CL350 Purchase Advice

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

  1. seven4eight

    seven4eight rat-bike connoisseur

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    Thanks! Sweet looking bike by the way. My dad and I just got ours running tonight, its a 71 with 2k on it. Still has the original tires. You can find them for cheap if you get incredibly lucky, but down here old CL's and CB's are selling for stupid money. I'd say you did well
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  2. assquatch20

    assquatch20 Hoss Cat

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    Well I see the ones under a grand here and there, at least the CB's, but they always need a lot of revival. The fella that sold me this one got it like that, all there, but left to die I guess. Clutch, points, carbs, coils, etc. to get it going well he said. It does show signs of a drop years ago, but must have fared well.

    I'm looking at a few things to do, but I'm in no rush. The limitations of eye-to-clevis shocks is getting me though, so I might buy another swingarm and have somebody fab up mounts on it.

    The nicer swingarm bushings and a fix for the iffy camchain pulley would go a long way to preventative maintenance. Look into that for yourself as well if you aren't familiar with it. I hear the stock pulley just kinda degrades from time rather than use, but I can't vouch for that yet.

    The only actual thing I can find that the bike needs from Honda is the rubber stop for the center stand. The CL's had the leg of the stand rub the chain due to the bigger sprocket, so they installed a tab on the stand with a little bumper to stop it short of hitting the chain. Make sure that's there or you might break a chain and destroy cases if it goes unnoticed. It's like a $3 part, just a shame I don't have a Honda dealer in town anymore. You could make a stop with a small bolt just the same.

    Sorting out what sort of exhaust I'd like is also bugging me. I'm considering SL350 type headers with Supertrapp 3M cans, then I can go for panniers without as many clearance problems, or a pillion without a hot leg, but who doesn't like hot leg? After that, 2>2 or 2>1 is the dilemma, and then whether I should chop the stock pipes to do it or go full custom.

    Following that, grabbing some OEM airfilters and putting new foam on them. The cones are sandwiched in there under the sidecovers. Then the carb manifolds for the Mikunis might not have the right angle to keep it in there, so a couple of the stock ones to make that work. Then jetting to match the mods.

    I'm already shopping around for some folks that might wanna make production racks, and a skidplate that isn't thin and $300 on eBay would also be nice. Finally, luggage and new seat foam, then I'm out of stuff to do but ride the thing.
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  3. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    Nice bike 1

    Are you riding it to the Rendezvous this year ?
    I'd like to see how it preforms on the Banjo ride.
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  4. assquatch20

    assquatch20 Hoss Cat

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    If I can make it out there, I'll probably be on this thing. I gotta get something figured out for luggage though.
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  5. Bud Tugly

    Bud Tugly Gnarly old curmudgeon

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    Regarding the questions posed by the OP, the CL350 is capable of sustained cruising at 60-70 mph and traveling on mild off-road like gravel and dirt roads but it's not for rough single track. Compared to a modern dual purpose bike the suspension is very limited in travel and dampening and you will experience more vibration at higher speeds, but in their day they were probably as close to s true "adventure" bike as existed.

    I recall many people removing the mufflers and running them with straight pipes back then, and this often led to burned valves and holed pistons if they weren't rejetted properly. Other than that people could and did undertake long trips on bikes like these since they were considered mid-sized back in their day.

    Robert Pirsig rode a Honda 305, the immediate predecessor to the 350's, with his son and gear on the back for his famous travels in the book "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance".
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  6. Skowinski

    Skowinski Eukaryote

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    That's a nice looking CL350. The old CL's take me back to my early motorbiking days, my first bike was a CL100.
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  7. assquatch20

    assquatch20 Hoss Cat

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    Well, I haven't been able to go anywhere without being stopped and asked about the bike, which is kinda neat, but I aimed to get "away" today.

    Cleared out the old trail by the house:
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    Found a bluff I could ease out onto:
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    Visited the site of my dream cabin:
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    And headed down to the lake for a bit:
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    It's a bit redundant, so I'll have to brush up on my neat locations and photography skills. I'm looking to use this thread to document my adventures and work on the bike, so stick around. In the next few weeks I'll be doing coils and a DIY poor man's rack.
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