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Old 11-20-2010, 05:29 AM   #1
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cb350 four or twin, you choose

Questions for the early 70's Honda CB guys. Kinda got the vintage bug and there have been a couple of early 70's CB350 bikes for sale, some twins, some fours. As far as reliability and wrenching which bikes are better? Logic would point me in the simpler is better path which points to the twins. One question is assuming I get a bike that is already running properly and is not a "project" as long as it is properly maintained could I assume a 4 would be just as reliable as the twin? Can I assume the 4 is a better performer than the twins?
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Old 11-20-2010, 06:04 AM   #2
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Well I am not a twin guy but I own a four. I am sure others will chime in on twins.

Either bike would be dead reliable as they are Hondas. You know how that goes - pick a good starting place. I bought mine with 20k and it has run great after doing the usual - carb clean/sync, air filter, plugs, valve check, brakes. Just don't expect modern reliability and you will be very happy.

As you are thinking the fours have twice as many carbs, valves, etc so they are a little more complex.

Regarding the bikes I am partial to the fours. They are in fact a bit slower than the twins but super smooth and you cannot deny the sound track of a little four. I think the 360T's have a six speed but for some reason I think the 350Ts are more desireable. The twins also have a diaphram carb which can be a PITA. I think the fours are also heavier.

Good luck and you cannot miss with either - post up some pics when you decide.
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Old 11-20-2010, 06:14 AM   #3
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The four for me. Jewel like quality and a wonderful exhaust note as well as a smooth ride make the small fours a nice ride. The four will take more time and money to maintain but will be as reliable as the twin. The four was aimed at a higher profile market and the component choice shows it. The twin was meant for basic transport and the inverse is true there.

The first generation Honda fours (size notwithstanding) are the benchmark for Japanese bike reputation in dependability. High cool factor as well. You won't be pulling up to a light next to a 350 four often. I'd like a CB-1 someday. Not easy to find in good shape.
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Old 11-20-2010, 07:30 AM   #4
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After I briefly googled the CB350, I did learn that the twin was the better performer and lighter and the reason the 4 was only produced a couple of years before the 400 was introduced.
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Old 11-20-2010, 08:02 AM   #5
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Let's be honest. You already know which one you want....

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Old 11-20-2010, 09:57 AM   #6
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I had a 500/4 with 4 open megs many years ago.

It was one of the sweetest sounds I've heard.....

But I kept the 350twin.
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Old 12-19-2010, 09:31 PM   #7
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Here's my pick:

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Old 12-20-2010, 08:33 AM   #8
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Come on guys.. There's really only one answer to this.


I love my 350F. Never owned or worked on a twin, but you see a whole lot more of them. The four will stand out from the crowd. It's been said many times already, but the exhaust note is amazing. There is nothing like the sound it makes when you're screaming through a tunnel, running her up to 10K RPM. If Ferrari made a motorcycle, this is what it would sound like.

It's more important to sound fast than actually be fast right?

Here's me and Hoodleyhoo's 350F's. This picture was in motorcycle classics magazine.
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Old 12-20-2010, 02:47 PM   #9
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sorry guys but i'm going to have to go with the twin. oh and my ownership of one isn't affecting my decision in any way whatsoever
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Old 12-20-2010, 03:37 PM   #10
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I have had and like them both try to ride one of each or 2. I still have the twin by the way.
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Old 12-20-2010, 10:06 PM   #11
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Red or Olive????

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Old 02-22-2013, 08:02 PM   #12
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Two votes for the four.
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