 1979.It was loved, taken care of, and ridden until 1995 when it was professionally and meticulously restored by him from the ground up,mechanically and visually,work including a complete engine overhaul with all new parts as well as a full restoration of chassis and all ancillaries. As noted in photos, the motorcycle will come with a complete new 6 into 6 exhaust system, as well as a new seat cover and stock turn indicators. Documentation and photos accompany it. The bike has since been ridden sparingly by the same owner from 1996 till 2016 and shows 16000 miles on the clock (800 miles a year),which was zeroed after the restoration in 1995. It still looks and drives like new and will be a great addition to any collectors or enthusiasts garage. These motorcycles have been climbing in value right through the last few years and show now signs of slowing down. They rarely come up for sale and are almost impossible to find with this kind of record and history since new. I purchased it only a short time ago with the intention of keeping it indefinitely in my collection but as life and timing inevitably goes,a one owner Vincent Black Shadow that I have been trying to buy for ten years has eventually been offered to me by its original owner and in order to buy it,I sadly have to sell the Benelli and two other motorcycles in my collection. This motorcycle is not and will never be for the bargain hunter or time waster out there so please don’t waste your time or mine. If I don’t get the price that it is worth or very close to it, I will just have to pick another one of my motorcycles to sell in its place. This is a genuine opportunity for an intelligent and savvy collector or afficionado who is looking to buy a Perfect Benelli 750 SEI,don’t miss it and hate your decision later,both financially and emotionally. Thank you for looking. Like a boss.

1977 Benelli Sei Side Detail

Yes, the seller actually included “like a boss” at the end of the listing.

Introduced in 1972, years before the similarly-spec’d Honda CBX, the Sei was never really produced in great numbers, although they do show up on eBay from time-to-time, often in slightly-abandoned condition, which is interesting because very nice CBXs show up for sale all the time. No big surprise though, since the Sei is a pretty expensive bike to maintain and source parts for. Many probably needed maintenance and were just left to rot when owners found out what service and parts were going to cost. I think they’re a bit like 80s Alfa Romeos used to be: interesting and exotic, but expensive, difficult to maintain, and not really worth all that much. They languished in obscurity for a long time, although prices seem to be on the rise now.

This particular example appears to be in very good shape both mechanically and cosmetically, although that cracked tachometer face would really annoy me, and the seller mentions a complete cosmetic and mechanical restoration. That’s very reassuring, although that Buy It Now price of $17,000 seems pretty ambitious, even for a bike this nice.

-tad

1977 Benelli Sei R Side

Sexy Six: 1979 Honda CBX for Sale

1979 Honda CBX R Rear

In an era when a 750 was still considered a “big” bike, Honda’s six-cylinder, 1047cc CBX was very much a monument to excess. It was complex, expensive, wasn’t especially fast, and was too heavy and poorly suspended to really handle. And the lack of a fairing meant its sport-touring ability was relatively limited as well. But as an engineering statement it was without peer, and the smooth, exotic sounds made by that huge aluminum brick of an engine really had no equal in the motorcycling world either.

1979 Honda CBX R Front

In point of fact, the engine isn’t really all that wide: it’s not a whole lot wider than Honda’s own CB750 four. But on a naked bike, with nothing but the era’s bicycle-skinny tires and a fairly slim tank to give it context, it looks like an aluminum-finned wall. That cascading row of exhaust headers doesn’t help, and probably emphasizes the bike’s width. Fit a set of crash-bars and the organ-pipe six-into-six exhaust seen here, and you’re looking at a serious visual statement.

1979 Honda CBX L Side Pipes

Likely inspired by Honda’s jewel-like six-cylinder racing machines, a long gestation meant that, by the time the CBX was released, those sleek and impossibly delicate 250cc, seven and ten-speed Grand Prix bikes were long-forgotten by the general buying public. So the CBX was a bit of a footnote in terms of production numbers for a company like Honda. But they were often cherished by owners and many excellent examples exist today, although this one appears to be in especially nice condition.

1979 Honda CBX L Side Engine

From the original eBay listing: 1979 Honda CBX for Sale

I am listing my super rare unrestored 1979 Honda CBX with only a bit over 15,000 miles and it is probably one of the nicest if not the nicest unrestored CBX’s available anywhere. The paint and body work are flawless, fairing is aftermarket (and look great on the bike) and has been painted to perfectly match the factory paint.  No chips, scratches, dents and the best factory paint I have ever seen on an original bike and I have owned many. The engine still has all the original paint which is also mint and stock not polished cases or the like and it runs like new as well, and the non-factory exhaust still appear almost new themselves with no scratches or dents. I have never seen a CBX that even comes close to the original quality of this bike.

