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Honda CX500 Specs, Manuals, & Info


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If you’ve got a CX500 that you’re working on, you’ve come to the right place.

Whether you’re doing a full rebuild or restoration motorcycle project or you just need to complete some routine maintenance, we’ve got all the information and links to what you need to do the job right.

On this page you’ll find:

  • Links to the motorcycle service manual for your CX500.
  • Where you can find used CX500s for sale to start a new motorcycle project or get a parts bike.
  • Specs, details, and information about the history of the CX500. may earn an affiliate commission when you make a purchase through the links on this page.

CX500 Specs & Details

The CX500 was a bike that incorporated a lot of future-motorcycle designs of the time.

It featured a shaft-driven V-twin engine, which was liquid cooled – a first of its kind.

Other new features included electric-only ignition, CV carburetors, ComStar wheels with tubeless tires, and a low-maintenance shaft drive.

Honda CX500 specs include:

  • Top Speed: 106 mph
  • Engine Displacement: 497cc
  • Cylinders/Engine Type: Liquid cooled V-twin.
  • Compression Ratio: 10.0:1
  • Dry weight: 441 lbs.

Refer to the table below for the full Honda CX500 specs:

ClassStandard Motorcycle
Enginev2, four-stroke
Bore / Stroke78.0mm x 52.0mm
Compression ratio10.0:1
Top Speed107 mph (172 km/h)
Horsepower48.95 HP (36.5 KW) @ 9000RPM
Torque30.98 ft/lbs (42.0 Nm) @ 7000RPM
Fuel SystemTurbo
Air FilterK&N HA-0700 `78-82
Spark PlugNGK D8EA ’78-79
BatteryYUASA YB14L-A2 
TransmissionGear box: 5-speed
Final DriveShaft
ClutchWet, Multi Plate
Front SuspensionTelescopic forks
Rear SuspensionSwingarm
Front BrakesDual disc
Rear BrakesSingle disc
Front Tire100/90-18
Rear Tire120/80-18
Wheelbase57.28 inches (1455 mm)
Length86.02 inches (2185 mm)
Width34.06 inches (865 mm)
Height45.87 inches (1165 mm)
Seat Height31.5 inches (800 mm)
Weight441 lbs
Oil Capacity0.79 Gallon (3.00 Liters)
Oil FilterK&N KN-111
Recommended OilHonda GN4 10W-40
Fuel Capacity5.02 Gallon (19.00 Liters)
Fuel Consumption4.52 liters/100 km (22.1 km/l or 52.04 mpg)

CX500 Years & Variations

The CX500 was produced from 1978 to 1983 with variants including:

  • CX500
  • CX500C Custom
  • CX500 Deluxe
  • CX500EC Sports
  • CX500TC and CX500T Turbo

Find a Honda CX500 for Sale Near You

If you’re looking for a MODEL of your own or need a donor parts bike for your current motorcycle project, you can use the used bike search tool to find what you’re looking for.

Click your state below to find used CX500s near you.

These motorcycle search engines search Craigslist listing for the entire state so you don’t have to individually search each specific region.

Once you’ve got the bike up and running, be sure to check back to our motorcycle registration and title guides if you need help getting plates (Especially if you’ve bought the CX500 without a title).

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