mint 71 CB350 worth?

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  1. sjc56

    sjc56 Long timer

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    A friend of mine has a 71 CB350 that he bought back in the 70's and never got around to getting his license, so it has just been sitting in his heated garage for
    many years. Bike looks brand new with about 4K on it. He is thinking of selling it.He is not sure what to ask. From looking around I would say $1500 to $2500 to the right person?
    I know they made millions of these bikes but there are few clean ones out there anymore.
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  2. Uncle Ernie

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    $1200 was the first number that jumped into my head. Getting that lump to fire might be a breeze, or it might be a nightmare. You'll need a battery and tires, right off. Probably need to rebuild the carbs.

    Can't hurt to run it up the flagpole and see if he salutes.
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  3. Tosh Togo

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    How was the bike actually stored...was it just parked in a corner on the sidestand, or was it properly put away, ie: fuel system drained, fresh engine oil, parked on the centerstand, and covered to keep 30+ years of grime from accumulating everywhere?.
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  4. sjc56

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    Kept under a cover, not sure about fluids. Bike is a 10, no rust, dents, etc.
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  5. klp

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    If it is real nice I would say 1500-1800, it is hard to judge though as it depends who wants it and how badly. Someone waiting for a mint one for 3 years might be willing to spend a bit more.

    Pics would be great. Even if it has sat covered all this time it will take some $ to get it running right and these are not super collectible bikes as far as I know.

    For me Ebay is always the best way to determine a bikes value - do some research there or just list and see what happens.
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  6. RobbieO

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    I sold this 1973 CB350 for $3500 BOTH times :lol3

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  7. Drilldogger

    Drilldogger Been here awhile

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    I think color will come into play on an original bike. RobbieO's CB is beautiful in red. But there was a perfect CB down the road, restored by a guy who grew up around his Dad's honda dealership in the 60's. This bike was perfect owned by a guy with a dozen perfect old Hondas.
    It was gold metal flake and took him forever to find a buyer. In the end I think he got around 1000.
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  8. rufusswan

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    As it sits, without rust, dings, tears and non-running .. $1200 might be reasonable. No matter what a buyer wants to end up with, it will cost the same to get it into riding spec.

    They might not be ultra-collectible but they are a cult bike so lord knows what some think they are worth. The two most collectible things about it would be "all original" and most importantly "original paint".
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    Hard to believe that you found not one, but TWO idiots.
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  10. sjc56

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    It is the green metallic, very classy looking.
    Thanks for the info,I'll pass it on. He doesn't need the money, so if he wants the higher end I think he should put in something like Hemmings. I would love to have it but I already have one that someone gave me.
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  11. RobbieO

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    hahahahha......I'm a hell of a salesman, plus, it was 100% original (except tires) and was in showroom condition with less than 3500 miles.
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  13. BigHerm

    BigHerm What Would Merle Do

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    a 72 was my first bike. I bought a green one, all original in 1993 for 350 bucks. I put the first dent in it. :D
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  14. Doug Matson

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    It all depends, I have looked for a good running mint condition 70' in the blue/green color for along time. Last week I found one and paid $2225 for it. I could have had a gold or red one for less but the bike I had new in 1970 was what i was looking for and paid for. Lot of us old farts are looking for the bikes they had and have the money to get them. If it's mint and you can get it running it will go for a good price.
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  15. nachtflug

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    key work being mint. what is mint? no disrespect to the OP but a bike with 4000 miles while I'm sure can be in good/very good/really nice condition, mint opens up a whole new level in my book.

    mint bikes will bring good money but only to a point. like anything else. even new in a crate an early 70's 350 Honda will only bring X $$.

    so what will one with 4000 miles bring? and if someone bought it for XYZ he might never get half that even if he tried to sell it the next day for months and months after.

    so generally speaking, a "mint" 350 Honda, and I am a very big fan of 70's Honda's at this stage of my life, is worth $2000-$2500 tops but again, mint means mint.
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    Here, as it sits, I am sure you could sell it for $1,300 in the span of a week or two.

    It would be very wise to carefully do the basic things to get it running\riding. It won't cost you much money, just a bit of time, and it will pay off big; I'd price it at $2,250 running here, and in the summer, it would probably be sold in a week.
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