Honda CBX

/ rear disc Ø 300 mm

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The Honda CBX is a sport bike from the Japanese manufacturer Honda.


After the appearance of the Benelli 750 Be with six cylinders in 1975, Honda was forced to also offer a motorcycle with six cylinders. Project Shoichiro Irimajiri, who already in the 60s at the age of 25 several successful Honda racing bikes, such as the RC149 was designed with 125 cc, 250cc RC166 and RC174 the 300, constructed with 8 employees an air-cooled four-valve DOHC inline-six of 1047cm ³ and 105 hp. The responsible chief designer for the complete machine was Norimoto Otsuka.


The machine came 1978 on the market and polarized the motorcyclist. Chassis and tires weaknesses made ​​for criticism. The performance was very good ( 0-100 km / h for about 4 seconds). The idea of CBX as well as the appearance of even stronger Kawasaki Z1300 led to the initial decision, the motorcycle industry, to limit the power in Germany machines sold voluntarily to 100 hp.

More data CBX ( CBX Prolink )

  • Power to weight ratio: 2.6 kg / hp / ( 3 kg / PS)
  • Motorcycle weight: 272.13 kg / 599.95 pounds
  • Maximum speed: 220 km / h prospectus specified / (207 km / h)
  • Acceleration: 0-100 km / h in about 4 seconds
  • Stationary: 80 dB ( A) / ( 90 dB ( A))
  • Driving noise 82 dB ( A) / ( 86 dB (A))
  • Colors: Candy Red or Metallic Silver, USA in 1980: black
  • ProLink colors: silver gray or white
  • Price 1978: 10,160 DM / ( ProLink: 1982 11,998 DM / 1983 DM 10,998 )

The machine cost 1979 including 11% VAT in Germany 10,963 DM, or about 12,200 euros today.

Model history

The first CBX from 1978/1979 (type CB1, CBX "Z" type code 422) was established in 1980 by the successor model (type SC03 CBX "A" type code 469 ), with a different carburetor tuning 98 hp and smaller facelift and 1981 by the so-called Prolink (type SC06 type code MA2) replaced. With The CBX Prolink Honda met the criticism of the chassis weaknesses of CBX. The CBX Prolink there were also two slightly different versions ( CBX "B") and 1982 ( CBX " C"). She pointed with her ​​disguise touring motorcycle character. Ultimately, the CBX was not a success, as well as four-cylinder motorcycles soon showed a corresponding performance, but they were cheaper to produce. The maintenance costs for the engine with 24 valves were very high, as is the gas mileage. The first test of the magazine MOTORCYCLE a test consumption was 12.3 liters, at moderate highway driving 9.2 liters. A total of approximately 36,000 CBX were produced, of which 6,000 came to Germany. The Pro-Link came here only to 400 units. In addition to production in Japan, launched the installation even in Marysville / USA, where 190 machines were built in November 1979 and 93 in December. In early January 2008, it is permitted to continue in 1993 machines the Federal Motor Transport Authority ( including the temporary disused vehicles).

More CBX models

Other Motorcycles Honda CBX wore the abbreviation in the name. Thus came the mid-1980s, the 4- cylinder model CBX 550 on the market, which struck through some optical as well as detailed technical solutions (for example, internally ventilated disc brakes sheathed ). Other bikes such as the CBX 550 F/F2, CBX CBX 650 E and 750 F but had little in common with the original CBX.

In Japan and other countries, there was the CBX 125 (Brazil ) / CBX 125 F / CBX 125 Custom / CBX 150 Aero (Brazil ) / CBX 200 Strada (Brazil ) / CBX 250 S / CBX 250 RS / CBX 250 Twister / CBX 400 F / CBX 400 F2 Integra / CBX 400 Custom / CBX 650 P (Police) / CBX 750 HORIZON / CBX 750 (Police) / CBX 750 FII / CBX 750 F Bol d' Dor version. The X in the name refers to a four-valve version.


Some motorcycle - class manufacturers used the engine, such as Fritz Egli for the Red Baron, and motorcycle Spaett Munich for the target EGLI Magnum or EGLI - CBX. The target EGLI Magnum was designed by target design. Both had a signature for EGLI frame structure which was created with a backbone tube of about 12 cm diameter and exclusive use of straight pipes for sporty driving. Even Martin from France and Motoplas from Italy, and RAU from Germany used the 6- cylinder engine. The former racing driver Joseph Schurger built to order on a 1276 cm ³ drilled CBX engine with 120 or 180 hp in a Bakker - aluminum frame.

Price - Martin CBX 1982:

  • Martin CBX - type 1- seater: 24.000 DM
  • Martin CBX - type 1- seater Special: 36,000 DM

Price Egli- CBX 1982:

  • Type EH -C The Red Baron 1- seater: 32.400 DM

Price Egli- CBX 1983

  • Type EH -C The Red Baron 1- seater: 22.500 SFr. / 29,900 DM
  • Type EH - C Red Baron 2- seater: 22,650 SFr.

Price target EGLI 1982:

  • Type Egli -target CBX Magnum 1- seater: 29.900 DM

Price target EGLI 1983

  • Type Egli -target CBX Magnum 1- seater: 32.500 DM