Honda Turbos – or any factory Turbo bike, for that matter – are genuinely rare motorcycles. Built to showcase technology of the future, these bikes were complex, expensive, and very, very fast. In the case of the Honda 650 Turbo, for example, the roll-on performance today is just as astounding as when it was first released. These days the larger bikes such as the ZX-14 and Hyabusa can equal and likely better it, however the CX650T is no slouch despite the age and the relatively small displacement.
The 650T is a one year only bike, following on the heels of the CX500T one year before. Much of the bike was new, and the 650 was a radical improvement over the on boost / off boost toggle switch affair of the 500. Engine size went up, boost went up, the price went up – and sales stayed flat (at best). The turbo era was over before it really began; at the price range these bikes were riding in, one could buy a much more conventional machine of larger capacity. The riding community spoke with their wallets, and turbo motorcycles spooled down forever.
From the seller:
This is an almost 100% original CX650Turbo with 7,262 miles on it, and is in museum quality condition.
I bought this bike about 5 years ago, and road it hard the first year. The previous two owners kept the bike in a heated dust free bubble for the first 6,000 miles of it’s life. I bought the bike to ride and ride it I did. The bike is amazing. It wasn’t untill the wife opened the car door into the left blinker that I realized how really rare these bikes are and how hard parts are to find for them. I paid almost $300.00 for an original left blinker. You don’t have to worry this bike needs nothing. The only things on the bike that are not original are: tires, left blinker, hand grips, battery, fornt and rear brake lines, and brake pads. All have been replaced with O.E.M. parts. the brake lines are spiegler black steel braided to match the original. The original starter toggle has been replaced with a switch off of a 1976 CB 700 SC. This switch is identical to the original except it has a starter button instead of a toggle. The original toggle switch is no longer available.
The bike starts, runs, and idles as new. All lights work and instruments work as they should.There are no oil leaks .The fork seals are good. The stator puts out 13.7 volts at idle and slightly higher at 4,000rpm. The tires are battlax to match original and have about 1,100 miles on them,the battery is brand new. There are no chips, cracks, dents. in the fairing or tank. The bike can be started up and road home without concern. The new owner will not be disappointed.
There were only 1,777 of these bikes manufactured by Honda in 1983 and only about 1,100 brought into this country. Of the 1,100 about half went to tech. schools and motorcycle training centers to train future motorcycle mechanics. This bike is extreamly rare and getting harder it find and more expensive every day.
The bike comes with the original tool kit , air pressure guage, leather owners manual, and an original shop repair manual. I do not have the original keys, but I do have an original key fob attached to an aftermarket key
CX650Ts are pretty bulletproof. The major weakness is an appetite for stators somewhere in the 20,000 mile mark. The repair is not for the faint of heart, as it involves pulling the motor. Other than the charging system weakness, parts are turning scarce due to the low volume of production. However treat the bike well and you will be rewarded by a very fast, comfortable and unique experience.
This bike is located in Ohio. It presents very well, and with just over 7,000 miles on the odometer this is one of the lower mileage examples we have seen. The bidders have stepped out for this one as well; the current bid is sitting at $9k with several more days to go. The current price is pushing up the value on these bikes, but still within reason for a good example. Check out all of the pictures and details here, and then let us know what you think. To turbo or not to turbo? What’s your thought?