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Posts by tag: CX650

Honda October 4, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1983 Honda CX650 Turbo!

Update 10.9.2017: Joe wanted to note that this bike was used in Cycle World article published in May 2011 by Peter Egan, "Gone with the wind". -dc

When it comes to the rapid pace of motorcycle development, nothing could beat the 1980s. Every manufacturer was scrambling to find the next Big Thing, the next best way to motivate a motorcycle for the claim of top dog. And for a brief, meteoric period in the early 1980s, the Turbo was the thing. Each of the Big Four offered a turbocharged motorcycle, but only Honda developed their bike into a second generation model (starting with the CX500 Turbo, and evolving into an all new 650). As a result the 1983 Honda CX650 Turbo was the most evolved of the Turbo set, offering manageable, reliable power. And power was available in spades - the CX650 Turbo nominated as "the roll-on king" for the amazing push of torque while underway. This particular example has 153 original miles and is as new a bike as you are likely to find. I'll let the seller pick up the story from here:

Featured Listing: 1983 Honda CX650 Turbo!

From the seller:
The 1983 Honda Turbo “No Mileage” CX650 in this ad is truly extraordinary because it has 153 original miles on it. This bike comes from a serious automobile and motorcycle collection in the Chicagoland area. The bike has everything original including paint, chrome, seat…even the tires are believed to be original. The bike runs flawlessly and is kept on a trickle charger. About 5-20 miles put on it each year in recent years.

This bike currently and for the last ten years has been a very well-known motorcycle collection. It has been very well maintained and driven a few miles every summer and kept on trickle charger. The bike looks and runs great (you could say ‘like new’)!

More from the seller:
It is generally considered that any motorcycle with less than 200 miles is considered to be under the classification of a “No Mileage” motorcycle and certainly this Honda falls within this category. All 650 Turbos are excitingly fast when you hit the pike but they are also very rare as it is believed that they are the lowest production classification of a Honda’s that was ever made. Top that off with this Honda that is a 100% original (and we believe the tires are too) and just 153 miles and you have one of the rarest Honda 650 Turbos that exist. The bike looks like new, and runs like new and has one very small chip on the entire bike.

More from the seller:
In 1983, turbocharging was the wave of the motorcycle future. The Honda CX650 Turbo was the best of the turbocharged motorcycles that lit up the 80s super fast bikes. The 1983 Honda Turbo is now one of the rarest production Hondas ever, with only 1,777 built and fewer than 1,200 imported to the U.S. and Canada.

Call to discuss price 847-668-2004 cell 10 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. CST

One of the most rare motorcycles of the era, all of the Turbo bikes were one year models. Honda was the only factory that took an evolutionary approach to boosted power, and despite the poor showroom performance these 1983 CX650 T models are truly excellent motorcycles. The Silver Wing-derived longitudinal twin is extremely robust; this model has very few weak points from a mechanical perspective. There are known issues with the stator failing over time, but that is on examples with more than 20k on the clock. Otherwise, this is as bulletproof as you can get on two wheels. Build quality is typical Honda, and if you decide to ride this example you will find a well-sized and comfortable cockpit with good wind protection.

Values for Turbo models have started to hit a stride - but the 650 models from Honda appear to be particularly strong. This is especially true for nearly new examples such as this particular specimen. Expect slow but steady valuation growth over time as the tiny pool of Turbo bikes continues to shrink. Traditionally these have not been extremely popular bikes, but the law of Supply and Demand is a predictable mistress for collectors and this 1983 Honda CX650 Turbo has all the right elements to lead the charge. Interested individuals should contact the seller to discuss: 847-668-2004 or email:

Honda June 27, 2017 posted by

Oddity: 1983 Honda CX650 Turbo

Honda is well known as an engineering company. It's where engineers thrive on unique challenges, novel solutions, and experimentation. It is what brought us such varied hardware as single cylinder 2-strokes and 4-strokes, twins in every conceivable combination and vee angle, V-3 2-strokes, V-4s, inline fours, horizontally opposed fours, and of course a wonderful mix of six cylinder machinery. Somewhere in all of that lies the very rare CX650 Turbo - a one year only model showcasing the pinnacle of Honda talent. Within a year - and with a whoosh - it was over.