1979 Honda CBX Dash

I’m not normally a fan of bikini fairings like the one seen here, but it compliments the bike’s lines and likely improves the bike’s ability to cover long distances. Bidding is very active on this particular CBX and, although there’s just a couple days left on the auction, the reserve has not been met at $8,800. The Buy It Now price is set at $13,500 which is definitely at the top of the range for a CBX. But with prices of the six-cylinder Hondas headed upwards, and considering how much a restoration on one would cost, it seems like it might be worth it for someone looking to add a very original example of this appreciating classic to their collection.

-tad

1979 Honda CBX R Side

Six Appeal: 1979 Honda CBX for Sale

1979 Honda CBX R Side

One of my favorite double-take bikes, the Honda CBX can appear at first glance to be simply just another 1970’s motorcycle. But even out of the corner of your eye, something looks off. A second look, and it all becomes clearer:

“Hmmmm… That’s an awful lot of engine up there.”

1979 Honda CBX L Engine

The 1047cc straight-six looked massive but was, in reality, not a whole lot wider than Honda’s 750cc four. But where that engine just about tucks into the complete package, that extra bit of CBX just hangs out on either side, a huge aluminum brick just barely surrounded by a motorcycle. With no radiator in front to block the view, the 6-into-2 exhaust is on full display, a polished metal pipe-organ monument to excess.

1979 Honda CBX Dash

While the straight-six GP bikes that inspired the CBX were light and lithe and packed their impossibly tiny, Swiss-watch mechanicals behind sleek bodywork, there was nothing subtle or sprightly about the CBX. Nearly 600lbs ready-to-roll with typically mediocre Japanese big-bike suspension, the bike shared nothing but engine configuration with its racing cousins. It was possibly this confused message that ultimately made the bike such a hard sell: a heavy, expensive bike inspired by racing but with absolutely no racing pretensions whatsoever? People did buy the bike, and lucky for us, treated them with care and respect, but they were not huge sellers at the time.

1979 Honda CBX R Front

Eventually, the CBX was updated with slab-sided styling and a monoshock rear suspension. It was less elegant, but much more suited to the bike’s real forte: fast touring.

From the original eBay listing: 1979 Honda CBX for Sale

Original 1979 Honda CBX, excellent condition with 17k miles. Original Paint and parts, there are aftermarket mirrors and an oil pressure gauge currently on it but I have the original mirrors and cap that go with the bike. Bike has never sat unused or in non running condition, it starts up easily and runs smoothly and perfect. No leaks, drips, or issues. That is the original seat and exhaust on the bike, there is one small rust spot on the left side exhaust, right side looks clean. There are no splits in the seat, all tabs on the side covers are intact. Bike is in excellent condition but it is 35 years old so not perfect. There is a small scratch on the back of the fender and a rub mark on the rear seat cowl. I am selling the bike for the original owner who is now 84 years old and can no longer ride. I personally rode the bike approximately 80 miles in the last couple weeks and it is an absolute joy to ride. I have the bike and clear title in hand. Bike is for sale locally, inspections are welcome and I will cancel this listing if the bike sells.

1979 Honda CBX R Engine Side

Interestingly, these were some of the first Japanese bikes to attain classic status. They were never really treated as the appliances,which makes sense: while Japanese sportbikes were typically marketed to, shall we say, less-than-sympathetic owners who used the machines’ mechanical excellence as an excuse to beat the living hell out of them, then forget them in a shed, the CBX was always a high-end, luxury grand touring bike.

1979 Honda CBX L Side Rear

With 17,000 miles on the clock and a Buy It Now price of $11,900, this seems like a pretty decent price for what appears to be a very good CBX: the black is a little bit faded, but the bike looks very sharp and original.

While the nearly $12,000 asking price might seem like a lot of cash, the value of these has remained relatively flat, while bikes like the Kawasaki H1 and Z1 have increased significantly over the past few years. I wonder if, with the CBX, we’ve hit that intersection between rarity and value, or if they’ll spike upwards again. I’m hoping not: they’re on my list of bikes to own.

