No Reserve – 1979 Honda CBX

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Post Sale Update: This CBX sold for $8,500 after 35 bids on eBay.

In an era where bigger was better, and where innovation and boldness were the master words, Honda knew how to stand at the front of the scene. After its domination on the sport bike market thanks to the CB750, 4-cylinder 4 stroke engines became the standard for practically each Japanese maker. So Honda had to go one step further. To this end, in 1979 theys decided to add 2 cylinders and release one of Honda’s masterpieces, the CBX.

The inline 6-cylinder engine of 1,047cc develops 103 hp which would take the huge 600lb bike to speeds around 140mph. Thanks to good balance and a 5-speed gearbox, the bike was a pleasure to ride and the weight could be quickly forgotten once you started to roll. Although the CBX was well-built, it was huge and heavy – not reassuring to riders. Like the vast majority of 6-cylinder bikes, sales were not satisfying. Therefore, production ended in 1982. To get more information about the CBX, please check out this model history from Kevin Cameron on Cycle World.

The CBX (VIN: CB12017798) presented here is in decent shape showing just under 20k miles. The bike is original, belonged to the same family since 1984, and is supposed to have original paint, stickers, and badges. The bike received a recent tune-up including new tires, brake calipers, brakes and master cylinder service. Here is a video of the bike running (yes, I also wonder how the seller could shift with flip-flops…):

Find this CBX in Tampa, Florida with bidding up to $3,050

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