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Honda March 9, 2019 posted by

Twice as nice: 1979 Honda CBX

The mighty CBX is one of those bikes that don’t really make a lot of sense to some riders. While a liter bike in size, that size is really the problem. Rather than a twin or even a four-banger, the CBX is a bona fide six lanes wide when viewed from the front. A wild and strong statement by Honda when it was released, there is much about the CBX that is stuff of legends. This was the cusp of the 1980s, and Honda was firing a shot across all bows; they had engineering and technology and were not afraid to use it.

Italian firm Benelli created the first factory inline six cylinder motorcycle, but Honda upped the tech ante and mass produced it. Starting in 1978, the early models were six-banger versions of the bikes of the time: standards. Today the standard is known by the more evocative alias of naked, but that is only because after the discovery of ABS plastic nearly every motorcycle since has been a molded canvas of one stylist or another. I’m not discounting the aerodynamic (or aesthetic) benefits of bodywork, but bikes like this CBX provide that hanging it all out where it can be seen really makes a lasting impression.

From the seller:
Beautiful and very clean 1979 Honda in Pegasus Silver with 2,075 miles since restoration. Please note, true mileage before complete restoration is unknown. Starts very easily and runs strong. Everything is ready to go riding or to be a great collectors piece.

Very reasonable reserve. Here is what is known about the bike.

I had been seeking a 100% stock and complete 1979 CBX in Silver for many years to add to my collection of 12 bikes. (Wife calls it a disease.)
Bike was owned by a gentlemen in Florida who passed away around 2010. Bike had a complete nut and bolt restoration completed by Tim’s CBX International in Georgia. (Verified by Bill @ Tim’s). Tim’s early restorations, when OEM Honda parts were more readily available, are regarded by many as the best CBX restorations to be found. The paint work is fantastic. Chrome is bright.
Spouse eventually sold the bike to Louis Mintrone, distributor of CBX parts in Florida in 2017. I purchased this Bike from Louis Mintrone in 2017.

More from the seller:
I shipped the bike to Preston Marks of CBX Motorworks. Although the bike had very few miles since restoration, I had Preston go completely through the bike again as it had set for awhile. Carburetors were Flushed, Rebuilt and Sync’ed. All fluids including brake fluids were flushed. Amsoil motor oil and brake fluids were used. Many rubber intake boots, seals and gaskets were replaced. New Battery installed. New Swing arm bushings were installed. New Bridgestone Battlax tires, in the correct size were mounted and balanced.
Bike is in stock conditions with a few small exceptions. Brake lines are braided Stainless steel instead of the stock rubber hoses. Brake lines are better than Stock so I kept them. Dyna coils and electronic ignition were installed during the restoration to eliminate the weak stock coils and ignition points. Progressive Shocks are installed in the rear for better handling. I have the original OEM shocks (see photograph) that is included with the sale.

I located a reproduction owners manual and a stock tool kit that is included. The tool kit is complete with the exception of the OEM Shock spanner wrench is missing.

Issues that are know are very , very minor. The right side exhaust muffler has some minor rust “pin holes” on the very bottom of the exhaust collector. Very minor but it is there for full disclosure. (see Photo). Left side muffler is solid. Also a small fin, under the motor and next to the drain plug is chipped. (see Photo) Very minor but again, full disclosure. That is everything known. Bike is available for preview.

Sold with a clean Texas title. Title mileage is marked “EXEMPT” as is standard in Texas for vehicle of this age and again, mileage before restoration is unknown. Since the bike has been in my collection, it has been stored in a climate controlled garage, under a cover with a Battery tender.

More from the seller:
I am selling the CBX because after many years of enjoyment, I am selling my entire collection of 12 motorcycles. This bike is the next to last to be sold. This CBX and my Norton Commando are the last 2 bikes to be offered for sale. It is time for someone else to enjoy.
The bike is located in a Northern Suburb of Dallas. Should you want more information, message me with your phone number or email address and I will get back to you.

Shipping is the responsibility of the buyer. As I have done my best to describe this beautiful bike, it is 40 years old so no warranties. Upon pick up of the bike, if it is not as described, I will refund all deposits.

