Posts by tag: CX500T

Honda April 29, 2014 posted by

Turbo Triple Play: 3 Honda CX500 Turbos for sale

It seems that just as soon as you call something rare and relatively hard to find you start to see them everywhere. Such is the case with factory Turbo bikes. One year only models which languished on showroom floors due to complexity and price, the Turbo era never really lasted. That is a shame, as the factory Turbo bikes are all unique in their own ways. Here are three examples of Honda’s technology showcase, the 1982 Honda CX500T. If you are in the market for one of these rarities now is a good time for a closer look. Prices are continuing to rise on these boosted machines.

#1. 1982 CX500T with complete restoration


From the seller:
A 3-year ground-up restoration was completed on this beautiful bike in 2010. Every part, grommet, nut and bolt was removed from this bike. Every part on this bike has been either plated, powder coated, painted, polished, restored or replaced. There are countless hours and thousands of dollars spent on this very complicated restoration. This is no doubt one of the finest CX500 Turbos on the planet.

This beautiful first generation Honda Turbo is priced at $9,500 OBO.

#2. 1982 Honda CX500T with only 600 miles


From the seller:
Purchased last year from a private collection. Clear CA title (license plate included, removed for pictures). 600.9 original miles (six hundred miles and 9/10) Likely one of the nicest low mileage CX500 Turbo motorcycles available. Stunning condition. Original. Clean. Near Mint.

This is a NO RESERVE auction, with the current bid sitting at a mere $3k. This might be a bargain in the making….

#3. Brand New 1982 Honda CX500T


From the seller:
100% All original brand new true survivor in mint showroom condition never been registered fully documented flawless time capsule. Includes original Dealer Packet, original Certificate of Origin, original Owner’s Manual, original Owner’s Card, (2) original Keys & spare, original Tool Kit w/ Air Pressure Gauge still sealed, & OEM factory Turbo Cover. This bike has never been down, scratched, rebuilt, or repainted. All original decals & gauges with no fading whatsoever. Kept in my climate controlled storage facility year round & hasn’t moved since the day I brought it home from the previous owner / dealership. 1.9 factory miles.

The reserve has come off on this bike, and the auction is winding down. Current bid is at $8k, and I suspect it will move up before the auction ends.

So there you have it. Three excellent examples of Honda’s technical mastery. These rare beasts are not easy to find in this condition, and any one of these would make a fine addition to any collection. Good Luck!


Turbo Triple Play:  3 Honda CX500 Turbos for sale
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