Honda CBX series
Fast, heavy, complicated and powerful, the CBX1000 was an expensive technological tour de force by Honda and remains a sought-after collectible in the present day. It started life as an unfaired "sports" bike, but was really too heavy for this. Honda later added a fairing, retuned the engine, changed the suspension, and the bike was reclassified as a sports tourer.
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Better known as the Twister in South America, it replaced the CBX 200 Strada that finished production in 2002. The Twister is also sold in Argentina, Mexico and South Africa, and is exported to Europe and Australia under the name CBF250.
Km/h (GPS): 140 km/h. 86,8 mph. Max (GPS): 145 km/h. 90 mph. Consumption: 21 km/l a 30 km/l. Normal: 25 km/l.
Also available were the DOHC four-cylinder 16-valve CBX750, CBX650, CBX550, CBX400 and the single-cylinder CBX250. The CBX550 and CBX400 featured inboard disc brakes that were designed to mitigate problems caused by wet weather braking. The CBX550 had two internally ventilated cast iron disks up front with inside-out dual piston calipers and a single enclosed disk system in the rear. The very similar CBX400 made do with an enclosed single disk in the front. The enclosed disk brake was also used on some models of the VTR250 and the VF400. The system was less accessible for servicing than conventional disc brakes and there were also reports of heat dissipation problems. Modern braking materials have since rendered any improvement obsolete. The CBX750, CBX550 and CBX400 also featured Honda's rising-rate Pro-Link mono-shock rear suspension design and were available in standard and half-faired versions. The CBX 250 was not imported into the US, and was imported for only one year in Canada. It is thought that 6-7 were imported to New Zealand but documentation is difficult to acquire.