Friday Forum Foraging: (Mostly) Clean 1982 Honda CX500 Turbo

Troy Siahaan
by Troy Siahaan

A largely intact cult classic needs a new home.

Personally, I'd rather see this 1982 Honda CX500 Turbo get restored and put back on the road (it's so close), but I'm not blind to the fact there are people out there who covet the CX500 to turn into cafe racers or some other custom. Located in Washington DC, this seller came to the realization that many of us encounter when it comes to restorations (myself included): sometimes life just gets in the way. Now their loss is your gain. And for $3500, you could come away with a mechanically sound cult classic. It's got some scratches and dings, and could use a proper install of the fairing, but that all seems like minor stuff for an otherwise ready-to-ride motorcycle.

Interested? Visit our sister site to contact the seller. We've pasted their ad listing below for reference.

I bought this with the intention of restoring it, but personal life got in the way. It is almost there.

The good: Runs, drives brakes as it should. Brand new battery.

The bad: front fairing has a color mismatch, need to be properly installed (only laying over the bike

for photo purposes). Scratches on the main fairing. Bike comes with a few spare parts.

Clean title in hand. Local buyers encouraged to come and see the bike in person.

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Troy Siahaan
Troy Siahaan

Troy's been riding motorcycles and writing about them since 2006, getting his start at Rider Magazine. From there, he moved to Sport Rider Magazine before finally landing at in 2011. A lifelong gearhead who didn't fully immerse himself in motorcycles until his teenage years, Troy's interests have always been in technology, performance, and going fast. Naturally, racing was the perfect avenue to combine all three. Troy has been racing nearly as long as he's been riding and has competed at the AMA national level. He's also won multiple club races throughout the country, culminating in a Utah Sport Bike Association championship in 2011. He has been invited as a guest instructor for the Yamaha Champions Riding School, and when he's not out riding, he's either wrenching on bikes or watching MotoGP.

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