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Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by wannabe1, Nov 20, 2010.
yep. prefer the twin. looks much cleaner.
There's a reason the 350/4 didn't last long.
The twin is a much better bike.
Don't get hung up on which bike is "better". Ride each if possible and buy the one that makes you happy.
That's a 1972 model.........
1973 CB350 twin
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.
I've seen it shown as both (72/73) online. The tag says 73. No title at this time.
The mfg date is on the steering head with the vin#. Back then Honda would title them in the year they were sold. So the tag receipt could say 73 and the mfg could be 72.
Having owned both a 350 twin and Four I'd say the 350 Four is a better bike, less maintenance, very smooth, but I prefer the 350 Twin. It
s much much more fun. It's easier to work on, you can rebuild the carbs yourself, troubleshooting is easier and riding is more relaxed. In many ways the twin is like a super reliable old fashioned motorcycle while the 350 Four was simply an early modern motorcycle (the first of the UJMs along with the 500 and 750 Fours).
On the 350 Four it seemed like I was always trying to ring every last drop out of it, it was always a race to get anywhere and was disappointed at how slow it was. On the twin you're more inclined to simply put around and enjoy yourself. It also has a front disk which is a pain in the ass compared to the simple drum of the twin. Nothing went wrong when I owned it mechanically besides the disk brake, but I was constantly terrified it would and I'd never find parts for it, let alone be able to fix it!
I've owned a few of each, and say that the twins are much more fun to ride around town... the extra torque makes stoplight-to-stoplight riding is better IMHO.
The 4's are more exotic (perhaps a bit huh?), less common and smoother, but I like twins.... the fours are boring around town, but less tiring on longer rides.
Twin unless you absolutely must have the harmony of the four.
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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.
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
I have had and like them both try to ride one of each or 2. I still have the twin by the way.
Red or Olive????
i would go for a sl 350 myself(just to muddy the water)
Black looks nice, too. Only available in '74.
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.
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.