#BOLT40: A HONDA CBX1000 BUILT FOR A WORLD CHAMPION

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#BOLT40: A HONDA CBX1000 BUILT FOR A WORLD CHAMPION

Post by weeksy »

Interesting back-story to this one too

https://www.bikeexif.com/jorge-martinez-aspar-honda

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I've never really understood why that engine gets people weak at the knees. I mean yeah it's an il6, other than the z13 or maybe the Benelli from the same era I can't think of any others. That's not to say I wouldn't like to try the motor in a package not hamstrung by a 70s/80s chassis!

But anyway the overall bike design is ok, nothing new there though really. Put an il4 in there and you'd probably walk past it.
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Post by Le_Fromage_Grande »

CBXs are incredibly smooth to ride, especially for a late 70s bike, no idea how they compare with modern bikes as I haven't ridden one since 1986, when I could have bought one for £1400 but couldn't really afford to run it.

I know someone who hydraulic locked one by parking it on it's side stand overnight and the tried to start it on the side stand.
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I like that :)
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You can't mistake that motor for anything else.

I don't know how many of them are left, but I still look at a bike like that and feel a little sad an original has been hacked about and destroyed.
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Looks great in profile, but I notice there are no photos taken from head on, or rear on (ooh, Matron...), 'cos it would just be so ridiculously wide. I realise that this girth is pretty much inevitable with a transverse 1000cc 6 cylinder motor, but it must severely limit useability and ground clearance. I've always regarded them as an engine in search of a chassis, and I seem to recall that being the private opinion of the TT travelling marshals who used them briefly in the late 70s.

There were also reports of racers being pissed off at being overtaken by a travelling marshall on a road bike... :mrgreen:
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The Spin Doctor wrote: Fri Jan 14, 2022 10:50 am You can't mistake that motor for anything else.

I don't know how many of them are left, but I still look at a bike like that and feel a little sad an original has been hacked about and destroyed.
I know someone with two of them, a twin shock one and a pro-link one, he bought the Pro-Link one to the Copdock show a couple of years ago, they're physically large bikes, certainly larger than I remember them being.
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I bet it does sound nice, though...
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There's summat about the CBX. I was 18 hooning around on my Kettle thinking I was Barry Sheene. It was as quick as anything I could imagine.

Then Honda brought out the CBX and stuck 2 fingers up to the world. It blew everything away.
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Sometimes Honda thought "fuck the expense, let's raise the bar".

750 four
CBX
VFR750
NR750
RC30

Etc....
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I could learn to love it, but I do like the paint
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Yorick wrote: Fri Jan 14, 2022 12:45 pm Sometimes Honda thought "fuck the expense, let's raise the bar".

750 four
CBX
VFR750
NR750
RC30

Etc....
But most of the time they build Superdreams.
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Post by Skub »

Very trick and very well done.

Those cans are lovely.
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Clicking on this I expected to hate it cos I've never really had the love for CBX 6's, they were big showy things that were mostly ignored by my brothers and their mates who had Z Thous, GS Thous and RD 250 type of stuff.

But, it actually looks quite nice, I kind of like it.
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Popped up on my Firendface earlier...

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Post by Felix »

Its nice but not for me. Two seater and possibly the CB900 engine i would have liked it more. Must be a pain carrying them axle stands about with you :D
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When I was 17 and riding my 350ypvs there was one at the local bike meet, I commented there’s no way that would wheelie…….by chance the owner as he pulled off stood it straight on the back wheel and went through the gears. Later found out he was also local and known for wheelies, went by the name of Jonno. Fast forward 35 years we moved into our new work unit and 2 doors down is a machine shop, bloke that owns it in his 60’s, has a nice modded cbx and goes by the name of Jonno. Same bloke same bike 👍
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Post by demographic »

Jeez, can nobody bend pipes anymore?

I get the whole lobsterback bend thing with twostroke expansion chambers cos they're cones, not pipes
To my eyes, they could have just bent most of those headers.

edit, they do look reet purty... even if they are kind of unnecessary.
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Post by Mr. Dazzle »

I dunno, they're pretty necessary if you ain't got pipe bender :D
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Mr. Dazzle wrote: Fri Jan 14, 2022 8:23 pm I dunno, they're pretty necessary if you ain't got pipe bender :D

If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail?