1973 Honda CB350 Four
Have the Dog Days of Summer gotten to you? Are you bored out of your mind? Do you need a Fall/Winter project that is probably not too hard? Does your wife want to banish you to the garage? I found the perfect bike for you on ebay this morning. A Honda CB350 Four. This is true jewel of a motorcycle.
I have a small fleet of Honda 350’s CB,CL,SL but I have never had a CB350/4…damn.I have ridden them, modified them for friends…yes, I did turn it into a Cafe Racer, what did you expect?! And I honestly believe that this is one of Honda’s best motorcycles ever.
The CB350f should be named “Honda CBHF”…CB Have Fun!! This motorcycle will do everything including outlast us and our children…just change the oil and the fork oil. This is a bike that you can travel cross country on, really, use it as a daily commuter, a Sunday canyon carver (needs a bit of suspension work for that), or make a really cool Cafe Racer. I don’t care, it’s a great bike.
Earlier on I called the CB350F a jewel of a motorcycle and when you ride one you know exactly what I mean. Honda built a motorcycle that some would call soulless, and they would be wrong. Yes, the CB350/4 was smoother than a Singer sewing machine, if it wasn’t for the fact that you were moving you wouldn’t really feel anything…as Ed McMahon would say “Wrong Moose Breath!” (look up Johnny Carson trivia if you didn’t get it). The CB350/4 was such a refined motorcycle you could get it to do whatever you wanted on a whim. A lively responsive motor, capable handling (ok, I’m being a bit generous there) but if you tuned into the motorcycle it was a dream to ride. It is not a ‘point and shoot’ type handling motorcycle nor was it faster than a Yamaha RD350 but, it did everything you wanted it to do with no muss and no fuss.
It did have a soul, granted a gentle one but…wind that little 350 up and big fun came along with it. Once you came up into the powerband which was quite broad compared to it’s two stroke competitors, the 350/4 was a high giggle factor motorcycle. To make it even more fun, add a Kerker exhaust, change out the rear shocks for something not quite so squishy, upgrade the forks, put on a set of European touring handlebars and you now have a motorbike that will be sooooo much fun to ride.
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