Honda CB350 custom from start to finish

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by dynamitedave, Oct 26, 2011.

  1. dynamitedave

    dynamitedave Adventurer

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    I picked up a pile of shit CB350 from the Redneck motorcycle yard sale guy for next to nothing. I really just needed the engine.

    I'm running out of styles for CB350s so it took me a little while to figure out the direction I wanted to go.

    This year of CB350 (1973) has a top plate that allows you to lower the front end of the bike by just pushing the forks up a little. This year has internal springs like our sport bikes, all my other CB350's (1968-1972 models) have external springs that prevent this and the top plate and fork tube design prevent this.

    Anyway I cut it up, lowered it, hard tailed it. I plan to recess the seat and have a low gas tank. Might have to make my own or cut up and reweld one I have laying around.

    This is what I started with. You can see how much I lowered it in the front by the fork tubes sticking out the top 3". I plan to run only a front brake, no back brake, the bike is so low the brake pedal would scrape when I turn. I plan to use clip-ons mounted below the top plate of the triple tree.
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    The look I'm going for. Low and sexy. It will prolly not handle good, be stiff, be dangerous but fuck it. It should look cool. I found a 19" front wheel in my shed I'm going to try to use. This one is the stock 18" wheel.

    I got some work done this weekend. I mounted the seat support bars and did some sheet metal work.
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    I bent the edges of the sheet metal by beating it with a body hammer over a round pipe to match the contour.
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    Fully welded. Almost.
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    I cut a 2" section out of a gas tank I had laying around. Looks like the perfect size. I need to get another tank tho, this one is badly pitted and has pin holes in the bottom.
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    Damn, this bike is low. I put a 19" wheel on the front. Looks cool but the disk is too big so I don't think I can use it. I either need to have the disk machined down or use a stock 18" wheel. I did lots of metal work today. I did the seat pan and mounted a piece of sheet metal to hold the electronic stuff needed. Put in some gussets too.
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    Done. Video below.
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  2. Moto13

    Moto13 Riding to Relax

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    Sweet build.
    I'd love to see what it looks like with a rider on it. :D
    You said it was very low - it'd be great to see how low it really is.
    Thanks.
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  3. sjc56

    sjc56 Long timer

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    I'll take the 914.
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  4. dynamitedave

    dynamitedave Adventurer

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    Did you watch the embeded video?
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  5. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Love it, nice work!! :clap
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  6. squish

    squish Out of the office.

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    Nice attack chopper.

    I like the tank.
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  7. AsphaltTom

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    Great write up and pics! Thanks for sharing.
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  8. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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  9. orangebear

    orangebear Long timer

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    it looks cool. but i would fit a rear mudgaurd on as mud and other crap will get sprayed on to you from the rear wheel
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