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Motor Cycle News reported in 1984 that at that point over 300,000 CX500s had been sold, presumably world-wide - making it one of the most popular bikes of all time, back then.

We're trying to find some more sources to corroborate that, and to get some hard numbers for each model... if such numbers are even available today.

Current plan: Finding the highest serial number reported for each model and seeing what they add up to. This is user-reported based on findings on the internet (forums and the Mica Peak site so it's not likely to be the epitome of accuracy... People often put "O" instead of "0" and truncate parts of the serials, so it's not all that easy searching.

If you own a bike with a higher serial number or have a photo of the compliance plate of one, please email me at jc AT motofaction DOT org

A note on the numbers regarding production year and model year - there is:

They all came out of the same factory, but it's clear that the Canadian ones were marked as a 1984 model while there were still bikes being produced two months later for other markets with the same 1983 frame number format. Looks like the conventional view that vehicles made after August are marked as being models for the following year doesn't always hold true.



How many Honda CX500s were made?

Year
Model
First Serial
Highest Reported Serial
Approx. Total
1978 CX500 CX500-2000001 CX500-2049650 49,650
1979 CX500 CX500-2100001 CX500-2106232 6,232
1979 CX500 Custom PC01-2000017 PC01-2017566 17,566
1979 CX500 Deluxe PC01-4000005 PC01-4005553 5,548
1980 CX500 Custom PC01-2100018 PC01-2127100 27,082
1980 CX500 Deluxe PC01-4100002 PC01-4107456 7,454
1980 Standard (AU, elsewhere?) CX500-2210001 CX500-2215875 15,875
1981 CX500 Custom JH2PC010*BM200006 JH2PC0108BM211809 11,803
1981 CX500 Deluxe JH2PC011*BM200001 JH2PC0117BM204732 4,732
1981 CX500 Standard/Shadow CX500-2300001 CX500-2317093 17,093
1982 CX500 Custom JH2PC010*CM300001 JH2PC0103CM308134 8,134
1982 CX500 Shadow CX500-2400001 CX500-2402611 2,611
1982 CX500EC Sports PC06-2000001 PC06-2007354 7,354
1982 CX500TC (Turbo) JH2PC030*CM000001 JH2PC030CM002833 5343
as per below

Total: 186,477 CX500s

How many Honda GL500s were made?

Year
Model
First Serial
Highest Reported Serial
Approx. Total
1978
GL500 Wing (JDM)
GL500-1000001?
GL500-1001955
1,955
1981
GL500
JH2PC0200*BM000022
JH2PC0200*BM007550
(per Honda)
7,528
1981
GL500 Interstate
JH2PC021*BM000007
JH2PC021*BM004396
(per Honda)
4,392
1982
GL500
JH2PC020*CM100001
JH2PC0202CM103900
3,900
1982
GL500 Interstate
JH2PC021*CM100001
JH2PC0211CM112743
12,743

Want to know more about the GL500 Wing? Find out more here.

Totals: 30,518 GL500s

How many Honda CX650s and GL650s were made?

Year
Model
First Serial
Highest Reported Serial
Approx. Total
1983
CX650E
(Canada)
JH2RC120*DM000001
JH2RC1205DM000860
860
1984
CX650E
(Canada)
JH2RC120*EM000001
JH2RC1205EM100488
488
1983
CX650E
(European Direct, Elsewhere)
RC12-2000009
RC12-2004587
4,587
1983/4
CX650C
JH2RC110*DM000001
JH2RC1100DM007636
7,636
1983
CX650 Turbo
JH2RC160*DM000001
JH2RC16E2001466
1,777
as per below
1983
GL650
?
JH2RC1012DM001928
1,928
1983
GL650 Interstate
JH2RC101*DM000001
JH2RC1015DM004001
4,001

**Anyone know if the GL650 and GL650I serial numbers come from the same run, or are they two separate tallies? GL700s - presumably not part of the above list, ~700-odd from memory?

650 totals: 21,277

How many CX400s and GL400s were made?

Year
Model
First Serial
Highest Reported Serial
Approx. Total
?
CX400 Sports
?
GL400 Custom
?
GL400-1019609
1983
CX400CD Custom
?
N010-1001766
?
GL400 Wing
?
GL400-1015005
?
GL400
?
GL400-1014270

Looking at the serial numbers I suspect that all of the GL400s come from the same pool... though I'd love to be corrected by someone in the know.

Here's an example of a 1983 CX400C with an engine number of GL400E-1032917... I suspect that there was only the one number range for the GL400 engines, and they were used across all years of 400cc variant (1978-1983)... so 30,000-35,000?

GL400 totals: 30,000-35,000 at a guess

How many CX500 and CX650 Turbos were made and how many went to each country?

Thanks Dr. Don for the below info:


Country
CX500 Turbos
CX650 Turbos
Australia
137
1
Austria
102
0
Belgium
107
10
Canada
303
111
Canary Islands
0
1
Denmark
7
1
Finland
22
0
France
306
102
Germany
573
102
Greece
1
0
Holland
87
51
Ireland
1
0
Italy
306
201
Lebanon
0
1
New Zealand
46
0
Norfolk Island
1
0
Norway
49
1
Singapore
3
0
Sweden
104
1
Switzerland
181
0
South Africa
193
1
United Kingdom
200
150
U.N.
3
0
United States
2525
1015
Totals
5257
1749
Total Production
5343
1777


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