1978 Honda CX500

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A US spec, very early CX imported to the UK many years ago and never registered or used. Has a genuine 15,000 miles on the clock. I’ll be upgrading the suspension and brakes, fitting sensible handlebars instead of the awful US-spec versions, and fitting the luggage from my original CX of thirty years ago. Then a few nostalgic trips away.

Exactly as I bought it. Not quite a clean as it looks - engine has been sprayed silver, a few bits lightly bodged, but for nearly 40 years old, it's not too bad.
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Be afraid, be very afraid - those are original Fade Very Quickly shocks and they were crap when new. Now they're a lot worse than that - absolutely no damping at all.
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Original mileage! It was sat in bits for a very long time.
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If the shocks are scary, this is actually dangerous - no braking power at all, and even less feel. Quite why Honda thought US-spec bikes only needed one front disc is beyond me.
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The luggage from my original CX, owned in 1986 - still got the top box as well. It'll all end up fitted to this one!
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CX500

At a Glance
+ GOOD POINTS

Low mileage, original, and it was cheap!

- BAD POINTS
Not quite as shiny as it looks, brakes are awful, suspension is dire, and it has a low rev misfire which is probably due to clogged jets.
MANUFACTURER
Honda
MODEL
1978
OWNED FROM
2015
OWNED TO
Now