1981 Honda CBX1000 Frame no. SC062300571 Engine no. SC03E-2302845
Lot 356
1981 Honda CBX1000
Registration no. OMC 490X Frame no. SC062300571 Engine no. SC03E-2302845
Sold for £2,875 (US$ 4,872) inc. premium
Lot Details
1981 Honda CBX1000
Registration no. OMC 490X
Frame no. SC062300571
Engine no. SC03E-2302845
Just as it had in the preceding decade with the four-cylinder CB750, Honda stunned the world again in the 1970s, introducing the Gold Wing super-tourer and the outrageous six-cylinder CBX1000. Launched in 1978, the latter was not the first six of the modern era, Benelli's 750 Sei having beaten it by a couple of years, but it was by far the biggest and fastest. Launched in 'naked', twin-shock form, the CBX was revamped for 1981, gaining Pro-Link mono-shock rear suspension, a half fairing and ventilated front disc brakes. Weighing around 550lbs and with 105bhp on tap, the CBX was good for over 130mph and scorched through the standing quarter-mile in around 12 seconds. For most owners though, it was not the CBX's performance so much as its on-road presence that mattered. Even today, few bikes can match it for charisma, visual appeal and, above all, sound. First registered in December 1981, this example has had four former keepers, the last registered keeper acquiring it in January 2003. The machine is notable for having had a brand new CBX1000B/C exhaust system fitted, returning it to correct specification. 'OMC 490X' is described as in generally excellent condition cosmetically and is believed to be in working order, albeit in need of re-commissioning. The machine is offered with Swansea V5 registration document.

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  • There is a V5C present with this machine, not a V5.
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