"First into the future". A forward-looking, outside-the-square motorcycle which was a hit in the late '70s and very early '80s. Later models went as far to include turbochargers. Scroll down for info on these bikes!
The Honda CX500 was designed in the 1970s and were sold up until the mid 1980s in various forms around the world. It's tagline from Honda was "First Into The Future", and it was Honda's first V-twin motorcycle. It was also the first production motorcycle in the world to utilise tubeless tyres. Through it's half-decade run the CX range grew to include cruiser-styled Custom models, the GL500/650 Silverwing tourer-oriented models and even a pair of turbocharged performance bikes.
There was a 350cc air cooled prototype (utilising a modified CB200 frame):
...followed by a CX360 water cooled prototype, but the smallest displacement engine to make it into production was 400cc; most models are 500cc, and near the end of the run Honda upped the displacement to 674cc in the CX650 and GL650.
Also see: How many CX500s were made?
The Turbo was quite the technological tour de force when it was introduced; Honda registered over 230 patents on the required components, and the bike claimed a number of world firsts;
Note the first production turbo motorcycle - the title of the first ever turbo motorcycle, production or otherwise, belongs to a Kawasaki. For an idea of how many Turbos were made (and the other model figures) see this page.
For the specs, click on the link for the new spec sheet below:
For the master build list of customised cafe racers, bobbers, brats and more: CX500 Master Build List
These are other CX/GL sites that have become incorporated into this site.