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Honda CX500 Turbo
« on: April 14, 2019, 11:28:46 am »
Does anyone know this bike. I really want to buy it but a few things are worrying me. These bikes were technical marvel when they first came out with a list of firsts in Motorbike tech improvments besides being the first full production turbo bike. They were only made in 1982 but this bike is first registered 1985. If you look closely at the photo the seat does not fit properly.
 

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Re: Honda CX500 Turbo
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2019, 11:47:08 am »
That bike looks extremely original. Not sure what is up with the seat, but it can be as simple as it was not fitted properly the last time it was taken off. Have you been to see the bike?

I would not look at “Date first liable for....”. I have hardly seen an older bike or car that has this even close to correct.
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Re: Honda CX500 Turbo
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2019, 11:57:10 am »
I would seriously consider buying it if price is right (read: no / very little legend tax added). I agree with Vintage_Mania as to the seat.
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Re: Honda CX500 Turbo
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2019, 12:03:08 pm »
The bike is in Gauteng. I was going to drive up to get it tomorrow. However the seller informs me thats how the seat has always fitted. I do not believe that these bikes won awards for there manufactured quality.   
 

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Re: Honda CX500 Turbo
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2019, 12:57:07 pm »
The bike is in Gauteng. I was going to drive up to get it tomorrow. However the seller informs me thats how the seat has always fitted. I do not believe that these bikes won awards for there manufactured quality.

Maybe one of the WD members can go and have a look for you?
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Re: Honda CX500 Turbo
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2019, 03:15:25 pm »
Road test at the time showed it to be quicker than a 900f. At the time I had a 900f and wasn’t impressed 😁
 

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Re: Honda CX500 Turbo
« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2019, 03:40:06 pm »
It is not about the performance this bike will become a legend bike. It is beautiful. First fuel injection bike. first bike with an ecu with onboard compiter. first monoshock sports bike and the list goes on. Apparantley Honda registered over 200 patents on this bike. Twisted cylinder heads etc.
 

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Re: Honda CX500 Turbo
« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2019, 06:28:04 pm »
Moenie teen jou hart stoei nie.
Vra n wilddog om die bike te check.
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« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2019, 06:40:21 pm »
Daai fiets lyk nog goed, ek het een getoets bestuur toe dit uit gekom het, dit was n belewenis, daai fiets sal baie aandag trek.Goeie kopie
 

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Re: Honda CX500 Turbo
« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2019, 08:50:26 pm »
I was once told it was a one-off Honda Automotive Dept motorcycle project.
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Re: Honda CX500 Turbo
« Reply #10 on: April 15, 2019, 08:21:38 am »
Had a '81 CX 500 - one of the smoothest engines ever made  :thumleft:
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Re: Honda CX500 Turbo
« Reply #11 on: April 15, 2019, 08:38:56 am »
The bike is in potchestroom are there any wild dogs inthat area who will go check and ride the bike for me I am told by a freind who did a course on these bikes that the bike must be ridden flat out in second gear till the Turbo red light comes on to check turbo and engine..
 

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« Reply #12 on: April 15, 2019, 08:58:07 am »
Had a '81 CX 500 - one of the smoothest engines ever made  :thumleft:
Also had a '81, one of the best sounding bikes as well!
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Re: Honda CX500 Turbo
« Reply #13 on: April 15, 2019, 09:12:46 am »
I remember seeing one of these brand new when I was in high school. There was nothing like it at the time (still isn't). Buy it, it surely is already collectible?

Shortly after the CX Turbo was released, Yamaha released a XS650 Turbo.
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Re: Honda CX500 Turbo
« Reply #14 on: April 15, 2019, 10:22:42 am »
The bike is in Gauteng. I was going to drive up to get it tomorrow. However the seller informs me thats how the seat has always fitted. I do not believe that these bikes won awards for there manufactured quality.

Back in 1983 I was in the market for a new ride and it was a toss-up between the CX500 Turbo, a Yamaha XS1.1 RH and a BMW R100RS, I then opted for the Yamaha and cannot complain as the yami served me well, but I am still sorry that I never bought the Honda. I hope my memory serves me right, because I remember that one of the things that did strike me at the time was the exceptional quality of the finishes on the Honda and that it almost created the prototype feel, but then again, we’re talking many moons ago so anything is possible
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Re: Honda CX500 Turbo
« Reply #15 on: April 15, 2019, 11:54:59 am »
Buy it. You would not have asked the question if you did not want to already.
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Re: Honda CX500 Turbo
« Reply #16 on: April 15, 2019, 01:04:03 pm »
The bike is in Gauteng. I was going to drive up to get it tomorrow. However the seller informs me thats how the seat has always fitted. I do not believe that these bikes won awards for there manufactured quality.

Back in 1983 I was in the market for a new ride and it was a toss-up between the CX500 Turbo, a Yamaha XS1.1 RH and a BMW R100RS, I then opted for the Yamaha and cannot complain as the yami served me well, but I am still sorry that I never bought the Honda. I hope my memory serves me right, because I remember that one of the things that did strike me at the time was the exceptional quality of the finishes on the Honda and that it almost created the prototype feel, but then again, we’re talking many moons ago so anything is possible
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« Reply #17 on: April 15, 2019, 02:35:30 pm »
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« Reply #18 on: April 15, 2019, 02:38:00 pm »
I am on my way to go check it out and bringing money with me.
 

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Re: Honda CX500 Turbo
« Reply #19 on: April 15, 2019, 03:05:16 pm »
Road test at the time showed it to be quicker than a 900f. At the time I had a 900f and wasn’t impressed 😁

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