Honda CX500 (Turbo)

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Honda CX500E

The Honda CX500 appeared in 1977 and was sold until 1986. The motorcycle was available both in the Japanese market (CX400 and GL500 Custom) and in many other countries, including Europe and Australia. The Honda CX500 was the first production motorcycle with tubeless tires and a turbine (the Honda CX500 Turbo version).

The main feature of the Honda CX500 is a liquid-cooled 2-cylinder V-engine, located in the frame longitudinally (as on the Moto Guzzi V2 models), with a volume of 497 cc. see, giving out 50 hp. power and 46 Nm of torque. There were also "strangled" 27 hp versions. and Z5 Nm, available on the market in Europe, and in particular in Germany. It is also noteworthy that at first the longitudinally located V-shaped (90 °) engine, when tested by the pilots, turned out to be extremely inconvenient ergonomically (the legs rested against the carburetors) - to solve this problem, the engineers had to reduce the camber to 80 °, and turn the block heads by 22 ° relative to the cylinder axis.

Other features of the Honda CX500 model include a steel frame, 4-valve cylinder head, disc brakes, a cooling fan (driven by a camshaft) and a cardan drive to the rear wheel.


  • Honda CX500E (EuroSport) - standard version.
  • Honda CX500C (Custom) - version with chopper steering wheel, seat and one brake disc in front.
  • Honda CX500 Turbo - a sports version with a turbocharger, plastic fairing and fuel injection system. Produces 82 hp. power and 79 Nm of torque.
  • Honda GL500 Silverwing - touring version with full fairing, saddlebags and fuel injection system.

The CX500 Turbo and GL500 Silverwing injector was also installed on the anniversary version Honda GL1200 Gold Wing.

The Honda CX500 was sold until 1986, after which it was discontinued. Despite the relative rarity of the model in Russia, there are many clubs of amateurs and admirers of this motorcycle in Europe. Some communities even set up production of obsolete parts for the Honda CX500.

The Honda CX500 also traveled around the world from 1983 to 2001, traveling in a total of 119 countries. It is noteworthy that for all 18 years of travel, the engine has never been repaired.



Specifications Honda CX500:

Model Honda CX500
Motorcycle type road
Year of release / sales 1977-1986
Frame steel
Engine type 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, V-shaped (80 °) longitudinal arrangement
Working volume 497 cc cm.
Bore / Stroke 78 x 52 mm
Compression ratio 10.0: 1 (CX500 Turbo - 7.2: 1)
Cooling liquid
Number of valves per cylinder OHC, 4 valves per cylinder (OHV)
Fuel supply system carburetor, 2x Keihin VB26A (35 mm) (CX500 Turbo, GL500 - injector)
Ignition type electronic (CDI)
Maximum power 50 hp at 9000 rpm (Turbo - 82 HP, "strangled" version (Germany) - 27 HP at 6500 rpm)
Maximum torque 46 Nm at 7000 rpm (Turbo - 79 Nm at 5000 rpm, "strangled" version (Germany) - 35 Nm at 4000 rpm)
Transmission 5-speed
Drive type cardan
Front tire size 100 / 90-18 (up to 1982 - 19 '; Custom - 3.50-19)
Rear tire size 120 / 80-18 (Custom - 130 / 90-16)
Front brakes 2 discs, 275mm, 2-piston calipers (Custom - 1 disc)
Rear brakes drum (CX500E, CX500 Turbo - 1 disc, 1-piston caliper)
Front suspension 39mm Showa telescopic fork, 132mm travel
Rear suspension linkage with two shock absorbers (E-version, Turbo - monoshock), stroke - 84 mm
Overall dimensions 2205 × 770 × 1205 (depending on version)
Wheelbase 1455 mm
Seat height 820 mm (depending on version)
Maximum speed 159-180.0 km / h (depending on version), 200 km / h - Turbo
Acceleration to 100 km / h 5.8 sec
Fuel tank capacity 19 L - CX500E (Euro)

17 L - CX500 / CX500D - 1977-1981 11 L - CX500C (Custom) 20 L - CX500 Turbo

Motorcycle weight (curb) 225 kg - CX500E