Motorcyclist, invited exclusively to ride a pair of pre-production machines for its September '81 issue (before other press outlets got their testbikes), came away with a reasonably positive review, which helped set the stage for some of those expectations. Staffers Friedman, Jeff Karr, and Ken Vreeke found the CX-T smooth, well engineered, comfortable, and surprisingly fast on the boost, with less turbo lag than the aftermarket, non-production turbos they'd ridden before—but still enough to make aggressive riding problematic. Complaints surrounded weight, complexity, price, higher-speed handling, fuel mileage, and lag. That's a long list of negatives, but hey, this here, folks, was a production turbo! And because the guys were evaluating pre-production machines, the tendency was (and still is) to give a manufacturer the benefit of the doubt until a full-production bike could be ridden and fully tested, which happened in May of '82.