-tad

1979 Honda CBX L Side

Executive Express: 1982 Honda CBX for Sale

1982 Honda CBX R Front

I’ve written a number of times about Honda’s mighty CBX, with its straight-six and cascading wall of exhaust pipes. They’re glorious monuments to excess: relatively heavy, with too many cylinders, too many exhaust pipes, and too many carburetors, with plenty of power and a truly silken, exotic exhaust note.

1982 Honda CBX L Engine

Introduced in 1979, the bikes struggled a bit with their identity. The straight-six itself was shared with no other models and was really intended to evoke Honda’s GP race bikes of ten years prior. But while those racing machines were jewel-like exotics of staggering complexity and miraculous packaging, the CBX let it all hang out, and with the butch 1047cc powerplant on full display, the bike was anything but lithe and sleek. Although the six wasn’t really much wider than Honda’s 750 four-cylinder, it certainly looked that way, and the whole package was pretty heavy. Nearly 600 pounds of weight, combined with relatively indifferent suspension, made the bike more of a sport-touring machine.

1982 Honda CBX L Rear

Early CBX’s featured classic “UJM on steroids” styling, with twin shocks, a little duck-tailed seat unit, and nothing up front to hide the imposing engine. But in 1981 the bike’s mission changed and the bike was developed into a monoshock sport-touring machine. The angular 80’s fairings may not be to everyone’s taste, but the redesign actually suits the bike’s original mission very well: eating up miles in class and comfort.

1982 Honda CBX Dash

From the original eBay listing: 1982 Honda CBX for Sale

I am the second owner for the past 24 years. The bike has lived a sheltered life, always indoors where it was has been loved and respected. Never wrecked or abused. Keeping this rare-limited bike to original specs and condition was always my goal and passion. Original 13, 340 miles. Untouched pearl white paint with black/blue stripes. Minimal paint scuffs on right rear saddle bag from passengers getting on and off through the years. One small minor 3/8″ scratch on left front side of gas tank. Original owner called it a “birthmark” since new from shipping. It was elected to leave it rather then to fix it.

All original decals an information tags still on the bike and in perfect condition. Current a leather Corbin seat for comfort, original seat is in perfect condition and included in the sale. Bike runs and rides excellent, no issues. No rust in gas tank. Everything works as it should. Highway pegs added when new by original owner – not drilled. Tires were replaced 22 years ago, no rot. Front tire in very good condition, rear is wearing down. Approximately 11,000 miles on tires. I have a brand new set of tires never used, original to the 1982 CBX are also included with the sale.

Front fork seals replaced, carbs were synchronized once. Replaced full exhaust with last known set of Honda line original exhaust 20 years ago for $2,000 is still in like new condition and replaced rear air shock due to leaking for $680 with last known Honda line original.

1982 Honda CBX Front

Folks who love to travel on their motorcycles seem to love full-dress Harleys. I’ve never ridden a full-dress Harley, so I can’t really speak to the experience, but I do know that they’re extremely heavy, relatively slow, and handle poorly. I hear they have killer stereos though… That seems to suit most people, but I’ve never understood why you can’t have comfort, speed, and sophistication. This CBX provides all three, and I think I’d prefer that wailing straight-six for a soundtrack, since I’m pretty bored with classic rock.

With bidding just above $5,000 it’s no surprise the reserve has not been met. This bike looks to be a very nice example of a late CBX. One of the few Japanese bikes of the period that have really always been pretty collectible, CBX values are definitely on the rise, although early bikes remain more desirable. Which is great if you actually want to use your bike to tour, since you get that truly epic motor in a much more usable package.

-tad

1982 Honda CBX R Side

1979 Honda CBX Turbo for Sale?!

1979 Honda CBX Turbo R Side

Honda’s CBX was always about excess, a bike designed to impress, to demonstrate Honda’s engineering excellence. It wasn’t about speed on the track, or back-road carving, or even touring. It was all about that engine, that glorious, straight-six engine making exotic shrieking noises.

So how would you improve it? Upgrade the suspension? A good start, but it’s really too heavy to ever really be a sportbike. And with the engine sticking out like that, you’d be terrified of a lowside… Spondon frame? Same problem. So what about slapping a turbocharger onto it?

As they say, “Nothing exceeds like excess.”

