The Honda CX series motorcycles, including the GL500 and GL650 Silver Wing variants, were developed and released by Honda in the late 1970s, with production ending in most markets by the mid 1980s. The design included innovative features and technologies that were uncommon or unused at the time such as liquid cooling, electric-only starting, low-maintenance shaft drive, modular wheels, and dual CV-type carburetors that were tuned for reduced emissions. The electronic ignition system was separate from the rest of the electrical system, enabling the motorcycle to be push-started and ridden in case of a total electrical system failure.
The CX series feature a crankshaft configuration aligned longitudinally with the axis of bike, similar to the Moto Guzzi layout. Unlike a ‘boxer’ flat-twin, the cylinders protrude at an angle above the horizontal. The included angle of the CX is 80°, and the heads are twisted 22° so that the inlet tracts do not interfere with the rider’s legs. A camshaft nestles at the base of the V between the cylinders. The CX was the first V-twin motorcycle that Honda ever built.
Designed and built by a Porsche engineer to a high standard, this stunning CX500 cafe racer was upgraded with a Yamaha R1 front end, custom wheels, tank, seat and cowl. The engine was completely rebuilt, and now shows 627 miles recorded. This fantastic CX500 is less of a motorcycle, more a work of art.