Posts by tag: CX500T

Aprilia August 14, 2012 posted by

Mailbag Tuesday and Feature Listing Price Goes Up Sept. 15th. [RS250 Chesterfield, 998 Bostrom, Muth Katana's, Raymond Roche, CX500T, Haga RSV1000R, Guzzi Sport 1100, FZ600, Superlight]

Hey guys,

Sorry we've been behind on these catch-all entries based on your emails. Between sheer email volume and weekends out and about, it's been on the back burner. Here are the best of what's still active.

Also I wanted to alert all you guys who are planning to sell your bikes at the end of the season that our Featured Listing is going to get upgraded in the fall. This means that for a limited time you can still take advantage of the low, low price of $25/mo before it goes up. The price will expire on September 15th. Email me now on how to get started. More details on the new and improved Feature Listings coming soon.

Good luck to all the buyers and sellers out there and keep the emails coming!


Marty was spending a hot evening surfing ads in Europe and came upon this 1987 Cagiva GP C587 ridden by Raymond Roche. Yours for only $104k USD.

A few of you emailed us this Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield for sale in the Bay Area for $7800. Ad states 10k miles and like new. Do some investigation though as it's missing about half of the factory decals. Possible they were removed cleanly as they were on top of clear coat from the factory. And it does have a plate.

Philip sent us this Moto Guzzi Sport 1100 available on eBay for $7500. These have a strong cult following with people emailing them to us all the time!

Jeremy had another stack of bikes for us to consider in the Bay Area as well, and this Ducati 998 Bostrom stood out to me with less than 1k miles. He's accepting offers and suggests that $12k isn't an offer, so bid accordingly!

David emailed us this 2003 RSV1000R factory Haga race replica for $8495 in Minneapolis, which is down from $9250 in just 11 days since I got the email.

Shay on our Facebook page alerted us to a guy in Los Angeles with 4 Suzuki Katana's for sale and all of them look pretty interesting in different ways.

Brian shot us a note that his 1982 Honda CX500T Turbo is available for $5500 in Los Angeles. Good luck with the sale!

J.D. sent us a note that his 86 Yamaha FZ600 has only 345 miles and is just $4k on Colorado Springs Craigslist. Good luck!

Garrett in Boston emails us the budget bike of the day with his Honda Hurricane for $1500! Looks damn good at that price, good luck with the sale!

And finally Greg just spotted this Ducati Superlight with 7200 miles in Florida on Craigslist. $10.5k seems a bit lofty but I know when I list on CL I expect low balls...


Honda January 13, 2011 posted by

Techno Wonder: 1982 Honda CX 500 Turbo

For Sale: 1982 Honda CX 500 Turbo

In 1982, Honda brought forth a technological wonder: the CX500 Turbo. Loaded with an IHI turbo and with fuel injection and other functions controlled by a computer, the CX500T promised liter-bike power in a 500cc package.

The reality of the bike - the world's first factory mass-produced Turbo bike (although Kawasaki Z1 Turbos came out earlier, those were not factory Turbo bikes) - was a porky, top-heavy sport tourer that was anemic at low RPM and unpredictable to ride. Boost came on suddenly and violently, transforming the bike into a relative beast. Sure it was fast - but it was difficult to ride fast in a consistent manner. They were also more expensive than most liter-bikes of the day, and simply did not sell well.

From the seller:
1982 Honda CX500 Turbo. 30,XXX miles. Runs great, everything works, including Turbo and Turbo guage.

Classic 80's superbike appreciating in value. First factory produced turbo motorcycle.

Original paint. Second owner from new. Bike was unsed between 1985 - 2010.

Clear title and current registration, plated in California.

Bike has new Dunlop tires front and rear. New battery, new fuel pump, new seat cover.

Bike has small shallow dent in top of tank (see photo) paint is intact, a professional should be able to remove.

Gold anodizing on front wheel has worn thin in places.

Bike comes with original leather bound owner's manual and workshop manual. Also a spare set of fuel injectors with nicer metal finish.

The CX500 engine is quite robust; Honda dropped the compression ratio to help it live better during the boost phase, and strengthed the bottom end. There are not many reports of major engine catastrophes, although the stator has been a known trouble area on all Honda Turbo bikes.

These Turbo bikes are also relatively rare - built in a short span of time in the early 1980's, they were gone by 1984. Surviving examples are generally cherished by owners; they are unique, comfortable and reliable motorcycles.

There is only a short amount of time left on this auction, and the bidding has stalled in the $2k range. This bike is a higher-mileage example, and is not the more coveted 650 variant, but is still a bargain at the current level. The reserve has been lifted and this bike is ready to sell. Here is a great collectable bike that is a blast to ride - at least in a straight line! Click on the link to