This first-year 1979 Honda CBX is the original “super” bike. While amazing, the CBX wasn’t Honda’s first 6-cylinder motorcycle. The CBX was the most sophisticated and the fastest motorcycle in the world when Honda debuted it in 1978. With four valves per cylinder and double overhead camshafts, it was fearsomely complicated, although a clever arrangement for its alternator and clutch—moving them behind the cylinders—kept the width of the engine down and made the CBX a revelation. The CBX could be cornered hard, as the engine was only as wide as the rider’s feet, and the chassis gave a stable and secure ride with excellent forks and shocks, as Honda had improved its chassis design as the 1970s progressed. The CBX had 105 HP and could be throttled hard to a 134 MPH top speed. It was crazy fast and the 6-cylinder motor was smooth as silk with an amazing exhaust note. Honda used six 28mm Keihin CV carburetors to give a smooth, predictable throttle response, and little maintenance was required. The CBX weighed around 600 pounds wet, which meant it wasn’t a lightweight, but a serious motorcycle with tremendous performance and technical bravado from Honda’s golden years as the innovator of the motorcycle industry.
This beautiful example has only 24,000 kilometers. The carburetors were given a complete refurbishment by the maestro, Jack Wagner of Old School Carbs in California in 2019. This 6 cylinder runs as one would expect from a low mileage classic Honda. In order to bring this CBX up to showroom condition the new owner will need to replace the original exhaust, which is now 41 years old, and the tires – which are not much younger. This CBX was purchased from Blackfoot Motorsports in Calgary and is now registered in BC with collector plates. Located in Victoria BC Canada.