1981 Honda CX500 from United Kingdom
Probably was nice commuting machine in its time
The motorcycle is extremely difficult to start in the Autumn/Winter weather, although it runs OK once started.
The brakes have reached the point where they need serious attention, although they were working reasonably when the bike was purchased.
Handling is suspect, perhaps due to tyres/shock absorbers.
The bike and seat are comfortable on long trips.
The handling is poor. This may be due to poor tyres/tyre matching or shock absorber problems.
Could be excellent for commuting at lower speeds, has a nice feel for this, but the poor handling characteristics/braking result in a lack of confidence in the machine.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th January, 2007
30th Aug 2008, 05:59
I suggest your bike needs some serious work - it should be a lot faster than a scooter! From memory they had about 50hp and were not a heavy bike, so acceleration should be brisk. When tuned correctly they are very smooth.
Handling was good for a soft powered bike - check the tyres, swing arm bearings and head stock bearings for wear. Check the wheels are aligned.
The early models had a problem with the cam belt, which should have been replaced under warranty. When this was done, the mechanic was supposed to stamp a * (star) by the engine number.
17th Mar 2009, 18:48
I owned an '80 CX500 from '82-84. Sure wish I had kept it.
Mine had a Vetter fairing and saddle bags, which were nice, but looked a bit dorky.
It started and drove nicely.
I thought the seat was a bit high and I'm 5'11". I loved the water cooled engine and shaft drive. The only maintenance I remember was leaky front shocks.
25th May 2009, 02:41
...while I did not have a cx500... I did own a 82 GL 500 Silverwing, which is essentially the same bike... just with touring fairing and small trunk...
It was my first bike, which I had purchased in 87...
Extremely well mannered bike with plenty of power for any riding I needed to do...
And in the first summer I had the bike I put 27000 km on it...
Wish I never sold the bike :-( Would buy another one for puttering around town now, if I could find one.
11th Dec 2012, 20:05
The cam is actually driven by a HYVO chain. 3 punch marks are present on the engine number of recall bikes.