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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

Classic Sportbike on the Cheap: 1987 Honda CBR600

For Sale: 1987 Honda CBR 600 Hurricane

Are you a little tired of seeing overpriced unobtainium? Are you looking for something “classic” but a little more realistic on the price? Devoted CSBFS readers, this post is for you! What we have today is a decidedly average (by today’s standard anyways) Honda sportbike: a 1987 CBR600 “Hurricane.”

So what is so special about a 24 year old sportbike? Well, this one introduced a number of firsts for Honda, and became the foundation for a top-tier middleweight model that continues to this day. Not too bad for something that you can pick up for less than the cost of a major service or refurb on one of those collector Ducatis…

The Hurricane was introduced during a period of massive sportbike development by the industry: Kawasaki knocked the world’s collective socks off with their 900 Ninja a few years earlier, and Suzuki rolled out the iconic GSX-R series during the same period. But the Hurricane was very special indeed, for it brought legitimate performance to the middleweight class – something that was lacking until it’s release. Here is a great Honda advert from this era (even the Ninja fears a hurricane), courtesy of a fantastic Honda resource, The CBR Forum

From the seller:
UP FOR SALE IS A WHITE WITH RED STRIPES 1987 HONDA HURRICANE 600. IT HAS ~20,000 MILES AND RUNS EXCELLENT. THERE ARE SOME SMALL COSMETIC BLEMISHES AND A FEW SMALL CRACKS IN THE PLASTIC. IT HAS NEVER BEEN DOWN JUST DROPPED BY THE PREVIOUS OWNER. SINCE I HAVE HAD IT, I HAVE NOT HAD ANY ISSUES. I PUT ON BRAND NEW TIRES TWO YEARS AGO THAT HAVE ~1000 MILES ON THEM. I AM SELLING SINCE I HAVE A NEW BIKE. I RESERVE THE RIGHT TO END THE AUCTION EARLY SINCE I AM TRYING TO SELL IT LOCALLY.

With the Hurricane, Honda created their first liquid cooled, inline four cylinder mid-sized sportbike. The CBR offered 750 performance (first 600 to break into the 12s bracket on the strip), top level components such as triple disk brakes and twin spar frame, and fully enclosed bodywork. This is still a striking motorcycle today.

This bike is not perfect; it has lived a relatively easy life, but shows some signs of wear. The mileage is not a concern (after all, it is a Honda), and the bodywork pieces – while not cheap – are still readily available. The Micron pipe is a nice addition, and I’m sure it helps the little 600 howl a bit at RPM.

The good news in all of this is the price: the opening ask is only $1,000, with reserve still in place. There is no telling what the reserve is set at, but the bike also has a BIN of $2,200. Somewhere between the two you will find a very well-priced piece of Honda history that can be ridden and enjoyed today. Now that is MY definition of a classic! For more information, . Good Luck!

MI