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Old 02-22-2013, 08:02 PM   #46
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Two votes for the four.
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Old 02-22-2013, 08:40 PM   #47
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SL 350, I don't need to tell you how many cylinders it has ..... right?
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71- 450 Honda CL re & re

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Old 02-22-2013, 08:43 PM   #48
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Originally Posted by Prmurat View Post
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....
You read some of my mind. I have always thought the twins and the fours were heavy, underpowered, and ill handling but I never much liked Honda's for those reasons (except for some Elsinores!). Pre F Honda's are a joke IMO and all the F's had very much of was power (and weight). The first Honda street bike that I ever rode that impressed me (AND I haven't ridden all of them) was a R900RR.
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Old 02-23-2013, 10:43 PM   #49
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The 1969 and earlier CB and Cl 350 twins had a hotter cam profile and different rocker arms.

So if your purchased bike needs top end work, consider the differences in engines when rebuiding. Having said that, my old '68 CL 350 was freaking awesome for power when I finally got the damn CV carbs tuned. The early 350 twins were conservatively rated at about 33 to 34 h.p. Being as this bike was aimed at pretending to be a scrambler, any real attempts at off road riding should be taken with caution of the rather flexy frame, short suspension travel and top heavy ergos of the bike.
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