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Honda D2-492-12-13
Photo ou archives : F-M. Dumas

Capacity : 500
Model : CX custom
Production : 1980 - 1981
Category : (R) Street Bike


500 CX Custom – 1980

As American as sushi

During the Eighties a new, more laid-back style of motorcycle appeared: the "Custom." This category would gnaw away at existing market sectors and become one of the most popular.

Image Is Everything

Up to the end of the Seventies, road-going motorcycles were divided into three basic categories: touring, utility, or sports. This rational classification had become outmoded by 1980. Sports bikes had developed into exclusive super sports models, replicas of competition motorcycles. The market for Grand Touring machines was in decline while the term "utility" had acquired a very down-marker image. The buying public wanted worthwhile, luxurious products. One of the ways the factories responded to this demand was the introduction of the custom category: luxurious utility bikes which were pleasant to ride and had a fashionably shocking image.

Customizing a Grand Tourer

Since the aesthetics of its compact transverse V-Twin lent themselves admirably to this fashion, Honda got on the bandwagon in 1979 with a Custom version of its excellent 500 CX tourer. The transformation began with big cow-horn handlebars, a tiny teardrop fuel tank, an oversize rear tire and lots of extra chrome. Adorned in this manner, the CX was slower hut just as comfortable and pleasant to ride, with an engine that was both silent and flexible, and possessed an excellent shaft final drive.


Engine: 496cc (78x52 mm) water-cooled 50-degree transverse V-twin four-stroke

Power Rating: 50 hp @ 9000 rpm

Valves: overhead

Fuel System: two 35mm carburetors

Transmission: 5-speed; shaft final drive

Suspension: telescopic fork (from); swinging fork with twin spring/dampers (rear)

Brakes: double disk (front); drum (rear)

Wheels: 3.50x19 inch (front); 130/90x16 inch (rear)

Weight: 452 lb

Maximum Speed: 106 mph

The GX Custom was the most comfortable and the most roadworthy motorcycle in its category.

Motorcycle encyclopedia Moto Passion, realised by François-Marie Dumas, include almost 2000 photos presented with an exhaustive history of the motorcycles exhibited.

This unique collection has been realised with the participation of many specialists. With many thanks in particular to Yves Campion, Michael Dregni, Didier Ganneau, Jean Goyard, Helmut Krackowizer, Michel Montange, Christian Rey, Bernard Salvat, Mick Woollett, etc

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