Honda CX 500 Custom


Make Model

Honda CX 500 Custom




Four stroke, longitudinal 800 V-twin cylinder, camshaft nestles at the base of the V between the cylinders. ,OHV, 4 valves per cylinder operated by pushrods


497 cc / 30.3 cu-in
Bore x Stroke 78 x 52 mm
Compression Ratio 10.0:1


2x 34mm Keihin carbs.


Starting Electric

Max Power

50 hp @ 9000 rpm

Max Torque

46 Nm @ 7000 rpm
Clutch Wet, multi-plate, 5-speed


5 Speed 
Final Drive Shaft

Front Suspension

33mm Showa telehydraulic fork. 132mm wheel travel

Rear Suspension

Swinging arm fork with adjustable shocks absorbers.. 84mm wheel travel

Front Brakes

2x 240mm discs

Rear Brakes

165mm drum

Front Tyre


Rear Tyre


Dry Weight

202 kg

Fuel Capacity

12.5 Litres

Consumption  average

40 mpg

Standing ¼ Mile  

14.0 sec / 149.7 km/h

Top Speed

175.5 km/h

The CX500C appeared in 1981 with very-j few changes to the B model's engine but with such usual custom features as a high, wide handlebar, lower, stepped dualseat and a small fuel tank—in this case holding 2'/2 gallons instead of the original 3% j gallons. Short megaphone-style silencers were another change, and the cowling around the headlamp had been abandoned in favour of conventional supports.

These modifications, and a smaller but fatter rear tyre, added up to a 10 per cent | price increase (for UK buyers) over that of I
Custom variation of the CX500 as seen in 1981 the ordinary CX. On-the-road differences included an 8mph drop in top speed, some loss in handling precision and more frequent fuel stops.