The CBX is old enough to have a loyal following of riders and collectors who get it. And prices for these mammoth machines proves it. Prices are regularly in the teens for well-preserved or restored examples, and today’s specimen has been gone through not once but twice! The forecast for CBX models continues to remain strong. They may not appreciate in value as quickly as certain homologation machines but with great examples (and parts!) becoming a bit more rare you will find that good examples will always find a home in the market. This is a long-term buy if you’re looking to flip, but an awesome showcase and an interesting, classic rider. The advert claims only 2,000 miles on the restoration, but total mileage unknown. As always, RSBFS recommends you do your homework and ask questions. But there is no doubt that this example is clean, clean clean. Check it out here as there are only a few more days left to go. Bidding has been moderate, and there is still a reserve in place. Good luck!!

MI

Twice as nice: 1979 Honda CBX
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.

More from the seller:

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 September 9, 2011 posted by

Lots of cylinders, not a lot of miles: 1979 Honda CBX

For Sale: 1979 Honda CBX with only 9 miles!

{Update: This bike sold before we could finish this post. Mike notes it went for $27k! The buy it now was $27k and we suspect it was sold for a similar number. -dc}

What you are looking at is perhaps one of the best preserved examples of a legend. The Honda CBX is larger than life – with six cylinders, 24 valves and practically its own area code. We have posted a few on RSBFS over the years, but never a first year model with so few miles. You’ve got to hand it to someone: this work of art was really purchased and displayed as a work of art. This bike is so cool we are also posting it over on CSBFS.

Admittedly, the first thing that caught my eye on this one was the price: $26,995 BIN (!) The opening ask was no-less astronimic at $25,995. I have NEVER seen a CBX drive that sort of money (normally these go in the $6-10k range), but then we don’t see many 32 year old motorcycles with NINE miles on the clock. Both must be some kind of record.

Every bike tells a story, and the seller has a lot of story to share on this one. Grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and enjoy!

From the seller:
This FIRST YEAR CBX is SPECTACULAR AND IS AVAILABLE FOR NEW MUSEUM OR COLLECTION AS ITS NEW HOME. LOOK VERY CLOSELY AT PHOTOS AS THIS MAY BE ONE OF THE MOST PERFECT CBX’S – PLEASE READ FULL DESCRIPTION. POSSIBLY THE MOST COMPLETE DOCUMENTATION VERIFYING ITS AUTHENTICITY – EVERY DOCUMENT FROM DEALER PURCHASE. FOR LAST 31 YEARS – STORED INSIDE CLIMATE CONTROLLED GREAT ROOM OF OWNERS HOME AS PART OF DUCATI COLLECTION.

DUE TO THIS IDEAL ENVIRONMENT – THIS CBX IS ABSOLUTELY PERFECT IN NEARLY EVERY WAY. WHEN NEW – DEALER HAS INSTALLED RARE HONDA GP SPORT KIT HANDLEBAR ASSEMBLY AND FOOTPEG ASSEMBLY. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN INVESTING IN THE CORRECT , COLLECTIBLE MOTORCYCLE – HERE ARE QUOTES FROM THE EXPERTS:

“DEVELOPED USING ENGINEERING PERFECTED DURING HONDA’S GRAN PRIX WARS OF THE 1960’S , THE ” OH MY GOD ” INLINE SIX WAS MEANT TO
SHOWCASE HONDA AS THE BUILDER OF THE BOLDEST , MOST ADVANCED MOTORCYCLE ON THE PLANET ” . – SPORT RIDER 1994

“REST ASSURED THAT YOU ARE BUYING A PIECE OF MODERN ART AND HISTORY ” . – MOTORCYCLIST MAGAZINE

“THE CBX IS AN IMMENSELY FLATTERING BIKE WITH PERFECT ELEGANCE AND TOTAL CLASS , AND
HISTORY WILL RANK IT WITH THOSE RARE AND PRECIOUS MOTORCYCLES WHICH WILL NEVER , EVER BE FORGOTTEN” . – CYCLE MAGAZINE

HISTORY AS EXPLAINED FROM OWNER WITH DOCUMENTATION
LAS VEGAS RESIDENT WENT TO GLENDALE CALIF AND PURCHASED FROM GEORGE DYE MOTORS ON 6-9-1980. DEALER INSTALLED GP KIT – BARS AND FOOTPEGS. BIKE WAS THEN TRAILERED BACK TO LAS VEGAS AND WAS NEVER RIDDEN BY OWNER – HE PREPPED IT FOR STORAGE THEN ROLLED IT INTO THE GREAT ROOM OF HIS HOME [ IN LOW HUMIDITY NEVADA WITH TEMPERATURE CONTROLLED INTERIOR ] BECOMING A PART OF HIS EXISTING DUCATI COLLECTION FOR 31 YEARS .

