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Lot 241
1982 Honda CX500TC


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The CX500 was Honda’s first V-Twin in 1978. It was liquid cooled and designed so that the engine and transmission rotated in opposite directions. The engine design was extremely reliable, and was popular with messengers in the UK. Keith Kimber and Tania Brown traveled 500,000 miles around the world on a Honda CX500. This design was the basis for Honda’s highly successful RS 750 dirt tracker used in AMA Class C racing. In 1982, Honda released it as a turbocharged version. It was now called the CX500TC. A full fairing and proud graphics made it stand out. The turbo was designed in-house to fit in the space afforded by Honda’s engine. Honda wanted to show that they could still be innovative. In 1983, they followed up with a 650cc version, and then dropped the turbo series. Honda was so impressed by Don Garlits’ accomplishments that they gifted him this motorcycle. It is obvious from the odometer reading of 4,500 miles that Garlits rode it instead of putting it on display in his museum. He later autographed it, and it went on to the Kannenberg Collection.

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