Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Well Joel , I would not recommend a Six like the CBX has, although it is VERY smooth, it is also VERY high strung. You dont get much power out of the engine under 4500 RPM, and you can forget about torque on the lower end. Around town riding is a bear, I would rather ride the LT around town because of its mannerisms, even at a slow speed. I guess that is probably why my transition into the LT was so easy for me. (The CBX is very top heavy as well).
BUT , and a big BUT, a larger displacement along with proper fuel injection and cam profiles would no doubt make the Six more tractable for touring, and put the torque curve in the freight train realm, plus yield decent fuel economy.
The nicest part about the CBX engine IMHO, is when it does make power, IT REALLY MAKES POWER, plus it sounds like a Ferrari 365 Daytona ( my old boss had one, swore I stole his car when he heard me coming down the street). No other bike has been able to produce the smooth power of an inline 6 like honda did with the CBX, not Kawasaki, nor Benelli. BMW probably could do it, part of me hopes they do, part hopes they dont.
Honda discontinued the CBX because of EPA emission standards, no from lack of sales or interest. They had to detune them starting in 1981, and gave up in '82. They refused to put a catalytic converter on the bike, citing weight and heating problems, but the real reason was horsepower. Plain and simple marketing......you just dont produce a superbike for it to be mediocre...
1981 Honda CBX ( kind of for sale)