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Nice! As Randall said, those are rare for sure in the states!
 

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Oh, that will be a project! Still interested.
 

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It all looks present and correct except for the following:
1. L mirror missing
2. Clutch lever looks bent
3. Exhaust has been replaced with a Motad 2 into 1 system; a common mod as the original would rust a lot underneath
4. Fairly awful diy spray job; is original colour black with orange and silver stripes?
5. Radiator grill cover ain’t right, is the original still there behind?
5. What is the bungee strap for on R side panel? Are the pegs broken?

that’s it. Is it running? What is mileage?
 

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Go for it!
I thought you said I wouldn't live long enough for more projects! :p
Seriously, I hope I live the 20 years to retirement, so I can make some headway on these. :cautious:
 

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I took some pictures of my bike. It was painted black by the Dispatch Courier in London. Spent it's life outdoors in the London rain and fog. It definitely has patina. Vin #s are.
Oh, that will be a project! Still interested.
Frame PC06-2003454
Engine PC02E-4007663
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I took the #s to the local Honda Dealership and he spent some time in his books and he couldn't come up with any info.
It all looks present and correct except for the following:
1. L mirror missing
2. Clutch lever looks bent
3. Exhaust has been replaced with a Motad 2 into 1 system; a common mod as the original would rust a lot underneath
4. Fairly awful diy spray job; is original colour black with orange and silver stripes?
5. Radiator grill cover ain’t right, is the original still there behind?
5. What is the bungee strap for on R side panel? Are the pegs broken?

that’s it. Is it running? What is mileage?
It all looks present and correct except for the following:
1. L mirror missing
2. Clutch lever looks bent
3. Exhaust has been replaced with a Motad 2 into 1 system; a common mod as the original would rust a lot underneath
4. Fairly awful diy spray job; is original colour black with orange and silver stripes?
5. Radiator grill cover ain’t right, is the original still there behind?
5. What is the bungee strap for on R side panel? Are the pegs broken?

that’s it. Is it running? What is mileage?
It all looks present and correct except for the following:
1. L mirror missing
2. Clutch lever looks bent
3. Exhaust has been replaced with a Motad 2 into 1 system; a common mod as the original would rust a lot underneath
4. Fairly awful diy spray job; is original colour black with orange and silver stripes?
5. Radiator grill cover ain’t right, is the original still there behind?
5. What is the bungee strap for on R side panel? Are the pegs broken?

that’s it. Is it running? What is mileage?
Hey thanks for the feedback...the front pegs are broken.
The radiator grille seems to be an industrial strenth modification nicely fastened with safety wire. Nothing behind it. The bike came with a spare radiator.
Can't tell what the original colors were.
The left mirror might be in with all the spares.
The clutch lever doesn't show any damage a function just fine.
The bike runs great. It starts right up cold. The choke functions correctly, and it idles smooth...

I will dig out the boxes of spares that came with the bike, and lay them out on a table to post some photos. I would appreciate your feedback on those parts too....thanks
 

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I took the #s to the local Honda Dealership and he spent some time in his books and he couldn't come up with any info.
Your local dealer won't have any info on it because it was never in the North American catalog. Is there California (or any other US state) registration on the bike? Completed import and valid registration/title is the real value on a vehicle not offered in this market.
 

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Great news that it is running well. I run a fairly scruffy cx500e myself, my approach is that so long as it is mechanically sound and safe I ain’t too fussed about the cosmetics/ aesthetics. I keep it clean and use anti-corrosion stuff too.
 

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Your local dealer won't have any info on it because it was never in the North American catalog. Is there California (or any other US state) registration on the bike? Completed import and valid registration/title is the real value on a vehicle not offered in this market.
I'm still trying to work through the paperwork. The California DMV said the previous owner submitted that it was titled in France, Registered in London, and somehow has a California plate that expired in 2018, about the same time h put it in storage. He never completed the import process through the California Air Resources Board that certifies it meets California's safety and emissions standards. I think the previous owner was just overwhelmed by it all. Do you know if any other mono shock cx models were sold in the states?
Great news that it is running well. I run a fairly scruffy cx500e myself, my approach is that so long as it is mechanically sound and safe I ain’t too fussed about the cosmetics/ aesthetics. I keep it clean and use anti-corrosion stuff too.
6. The odometer trip button is missing too, also very common but I’m not aware of replacements being available
It's amazing that the odometer stopped working at 81,000 miles. And the previous owner said it went another 10,000 after that.
 

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GL500, GL650, and all Turbo models were Prolink (mono shock) design. The closest relative to your bike is probably a GL500 silverwing, same engine and carbs.
 

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Are we sure its a 500 and not a 650? The rocker covers have the square plug lead rain caps and it looks like the black longitudinal recessed center band I would associate with the ‘83-84 650?
 

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Bungie cord would be there because at least one side cover tab is missing. The front fairing opens with ease on these models, a #3 JIS screw on each side accessed from the sides of the gas tank are removed and the fairing rotates forward on lower pivots, should even have a small cable to keep it from rolling too far. A nice little locking trunk YOU DON’T HAVE TO TAKE THE SEAT OFF TO OPEN! Brilliant!
 

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Thanks Mark, Ive never seen a CX 500E. While Canada got the Cx650E and a few escaped later into USA, I’m not aware of any N American dealer imported 500s. So they’re very unusual in North America as Randall mentioned.
 
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Since you mentioned titles, DMV, etc. , you could easily register it in VT. No title required due to age and no VIN verification needed due to under 500cc engine. Biggest risk is that you wouldn't be able to get it inspected, so if you're pulled over they could flag you for that.
 

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Welcome to the forum. Please add your location and your bike's model and model year (AFAIK the CX500E was only made for '81 & '82 and both years were the same) to your profile so that you don't have to remember to tell us every time and we don't have to keep asking when you forget (see Forum Settings link in my signature).

And welcome to the world of antique vehicle ownership (they own us, not the other way around). Your bike is about 4 decades old and may or may not have had all of the maintenance necessary to keep it safe & reliable so it is highly recommended to download the Factory Shop Manual for your model (available through the CX Wiki - link in my signature) and go through all of the service procedures, regardless of whether your bike has reached the specified mileage.
I also recommend looking on all rubber parts with suspicion because rubber does not age gracefully. You probably know about checking the date codes on your tires and replacing them if they are over 5 years old (yours surely will be) no matter how good they look & feel (old rubber simply cannot flow around the irregularities in the asphalt well enough to grip, especially if it is cool or wet). It looks like your bike still has the original rubber brake lines, which should have been replaced every 2 or 3 fluid changes (= 5 or 6 years) so I recommend shopping for modern stainless braided ones (they last practically forever and double the life of the fluid). And don't forget things like the rad hoses and the boot between the engine and swingarm (they can crack on the bottom where you don't see it).

As wjvh mentioned, the closest relative to the 500E is the GL500. The engine & drivetrain is the same and the frame is very similar but almost everything else is different.
 
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