2012-09-27 16:41:51+0000
  • Make:
  • Honda
  • Model:
  • CX 500 Turbo
  • Year:
  • 1981

The Honda CX 500 Turbo is a Japanese touring motorcycle built in 1981. It has a transverse, v-twin, four stroke 497 cc engine; with a top speed of 115 mph (185 km/h).

‟The race for technological supremacy was at its height at the beginning of the Eighties - multicylinder, multivalve engines were all the rage, and the latest novelty was the turbocharger. Costly, and often imperfectly engineered, the turbo proved a flash in the pan, but that didn't prevent the best of the turbo bikes from acting as a superb technological showcase for their makers.

High-Tech Turbos

Launched in 1980, the Honda CX 500 was the most daring attempt at producing a high-tech turbo bike. The world's leading manufacturer at the time, Honda had chosen to turbocharge a relatively small engine, and complicated the problem further by choosing a V-twin.

Technical Complexity

Honda achieved its aim in a masterly manner, though at the expense of fearful technical complexity. If the original CX 500 was plagued by a turbo that came in too sharply, the CX 650 that followed was one of the best sports/touring bikes ever built. But it came too late. The turbo craze was over soon, and performance-hungry motorcyclists began turning towards increasingly large naturally aspirated engines. Honda had done its best to make the CX Turbo a success by employing the renowned Italian automotive stylist Giovanni Michelotti, who created a shape that was as practical as it was innovative. The CX's fairing offered a rare level of protection while forming an integral part of the machine.


  • Engine: transverse 497cc (78x52mm) vee-twin four-stroke
  • Power output: 78 hp @ 8000 rpm
  • Valves: 4 overhead valves per cylinder
  • Fuel system: electronic injection with IHIHonda turbocharger turning at 150,000 rpm
  • Transmission: 5-speed gearbox; chain final drive
  • Suspension: (front) telescopic forks ; (rear) aluminum swinging arm
  • Brakes: (front) twin discs; (rear) single disc
  • Wheels: Comstar" composite; (front) 18 in;(rear) 17 in
  • Weight: 500 lb
  • Maximum speed: 115 mph


The CX 500 was a marriage between Japanese know-bow and Italian style that resulted in an excellent touring bike.”

*This Atlas extra-large trading card is part of the EatSleepRIDE motorcycle stuff collection.

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