Posts by tag: CBX

Honda February 25, 2018 posted by

Six-y Beast: 1980 Moto Martin CBX for Sale

You might initially be confused by what you're looking at here, but get past that riot of color and the swoopy bodywork, and the big aluminum brick of an engine could only be one thing: Honda's 1047cc, 24-valve straight-six CBX motor. But what about the rest of it? What exactly is a Moto Martin CBX?

Honda's original CBX was a bit of a missed opportunity. It seemed designed to capitalize on the six cylinder racing bikes of the late 1960s, but no real link between the two seems to have been made in advertising the bike. And certainly there was no obvious visual connection, either: the original machines were jewel-like, pure racing motorcycles, while the CBX was a sophisticated, premium machine clearly designed for the road. It was big, heavy, and pretty powerful for the day, but handling was poor due to a flexible frame and the bike's overall weight.

The main reason to own a CBX was always that huge brick of an engine with its cascade of exhaust pipes sweeping around and under it, the wild shriek of the engine, and its smooth power. But in its original iteration, that was pretty much the only reason to own one. They could be made to get around a race track: some great videos exist of them shaking a leg on track, but they weren't really suited to it. And styling was relatively bland as well, typically conservative 70s UJM, with just a small duck-tail spoiler at the rear t0 add a bit of zing.

The solution was pretty simple if you had a bit of money and the ability to twirl some wrenches: find a nice, clean CBX, remove the motor and electrical system, and basically ditch the rest. By 1980, the Japanese manufacturers had gotten a handle on the art of making their motorcycles go around corners, but the small frame builders that had sprung up during the 60s and 70s were still around, and the CBX was a perfect candidate for a custom creation. Certainly Frenchman Georges Martin thought so, and his Moto Martin-framed CBXs are often considered the CBXs to have.

There's no getting around the width of the inline six, and any replacement frame is going to have to figure out how to go over or under, since there's just no going around... The Moto Martin part hugs the back of the engine pretty closely, making the stock airbox pretty much impossible, and replaces the original twin-shock arrangement with a monoshock setup, with thicker forks up front. Interestingly, it kept the original bike's geometry, which was basically fine. A finished Moto Martin CBX was both lighter and stiffer than the original bike, with new bodywork, including a one-piece tail, kept the ducktail spoiler but gave the finished bike a much sleeker, more purposeful look, while twin round lamps gave it a bit of endurance racing cred.

From the original eBay listing: 1980 Moto Martin CBX for Sale

This is an extremely rare and highly desirable Moto Martin CBX built from a complete Moto Martin rolling chassis with all of the best equipment of the day as fitted by Moto Martin including: Moto Martin aluminium 18inch wheels, Marzocchi forks, Brembo brakes front and rear with drilled cast iron rotors, braided hoses, De-Carbon under tank rear mono-shock. It has been customised with a different bikini fairing and single piece fibreglass tank and seat unit as in the pictures (and has received a FB like from Georges Martin himself) but the original Moto Martin aluminium tank, fairing, fairing bracket, headlight bracket, seat unit, screen with a spare as shown, are also included in the sale.

The motor is very strong as befitting the bike and is fitted with Carrillo Rods and Arias 1168cc big bore Arias forged piston kit and has done very little mileage since the big bore kit was fitted (hence my reason for sale), being ridden by me only in a few exhibitions for historic motorcycles at our local racetrack.

All in great condition with a few marks and slight damage to the side cover as shown in the photographs. I am the third owner, the previous owner and I each owning the bike for over 15 years.

Your opportunity to own the rarest and most desirable bike in the CBX world!

Seller can help with shipping - I live in a city with a major port.

Like a Spondon or a Rickman, there's really no "standard" Moto Martin: they were generally sold as kits and built to the customer's specifications. As few as 50 may exist that are actually titled as Moto Martins, but more kits were probably sold. The listing shows this as a 1980 model, but I believe the Martin kit wasn't introduced until a bit later, so this might be titled as a Honda CBX, per the donor engine and transmission. The starting bid is $10,000 with no bids as yet. Depending on the reserve, this might be a good opportunity to get a very rare machine for a pretty good price, but note that this bike currently resides in South Africa, so keep that in mind if you're suddenly having fantasies of wheeling this beast past your local bike hangout.

-tad

Six-y Beast: 1980 Moto Martin CBX for Sale
Honda October 13, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1979 Honda CBX with Matching Helmet!

Update 10.27.2017: SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

In 1978 Honda stunned the motorcycling world with a technological tour de force. The six cylinder, 24 valve CBX was the most ambitious - and the most visceral - Honda project to date. Dominated by an air-cooled inline format mounted transversely, this Honda made a statement like no other. And while Benelli introduced the world's first production six cylinder motorcycle, Honda completely owned it and made it their own. Seemingly an engineering exercise that got out of hand, the Honda CBX remains a remarkable piece of machinery. It is coveted by collectors as well, with prices following suit.

