We ride the Honda CBX, Benelli 900 Sei and Kawasaki KZ1300 Sixes

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Three Tenors – When Superbikes Were King A back at the Honda CBX, 900 Sei and Kawasaki KZ1300 Sixes.

by Marc Urbano

They the Big Sticks of motorcycling in the Seventies and future-is-now exercises in engineering that didn’t just toe the of excess but went in like 500-pound velvet cannonballs. were six-cylinder bikes, their long crankshafts the frame and exclaiming their with a sextuplet of chrome pipes sweeping back those monumental powerplants.

It’s a rare opportunity days to get to ride one of these much less three of back-to-back. But thanks to Chicago-area car and collector Joe Bortz I got to fly back to a spin on his 1981 Benelli 900 1979 Honda CBX and 1979 KZ1300. Added bonus was up with Peter Egan and his old buddy Chuck Davis to it a group ride.

Egan was working at CW when bikes were rolling the highways of America and was even enough to do the road test of the CBX in Egan’s “Three Tenors” in the December, 2009, issue his history with these when they were new and how it is to them three decades

For my part, it was a completely new experience. from riding a Honda Wing GL1800, I’d never a Six before. It was pleasantly surprising to these bikes of such an size.

Rather than being big and they were really in line with current for motorcycle size. Which be a sad commentary on how big our modern motorcycles become! Actually, the Kawasaki is closest to being a brute and is a big machine. It grunts like a off the line and its square-shouldered styling it the largest road presence.

The Benelli Sei, on the other was quite diminutive—almost smaller-feeling a Norton Commando—and very to ride. In fact, it was sort of for an Italian bike of this era how the controls were and how supple the was in reaction to bumps. The Honda CBX the other two in size and feel.

the CBX carried itself most a modern motorcycle, with control feel, nimble and faultless, turbine-smooth running All three were incredibly but the Honda was tops.

It was quite a symphony of sound as our of 18 cylinders whirled and whooshed the road. Both Cycle and Cycle did multiple road on these bikes, so we went the archives to share some of the photos of the various models. out the gallery for some very time travel, plus photos from our modern-day on these wonderfully complex motorcycles.

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