1980 Honda CBX1000Z
Registration no. PLM 938W
Frame no. CB12014329
Engine no. CB1E2014466
'The CBX was quite simply a marvellous revelation which has genuinely elevated the status of motorcycling. Few people will be able to afford to run one, but then the best is never cheap. Above all, such a motorcycle should not be condemned because it's an excess.' - Bike magazine, December 1978.
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.
This particular twin-shock CBX has been in the current (fourth) owner's hands since 1983 and in 1986 won a Honda Owners Club 'Best in Show' award. It has won other concours awards and been ridden only sparingly over the course of the last 14 years. Described as in generally very good condition, the machine benefits from overhauled brakes, 4th gear pinion replaced, new battery, 'as new' tyres and ultrasonic cleaning of the carburettors. Non-standard features include the exhaust system, swinging arm, chain guard, seat, polished alloy casings and extra 'show' chrome. The original swinging arm, chain guard, seat and tool kit come with the machine but it should be noted that the centre stand is missing. Accompanying documentation consists of a quantity of expired MoTs, old/current V5/V5C registration documents and MoT to August 2014.
- We are unable to view the engine number due to the airbox.