The CX 500 Custom got the licence plate on February 23rd 1983, but I had already got some kilometres on it during the autumn of 1982.
The two cylinder V-engine was not as quick as the Honda CBX 550s four cylinder engine. The V-engine had more power on low rpm, but still like to be pushed to high rpm. But most important to me at that moment – the CX had much better touring qualities with pillion and luggage.
With the high custom bars I found that I needed some kind of wind protection and bought a Vetter Rooster handlebar fairing. The Krauser luggage was lifted over from the CBX and the CX was ready for touring in style. I also mounted a Telefix front fork stabilizer to improve the soft front end some. It worked and the with the CX I was able to keep up with much sportier bikes even on twisted roads. Much thanks to a good ground clearance.
During the season the CX had kept me company for 16 400 km, quiet well considering that I also had ridden test bikes and test cars in my job. The CX 500 Custom was traded for a new bike in June 1984.
Honda CX 500 Custom 1982
Engine: 2-cylinder four-stroke. Liquid cooled. 2 carburettors.
Bore x stroke: 47 x 50 mm.
Cylinder volume: 496 ccm.
Power: 50 hp at 9000 rpm.
Transmission: 5-speed. Shaft.
Fuel capacity: 12 litres.
Tyres: 3.50-19 front, 130/90-16 rear.
Brakes: Two discs and callipers with one piston front. Drum, rear.
Weight: 205 kg.
Top speed: 150 km/h.