A bit portly at 600+ pounds wet, the CBX was considered a superbike at it's 1978 introduction. Part of that reason is that the world had never seen anything like it. With more than 105 HP on tap, the big bike was as strong in performance as it was stunning to look at. While you might not know it by looking, the big six was actually an evolution of the 50cc and 125cc GP race bikes of the 1960s and early 1970s. Honda claimed this lineage not only aided in meeting the performance targets of the 1047cc, 24-valve DOHC inline six cylinder, but also dramatically shortened the gestation period since this was a route already well traveled by Honda engineers. As a promotional stunt Honda provided bikes to the Isle of Man TT, which were utilized by course marshals and made a statement as to the sporting intent of the flagship Honda. Capable at the dragstrip, decent on the road course (especially endurance events), and at home at any boulevard in the nation, the CBX delivered on Honda's promise of engineering excellence.

From the seller:
1979 Honda CBX

This CBX bike comes from BAC, the famous automotive and motorcycle collection. In the early 2000s the owner of a famous automobile collection decided that post war 1970s and 1980s motorcycles were some of the most unappreciated classic bikes and set out to buy the best of the best of all the iconic bikes. The owner is nearing 80 years old and has decided to sell off his collection of Italian and Japanese classic bikes of the 1970s and 1980s.

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The CBX in this ad took him three years of traveling across the country to find the best CBX he could find. While the bike has just under 10,000 miles on it, the current owner is the second owner. The previous owner who purchased the bike new only drove it on sunny days and it has never seen a drop of rain or any major dust or dirt. Everything is original bike except for the bearings in the rear swing axle. The bike even has a matching color Honda period correct helmet. The owner says without a question; this has to be one of the finest CBXs in the nation. It runs perfectly and has never been taken apart and nothing sounds like a Honda CBX when it is winding up through the gears.

More from the seller:
The owner said in his opinion the most important part of any collector bike is the mufflers as they are almost in all cases impossible to reproduce. The mufflers on this CBX are immaculate.

This bike also comes with a matching helmet!

This 1979 Honda CBX is located in Chicago land: $14,500

From the pictures of the enormous engine, you might think you need to be a bow-legged cowboy to ride one. But thanks to intelligent design, that is not the case. Not only did Honda cant the cylinder bank forward some 30 degrees, the intake setup is arranged in a vee format to further narrow the bike's midsection; despite engine dimensions, there is plenty of room for the rider. And with a jack-shaft arrangement that moves ancillary components from the ends of the crank to behind the motor, the CBX is not nearly as wide as you might otherwise imagine.

Built from 1978 through 1982, the CBX was but one of the incredible models that Honda created during this wild time; other examples include CX500 Turbo, CX650 Turbo and later the V45 Interceptor. Yet the more conventional CB900F was the real showroom performer, outselling the engineering oddities by a large margin. As a result, the CBX remains a relatively rare model. Yet it still presents an amazing sight, and continues to stun today. The 1979 Honda CBX shown here is a low mile example. More importantly, this is a a completely original example that was recently liberated from a larger collection. If you are in the market for a 1970s collectable Honda, you want to source the cleanest, best example you can find. This particular machine meets those specs easily. The asking price is $14,500.

MI

Featured Listing: 1979 Honda CBX with Matching Helmet!
Honda February 13, 2017 posted by

X-Rated! 1979 Honda CBX

In the world of bike porn, there are many shapes and sizes. And while most lust-worthy machines are built from the ground up to become a whole - frame, suspension, motor, bodywork - the outrageous, plus sized Honda CBX seems to be a machine totally built around the motor. The first gen CBX made no bones about what made it special - it was a naked bike showing off its wares to the world. Born from the engineering might of Honda during a time of great experimentation, this inline six-cylinder with DOHC and four valves per cylinder pumped out an impressive 105 brake horsepower. And while the motor looks impossibly wide when viewed from the front, Honda spent considerable effort to reduce the flare at the bottom end, stacking ancillaries such as the alternator behind the block.

1979 Honda CBX for sale on eBay

The CBX debuted in the latter part of 1978 and were badged as 1979 models. The first generation bikes actually developed more outright HP than the follow on models, although the later years did have overall improvements in torque and general responsiveness. Sold alongside the CB900F, the CBX was a bigger, badder and far more expensive machine. And while CBX sales were far better than other "experimental" bikes of the time (think the CX-series Turbos), it was handily outsold by the cheaper 900F.