1979 Honda CBX Turbo L Side Engine

The style may not appeal to everyone, but the pure excess of turbocharging one Honda’s epic straight-six sure does push some interesting buttons. Oddly enough, there’ve actually been a couple of these up for sale of late. This one, believe it or not, is the more tasteful turbo’d CBX of the pair…

From the original eBay listing: 1979 Honda CBX Turbo for Sale

TIMS has a custom CBX we built a few years ago available for sale– it is a totally awesome turbocharged CBX that we built from the ground up–it has an extremely rare Blake turbo (one of only 8 thought to have been built by Blake in the 1980s)–it is unique in that the cast plenum intake is totally round with no square edges for choppy fuel intake like the typical ATP or Mr Turbo intakes and a smooth streetable 42 Mikuni carburetor –it has TIMS exclusive low-compression pistons, heavy duty valve springs with TIMS exclusive titanium retainers and shim under bucket set up as well as Falicon rods and chromoly studs,our exclusive extended oil pan for an additional quart of oil to keep her running cool, TIMS exclusive hydraulic clutch upgrade,  and the coolest item we have ever had is the totally trick custom gear driven offset euro alternator that allows for removing with out taking off the turbo plumbing for a bullet proof ride–we put a inverted shock front end on it with 120/70-17 inch tire and  wheel and modern brakes, we integrated a custom heavy duty rear swingarm with a 160-60-17 tire and wheel and a pair of showa piggy back custom shocks for an awesome handling ride like no other cbx–the paint is tims second to none and we flush mounted an aircraft type fuel filler cap and put a corbin gunfighter seat on it –it has lots of chrome and custom billet parts to numerous to mention all here…

1979 Honda CBX Turbo Gauges

The execution looks top-notch, but I could do without the garish, logo’d white-face gauges and the flames on the Corbin saddle. To me, that boost-gauge mount looks too much like those huge, 10k rpm Autometer tachometers that were stuck on the dash of every Civic DX for a while there in the 90’s… I’m not saying a voltmeter isn’t useful, but I’d swap in that boost gauge and just do without knowing how well my charging system was charging.

I assume you have more important things to worry about on this bike.

1979 Honda CBX Turbo R Engine

Minor styling choices aside, it’s a really nicely put together bike, obviously no hack job cobbled together in a shed and left for the next buyer to finish. With lots of rare or one-off parts, it’s difficult to put a value on this one, but it’s no surprise it still hasn’t hit its reserve.

I just hope that the turbo doesn’t muffle the exhaust sound too much.

-tad

1979 Honda CBX Turbo L Side

1979 Honda CBX for Sale

1979 Honda CBX R Front Low

Many American muscle cars are desirable not so much for their style but for the mill under the hood: a  Dodge Swinger is basically a small box on top of a bigger box. And they’re not even very nice boxes… But with a Hemi under the hood, you’ve really got something.

In the same way, Honda’s CBX is fairly generic in terms of styling, with basic Universal Japanese Motorcycle design cues: unfaired, with a simple fuel tank and side panels, upright riding position, and a twin-shock rear end. Later, the CBX morphed into a sport-tourer with hard bags, a full fairing, and a monoshock rear. But in both iterations the massive looking engine that powers it is thankfully on full display and looks every bit as special as the specifications would suggest.

1979 Honda CBX L Engine Palm

The bike went on sale in 1979 and the inline-six configuration was meant to hark back to Honda’s 1960’s racing machines, although it seems strange they’d wait so long to capitalize on their racing successes. And it seems even stranger that they’d put this aluminum tribute to competition success in a relatively heavy bike that was more “GT” than “R.” The 1047cc engine featured 24 valves, dual overhead cams and a bank of six carburetors, and intake/exhaust plumbing to make you swoon or groan, depending on whether you were planning to ride it or work on it.

1979 Honda CBX Dash Palm

From the original eBay listing: 1979 Honda CBX for Sale

I am the second owner. I bought the bike from the original owner in California. He bought the bike brand new in 1979. The bike is totally original with the exception of the headers, the rear Koni shocks, the front fork brace and the added front fork air with equalizer tube.

 Tires and chain are very good. I repaired the whole brake system,(new pads and fluid), change the oil recently.The bike is running . Awesome sound.

As I stated the bike is not a 100% show bike. But it is very easy to bring her back to her original beauty. Small crack in the rear seat fairing. Small dings in the tank and scratches on the front fender( has to be painted). The engine needs a couple of polished parts ( Clutch cover, engine covers…) . Of course a good cleaning of the carbs would not hurt. But the bike is starting and running! If you ever dreamed of owning a Honda CBX, here is your chance !!Comes with the original tool kit Shop manual.

