Stubby wheelbase, upright forks, and an oddly tapered fuel tank contributed to the CX500's unorthodox look.

1980 Honda CX500 Pictures

The 1980 Honda CX500 was different looking than its predecessors, but it proved to be both economical and reliable.

The CX500's engine was unusual, too. The crosswise, water-cooled V-twin had four valves per cylinder, but used pushrods instead of overhead cams.

Honda addressed some of the initial styling concerns with a Custom-model version of the CX500.

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