For Charity With No Reserve – 1981 Honda CBX

SOLD FOR: $17,872

Out of stock

Sold on January 18, 2021


Additional photos of this unused Honda CBX are available here for your perusal.

Iconic Motorbike Auctions is beyond ecstatic to announced that we’ve partnered with Honda in support of a wonderful charity – Ride for Kids!

For nearly three decades, American Honda has demonstrated an incredible commitment to kids battling brain cancer, and they continue to step up in exciting and remarkable ways to help us cure this devastating disease,” said Mark Edmiaston, Chief Development and Community Engagement Officer, Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. “The auction of these two bikes will fuel lifesaving research and life-changing support for families navigating a child’s brain tumor diagnosis. All of us at the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation are grateful for Honda’s partnership and the generous support of the motorcycling community.

To raise additional money in the fight against pediatric brain tumors, Honda has generously donated two amazing motorcycles to be auctioned here on Iconic Motorbike Auctions. All proceeds from this auction (including the 7% buyers fee) will be donated to Ride For Kids!

Hopefully you saw the first auction bike – a wonderful RC51 that was adorned in a Jurassic Park III livery. This time around we’re sticking to stock with a 1981 Honda CBX that has just 3 miles on the odometer from being pushed around.

The CBX wasn’t the first production six-cylinder bike (that honor belongs to the Benelli Sei), but it quickly became the standard as a naked superbike with an intoxicating soundtrack. The model debuted in 1979 a decade after Honda forever changed the motorcycling world with the CB750, and the CBX promised another revolution.

It was big and brutal – the engine just by itself weighed 233 pounds, while the whole package was just under 600 pounds wet. For the last two years of production (1981 and 1982) Honda decided the CBX had a better chance of success in the market as a sport-tourer. The motor was detuned but everything else got beefier – the frame was strengthened to support the installation of a fairing and hard luggage. To cope with the extra weight Honda also added bigger dual front brake discs, 39mm air forks, and a Pro-Link monoshock.

The early history of this CBX (VIN: JH2SC0607BC302398) is no longer known, but it has spent the last several years at Honda’s corporate headquarters. It is possible that this is one of the ’81 CBXs that were donated to trade schools for students to wrench on, but there’s no evidence of tool wear on the nuts and bolts. There is a “47” on the left side of the front fairing that is unexplained.

This CBX has never been titled and it is offered with a Bill of Sale – the MSO is not available at this time. You will be able to get it registered in most states with a Bill of Sale, purchase invoice, and a VIN check, though California is off the table as they require 7,500 mile on the odometer for out of state transfers.

The odometer rolled over to three miles as it was being pushed on the grass for the Los Angeles Ride for Kids event. It is being sold as is with the original tires. If you’d like to get it back on the road, our White Glove service will be glad to recommission it for you.

This is a beautiful example of one of the wonders of motorcycling, and we think it’s extra special thanks to its current ownership by Honda and the great cause that the proceeds are going to! Don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions in the comments below.

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