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"these machines also suffered from major crankshaft rotation related quirks. For instance, if the throttle was closed quickly (in an emergency, for instance) the bike would lean to the right. In addition, the rear wheel on these shaft drive bikes could be easily locked if the rider changed down too quickly." Have any of those issues happened here on the forum at all? I dont think the bike is top heavy at all either....
As for any gyroscopic effects these are counterbalanced by the transmission/gearbox rotating in the opposite direction to the crank shaft.
I've gone,"Airborne" more than once at speed on my Cxs and there's is little or no twist in the bikes and have landed with ease and it's quite fun so long as you have a secure sphincter and decent road surface
So to agree with Reg.Bo**ocks
"However early UK versions were plagued with a major manufacturing fault—the crankshaft main bearing specifications were incorrect resulting in a major recall."
Was there a recall for main bearings??
Did you perform the barrel roll maneuver whilst airborne Shep ?
The crankshaft rotation lean is a real thing, though not so major since the driveshaft runs counter so as to balance it somewhat. You can try it out at a stoplight; give it a good rev, and you will feel the bike sway to one direction.
I would consider the CX500 top-heavy too, compared to a lot of other bikes. Nothing unmanageable, but it's tall (consequence of putting the transmission under the engine and not behind it) and the Standard/Deluxe has a big tank.
These are small issues.