1983 Honda CX650 Turbo for sale on eBay

With a longitudinal vee formation, the CX650T utilized liquid cooling, fuel injection and four valves per cylinder. You can think of it as a Moto Guzzi dragged kicking and screaming into the modern age. Honda was really up on their game with this bike, shown by the counter-rotating transmission to counteract the torque from lurching the bike to one side when the engine is rev'd (you BMW riders know exactly what I'm talking about). The cylinder heads are twisted in relation to the motors position by several degrees. This places the intake ports closer to the centerline of the bike and - most importantly - out of the way of the riders knees. Of course the big deal with the T model was the Turbo - a single IHI unit that produced a maximum of 16.5 PSI. This is lower than the predecessor's (CX500T) 19 pounds of boost, but together with increased compression and different valve timing the lower max boost made for better on/off transitions and rideability. Honda created the Turbo line with programmable fuel injection and a multitude of redundant systems to maintain the life of the motor. Largely they succeeded; these things are pretty close to bulletproof.

From the seller:

With less than 1,800 worldwide, and only about 1,000 making their way into the US, the CX650 Turbo is a pretty rare bird. The problem is that of those 1,000 US bikes, half (or more, if stories are to be believed) wound up in the hands of schools who used the bikes for tech training. The reason for this is not because they made such great training platforms, but rather because they flat out did not sell. Honda dumped them, wrote them off the books and moved on. The Turbos were a big win for Honda "the engineering company" but a bad bet from a revenue standpoint.

Fast forward nearly 35 years and the supply of these magnificent beasts (all 600 lbs) has dwindled. While most were cared for, these Turbos fall into neglect easily. With no real market to speak of, bikes were dumped for a song and treated as disposable. Today, these are still cult machines that speak to certain individuals. Unloved 35 years ago, largely unloved today. That is a shame, as these are truly unique motorcycles. They pull surprisingly well for their size and weight, and have all the hallmarks of Honda quality. Bidding on this 1983 Honda CX650 Turbo is only up to $4k. There is a reserve in place, and a BIN of - ahem - $16,999 (!). While values for good examples are slowly creeping up to the $10k mark, this appears to be a bit optimistic - even for a super clean and low mileage bike like this. Hats off if the seller gets his price, but I think this unloved-beloved model will need to age a bit further before the market takes that type of notice.


Oddity:  1983 Honda CX650 Turbo
Honda January 19, 2017 posted by

Mr T: 1983 Honda CX650 Turbo

Time to jump into the Wayback Machine and make the trek back to the 1980s. Legwarmers are optional equipment here. What you are looking at is perhaps the most polished and complete of the factory Turbo bikes of the era. A technological tour de force of the time - along the lines of 2001: A Space Odyssey - the CX650 Turbo promised the next big direction for motorcycle motivation. Honda was experimenting with every engine configuration and size possible during these times, and the blown, traverse V-twin powering the CX series was but one of the contenders. The result of Honda's engineering might made it all work surprisingly well: the CX650 Turbo was known as the roll-on king due to the power available on boost. Even by today's standards this model pulls strongly through the gears and can shame modern machinery.

1983 Honda CX650 Turbo for sale on eBay

The problems with all of the Factory turbo bikes - weight, complexity, unpredictability and cost - were never really eliminated. The inexorable creep of time provided better advancements in different directions (think V45 Interceptor & Hurricane). It didn't help that the Turbos were pricey machines in the showroom, and riders voted with their wallets; The dream of boosted power quickly fell by the wayside. An interesting step during a period of fantastic development, the boosted bikes from the 1980s are now becoming respected as potential collector items. Prices are very slowing inching upwards as finding a clean example becomes more difficult.

From the seller:
Here is a true survivor, all original, 1983 Honda CX650 Turbo motorcycle with 24,238 miles on it. From the factory this bike produced 100 horsepower and is capable of hitting 140 mph. This is a very rare bike because there was only 1,777 of them made and less than 1200 imported to U.S. and Canada. This bike ran the quarter mile in 11.95 seconds at 112.4 miles per hour and has average touring range of 243 miles. With in the last 150 miles I have done the following: new tires, brakes, starter, starter clutch, fork seals, springs and fork fluid. This bike has fresh oil and filter, new spark plugs, new differential fluid and cleaned the fuel system, and runs great, very fun to ride. This bike has not been painted and it good shape for its age. The bike has a minor oil leak and some minor body damage. The bike has clear title and is sold AS-IS, no warranty. The bike is available for viewing while it is up for sale. Shipping will be the buyers responsibility. This bike is not sold as a new bike, it is used and in good shape. There is scratches and some cracks in the plastic and stickers are faded. More pictures are available upon request.

