Ian Foster’s Honda CBX1000 Collection
Ian wrote the “CBX Book”
(see www.cam-hk.com/cbx), a 404 page, A4, 2.5kg volume, which covers every aspect of the CBX from the
Design Phase, through Factory Production, to its Racing history, etc. The Book was published in
2011, has sold out, and is due for Reprint later in 2012. Ian is a self-confessed ‘CBXaholic’
enjoying the marque since purchasing his first in 1988 while Studying in USA.
Ian has supplied some photos of his CBX
Collection to illustrate the various Models. Ian thinks every VJMCer should have at least one
CBX in their garage! If you have any old photos of CBXs in the 1980s he would be interested to
see them, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1978-1979 Honda CBX1000-Z
These two silver 1979 CBX-Zs were restored in
N.Ireland by Rickie White, after being found in complete but rough condition in a Barn in Hong Kong.
The CBX was released to an amazed public in 1978 with great fan-fare ... Honda really pulled out all
the stops with numerous brochures, promotional events, and appearances with the ‘Stars’ (Hailwood,
Redman, Phil Read, Tommy Robb, etc). The first CBXs appeared on British Roads at the 1978 IoM TT being
used by the Travelling Marshals. They had been ridden up to Liverpool Docks from Honda’s HQ in London
to ‘run them in!’
Rutter rides a CBX at Macau GP!
This red 1979 CBX-Z was ridden by Michael Rutter at a
40th Anniversary Parade at the Macau GP in 2006. He commented that he had seen these as a lad being
rebuilt in his Dad's Shop and always wanted to ride one. In the Parade Rutter was on the Grid between
Ron Haslam on a CB1100RC and Kevin Schwantz on an RGV250, none of them seemed to want to be in second
slot and almost came unstuck at the Lisboa 90" Bend at the end of the first straight ...pehaps they are
now used to more modern brakes. Afterwards someone heard Rutter say "Best ride I"ve ever had!"
(apparently!). Ian had all the Past-Winners autograph the tank.
1980 Honda CBX1000-A
This is a CBX-A built in Maryville, Ohio,
USA mainly for the American Market. It was slightly detuned from the CBX-Z but had upgraded suspension and
a few cosmetic details changed. The CBX-A Models were offered in red and black colour schemes. For the
British Market, Honda continued to sell the CBX-Z Models in 1980. Ian purchased this immaculate bike in New
York in 2000 and rode it 3,500 miles across to California - excellent solo road-trip!
1980 CBX-A with 6-6 pipes
Ian purchased this CBX-A when he was a Student in
Washington DC, on an exchange programme from Oxford in 1988. He convinced his "all-American girlfriend" to
drive him out into the Virginian Mountains on a romantic drive .... "and oh by the way, can we stop to see
this bike that is advertised?" All original, 10,000 miles, and only US$1,000 - It was bought it on the
spot! Ian used it all through his University years and on tours to Europe and the TT. She was refurbished
in 2005 and had a few upgrades including Corbin seat, Denco 6-6 pipes, Ohlin shocks, Bar-risers, etc. This
is Ian's favourite bike!
1981 Honda CBX1000-B Pro-Link
In 1981 Honda decided to take the
CBX in a new direction, that of "Sports Touring" and added a full-fairing, Pro-Link suspension, and
optional luggage. These are extremely comfortable bikes to tour on. The photo is taken on Oretega Highway
to the south of Los Angeles in California in 2001 when Ian bought her. Ian has toured on her through the
desert and Death Valley, and she never missed a beat.
1982 Honda CBX1000-C Pro-Link
CBX-C retained its grey colour in the UK Market, but was sold in white livery in the USA Market. Ian
bought this 8,000 mile bike in Boise, Idaho and rode it 2,500 miles back to California. The photo is
taken on top of Snoqualmie Pass to the East of Seattle in March, 2002 - man was it cold up