HE KNEW I WAS INTERESTED IN THE BIKE FOR MANY YEARS AND WHEN HE DECIDED TO THIN
HIS NON-DUCATI BIKES , I PURCHASED TWO BIKES FROM HIM IN MARCH 2011. EVALUATING THE PROPER METHOD , I CHANGED THE PLUGS,OIL & FILTER THEN PRIMED OIL PUMP AND OIL PASSAGES PREPARING TO BRING IT BACK TO LIFE .USING AN AUXILIARY BATTERY AND FUEL SOURCE,
ALL SIX HEADPIPES BECAME WARM . ENGINE SOUND EXCELLENT AND QUIET . I THEN DRAINED FLOAT BOWLS AND PREPARRED FOR STORAGE AGAIN. CBX IS NOW ON DISPLAY IN MY HOUSE .

DOCUMENTATION TO BE INCLUDED WITH CBX – SEE PHOTOS OF DOCUMENTATION
ORIGINAL CALIFORNIA TITLE WHEN PURCHASED NEW SHOWING CORRECT FRAME AND ENGINE SERIAL NUMBER . FRAME # IS 18125 AND ENGINE IS 18251 AND MATCHES TITLE . #’S ARE CLOSE AND CORRECT AS THE DID NOT MATCH [ ENGINE # WILL NEARLY ALWAYS BE SLIGHTLY HIGHER THAN FRAME # ] . SALES RECEIPT FROM GEORGE DYE MOTORS FOR $ 3816 OUT THE DOOR !!!! RECEIPT FOR HONDA GP KIT FOR $ 249 INCLUDING PARTS AND LABOR !!! HONDA OWNERS I.D. CARD . CALIFORNIA NEW VEHICLE TEMP I.D. GEORGE DYE “SET UP CHECKLIST ” WHEN BIKE WAS ASSEMBLED FROM CRATE . ACTUAL HONDA WARRANTY CERTIFICATE . *** BLUE AND YELLOW CALIFORNIA LICENSE PLATE – STILL IN MANILLA ENVELOPE IN WHICH IT WAS MAILED . NEVER REMOVED OR MOUNTED AND STILL HAS THE DECALS IN PLASTIC WRAPPER & TAPED TO PLATE *** .

DUE TO THE PERFECT ENVIRONMENT WHICH THIS BIKE WAS KEPT , IT HAS NOT AGED AT ALL !!!
ALL RUBBER AND PLASTIC IS NEAR PERFECT – NO WEATHERING OR DRY CRACKING OF ANY OF RUBBER.
EVEN THE ORIGINAL DUNLOP GOLD SEAL TIRES HAVE NO WEATHER/DRY CRACKING- AMAZING !!!

THREE NOTED IMPERFECTIONS ON BIKE –
TWO SMALL BUBBLES UNDER PINSTRIPING ON TOP OF TANK AND
TWO PINHEAD SIZED NICKS BELOW FUEL CAP – SEE PHOTOS .
ALSO FUEL TANK IS NOT RUSTY INSIDE BUT IT DOES HAVE A MUD – TYPE COATING INSIDE FROM DRIED FUEL ?? BUT NOT A CONCERN AS CAP SEALS TIGHTLY WITHOUT ODOR AND THIS CBX WILL PROBABLY NOT BE RIDDEN . ONE CAN USE AN AUX TANK IF NEEDED OR HAVE TANK CLEANED INSIDE .

IF INTERESTED IN THIS MACHINE- I SUGGEST YOU CALL TO DISCUSS OFFER / DETAILS .

If you have nearly $27,000 burning a hole in your pocket and the need to fill some space in your house or museum, this might just be what you are after. Click the link to jump to the auction and pour over the high resolution pictures. It is undoubtedly gorgeous and well preserved. The seller is obviously passionate about the bike, and you could certainly do worse than a 9 mile CBX. For the rest of us without that kind of cash – is this really the going rate??

Lucky for you, I found a second very low mileage CBX!

For Sale: 1979 Honda CBX with 976 miles

So maybe you didn’t like the silver CBX. Here we have a red one, same year, with only a few more miles. Less than 1,000 miles for a 1979 model is incredible, and this bike looks brand new. The seller has all of the paperwork including the original box!

This is definitely another great looking machine – albeit one that has been used a little (as it should). The amazing thing to me is that while the nine mile bike above has thus far had zero bids, this bike is now up to $18,100 with very heavy bidding – and a reserve still in place. I have never seen a CBX go for that kind of money – much less two of them!

As stated above, every bike tells a story. Interestingly enough, the fewer the miles the bigger the story! The seller of this red CBX provides some detail on this beauty.

