According to experts, this is a fine and very rare example of the ‘mold-breaking’ motorcycle built by Honda to break speed records in the 1980s, with an available example found at H&H Classics during their next auction in Duxford, England on October 12th. The motorcycle on the auction block has been with its current owner since 1982, has only 11,000 original miles and is estimated to sell for between £7,000 - £8,000.
To many, the CX500 Turbo was and remains one of the most futuristic motorcycles ever made when it was introduced in 1982. It not only featured turbocharging, a method of ramming extra fuel/air mix into the engine to increase horsepower, but also computer control of the turbocharging, fuel injection, ignition and numerous other advanced features. It was not only a technological marvel in a stunning design.
The CX Turbo came as a direct response to Yamaha’s challenge to Honda for supremacy in the motorcycle market. Honda management decided to show just what the company was capable of with a design that was far ahead of any presumptuous rivals could do. That showpiece was the CX500 Turbo.
Honda put the CX500 Turbo on display at the 1980 Cologne International Motorcycle Show and later on exhibit at the Honda Research and Development Centre in Tokyo.
“This bike has been described as dangerous, but as long as you respect the fact that you are sitting on a rocket, it can be thrilling to ride, notes H&H’s Mark Bryan who found the motorcycle in the back of a garage, almost hidden away behind a life-time collection of stuff. “I would describe riding one of these as sensational.”