The 80’s were a crazy time. Music was being produced without instruments, and manufacturers had to think outside the block (see what I did there?) to breathe life back into powerplants that were being choked by new emission standards. Turbochargers were the name of the game, and luckily the Japanese were up to the challenge. Honda slapped a turbo on the 1982 CX500 and gained over 30hp, a vast improvement when there was only 50hp to start. Of course, turbochargers have come a long way since the 80s, and I’m sure no one who drives a modern day turbo four or six cylinder car has ever heard of turbo lag. That being said, it must make for a character unlike any other!
The CX500TC was only available in 1982, and only 2,833 were built in total. This example sits as it came from the factory in pretty solid condition. The bike appears to have been maintained well. The white paint looks good, without any glaring defects. TURBO details on the exhaust have suffered some wear in 36 years, and was detailed in a photo. It currently has 8,023 miles, and the fairings look like they’re ready to charge back to the future.
Find this CX500 Turbo for sale in Sherman Oaks, California for $4,750 here on Craigslist.