The seller's text goes a long way to describing the CBX history, variances and qualities:

From the seller:
Introduced in 1978 as a 1979 model, the Honda CBX topped its competitors with a 6-cylinder dual overhead camshaft engine; however, it was not the first inline 6-cylinder from the Japanese-motorcycle titan. Honda developed a series of sophisticated multi-piston 4-stroke Grand Prix-racing entries culminating in the RC165 and RC166 250cc inline 6-cylinder machines. The engine was successful in 1966 and 1967, and was the precursor to the CBX. The fact the CBX engine has its roots in Grand Prix racing is not coincidental. Engineer Shoichiro Irimajiri developed the 6-cylinder Grand Prix engine and led the team behind the CBX powerplant. Six cylinders, 24 valves and chain-driven dual overhead camshafts help the 1,000cc Honda engine crank out 105 horsepower. Six Mikuni carburetors with an integral accelerator pump deliver the right combination of fuel and air into the cylinders. The CBX engine is integrated into the frame as a stressed member, and the absence of conventional downtubes makes for a clear display of all six cylinders and the exhaust. Honda pushed into the future with bold styling and innovative features on the Super Sport CBX. The sculpted tank blended into CBX-logo side covers and the kicked-up winged tail section looked fast at rest. Lightweight Comstar 5-spoke alloy wheels were equipped with dual front and single rear disc brakes to slow the CBX from velocity. In an effort to improve lagging sales Honda pushed the CBX away from pure sport into a sports touring direction in 1981-82. Full fairings and hard saddlebags position the earlier and more powerful CBX1000 Super Sport into a unique spot in collectible Honda history. This 1979 Honda CBX first and most powerful year of what was then the fastest production motorcycle in the world. This bike will thrill you with its smooth idle and fantastic power and the sound is unmistakable, go for a ride or just add to your collection.

While Honda did race six-cylinder machines in the 1960s, this was their first jump into sixes for the street. However they were not alone: Benelli had already come (and gone) with the Sei models, and Kawasaki was soon to follow with their excellent KZ1300 liquid cooled example. And while Kawasaki transitioned their naked bike into a full-blown touring bike, Honda elected to evolve the CBX into a sport tourer. They would re-enter the six-cylinder world with the dominating Gold Wing touring RV, but chose to drop the inline arrangement in favor of a boxer layout. Most recently BMW introduced the K1600, an inline six more narrow than some fours.

The CBX line has always been a visceral affair. These bikes have serious presence, amazing sound, and actually function as a terrific day-to-day rider. Being a Honda, they are well built and surprisingly reliable. Parts are still available for the model, making it an excellent collector choice. Prices have been on the rise with these machines - especially the earliest models - but nothing compared to an RC30, RG500 Gamma or D16RR. Interest in this particular bike is solid, with bidding up to $7,700 with reserve still in place. I, for one, will be watching this one. This bike is clean and looks very, very original. Check it out here, and then share your six-cylinder thoughts in our Comments section. Is a CBX on your bike porn bucket list? Good Luck!

MI

X-Rated!  1979 Honda CBX
Honda July 30, 2015 posted by

Six Appeal – 1979 Honda CBX1000

1979 Honda CBX-1000 on eBay

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Honda produced the CBX-1000 from 1978-1982 and it was intended to be their flagship model... and how could it not be?  With that big beautiful inline six and the trademark six headers it was showing off without even trying.  The CBX made 102hp and with it's surprisingly sharp handling, the big Honda was almost universally praised by anybody who rode it.  Unfortunately, it was a little more expensive than many wallets could handle and it didn't sell as well as the lesser CB900 and disappeared after just four short years.  If you have been paying attention the collector's market recently, you're undoubtedly aware that CBX prices are skyrocketing right now.  Later CBX's were detuned by anywhere from 5-20hp, depending on whom you believe, and the loss of HP did not go unnoticed.  As such, the early years have become the more desirable of the bunch.  This is certainly a fine example and the seller's asking price reflects that.  It will be interesting to see if it actually sells for $15,000!

CBX_leftside

From the seller's eBay auction found here: 1979 Honda CBX-1000 for sale

Super nice example of a 1979 Honda CBX100
i  got this from the original owner a few years back.....as you can see.....it is in exceptional condition .......it runs perfectly, has a new battery , fresh fluids   and the tires are like new.......what is exceptional on this bike is the Vin number ,,,,,it is 269....very early in the production, making it highly collectable
the exhaust is original, however it was show chromed a few years ago.......and they look great
the paint is in perfect shape!......bike runs mint, has a clear title  and is ready to go

