European spec, 1979 Honda 1000cc CBX

1979 Honda 1000cc CBX

Honda changed the playing field with the first real multi-cylinder super bike with the CB750 in 1968, but didn’t really develop the “4” until late in to the 1970s, chasing Kawasaki and Suzuki. However, the firm did develop a project to one side, which could arguably be said to be the ultimate super bike. Six cylinders across the frame, 24 valves and double overhead camshafts, the spec is superfluous. It offered mind-numbing performance and an exhaust note to change the way you think about exhaust notes.

Motorcyclist magazine said of the bike, “The CBX Six demonstrated – once again, and with phenomenal clarity – that Honda could build anything it could imagine. In the process, the CBX reestablished Honda both as motorcycling’s unrivaled performance leader and its undisputed technological visionary.”

The concept of a 6-cylinder bike was not new to the model. Honda developed hugely successful Grand Prix racers sporting 6-cylinders in the 1960s at the design hand of  Shoichiro Irimajiri.  Irimajiri then developed the 1000cc engine as seen on the model offered. 100bhp+ gave 11-second ¼ mile performance straight from the showroom floor. The original twin shock model was succeeded by the Pro-link model, but after only four years it was retired due to the manufacturing costs.

The motorbike offered

The 1979 Honda 1000cc CBX was acquired from a vintage bike specialist in Verona, Italy and imported to our California collector. As a European specification machine, it boasts 105bhp and a slightly sportier ride ergonomics. A very clean, original example, the bike retains its European 240mph speedometer, showing what converts to 22k miles on the odometer. The bike was recently re-commissioned and is reported to run very well. Sold on a clean, clear California title.