CL350 Purchase Advice

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by assquatch20, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. assquatch20

    assquatch20 Hoss Cat

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    Okay, I'm going to go ahead and repost myself from the Honda Twins forum, just to cover more ground. I'm going to look at this Saturday and have intentions to bring it home unless somebody can give me some reasoning against it.

    So, shoulda posted here first. I imagine you guys can pipe up with your thoughts on it.

    Thanks.
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  2. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    The price is three times or a little more than it's original price. For that much I'd expect a near perfect bike.
    And that would preclude taking it out and thrashing the hell out of it. Are you looking for garage art ?
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  3. assquatch20

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    Street art. I'd probably clean my bike for once. Given the work listed, I can deal with some tank dings and a seat rip. Fella sent me a few videos of it from today and it seemed tip top. Maybe needed fork work or it was the 350lb man popping a squat on it.
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  4. oregoncoast

    oregoncoast Racing Like a Noob

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    A CL350 is not a trail bike...and will be horrible off road compared to an actual capable TW200.

    I'll PM with more comments, but it is a great motor...and can do some amazing things!!

    I have a running CL350 I'd sell you for a lot less...if you were only closer!
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  5. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    Fly and ride. Off to Oregon you go!
    Do it in the Spirit of the 555's.
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  6. assquatch20

    assquatch20 Hoss Cat

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    Maybe ride and fly instead? I'm a little stuck, with college and whatnot, which is another great place to have a little Honder. Is the price really that bad? There's one on the bay right now over $3k.
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  7. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    The price should be in the hundreds not the thousands.
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  8. welder

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    It sounds like a modern 650 dual sport would be better suited. klr,dr, xlr
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  9. assquatch20

    assquatch20 Hoss Cat

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    I'm afraid I might end up stubborn about this bike. State roads, around town, fire roads and such would be its domain, aside from some cones in a parking lot.

    You guys got me scared on the price now, but all the ones I can find locally are priced higher and only in slightly better condition that I can tell. I'm gonna have to check it out in detail to be sure it's worth anything in his ballpark, but I'm leaning towards it.

    There's an NT650 and a super rare CRM250 locally as well, but they both have their drawbacks. No idea if I could even insure the CRM since it's grey, and no aftermarket for it. I know the guy with the NT650 though so I'll probably stop by while I'm in Nashvegas and have a look.
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  10. Kt-88

    Kt-88 I like everything.

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    I paid 50$ for my last running cl350. It wasn't even that ugly, just needed new bars. I cannot imagine paying airhead or sportster or Klr money for a cl350. I LOVE these bikes- for 500$ and under. The mechanics of the bike are just incredibly simple, though, and they do seem to run forever.
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  11. dilandau

    dilandau Been here awhile

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    around here you can expect a decent cb or cl to be in the 2k+ range. its becoming the norm. in other areas this may not have hit, but its coming.

    check if they have replaced the cam chain tensioner wheel- they rot and fall apart after 40 years and you have to crack the cases to fix it. other than that there is little that can go wrong with them.

    basic stuff will drive the price down or up- clean tank, miles on the engine, all original parts, and on the CL- the pipes! its stupid to compare the value of a bike now to what it sold for - compare rather the value of it to you verses buying a new bike of similar strengths

    if it seems reasonable.. then why not? I rather deal with carbs and points than injection and a computer anyday
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  12. assquatch20

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    Well since someone had my train of thought about it, I'll fess up to buying it yesterday. The fella was nice enough to throw in a pretty nice battery tender and a new helmet. The pipe has the usual. VM30's on it, receipts for a lot of the work done. Pretty much all there though and in good shape. I'll start a thread on it when I get down to fooling with little things.

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  13. dilandau

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    nice one. another thing to check is under the headlight ears- that cover up the forks. they tend to trap water and it can rust under there. and give us some pics off the truck!
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    So that's it for now.
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  15. Kt-88

    Kt-88 I like everything.

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    Looks awfully clean sir!
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    anonny What could go wrong?

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    Nice, looks way cleaner in your pics. Looks to be all there too :clap

    bonus.
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  17. SteelB12

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    Wow, that's a good looking bike. Wish my CB360 looked that nice
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  18. NJ-Brett

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    Looks great and should be a lot of fun on dirt roads.
    I would love a late model sl350...
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  19. seven4eight

    seven4eight rat-bike connoisseur

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    Are those Shinko 244's on the bike? I'm about to order some for my 71 CL and wondered how the skinnier 2.75 would look and handle up front. Thanks
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  20. assquatch20

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    I'm actually looking to use the 244's once these go, but they're brand new IRC's. I'm not at home so I can't give you a model, but it is a 2.75. I can't compare it to any other tires on the bike, and don't have enough ride time to be sure, but handling feels slow and steady. I can tell from moving over loose stuff that the grip is great though.

    I did use a 244 front on my TW200 and it was a pretty great tire, but that was a big front tire. Very slow handling it its case, but extremely grippy.
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