When the Honda CBX Super Sport launched in 1978, it was briefly the fastest motorcycle in the world, winning reviews with its speed but failing to captivate the buying public. Despite this, it is a classic motorcycle that deserves to be considered, and I just found a lot of them for sale. If you’ve ever wanted a motorcycle that sounds like a Formula 1 car, now is a good time to get it.
I’ve been in love with the Honda CBX ever since a reader introduced them to me in 2018. The engine, the pipes, the sound and the look is everything I love about old school Japanese motorcycles. I’ve seen them pop up for sale from time to time, but usually in small numbers. Last year a treasure of them appeared on GovDeals and now, just in time for summer, here’s a bunch for sale right now.
The 1970s and 1980s were a time when motorcycle technology flourished. Manufacturers squeezed more power from their engines through higher cylinder counts and sometimes forced induction. The Honda CBX was one such creation. Its 1047cc six-cylinder had 24 valves and six carburettors, and that developed 105 horsepower. And despite its appearance, the engine was only two inches wider than the CB750 of the day.
It is not known how many of them were made, with the best estimate coming from the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club at 38,079 units built in Japan and 3,150 models built in America. What is known is that sales weren’t good, leading to some of them being given away to tech schools. Today they are an increasingly popular classic.
Now onto the last treasure! One of them just sold on Bring A Trailer For $9,100 yesterday. But fear not, because Bring a Trailer is running another CBX auction at the same time with a different end date. If you’ve got the money, here’s a 1979 with only 2,900 miles on his odometer, and he is currently bidding at $6,900 with two days to go.
It’s quite the looker, but if you’re looking for something original, this one might not be for you. Reviewers have noted that the included exhaust is from a newer bike, as is the engine and instrumentation. This may suggest that a restoration or repair has taken place on the bike, but the seller does not know its history.
Craigslist has a few currently on sale, the cheapest being this 1979 CBX for $8,500. This is your classic Craigslist ad with a few pictures and an extremely brief description. And that description is the infamous “ran when parked”, but it is said to have been stored dry. So maybe you’ll get lucky and just throw in a battery and some gasoline.
There are two more for sale on Craigslist, including this running and riding 1979 CBX for $15,500. It comes in red with matching wires and what appears to be non-factory hoses.
And if you want more features, here’s a 1981 CBX for $15,000. This one comes with wind protection, holsters and even a workshop manual. The seller says it has been stored under a cover since 1988 and is in mostly original condition. Maintenance and period pipes have been installed. It’s also just across the border in Canada, so the exchange rate works in your favor.
There are even more for sale on Facebook. How much? I found Seven for to sell in 500 miles of me in various states of condition. I can found six After in conduct distance of New York City. The numbers drop sharply in the west. I couldn’t find any common examples in Texas, for example, and just a little in California.
I can’t remember how many of these I last saw on sale at one time, but it was less than that. Unfortunately the only cheap one I found is in pieces. But if this is a dream bike for you as it is for me, there seem to be plenty of options out there. And if you buy one or have owned one, email me at email@example.com as I’d love to hear about your experience with it.