A six cylinder Honda may not seem like a big deal if your thinking cars but when it has 2 wheels and is in showroom condition that’s another story. This 1980 CBX 1000 is owned by a motorcycle enthusiast named Bill. Bill likes his motorcycles and CBX’s in particular. He has four, one for the 4 model years they were available to the public. I actually heard this CBX before I saw it. V twins have a certain sound , inline 4 have theirs and well a CBX has it’s very own distinctive sound, almost turbine like. To a motorcycle enthusiast The CBX is a legendary motorcycle. The inline air cooled 6 cylinder really was the best Honda had to offer back in 1979.
A little Honda history, the incredibly sucessfull CB750 in line four cyclinder had been redesigned in 77 and by 79 had turned into an over weight slug to be kind. Honda’s simple answer was to -offer a 900cc and then a 1100 but for a few discriminating buyers Honda had a real surprise. Enter the CBX 1000 in 1979 . Similar in style, to other Hondas of the day but instead of four cylinder, Honda designed an all new six cylinder engine! Like the times it was revolutionary! Nothing has ever been built like it and in some ways was the end of a motorcycle era as Honda focused on the touring and cruiser market.
Honda offered the truly unique CBX from 1979 t0 1982. Bill tells me the 79 was the fastest and the 80 thru 82 production models were detuned ( Different cams) for the world market. Bill knows because he also has a 1979 CBX. If you want to see his others CBX’s, stop down and maybe you might catch him on one of his other showroom CBX’s in the Brookhaven Parking Lot across from the Port Jeff Motorcycle Store. I know I will be keeping an eye out.
So what year was the fastest production CBX made? That’s right 1979. Follow this link to check out Bill’s incredible 79 CBX.