CBX_tank

Six Appeal – 1979 Honda CBX1000
Egli September 14, 2014 posted by

Swiss Miss: 1983 Egli EH10-C Red Baron

EH10

For those of you that check in on Rare to learn something new, class is in session. Those with experience or knowledge of the brand, please share it in the comments section. What you are looking at is the Swiss interpretation of Bimota - only Elgi started many, many years ahead of the Rimini company. Founded by Swiss motorcycle racer Fritz Egli in the mid 1960s, the original goal of the company was to modify existing motorcycles for competition use. When Egli frames started winning hill climb events, people took notice. While he started out with a Vincent Black Shadow, Egli made frames to carry many different Japanese engines over multiple decades - which brings us to this CBX powered Red Baron machine, the EH10 (Egli-Honda number 10). Unfortunately there is almost NO detail available via the eBay auction, and only a single picture of the bike (above). One would expect a bit more when the opening bid is nearly $55,000 USD.

1983 Egli Honda EH10 Red Baron for sale on eBay

From the seller:
Egli Red Baron Superbike in perfect condition!!!! One of only 45 ever builds! Too many extras to list. Has a Swiss title. Additional setting for an Egli Target Design, only 6 build worldwide!

While the seller did not include many pictures, I found a similar EH10-C Red Baron for sale on multiple Swiss sites. The mileage and pricing leads me to believe that this is the same motorcycle, and as such I am sharing them here. Note that I am not certain this is the identical machine being listed on eBay. As always, interested parties should do their homework, talk to the seller and ask for more pictures and information.

Read into the title anything you'd like. It was intended to be a pun on the pre-packaged chocolate powder drink, but after some research and finding more pictures I am inclined to believe it should be interpreted more along the lines of a free throw air ball; the baseball equivalent of a whiff. Swing and a miss! Makes me wonder if Egli is pronounced "ugly" in another language. But here is the thing: Fritz Egli's frame designs flat out WORK. Sure it doesn't have the flair of a Bimota. It may look like something that escaped from a Mad Max / Road Warrior movie. But mechanically it is a work of art. And rare. The additional bodywork noted in the auction is for another CBX-based Egli machine - the Target - which is even more rare than the Red Baron model. Does a specialty frame maker ring all of the right chords with you? If so, check it out here!

MI

Swiss Miss:  1983 Egli EH10-C Red Baron
Honda May 22, 2014 posted by

1980 Honda CBX 1000 with just 4400 Miles in Michigan

1980 Honda CBX for sale

Nope that's not a misprint: It is another 4,400 mile original a day after posting an RZ500 with 4,400 miles! No connection between the sellers, but these bikes do share the same fresh from the collection condition. This CBX will likely need tires replaced before any spirited riding is done but otherwise sounds like it's ready to go with very few issues to disclose. One final comparison to yesterday's post is that this one is half the cost (as of current bid) as well, and the reserve is off.

dc

1980 Honda CBX for sale on eBay

AWDWQ

from the seller:

I purchased this bike in 2002 from Chuck Ewing of Whitehouse, Ohio. Those of you that have been into CBX's for a while, probably know Chuck as the primary source for exceptional CBX bikes and parts prior to Tim's becoming the place for these things...The bike was as new in 2002. I rode it only to a few vintage bike events per year in Michigan, hence the very low miles. The bike runs like a clock. A little cold blooded upon start up but that is part of the deal when owning one of these bikes!

Since buying this bike, I have added a complete NOS sport kit. The tank had a flaw in the factory pinstripe so I was able to source a replacement NOS tank a few years ago. ($2,500 for these two items) The paint on every part of this bike is flawless and as new.

This CBX has never been exposed to the elements. It has always been stored in my climate controlled storage. There is no corrosion on any nuts or bolts. The wheels are also in great condition.

The seat, grips, mirrors, electrical, etc, have no flaws. All as new. Please review the pictures closely. The pictures should confirm everything I claim in my description.

Full disclosure...

There is a broken tab on the backside of the LH plastic side cover. Common issue with these bikes. Cover will not fall off but it is loose.
The pipes have absolutely no rust (nowhere, not even in the collector area where these are prone to deteriorate) but there is a 2 - 3" mild scratch on the top of the RH pipe. You need to get pretty close up to see it. Overall chrome is exceptional. No dings or dents.
The tires were replaced in 2002 and may be getting a little hard. I would replace if the bike were to be ridden much.
The alternator cover has developed a streak in the paint finish over the years. Not sure why. Tried to find a NOS replacement but every one I purchased was worse than the one on the bike. Could use a repaint on this item.

This is a very fine example of Honda history and would surely be a nice addition to any collection. Nice 1980 bikes are much more rare than the 79's. And you just cannot beat the black paint and wheels on this beauty.

wadca

$_57

1980 Honda CBX 1000 with just 4400 Miles in Michigan