Honda CBX 1000
Year made: 1980
Claimed power: 103hp @ 9,000rpm
Top speed: 140mph
Engine: 1,047cc DOHC air-cooled inline 6
Weight (wet): 600lb (272kg)
Wheelbase: 58.9in (1,496mm)
Width: 23.63in (600mm)
1/4 mile, sec/mph: 11.66/117.6
Price then (1980): $3,988
With a vast history of racing machines utilizing 5- and 6-cylinder motorcycle engines, Honda didn’t need to dig too deeply to create the technology for the Honda CBX 1000. They may not have been the first kids in the 6-cylinder motorcycle game, but in their usual fashion they quickly took the reins. Making its debut as a 1979 model, the Honda CBX 1000 showed the world again what Honda was capable of. It had only been a decade since Honda set the CB750 loose, and the CBX seemed a fitting follow-up.
Suspended from the frame and acting as a stressed member, the 1,047cc, inline-six on the Honda CBX was a double-overhead cam unit with four valves per cylinder. Six 28mm Keihin carburetors meted out the fuel and air, with an accelerator pump for heavy throttle activity. Never intended as a fuel miser, the brawny six returned MPG ratings in the low 20s. The capacious 6.1-gallon tank could only carry a rider some 150 miles or so, hardly far enough to grow weary of the well-designed and properly padded saddle. A 5-speed gearbox sent power to the rear wheel via chain drive, and Honda Comstar wheels on the debut model were finished in silver.