Honda's six-cylinder beast sent the Japanese
firm roaring into the 80s. Honda's never been
shy when it comes to showing off its technological
prowess. The NR750, CX500 Turbo, Rune and more
pay testament to that. But one of its first,
biggest and, arguably best moments was the launch
of the CBX1000Z six cylinder in 1978.
All Honda's mechanical know-how went into the
engine to make the 24-valve, dohc behemoth a
super smooth, torque-laden beast.
It's a shame more technical authority wasn't
stamped into the rolling chassis; the lack of
braking power didn't mix with a bike that weighed
in at 272.1kg fully gassed. As a result, any
sporting pretensions didn't last long and soon
enough the fully faired CBX1000B/C tourer rolled
up complete with motoshock rear suspension and
decent brakes to match the performance.
In terms of desirability the first CBX1000Z
is the one to go for, preferably in vibrant
red rather than the dowdier silver option.
- Engine - Air/oil-cooled inline six, 1047cc
- Power - 105bhp @ 9000rpm
- Top Speed - 130mph