Post Sale Update: This CX TUrbo sold for $8,722 after 43 bids on eBay.
The predecessor to the CX650T, the Honda CX500 Turbo was a confusing bike. One of the first of the Japanese turbo bikes, I’m still not sure why Honda wanted to use the CX500 as its’ turbo platform. According to Motorcycle Specs, the small cylinders required the world’s smallest turbocharger, with 51mm rotors that spinned at over 200,000 rpm.
Thanks to the tiny turbo, the 498cc engine produced 82 horsepower, which got the bike up to 128 miles per hour. This was up from the base CX500’s 50 horsepower. But the turbo wasn’t the end of the modifications – this bike also got upgraded with digital ignition, Pro-link rear suspension, and evolved Comstar wheels. Frankly, I’d rather get the CX650T if I wanted a turbo’d Honda bike, but it’s hard to argue with less than 200 miles if you’re looking for a collector’s item.
This specific Honda CX500 Turbo (VIN: JH2PC0301CM000997) has just 190 miles thanks to the fact that it sat in a museum for over 20 years. Benched in 1994, it now comes with the original tool kit, owners manual, shop manual, and plenty of other extras. It’s ready for a museum, but if you’re looking to run it then you’ll need to take care of some rust in the tank, rebuild the carbs, and take care of some other minor issues. With that said, I can’t imagine this bike is ever getting any more miles on it, due to the current tiny amount. I hope someone out there will prove me wrong.
Find this Honda CX500 Turbo for sale in Lady Lake, Florida with bidding up to $4,205