Honda CX500 Turbo (CX500TC)

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Honda CX500TC Turbo

The Honda CX500 Turbo sports touring model was officially introduced in 1981 (MY 1982) mainly for the export markets of North America and West Germany. The model was built on the base version of the Honda CX500, but featured advanced front wind deflectors, electronic fuel injection and a turbine. The Honda CX500 Turbo was the first production Honda motorcycle with programmable fuel injection and turbocharging, which increased the maximum power from 50 to 82 hp, compared to the base version.

Another important feature of the Honda CX500 Turbo, like the entire CX500 line, is the 2-cylinder V-engine liquid-cooled, located in the frame longitudinally (like on Moto Guzzi motorcycles), with a camber angle of the cylinders of 80 °. 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. The motor is equipped with 4 valves per cylinder and a lower camshaft. Also, unlike the basic version, the Honda CX500 Turbo model received a reinforced clutch and gearbox.

Other features of the Honda CX500 Turbo include a steel frame, pneumatically adjustable suspensions (the front fork has a TRAC anti-bite system - Torque Reactive Anti-dive Control), disc brakes, a 20 liter fuel tank, a 5-speed gearbox and 260 kg of curb weight.

1982 was the last year of production of the Honda CX500 Turbo, after which it was replaced by a new model Honda CX650 Turbo, which, however, also lasted only one year.

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Specifications Honda CX500 Turbo:

Model Honda CX500 Turbo
Motorcycle type sports and tourist
Release year 1981 (1982)
Frame steel diagonal
Engine type 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, V-shaped (80 °) longitudinal, turbo-supercharged
Working volume 496 cm³
Bore / stroke 78.0 x 52.0 mm
Compression ratio 7.2: 1
Cooling liquid
Number of valves per cylinder OHV, 4 valves per cylinder
Fuel supply system injector
Ignition type transistor
Maximum power 82.0 h.p. (60.3 kW) at 8000 rpm
Maximum torque 79.0 Nm (8.1 kg * m) at 5000 rpm
Gearbox 5-speed
Drive type cardan
Front tire size 3.50H 18-4PR
Rear tire size 120/90-V17 (64H)
Front brakes 2 discs, 276 mm, 2-piston calipers
Rear brakes 1 disc, 276 mm, 1-piston caliper
Front suspension 37mm Air Fork with Anti-Peak (TRAC) and Preload Adjustment, 130mm Travel
Rear suspension linkage Pro-Link with pneumatic monoshock (adjustable preload and rebound damping), stroke - 105 mm
Motorcycle length 2260 mm
Motorcycle width 720 mm
Motorcycle height 1345 mm
Wheelbase 1495 mm
Saddle height 790 mm
Minimum ground clearance 150 mm
Acceleration to 100 km / h 4.9 sec
Maximum speed 206 km / h
Fuel tank capacity 20.0 l
Motorcycle weight (curb) 260 kg

Fuel consumption

The average fuel consumption for the Honda CX500 Turbo is 4.7 to 7.8 liters per 100 kilometers. The exact value depends on the riding style.