1979 Honda CBX Tank Detail Palm

Interestingly, the bike didn’t sell especially well although, this being a Honda, that’s all relative: the model did stick around for a few years and two generations and plenty of examples can be found if you look, ranging from low-mileage original examples to Spondon-framed custom streetfighters. This one appears to be pretty much bone-stock, although many CBX’s get upgraded with modern forks, shocks, tires, and brakes to improve what was fairly mediocre handling when it was new. Crashbars also make practical sense, although they are generally an eyesore.

This is one of my bucket-list bikes although it competes for a slot with the slightly more exotic Benelli Sei. With a BuyItNow price of $7,999, the Honda should be much less of a headache to run and get parts for, so if you’re looking to actually ride your musclebike, it’s probably the one to go for.

-tad

1979 Honda CBX R Side Palm

1981 Honda CBX for Sale

1981 Honda CBX R Front

Designed ostensibly to capture the glamour of Honda’s six-cylinder racing bikes, it seems strange that the CBX to evolved into the angular, faired monoshock machine you see here. But the bike never really did have any real links to the GP machines, aside from the engine layout, and the CBX certainly couldn’t hang with the true scratchers of the day on back roads.

1981 Honda CBX Engine

Introduced in 1979 and, in spite of appearances, it was supposedly only a bit wider than Honda’s 750 four. The 1047cc, 24 valve, straight six was powerful and made a fantastic sound, but the sophisticated design was offset by its nearly 600 pounds and typically primitive suspension.

1981 Honda CBX Dash

Recast in 1981 with a full fairing and monoshock rear suspension, and hard bags, the CBX became a sophisticated sport-tourer, a role that perhaps suited the platform better. Luckily, the imposing engine and its headers remained on display, leaving no doubt as to what powered this bike.

From the original eBay listing: 1981 Honda CBX for Sale

This is a nice original 1981 honda cbx, there are some minor paint chips here and there, normal wear . The gas tank has a small bubble at the bottom right side of tank, the right side cover decal has a small scratch in it . The tires have been on the bike since 1992. the exhaust is in rough condition and has been repaired where the pipes meet the mufflers, this was due to water build up in the lowest part of the exhaust after sitting for a few years. The side bags are missing. This bike was last on the road in the state of New Jersey in 1992. It was repossessed about two and a half years ago for reasons I don’t know and a friend bought it from the holding company and traded it to me. The carburetors were professionally done out in California at a cost of $1,000. I had to rebuild the starter because one of the brushes was stuck in its carrier. I turned the armature, replaced the brushes and the brush springs. I installed the carburetors and the new air box plenum. Put fresh gas in it and fired it up, runs good, goes through all gears smoothly, all brakes work. Chain should be replaced as well as the tires, brake fluid and fork oil should be changed. This bike has been sitting for some time, it only has 5,787 miles on it.

1981 Honda CBX Detail

These aren’t especially cheap to buy or run but, when properly cared for, they can provide typically Honda durability. I prefer the earlier, simpler CBX’s without the fairing and hard bags, although there’s something about these big, Goldwing-esque machines that appeals as well. In spite of the low mileage, this one isn’t really in collectable shape, but that might just make it a great candidate for customization or upgrading. Or it might mean you can get that wonderful engine on the cheap, and do some traveling to spread the Gospel of the Straight Six to far-flung corners of the continent.

-tad

1981 Honda CBX L Rear

Nothing Exceeds Like Excess: 1979 Honda CBX for Sale

1979 Honda CBX Custom L Front

I remember my first real contact with the Honda CBX: I saw a bank of six carburetors in a glass case at The Garage Company in Los Angeles, and I could just picture the finned aluminum beast it must have fed.  They say that “there’s no kill like overkill” and, for all its bland looks, the CBX would be largely forgotten today, but for the seemingly massive six-pot mill slung across the frame and that sweet, sweet music as it revs.

1979 Honda CBX Custom R Rear

The epic CBX was introduced in 1979 and meant to evoke Honda’s 1960’s GP machines, although the transversely-mounted, 1047cc, 24-valve straight-six motor shared nothing but engine layout with those classic racers that inspired it. At 600lbs, the CBX had no real sporting aspiration: cast as a sports-tourer, it seems a strange choice and sales were modest, for a Honda.

1979 Honda CBX Custom Dash

After several years, the bike was restyled to include a large, Goldwing-esque fairing to enhance its sporting mission, but the simplicity of the earlier models wins out for me over the increased functionality.