From the seller (CBX #2)
I bought this 1979 Honda CBX Super Sport new from “Cycles of Boulder” in Boulder, Colorado on July 19, 1980. After seeing the bike in the cycle magazines of the day, I immediately wanted one, not so much to ride everyday, but to collect and preserve. Unfortuately, I could not afford one when they were first released so I thought my dream of buying one new was gone until the sales manager at Cycles of Boulder, a friend of the family, told me there were still some left in the Honda warehouse in California as of July first and they had lowered the price on them. All that remained was to choose the color. Since the dealer said there were only a few red ones available, I ordered the “Candy Red” instead of the silver since I figured they were rarer and more collectable.

I have only put 976 miles on the CBX since I purchased it. These have been easy, “break in” miles which I put on over the years in order to keep the engine seals, bearings, cylinder walls, and so on from going bad from just sitting. The bike has always been covered in the garage. With the exception of oil changes, draining and refilling the gas tank every year, and replacing the battery, the Honda has never had a wrench on it. I have always used Honda brand oil and filters. Stabil was added to the gas and I filled the tank to the brim to prevent rust. OEM Yuasa batteries have been used with the last one being replaced about 6 months ago. The Super Sport has never been dropped, never driven hard, never riden in the rain or even washed, and never modified in any way. It is as close to buying one new as you are likely to find.

I kept all paperwork for the CBX including the owner’s manual, warranty booklet, owner’s ID card, pre-delivery check list, sales contract and both keys. In addition, I asked the dealer to give me part of the crate for the bike which can be seen in the first photo. There are very few “defects” on the Honda that I am aware of. The tachometer is somewhat slow to respond when you first start to ride but it gets better with use and the speedometer will sometimes be noisy. Both of these problems are due to the lubricant inside them getting dry and most original CBX’s will do this am I told. The alternator also makes the ocassional noise that CBX’s are known to make. Finally, I recently noticed that the rear brake master cylinder is leaking and will need to be rebuilt. Rebuild kits are readily available and inexpensive.

It is hard for me to sell the Honda after all these years but situations change and if I can find someone to care for it as I have, I will let it go. I would really prefer that the CBX goes to a collector or to a museum as it is just too nice to be someones driver or, God forbid, modified after all the pains I have taken to keep it like new.

This auction is also going on right now, and if you think you can top the $18,100 current bid, click the link and jump over to the auction. There are also plenty of additional photos to peruse.

I hope you have enjoyed these 12 cylinders of madness. The CBX is really an amazing motorcycle for the time, and is still very imposing today. Should these bikes sell, they will set a high water mark for CBX values – and possibly pull up some of the more used machines available. Silver or Red – take your pick and good luck!

MI

Honda February 24, 2011 posted by

Motor Madness: 1980 Honda CBX!

For Sale: 1980 Honda CBX with sport option

Update 3.9.2011: Sold!

When it comes to presence, nothing says it like a Honda CBX. Designed by Honda engineers to flex a little corporate muscle, this 1047cc, six cylinder, 24-valve air cooled rocket remains one of the most coveted bikes of the 1980s. When it comes to the “naked bike” genre – where the motor is everything – there is nothing like a CBX.

One of the upgrades on this bike is the slick DG exhaust. I can’t imagine what a 6-into-1 pipe sounds like, but it sure looks incredible. I also love the fact that the seller has taken these photos on an airport tarmac, which seems very fitting for this particular machine!

From the seller:
1980 Honda CBX supersport in nice condition

6 cylinder, 1047 cc, 24 valve engine.

Rare Sport option with lower handlebars

Bodywork is beautiful, as you can see. The tank, fenders & side cover were recently repainted by Tim’s CBX.

DG 6 into 1 exhaust

Everything works. The bike runs great and sounds amazing!

The engine cases are showing their age, they could probably use to be media blasted to bring them up to the standard of the rest of the bike.

Besides the DG exhaust, this bike features the sport package handlebars, and fresh paint on the tank and fenders. The mileage is quite reasonable for the year, and this owner appears to have taken good care of the bike. The collectability of this model is definitely on the rise, and we have seen prices hold firm over the past few years despite the economy.

This auction is on right now, and if you want to be the person sitting in the seat above when the auction is over, then this is the part you’ve been waiting for. The opening bid for this beauty is currently at $1.00. (!) There is a reserve on the bike, and a BIN option of $8,500. To get the details and kick the tires, and jump over to the auction. Good luck, RSBFS readers!

MI