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Old 12-19-2010, 04:14 PM   #31
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Twin unless you absolutely must have the harmony of the four.
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Old 12-19-2010, 09:31 PM   #32
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Here's my pick:

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Old 12-20-2010, 08:33 AM   #33
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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   #34
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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   #35
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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   #36
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Red or Olive????

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Old 12-20-2010, 10:25 PM   #37
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i would go for a sl 350 myself(just to muddy the water)
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Old 12-30-2010, 05:19 PM   #38
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Black looks nice, too. Only available in '74.

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Old 01-11-2011, 03:29 PM   #39
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For a 350, the twin is probably the best option. The engine is one of the simplest you can find. The parts are also super cheap. If you would like to get a four, go all the way and get an early model cb750.
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Old 02-21-2013, 06:50 AM   #40
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Originally Posted by Airhead Wrangler View Post
I'd go with the twin. The small 4s have a really pitiful bottom end. The twins have a much more pleasing power band and thus are a lot more ridable in my mind. You don't have to shift gears constantly.
But the exhaust note from 6500 to 9500 where you ride a 350F is SO cool, I look for excuses to shift! They're just different animals. If you like the low end torquey pull, get the twin. If you like the "hit" as the thing starts breathing and coming on the pipe and pulls and pulls like a little screaming banshee until you get near 10K and need to shift, get the F. I LOVE my little 350F. Very fun little machine. The 350F does want you to have at least 4K RPM or so to be cruising along, and 5K or higher to start getting some powerband, but again, that's the fun of it! The twin starts making power lower and ends lower in revs, the four starts higher and ends higher. Really a neat little bike with a cool sound and a cool factor that's hard to beat, IMHO.
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Old 02-21-2013, 10:47 AM   #41
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I'll try something different: I always liked the look of the Four but still remember how disapointed I was when the first tests were printed: gutless, bad road manners when pushed etc. So my idea would be to either install a CB400 four in the 350 or "dress" a 400 with the body and mufflers of the 350.... and find another caliper in the front!!
But what do I know I only have a SL350K1 and CB450K1 too....
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:39 PM   #42
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I'd rather have the 4.
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Old 02-21-2013, 02:19 PM   #43
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Honda made a suprising number of configurations that added up to around 350. The CB and CL 350 twins, 350 Four, SL 350 (twin), SL 350 (single) that later turned into the XL350 (single) and the off-road verson of XR350. And then there was the RC174 which was close to 300 cc six cylinder.

When I was younger, I had a '70s XL350 and loved it, great bike to ride to school and then play in the dirt after school. Have plans to restore/reso-mod my CL450 (twin).

For ease of finder parts, the 350 twin is the easy answer. I personally think the 350 four is "cooler" looking but no desire to own one. OTOH, if you want a simple, kick-start bike that can adventure ride, then the XL350 is the clear winner. If it was me, I'd go for the twin.

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Old 02-21-2013, 02:57 PM   #44
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Here are pictures of my '75 400 Four. Bought new when I was 16, back in 1976. I have sold many bikes since, but regret selling this one.

Brought it home in the crate, be nice to find one now in the crate!
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Old 02-22-2013, 07:51 PM   #45
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Go for a 400 Four over the 350 Four. More power, factory rear sets and lower handlebars on the 75-76 models. IMHO, they look sportier too, though, even though I already owned this, I recently bought a '74 350 Four as well. The 350 and 360 twins are very buzzy at sustain speeds over 50 MPH. If you think you'll be riding for longer over 45-50 MPH, then get a four -- much smoother. Get both if you can. If you find one doesn't get ridden, then sell it. My '75 CB360T doesn't get ridden much since I bought the 400 Four, so it is going up for sale.

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