Ever since I went to my first motorcycle show in the late 80’s with my dad and laid my eyes on the Honda CBX 1000, I’ve been intrigued by them. It was only natural that when I stumbled upon RNO Cycles and saw this Turbo CBX they built, I had to know more. The shear beauty and engineering of the inline 6 should be enough but they went further to have it boosted.
The Honda CBX 1000 is one bike that does not need anymore power but Arno at RNO Cycles wanted a bit more for his customer. Adding a Turbo kit from American Turbo Pack breathing through a set of Bendix carbs, now takes this beast to the next level. To help it ex-spell all that air is a custom but simple GP style exhaust. I can only imagine what this monster sounds like when braaaping the throttle.
To keep with the classic styling of the CBX, Arno left the stock tank as is but just added a more modern Rizoma fuel cap. The rear tail section is also basically stock with a few modifications for the new sub-frame which houses all the electronics and seat. Up front he went with the signature AMA Flat Track number plate design which houses to LED headlights to light up the road.
Now to help keep this street monster on the road, Arno brought the suspension up to modern specs. The front end is a set of Ohlins forks from an Aprilia RSV Mille mounted to Tuono triple clamps. In the rear, he went with a monoshock conversion on a Honda Fireblade swingarm spinning a 190 RSV rear tire. The RSV’s longer swingarm increases the wheelbase giving it slightly better handling characteristics.
RNO Cycles has taken this classic Honda superbike and turned it into a awesome modern day street monster. I would love to get my hands on this thing for just one ride and feel the pull of the boosted inline 6 as it comes out of a corner. Be sure to head over to their website and give tem a follow on social media to see what they build for 2019.
RNO Cycles Turbo Honda CBX 1000 Street Tracker Photos (Courtesy of Floris Welthuis)