All the Big Four Japanese manufacturers created Turbo bikes - and parts are scarce across the board. If you are in the market for Turbo, you'd be advised to purchase the most complete one you can find. As for Hondas, the '83 650cc model is miles ahead of the CX500 Turbo in terms of performance and general response. Weakness are few; aside from the scarcity of parts (such as bodywork), these machines are known to eat stators. It is not common to find one that will not charge the battery while otherwise running fine. Replacement requires you to pull the engine, and with factory parts no longer available you will need to source an alternate. But that is really the only warning here.

This bike looks to be complete, and pretty good overall despite minor cosmetic damage. The seller has provided good information and numerous pictures. Mileage is above average for the collector set, but it is always nice to see a bike that has been run as intended. These motors are good for many, many miles so that is not a real worry. If you are in the market for something different, this just could be your ticket. Check it out here, as the bidding has been low thus far - you might just find yourself with a bargain Turbo. Whoosh!


Mr T: 1983 Honda CX650 Turbo
Honda June 7, 2016 posted by

Under Pressure: 1983 Honda CX650 Turbo for Sale

1983 Honda CX650T R Front

With the other manufacturers building their exotic turbocharged 80s confections around more sophisticated four-cylinder designs, why did Honda base their CX650 Turbo on a bike that was so ugly, the British press dubbed it the “plastic maggot”? Well even though a simple, pushrod v-twin seems to go against the high-tech theme these motorcycles embodied, the reality is that to make big power with a turbo, it needs to be strong enough to handle the incredible pressures involved, especially in an era before electronics allowed high-boost engines to be more than just entertaining hand grenades. There’s a reason many turbocharged engines still use iron blocks instead of modern, all-aluminum construction...

1983 Honda CX650T L Side

The CX650’s engine specification may have seemed low-tech at a glance, but it was actually a very intelligent design, with thoughtful features like a transmission that rotated in the opposite direction compared to the crank to reduce the longitudinally-mounted engine’s torque-reaction, along with heads rotated to allow clearance for the rider’s knees, something Guzzi lovers would surely have appreciated. But most importantly for the Turbo, the 80° v-twin was built tough and the simple design left plenty of room for the complicated exhaust and intake plumbing required for a turbo, while liquid-cooling helped keep temperatures under control. The result was 19psi and 100hp from the 674cc engine, which was good enough for 140mph as tested, a pretty impressive number for a middleweight bike in the early 1980s.

1983 Honda CX650T R Rear

Wrapped in futuristic bodywork that disguised the bike’s plebeian origins pretty well. You’d never describe this or any of the other turbocharged motorcycles as “beautiful,” but they certainly look the part. Futuristic and sleek, they’re every bit the two-wheeled fantasy of young people who watched Battlestar Galactica and Buck Rodgers. The bike even included such forward-thinking elements as modular Comstar wheels and tubeless tires, an unusual thing to find on a street motorcycle at the time.

1983 Honda CX650T Headlight

Unfortunately, the dream of a middleweight bike with big-bike power was just that: a dream. The reality was that the turbo bikes added complexity and weight while offering power similar to big four-cylinder machines. And while the laggy boost of the era can be fun under the right circumstances, all of the Japanese turbo bikes make better quirky sport-touring bikes than they do back-road scratchers as a result of their unpredictable power delivery.

From the original eBay listing: 1983 Honda CX650 Turbo for Sale


…In 1983 only and back then only one thousend fifteen CX 650 TURBO-s found its way into USA… Even less went into private hands as many were designated for technical schools as an indication what future would bring. It was a very futuristic bike at the time.

This particular motorcycle of low, low mileage had only one owner before. It was stored indoors for many years. First titled in 1985 being sold as Honda dealership leftover since they were very expensive, costing more than a Civic hatchback! I have copy of original Title. It required a lot of attention, so after many hours of going thru details, we finally got this excellent engineering marvel back on the road. Having only 4,393 miles now, it is like barely broken in! Cosmetically, certainly not perfect (please see pictures), however for a 33 years old overall – presents itself as very nice and clean. Last thing I would like to point is that this CX650 T takes attention others even when is on the motion, not mention that every stop create people around.

The good: The engine runs smooth with no smoke, absolutely no issues or wrong sounds whatsoever (please see test drive You Tube Video) Clutch engages all 5 gears with no problem. Brakes are good, fuel pump, injectors are all in good working order as well as its electrical system. All plugs have factory white grease (no oxidation at all). Honda build quality back then was unbelievable and this shows three decades later. The turbo is nothing a like on the road today I had chance to ride on or to be able to compare to. Definitely very different experience. Lots of fun! Turbocharger starts whistling strong at approximately 4000 rpm, and will take off your front wheel up into the air if you open the throttle to hard…

The bad: This bike is not 100% complete. It is missing glove box door (we got the bike without it). RH side front turn directional blinker has broken lens (We rebuild it best we could, please see pictures).

