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The turbo that started it all

As Kawasaki again explores the use of superchargers on motorcycles, we take a look at the bike that started it all - the CX500 - and find the lone example for sale on MCN Bikes for Sale. The CX500 Turbo was introduced by Honda in 1982 as a rolling showcase for their latest technology, which as well as a turbo included...

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Jan 11

Posts: 7842

snev says:

I was Stunned.....

When I first saw one in the Flesh all those years ago .... It was unlike any other Bike of the time ...Met a chap who bought one of the first ones and he reckoned it was way too fast for him....all 82bhp of it....!

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Nov 09

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diceman23 says:


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Mar 09

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bikemad123 says:

just goes to show how good the two strokes were back in the day not even a turbo could compete with them think the old rg/rd were churning out 115bhp

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Sep 12

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domster says:

 Ran a standard Eurosport for 6 months as a winter bike early 80's. Nice engine but awful handling,bet the Turbo was 'interesting'.

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Jan 11

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snev says:


The 1982 Honda CX500 Turbo was ....totally eclipsed by the  1985 RG500 with its 94 bhp....... but I would love to own both....... truth be known.

Domster...... I always wanted a 650 Eurosport in Red ......Honda took one of the trickiest and troublesome engine designs ever and ....Made it work......... CX500/650's were .....THE...... bike of choice for the new Couriers of the time......

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Feb 10

Posts: 374


GPZ 750 T...Only one to cut it

For it's time  the Honda was quite the rarity, followed shortly after by the CX650T, albeit short lived.

The only Turbo to cut the muster was the Kawasaki Z750 GP.

The other's such as Suzuki xn85 and Yamaha's xj 650 T, more show than go.......

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Oct 11

Posts: 195

SundayRoast says:

Even Today

Still looks quality even today. By modern standards it would be a handful to ride if you stepped down from the cosseted electronics on even a mid market machine, but hey what a rush.

Good on Kawasaki for potentially making the jump again into Turbos. Not sure they will catch on with the buying publc mind.

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Aug 09

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MarcusMarsh says:

CX500 Turbo

I saw one going up the M3 last week. Couldn't believe my eyes :shock:

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Feb 09

Posts: 515

There's room for one in my dream garage. I've had 4 CX's over the years, including a Custom (please - don't laugh, I blame my medication). Loved each one of them and can still remember the absolute hysterics at watching my mate lob his into Loch Lomond when intention overwhelmed talent. Happy memories indeed! 

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Sep 10

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SatNavSteve says:

I owned a CX650 Eurosport in the early 90s and it was a really good bike, comfy, good handling, smooth and quick enough. Swopped it for a GPZ900 though and that was in a different league.

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