6-CYLINDER HONDA CBX 1000
IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE 1970S, THE FOUR JAPANESE GIANTS OF TWO WHEELS (KAWASAKI, SUZUKI, YAMAHA AND HONDA) OPENED THE WAY TO THE BIG ONE-CYLINDER SUPERBIKES. HONDA LAUNCHED ITS CBX 1000 IN THE LATE 1979, WHICH WAS THE LAST ONE, BUT THE MOST SPECTACULAR MODEL.
There was nothing alike at the moment when other brands were happy with 4 cylinders, but Honda had the great initiative by Shoichiro Irimajiri riding his CBX. It was an impressive 6-parallel-cylinder engine, refrigerated by air. It seemed to have huge power. The L6 engine, six parallel cylinders in line, with a 0-degree inclination, delivers 1,047 cc. The chain transmission is powered by a five-speed gearbox. It totals 105 HP at 9,000 rpm.