Honda's CX and GL 500/650 motorcycles

"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!





Honda's CX500, GL500, CX650 and GL650

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):

Here are two photos of the Honda CX500 prototype - 350cc, using 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. Under six thousand CX500 Turbos were supposed to have been produced worldwide - we're trying to get hard figures on just how many were, and how many were sent to each country.

For the specs, click on the link for the new spec sheet below:

Honda CX and GL Specifications - Sortable By Model

For the old spec sheets: CX500 and CX500 Turbo Specs, GL500 Specs, CX650 Specs, GL650 Specs

Engine and frame serial numbers - CX500, GL500


For the master build list of customised cafe racers, bobbers, brats and more: CX500 Master Build List


Engine-related articles

General CX/GL Info

Chassis, Suspension etc.

Electrical and Ignition





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