Not much time left on this one, so move fast! From the original eBay listing: 1979 Honda CBX for Sale

Hi i’m selling my custom 1979 honda CBX, all work done by me at the machine shop. The bike has around 200 hours of labor! Clean title, 2014 tags, 30k original miles, 850 miles on new GPS installed. Front suspension 07 CBR 1000, rear suspension 07 CBR 600, Custom disk brakes, fresh paint job using original colors, Rims and engine guard powder coated black, new chain, new sprocket, new Michelin 2CT pilot tires, hydraulic clutch, rebuilt and jetted carburetors , K&N air filters, new vacuum & fuel hoses, new spark plugs, 6-1 chrome header, FMF exhaust, VORTEX rear sets, Custom levers, new oil pressure gauge, custom aluminum mirrors, real carbon fiber fenders.

Bike runs perfect! Incredible 6 cyl sound! Very hard to find one on these conditions! The bike looks equal or better than pictures. No lies. Unique CBX on California!

This looks to be a very nicely updated CBX, with a few modern components to upgrade the handling, including suspension and wheels. The engine guard spoils the looks somewhat, but the black paint helps minimize the impact, and the installation is a wise move. Those outside cylinders will get torn up in a crash, and the owner clearly built this one to ride hard. I only wish the seller had included a clip of it running!

1979 Honda CBX Custom L Rear

It’s a shame Honda’s innate conservatism won out with the CBX. What if a smaller-displacement, six-cylinder sportbike had been introduced earlier to capitalize on their rich racing history? A halo machine produced in limited quantities and priced accordingly? Who knows how well it would have sold, but one can imagine, based on bikes like this CBX, what the result would have been like.

And one can only assume someone will be writing something like this in twenty years, wondering why Honda never made a roadgoing version of their V5 Moto GP engine instead of the conventional four they slotted into their CBR…

-tad

1979 Honda CBX Custom R Front

1979 Honda CBX for Sale

1979 Honda CBX Silver L Side

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.

1979 Honda CBX Silver Dash

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…

1979 Honda CBX Silver R Pipes

Another really cool bike with a very spare eBay listing: 1979 Honda CBX for Sale

All original, unmolested condition with the exception of the 4-into-1 DG exhaust.  New tires.  Seat has a small split in a seam (see bottom photo), but included is a replacement seat and a brand new replacement cover.
  • 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.

-tad

1979 Honda CBX Silver R Side

1979 Honda CBX for Sale

1979 Honda CBX L Front

The big, brawny Honda CBX was a grand “touring” bike from the era when that meant the bike had relaxed ergomics, effortless, arm-stretching power, and room for a passenger.  No GPS, no heated grips, no fairing, no iPod dock, no speakers.  Just a comfortable seat, two wheels, a fuel tank, some instruments to tell you what’s going on, and tons of silky-smooth power from that huge straight-six laid across the frame and a huge cascade of shining exhaust pipes.  Well, it would have a shining cascade of exhaust pipes, if this one wasn’t missing that particular bit…

1979 Honda CBX R Dash

We all ride bikes for the stimulation they provide, the sensory input, and the CBX makes a glorious howl, like an Italian car.

The seller is a person of relatively few words:

up for sale is an original 20,000 mile 1979 cbx 1000 inline 6. has paperwork, been sitting for couple years, will need slight tank cleaning on the inside, and the rear master cylinder, needs an exhaust system, and a shift lever to complete. up close the paint has a couple small paint chips and one or 2 small scratches but no dents, the bike overall is an 8 or 9 out of 10. the paint shines excellent, some slight pitting on engine chrome but it looks great otherwise. Super clean 1979 cbx 1000 it is an eye grabber. was going to get a nice DG pipe and keep it but too many projects needing funds is the reason for sale. Bike will not disappoint being a rare one as well. email any questions, shipping is fine as long as the buyer works out details. please contact me if you are the winning bidder after the auction.

comprises the whole of the original eBay listing: 1979 Honda CBX1000 for Sale.

1979 Honda CBX R Tank Top

Later CBX models were touring bikes in the more contemporary style, sprouting huge Windjammer-style fairings and luggage.  I know I very much prefer the earlier, UJM-on-steroids style of the earlier bikes.  Ratty examples often get rebuilt into snorting, Spondon-framed customs of all stripes, but this one looks a bit too nice to chop up. Find a nice used set of headers, or have a shop bend some up for you.  Or leave them off and terrorize the neighborhood?  This one definitely goes into my fantasy garage.

-tad

1979 Honda CBX R Side