Originally Posted by worm
1979 CBX was the exact one I was looking for due to the reason you detailed. People say the later ones that were detuned were a better ride...but give me the max HP of the earlier model. Really heavy bike...but a definite classic.
Saw a perfect 1979 CBX in the Barber Museum in Birmingham AL (awesome place if you haven't been) last year during a dinner benefit with Cook Neilsen and his 1977 Daytona Superbike winner Deja Blue.
Hope to get some track time on Barber this year. The track and Museum are as good as it gets for motorsports anywhere in the World. Any bike you can name from any era is there in pristine condition. This is motoheaven.
Yah, the '79 CBX's are going for $5-6 grand. I see three on Ebay right now in that range.
I see the sellers don't say that the serial #'s for frame and engine match. That's a big deal for collectors. The one I had the frame and engine did not match, it was built by a Honda mechanic from two CBX's. Cost me $2k in 1994. When I was selling it I had most calls come from brokers, trying to buy it to resell it in Japan. From what they told me most of the CBX's are in collections in Japan - those with matching serial #'s, anyway.
I had a nice burgundy '75 CB750K at the time also. I saw the CBX at the Honda shop and that CB750 was gone not long after. It was nice to put those two out in the driveway at the same time and shine them up.
I ended up trading the CBX for a BMW R65S and $1800 cash. I just couldn't get any better offers, and I needed the cash. The guy I sold it to was another Honda mechanic that fell in love with the bike when I took it into the shop to have a flat fixed. He loved that bike. He was one of those guys that on weekends liked to go to Palomar mountain and race up and down it all day.
It was horrible on MPG, maybe 30-32 MPG, but the roar from that engine was priceless. Just a superb sounding engine, and like you said a technological innovator.
Hey, have you ever seen the Kawasaki KZ1300? That's another straight-six. I've seen only one, never rode one. It had a sweet engine note also, but never quite made the mark like the CBX did.