Conclusion: A pure fun to drive, unique looks, quite rare now and therefore also likely to be valued as an investment and collectible. Depending on the local laws most likely eligible for low cost historic registration and insurance. It can be yours but for a realistic price only. Sorry I don’t have to sell it and low ball offers would not be considered as I rather keep it than give away at ¾ of an asking price!

We have not changed any parts on this motorcycle other than clutch cable and all fluids, filters, trying to keep it as original as possible. I do strongly recommend for the buyer to inspect this bike in person. Besides the bike we will include original Honda toolkit, owner’s manual, Honda tire pressure gauge, copy of original title and as the bonus: an official Honda Dealer Shop Manual for any future technical references. Tank bag seen on the picture NOT included.

1983 Honda CX650T Dash

The seller also includes a nice walk-around video of the bike running here. Turbo bikes are more complex and less reliable than their normally-aspirated counterparts, and the CX is no exception: starters and alternators can cause problems, although fixes are easily available and affordable if you can do the labor yourself, as both are engine-out jobs. But increased maintenance costs aside, the Turbo is still a pretty quick motorcycle, and can certainly surprise other riders out on a sweeping road. They’re also still pretty affordable considering how rare and exotic they are, although the seller is looking for pretty premium money: the Buy It Now is set at $10,200.00 for this particular bike. That’s on the high end for a CX650 Turbo, but the bike appears to be in good cosmetic condition and miles are very low, considering they make such interesting and relatively comfortable mounts.


1983 Honda CX650T R Side

Honda May 8, 2015 posted by

Spool Me Up – 1983 Honda CX650 Turbo

1983 Honda CX650 Turbo on eBay


In the 80s, turbos were supposed to be the future of motorcycling.  The technology had been around for a little while, but was just starting to trickle into cars and motorcycles.  They promised liter bike power in a more compact package, so what's not to love?  Honda's 1982 CX500 Turbo was one of the flagbearers of the influx of turbo bikes and it was clear there were some issues.  While it was impressively fast on boost, it was tricky to control just when that boost happened as they suffered from serious turbo lag.  Honda addressed the issue with a bump in displacement, better computer tuning and gearing changes for the 1983 model, now known as the CX650 Turbo.

This is a machine that collectors go nuts for, so expect to see a lot of action on this one.  The CX650 Turbo was produced for just one year and they made less than 2,000 of them (rumored production numbers vary from 1500-1800).   The seller's eBay ad leaves a bit to be desired, with just a few words and fewer pictures, but you can check it out here:  1983 Honda CX650 Turbo on eBay.  Somehow I think it will sell just fine regardless.

this bike is in unreal beautiful condition restored by a factory  certified Honda mechanic everything totally redone in mint condition has been in personal collection for many years has been in heated display garage. won several 1st pace trophies at high end classic motorcycle shows. bike is 100% complete and ready to ride or display. looks like it just rolled onto the showroom floor.



Spool Me Up – 1983 Honda CX650 Turbo
Honda July 1, 2013 posted by

One For Your Honda Collection: 1982 Honda CX500 Turbo W/2 Miles

cx mileage cx rightFocus now, don't let what is in the background distract you.  It might not be quite as exotic as an RC30 but this could be quite the find for a collector of Honda's that has a space waiting for a CX500 Turbo.  The CX500 was a technological exercise for Honda and much more than just a turbo charged engine.  Like turbos from other manufacturers though, the model was short lived.  Of  those produced, how many do you think we tucked away in private museums?  Of those few that were, how many are for sale?  You get the picture. 

From the seller:

This particular motorcycle is being sold from the number one Japanese motorcycle collection in the US. The finest example of the CX 500 Turbo available outside of a museum, this only has 2 miles on the odometer and is in pristine condition. Stored in a controlled atmosphere and fuel tank has remained empty.

 Time has shown that this wasn't just a 'corporate statement', but rather an important moment in the superbike evolution. It has an MSO title to enhance the provenance and add to the history of this beautiful motorcycle.   

I will gladly answer questions as expediantly as possible.

Enjoy the time capsule.

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If you are watching Magnum PI or have Poltergeist stuck  in your VCR then maybe this 82 CX500 is perfect for you.

 On a side note,  who wants to see more of this sellers collection?  My hand is raised.

Bid here.